Houseplants can be a beautiful and creative element in a home’s decor.
The downside is they need space and time both of which are precious, this means the future of the humble houseplant may depend on whether it can earn its keep.
In homes where Houseplants do endure, they tend to be either undemanding succulents, edible herbs, or plants that add enough to a room’s ambiance that they’re worth some extra effort.
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Lucky there is a huge variety of plants are both easy and worth that extra effort.
Houseplants connect the city dweller to the natural world and remind us of that symbiotic relationship.
“A room filled with plants can be calming and inspirational as well as incredibly personal and expressive.
Even aloe, a common household plant, can exude complexity and style when displayed creatively.
Why you want it: These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room, and they haven’t fallen out of fashion after years of popularity in the home. Spider plants come in a number of varieties, and work well as hanging plants.
How to care for it: Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions. Room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees keep them thriving.
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Why you want it: There’s a real timeless elegance to ivy, and it trails down furniture for a pretty effect. Plus, it’s super easy to start a new plant for yourself or a friend by cutting a section of the stem. Instant hostess gift! (OK, not really instant, but give it just two weeks or so.)
How to care for it: English Ivy likes moist soil and cooler room temperature conditions, ranging from the mid-50s to about 70.
Why you want it: This succulent with long pointed leaves has medicinal properties you probably well know from product labels. It can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.
How to care for it: Aloe likes room temperatures around 70 degrees and a lot of sunlight. As you might expect for a succulent, this indoor house plant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.
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Why you want it: For those who love the look of a succulent—not to mention the ease of care—a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It grows slowly and has the potential to live from your kids’ birth until their high school graduations— at least! It also looks great in a pretty pot when paired with other succulent varieties.
How to care for it: Jade plant does not require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. It prefers bright light and ordinary room temperatures.
Why you want it: This easy-to-grow indoor house plant will grow into an eight-foot-tall tree for a major pop of greenery in a room. If you prefer a smaller plant, just make your rubber tree into a shrub shape by pruning any long stems. The dark green leaves have an attractive shine to them.How to care for it: Allow the surface of the rubber tree’s soil to dry out in between watering. It thrives in lighting conditions from medium to bright, and a range of room temperatures between about 60 and 80.
Why you want it: The leaves of this pretty indoor plant can grow to a foot long, and provide a tropical-looking accent to home decor. The whole plant can grow six feet high for a cheery room focal point.How to care for it: Diffenbachia thrives in normal room temperature not colder than the mid-60s. Keep the soil evenly moist, and provide medium or low lighting conditions for the best result.
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Why you want it: Surely you’ve seen this indoor house plant in many homes, since it has such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves—and it’s super easy to grow.
How to care for it: This house plant favors low humidity and also low light, making it great for rooms with few windows. It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates standard temperatures ranging to about 85 degrees.