Silk plants have come a long way, and even the brownest thumb can “grow” them, but they pale in comparison to live, lush indoor house plants. There are so many reasons growing real indoor plants enhance interior living spaces. They add vibrant energy, are oxygenators and air purifiers, and many require only minimal care.
Plus, I’ll tell you a little secret: when you grow indoor house plants, you start to become attached. They wind up feeling like the world’s lowest maintenance pets.
10 House Plants That Enhance Interior Living Spaces (no green thumb required!)
Plants add style and visual interest in corners, underneath windows, ascending a stairway or while as center pieces on dining, coffee and end tables. The following 10 plants are easy to maintain, and many will allow you to take cuttings so you can add to your own collection or give them away as gifts to family and friends.
- Snake Plant. The erect, variegated green and yellow leaves in this plant look fabulous in modern home designs where lines and angles are the norm. They aren’t too picky about light, but do love water so keep their soil moist.
- Succulents. The only warning I have regarding these plants is, “Watch out! They are addictive.” Succulent nurseries have a myriad of choices, all with their own unique shapes, colors and personalities. Once you start a succulent garden (in a tea cup, a planter, a pot, an antique serving bowl, almost anything…) you’ll be a fan.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. These get fairly good size, up to 8 feet or more, and are fast growers. You can prune them to keep them in check. They make great corner fillers. They like their soil to dry out between waterings – so once every couple weeks is often enough.
- Cacti. Like succulents, cacti require very little water but there are so many different sizes and shapes to choose from. Obviously, location matters – especially if you have pets or small children.
- Rubber Tree. Large, oblong leaves with a thick rubber-like texture characterize the popular rubber tree, which likes bright but indirect sunlight. It also likes dry soil between waterings.
- Aloe Vera. Every home should have an Aloe Vera plant. If not for its cool aesthetic, the Aloe Vera will be valued for it’s medicinal properties. Cut a leaf and use the clear, oozing Aloe Vera gel to soothe sunburns, skin abrasions and other dermal upsets.
- Fiji Palm. The miniature version of the Fiji Palm will add a youthful and fun energy to any room. The broad palm leaves will also serve as a medium for your beach getaway fantasies. They do fine with moderate sunlight or downright shady locations and don’t need to be watered often.
- Shamrock Plant. This is such a sweet, gentle and cheerful little plant. Like it’s name suggests, it is comprised of shamrock-shaped leaves and kids will delight in trying to find the very rare and illusive four-leaf clover. It can handle shade, only needs water once a week and its low-profile makes it ideal for window sills and table tops.
- Calathea. Here’s another plant with bold and beautiful leaves. The Calathea’s leaves have striking green and white markings on the front with a rich eggplant purple underside. It likes moist soil and prefers hidden corners or areas without much direct light.
- English Ivy. Like the ever-popular Pothos plant, English Ivy is a robust and hardy cascading plant that can take a beating and always comes back. It’s also one of the best air purifiers, and is excellent at removing mold spores from the environment!