Looking for more green in your life? Plants are not only great to look at, but they also provide much-needed air purification and a great pick me up to freshen your home. Look for varieties that harmonise with your home decor. Bring the outside in with our guide to the best indoor plants for your home, and how to care for them to keep them thriving.
Sitting pretty – statement indoor plants for your home
The right plants can really add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, with striking evergreens or hanging plants in baskets bringing some beautiful focal points to your indoor areas.
Evergreen flowering plant ‘mother-in-laws tongue’, with its yellow and green upright leaves, can be grown in a pot to various heights to suit your space. If you’ve got shelves or can put up roof hooks, trailing indoor plants like devil’s ivy and chain of hearts give your home a romantic feel, and they don’t take up any floor space. Both require only minimal watering. For the home office, try a fiddle-leaf fig, although these guys can be sensitive, so keep them in a bright area, away from direct light, and occasionally clean the leaves with a damp cloth.
Staying fresh – plants that clean your environment
Verdant green plants not only look healthy, but they also improve the air around them by removing nasty pollutants. One of the best of the bunch is the peace lily, which thrives in low sunlight without too much watering.
A bamboo palm will keep the air clean from xylene and formaldehyde and will also naturally restore moisture in the air. They add a distinctly tropical feel to your home, all for the price of a little bit of water and not much sunlight.
Plants for small spaces
If you’re after some small space or office options, maidenhair ferns make a great feature for your desk, although they need a lot of water, especially in air-conditioned homes. Make life easier by investing in a spray bottle for quick watering of thirsty greens!
The humble cactus makes a great plant for small spaces, with yucca a hardy drought-tolerant plant. They need a fair bit of sunlight, though, and so are better-suited to well-lit homes. Only water them sporadically and make sure they have good drainage because excess water can be fatal.
No green thumb? Low-care indoor plants for your home
If lush, leafy greens are what you’re looking for but you’re not too good at plant care, aspidistra is a great option. Extremely tough and able to survive on very little sunlight and water, they’re perfect for homes with limited natural light.
Think a flowering plant is beyond your skill? Contrary to popular belief, you can have an elegant orchid in your home – they’re very low-maintenance, needing only 2-3 tablespoons of water every two weeks and as much natural light and airflow as possible.
Now that your home is filled with thriving indoor plants, make your way out to the balcony or garden with these great outdoor plant options on Gumtree.