How to make any interior feel fresh and welcoming in an instant? Many people remember about using perfect colors, rich textures, and fancy furniture, but they forget about those unique accessories that the Mother Nature offers us – the plants.
Plants have a double impact on any interior – not only they will add visual interest to space, but also they will help you with the air quality in your home which is an important factor if you care about your health. Some people don’t use any houseplants in their houses only because they are convinced that maintaining plants requires a lot of work and knowledge. Fortunately, that’s not always the case as you can find plenty of beautiful plants which won’t demand too much of your attention.
This plant tops the lists of the houseplants for inexperienced gardeners. It can cope with very little water and be forgotten by its owner. It has a tropical descent and in its natural environment can reach even 12 meters. In a house, it can grow up to a few meters. Devil’s Ivy has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves with light green, yellow, silver or white patterns or a flaming pattern. And it’s irreplaceable in air cleansing as the NASA scientists proved it’s one of the 10 plants which are the most efficient in improving the air quality. The pores in the leaves absorb the harmful particles from the air which makes this plant a perfect choice not only for your home but also for your workspace in the office. To let it do its magic, place it near a printer so it will be able to remove any pollution right at its source. Devil’s Ivy in terms of the interior design is a very versatile plant. Thanks to its long stems which you can arrange around a stake so they can climb up it or just use this plant as a hanging plant with stems dangling freely in the air.
Devil’s Ivy is a very robust plant which can tolerate a low-light environment – it’s a huge plus as it gives you virtually endless options in terms of placing it in your house. Don’t place it in direct sun though as it may damage the plant. When it comes to watering, once a week is usually enough – you should aim to keep the soil evenly damp. And watch out if you have pets or kids as this plant is toxic.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Another stunning plant with a tropical descent is an all-times favorite and one of the most popular plants. Thanks to its looks it fits many interior design styles, from modern, through minimalistic to eclectic. With its deep-green leaves, it looks truly impressive in all-white interiors. You can ease the contrast by introducing some yellowish-green accessories such as some furniture, throw pillows or curtains.Fiddle Leaf Fig can grow really big in size which can make it look rather than a small tree than a regular indoor houseplant. It has beautiful violin-shaped leaves which add this tall plant lots of sophisticated beauty. Although this plant feels the best in the warm and steamy environment, it is pretty forgiving and can cope with less-than-perfect conditions. If you take care of it well, it can grow even up to 6 feet tall, which is still nothing to its size in the natural environment where it can get as tall as 40 feet!
In terms of light, Fiddle Leaf Fig likes bright, filtered light, but doesn’t like direct sunlight as it may give it leaf burn. The soil should be kept moist but you can’t allow sit-in water to stay as it will cause root rot and the plant will drop its leaves. As it is one of the easiest plants to take care of, it doesn’t have any fertilizer requirements but you can use some during the growing season.
String of Pearls
This mesmerizing plant is unique thanks to its long cascading stems with bead-like leaves. It catches the eye as it looks completely different than most houseplants and makes for a great statement piece in interior design. What’s more, the good news is that it’s easy to maintain! A string of Pearls produces small white flowers which smell a bit like cinnamon.
As for the care, String of Pearls likes bright light, including direct sunlight. You should water this plant every two weeks during warmer months and in winter every month. You should also place it in a spot where there are no drafts or windows as cold air may cause it to drop leaves. A string of Pearls is also a toxic plant, so keep it out of the reach of kids and pets.
This is one of the easiest plants to grow. It tolerates dry air and soil and does well in any light. It has hard and long leaves which grow upwards. Sometimes they have some yellow color accents. This plant was widely popular in the seventies but now it celebrated a big comeback as it fits perfectly in both modern and retro interior designs. Its leaves feature a strong and structured look which is really eye-catching. The Mother-in-law’s Tongue sometimes blooms, but it happens very rarely and usually only after a few years. When it does, it has small white flowers at its base. Thanks to its robust character it’s perfect for beginner gardeners. It can last years with proper care and it’s really hard to kill it – it can happen only through watering it excessively. It only needs to be watered once a month so it’s a perfect plant if you like to travel a lot and don’t feel like asking your neighbors for help with your plants.
These are super trendy these days thanks to their unique appearance. Air plants don’t need soil to grow and in their natural environment, they attach themselves to the trees. They give you really cool interior design options as you can place them in hanging glass bubbles or placed in cork or stones. They require no soil so you can mount them however you want to. Contrary to their name, they actually need more than just the air to survive. They need water, but you can’t just water them, you need to spritz some water onto their leaves. You should mist them two times a week and every week or two submerge them for a couple of hours in water. Just don’t overdo it as excess misting can kill these beautiful plants. Air plants also love bright and filtered light.
This houseplant features beautiful and large, cut-out style leaves which give it a tropical look. It origins from Central Africa and can grow indoors up to 10 to 15 feet tall and 8 feet wide. A little-known fact is that this plant can produce fruits, but there’s a very slim chance that it will actually happen indoors. The fruit is edible and it tastes like a combination of banana, pineapple, and mango. This plant looks good with a variety of interior design styles. If grown for a longer time it can make a great focal point thanks to its impressive size.
Taking care of the Split-Leaf Philodendron requires watering quite a lot with lukewarm demineralized water or rainwater. It prefers bright, filtered light but not direct sunlight. If placed in a darker environment, it will produce smaller leaves without any splits or holes which will make it look less impressive. Although this plant prefers humidity, it can do well in more dry conditions too, especially if you miss it from time to time. It helps to take care of the leaves and reduce the dust on them making the plant look more shiny and greener.
Known for its healing properties it’s also a perfect indoor plant. It’s easy to take care of plus it can grow up to 3 feet tall. Aloe as all succulent plants features a nice structured look which looks great in modern clean-lined interiors as well as eclectic spaces. You can plant it in small containers just like those for cacti and succulents. It likes indirect sunlight but it will also cope with artificial light. As all succulents, it’s very robust and prefers dry soil which makes it another perfect plant for the carefree and forgetful among us. Aloe is also super-efficient in improving the quality of the air. Besides this benefit, Aloe can also be useful as a first aid in skin abrasions and can be an integral part of your beauty routine. Aloe comes in many varieties with Aloe Vera being the most popular one. Other nice-looking varieties of this houseplant include Tiger or Partridge Breasted Aloe (Aloe Variegata) and Lace Aloe (A. aristate).
Guiana Chestnut “Money Tree”
Also known as The Saba Nut or The Pachira Aquatica, it’s a rare houseplant that is actually an indoor tree. Believed to bring good luck to its owner, it makes every interior look fresh and energetic. One of the easiest ways to kill a plant is to water it too much, but this one here is of a tropical descent and in its natural conditions it thrives near wetlands and swamps so it’s virtually impossible to overwater it. Even though it loves moisture, you should watch out for any stand-in water – proper drainage is crucial. Water it one or two times a week, depending on the humidity. The Money Tree feels ok with indirect sunlight, but you should place it in the brightest spot of your home.
With its strong and pointy leaves, Yucca surely knows how to make a statement. In its natural environment, it can grow up to 30 feet tall. It’s used to dry and warm conditions so it won’t die on you the second you forget to water it. For the best results, place it in a partially shady, indirect but bright light environment as this plant can get brown or white discolorations on its leaves. Yucca is also tolerant to a wide range of temperature. It’s a beautiful plant with the ability to cope with some tough love which makes it great for the beginners. Its structured look makes it a perfect choice for modern interiors as it adds plenty of visual interest to any space.
What about you and your experiences with different houseplants? Do you have any favorite ones? Feel free to share your thoughts!