A little greenery goes a long way in feeling relaxed and rested, especially if you’re worn down from the Monday to Friday 9-5 plus overtime. Houseplants have become increasingly popular over the last few years for many, and Instagram inspiration lush with in-house vegetation has only fuelled more green thumb aspirations. If you’re someone looking to buy a first pot, or looking to add a new plant to your collection of 15 houseplants, this list of 10 ideal houseplants should cover all of your needs!
Pothos are a beautiful leafy vine that are wonderful beginner plants for new plant owners. Not only are they easy to care for and low light tolerant, but they are hardy and durable as well, needing a moderate amount of water, and fertilizer only twice a year. Additionally, pothos are known to top choices for indoor growing as they absorb indoor air toxins and improve the air quality of your house. A beautiful, tough plant that keeps on giving!
A small palm with green, slender leaves, the parlour palm is a tree native to tropical regions such as Mexico and Guatemala! They are great indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions, and do well in smaller spaces. Parlour palm plants should be grown together as a cluster in a single container as they look better nestled together, with their leaves branching out. It’s great for a wall or shelf corner!
Lucky Bamboo are not actually bamboo, but a plant called dracaena, and used often as part of feng shui designs, and gifted to bring luck. They do well in sunlight but will grow more slowly in the shade, and are often grown in water and pebbles. Just change the water regularly and make sure to rotate the plant so that it’s receiving light evenly and you’ll have a happy lucky bamboo, and maybe some extra luck!
Snake plants have a reputation for thriving on neglect, and maintain a vibrancy with their structured leaves and rich colouring. They are low maintenance plants that can withstand a drafty winter, and have few insect problems. If you’re looking for a house plant that is an independent roommate, a snake plant might be your best option.
Tillandsia are also called air plants and grow attached to rock surfaces. This means they need no soil and can live practically anywhere in the house. This gives them a versatility to be decorative on your shelves and as table pieces without any mess. They are also extremely difficult to kill, and require only a bit of committed care once every 1.5 weeks. Run the base of the plant under water for a while and leave out to dry completely before returning the plant to its perch.
AskforTask Design Tips:
Maximize your wall space by installing vertical wall planters for smaller options like air plants
Install hangers for vine plants like pothos to create different draping lines
A staple herb in so many recipes, mint comes in many different types and all are fragrant in their own way. Besides giving off a wonderful scent, they are fast growing and can be harvested regularly for your daily mojito, iced tea, lemonade or salad! Mint plants do best in partial shade and should be grown in containers.
Basil is another popular herb that can be used fresh for dishes or dried for a different form of seasoning. Basil plants prefer sunlight and warmer temperatures and need to be watered often in the hot weather so that they don’t dry out. When grown indoors, they are also fragrant enough to be eaten right off the plant!
Besides its strong aesthetic contribution, lavender is known to be a relaxer. Growing lavender in your home can infuse your home with a fresh, calming scent, and provide a wonderful pop of colour. They are plants that like the sunlight and will do best near windows, and with a minimal amount of watering.
Parsley are slow growers so expect to be patient with these little herb plants. But what they lack in speed, they make up for in convenience. They are easy to start from seed and can deal with the cold, making them a great first time herb to try. They are wonderful garnishes for dishes and also for soups!
Thyme is a twiggy herb that’s easy to maintain and can be harvested abundantly all summer. Their leaves and sprigs can be used fresh or dried for different culinary purposes and can also be burned to get rid of annoying insects in the house.
AskforTask Declutter Tips:
Use old biscuit or tea tins as plant potters, just make sure there’s a generous layer of rock under the dirt for drainage purposes!
Repurpose chipped cups or bowls, or old kitchen appliances for planting seedlings or for nurturing herbs in your kitchen