We spend more than half our lives in our homes so there’s every reason to add a burst of greenery to your sanctuary. Indoor plants add vibrancy and dimension to a space, and they also help to purify the air and have a positive impact on your mental health by increasing positivity for natural stress relief.
Not sure which plant to choose?
We’ve rounded up 5 of the best indoor plants that will thrive in your new home:
1. Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is one of the best air purifying plants. It has glossy, green leaves with beautiful white flowers. This tropical plant thrives in bright, indirect light but also handles low light. It only needs to be watered and misted once a week in warmer months and less often in winter. Just keep it away from pets to avoid irritation.
2. Dracaena Gold Star
The Dracaena is a low maintenance plant that can easily adapt to different light environments, though it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight. It’s great for filling in spaces that require a taller plant. It’s also a great option for purifying the air.
3. Laurentii or Snake Plant
Getting its name from its snakeskin looking leaves, this plant, besides looking cool, is a low maintenance plant that’s known for surviving droughts. This striking plant prefers bright light, but it too can survive in lower light levels. Snake plants have also been shown to filter out nasty chemicals like benzene, xylene and toluene, so you can breathe easy having this in your home.
4. Ficus Elastica or Rubber Plant
With shades of dark green and burgundy, the Rubber Plant or Rubber Fig is on trend when it comes to indoor plants. It can be potted to stay small or grown as a large indoor tree. It’s versatile and hardy, temperature resistant, and thrives with indirect light, weekly watering in summer, and monthly watering in winter.
5. Pothos or Devil’s Ivy
This trailing vine has earned the name Devil’s Ivy for its ability to withstand pitch-black conditions as well as under and over watering. It’s the plant that refuses to die, making it perfect for those who are busy or lack a green thumb. It even tells you when to water it – just give it a light water when the leaves start to drop.
Style your plants
When styling your plants, you can opt for simplicity with a statement plant in a simple pot or make an interesting focal point with a mix of pots and plants in different shapes and sizes. Go for groups of uneven numbers (3’s or 5’s) to achieve the perfect balance.
Grow your plants from cuttings
Did you know that not all plants need soil? Try your hand at plant propagation. Using cuttings from plants at home or your local nursery, you can grow your own baby plants in water. The best plants for growing in water are the Pathos, Pancake Plant, ZZ Plant and the Spider Plant.
Learn more about propagation from All the Green Things in the video below.