If you want to add some life to your space, but don’t want to spend all of your time looking after houseplants, then this is the list for you.
From plants that add an accent to showstopper specimens, here’s how to add some serene greenery to your space with a few carefully chosen houseplants.
Let’s start with the obvious; the trusty, hardy cactus. There are so many varieties of cactus in shape and size, that you can choose the right option to best suit your space. Make it a real focal point of a room or have a miniature version sitting on top of your sideboard as part of a beautiful vignette. Cacti only need bi-monthly watering, and the easiest of the family to look after are jade plants and aloe vera. Their thicker leaves mean they are able to store more water, meaning they’re practically unkillable.
The snake plant has a beautiful sculptural quality to the shape of its leaves to it which adds visual interest to a simple space. These are as easy as cacti when it comes to watering - they’ll only need topping up less than once a month.
Also called the ‘Zanzibar gem’ or ‘ZZ plant’, the zamioculcas is a beautiful cross between a fern, a succulent and a cycad. This is an excellent candidate for an indoor house plant and has beautifully unusual shapes; its dark green colouring, distinctive shape and tolerance for shade makes the zamioculcas a winner.
This gorgeous specimen, commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, originates from the rainforests of South America, where they sprawl towards the treetops to bask in the sunshine. Their sculptural leaves make them a firm favourite of interior lovers. Monstera is an easy option for a windowsill or patio door, water well once the soil dries out and let it grow wild. They’re incredibly satisfying plants to own as they sprout new leaves very quickly if looked after well which is a great encouragement to keep watering, however they will happily survive during times of drought too.
Even the most oblivious plant novice should have heard of the spider plant. Loved for its far-from-needy nature, the spider plant will do well in a spacious pot and will sprout new “spiders” as it thrives, each of which can be re-homed into a new pot. Avoid direct sunlight and water when the soil becomes dry.
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