Use Houseplants to Liven up Your Home

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and been impressed by their sense of style, but there was something missing? Something you couldn’t quite put your finger on? What it was likely missing was a taste of the natural world, some indoor house plants can really liven up a home and give it that extra ‘Wow’ factor.

But merely choosing any old plant for your home is not likely to work. You need to make sure that you choose plants that are suitable for your type of home and what you want to achieve. Use this quick guide to help you choose from some of the most popular plants to liven up your house today.

Plants for Low Light

If you have a low light area, then plant choice is very important. Many plants will simply not survive this environment, or they will look sad and not improve on your homes atmosphere at all. Below are some of the most common plants that are suitable for low light situations.

Philodendron, Heartleaf

There is no doubt you have seen the Heartleaf before; it is one of the most popular houseplants. It is easy to look after and thrives in low light environments.

Parlor Palm

The Parlour Palm has been around for years and is still very popular today. It makes a bold statement in almost any room and requires watering only when the soil feels dry. Low light is not a problem for this plant.

Aerogarden

This is a bit of a different suggestion, but you could also consider an Aerogarden for a low light area. An Aerogarden is a self-contained hydroponic system that allows you to grow almost any plant you like – including vegetables and leafy greens!

It looks great in any area and is sure to draw the eye.

Low Maintenance House Plants

Not everyone has time to look after house plants that need a lot of tender loving care. Luckily there is an abundance of low maintenance house plants available that also give your home a sense of style.

Norfolk Island Pine

This plant is very similar to a Christmas tree but without the long needles. It does require good light to look its best so make sure you place it in an area with lots of natural light. The Norfolk Island Pine only needs watering when the soil surface is dry.

Chinese Evergreen

This plant has attractive leaves that really brighten up a room. The foliage looks great, and the leaves have patches of gray, silver or green which gives it a unique appearance. Simply keep the soil moist, and it will love you forever.

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is a succulent that tolerates neglect like a pro. If you have had trouble keeping other plants alive then start with the snake plant, it is actually hard to hurt this plant!

It has long green leaves that grow up from the pot to a height of 4ft, it can handle low light rooms but is better in an area with indirect natural light.

Indoor Trees

Indoor trees are sure to draw the eye, they are a little more high maintenance than some other indoor plants, but the effect they have on a room makes them worth it.

Alli Ficus

Alli Ficus has green, long slender leaves that hand gracefully from the branches. This tree is happy in a variety of light conditions and looks great in a living room, office or bedroom.

Alli Ficus grows to 6-8 feet tall and ideally should be watered with luke-warm water due to it being a tropical native.

Ponytail Palm

I know I mentioned just before that indoor trees are harder to maintain than other plants, but that is not the case with the Ponytail Palm. It has a bulbous base, and its trunk tapers in at the top. It has straplike, cascading leaves that almost never wilt.

This tree goes happily for weeks without being watered so is quite happy being left alone while you are on vacation.

Yucca Cane

If you live in a hot, dry area, then a Yucca Cane is perfect for you. It has bright green sword shape leaves that stem from a woody trunk. This tree prefers bright, well-lit areas and will want to be watered whenever the soil dries out.

Bio: Aaron Green is a full time father of two who spends his spare time in the garden and around the house. Being responsible for two young children leaves him little time to pursue hobbies, but he loves to share his knowledge with others when he can. You can find more of Aaron’s work at www.essentialhomeandgarden.com

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