Houseplants brighten up our indoor spaces, making us feel happy and calm. Surprisingly easy to care for, the trick is to choose the right plant for the conditions in your home or workplace.
Even if you’re a complete beginner, there are several houseplants that are very easy to grow and require little specialist care. Happy in most rooms of your home, you can move these indoor plants around until you find the best place for them to thrive.
Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum', or the Spider Plant as it’s more commonly known, is an iconic choice that remains enduringly popular. With a cascading habit, its bright glossy foliage spills over the edge of the pot making this an excellent choice for high windowsills or shelves. Spider plants are also fantastic at cleaning the air in the room.
Known for its medicinal properties, Aloe Vera is a firm favourite in many households. As a succulent it enjoys a warm spot on a sunny windowsill, but it also tolerates some neglect and doesn’t mind if you forget to water it occasionally! The distinctive fleshy green foliage is filled with cooling sap that’s good for cooling burns and soothing dry, sun-damaged skin.
A native of warm countries like Australia, Indonesia and India, Epipremnum aureum, or Devil's Ivy, is an easy-to-care-for plant that looks great in a well-lit corner away from direct sunlight. This vigorous house plant swiftly scales a moss pole to create a lush, tropical-looking feature that takes up very little floor space.
Some chemicals and pollutants that are found in your home can prevent you from relaxing or sleeping properly. Not only do plants enrich the air with oxygen, research from NASA shows that some air purifying houseplants also remove up to 87% of toxins from your inside space! Here are some easy-to-grow houseplants to help keep you healthy at home.
The most efficient of the air purifiers, Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii (also known as the snake plant or Mother-in-Law's Tongue) is a must for many households. It grows almost anywhere in the home, surviving happily in areas of lower light and putting up with some neglect when it comes to watering. The upright habit of the Snake Plant gives it an architectural quality too, perfect for modern decor.
Not only an elegant plant to enjoy in your home, the Spathiphyllum 'Torelli' , or Peace Lily helps remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene from the air, all of which can be found in everyday household products. Requiring very little by way of attention, position your Peace Lily away from direct sunlight and let it get to work!
Also known as the dragon plant, Dracaena is available in a number of different varieties and does a great job of purifying the air in your home. Twisting dark green foliage with bold lime green margins make this house plant incredibly alluring! As a young plant, Dracaena fragrans ‘Tornado’ has a low rounded shape that sits nicely on a worktop or coffee table. With maturity, it gradually extends upwards to form an upright central stem, making a fine floor-standing specimen. This magnificent Dragon Tree is undemanding and easy to grow. Just keep it in a shady position as direct sunlight causes the leaves to scorch and turn brown.
Houseplants that prefer their soil to be kept damp, or those that like to be misted weekly, will often thrive in kitchens and bathrooms where humidity levels are higher than the rest of the house. These houseplants look amazing in minimalist bathrooms, and add a touch of warmth and personality to the most utilitarian areas of your home.
Croton absolutely loves the higher humidity levels in warm bathrooms, conservatories, kitchens or even indoor swimming pools! Sometimes called 'Joseph's Coat' due to its technicolour foliage, its large, glossy leaves feature striking patterns in red, gold and green. For maximum impact, a croton is the perfect show-stopper.
Almost impossible to kill, Aglaonema 'Christina' (or Chinese evergreen) has lovely, long green leaves that are streaked or dappled with either yellow or white. Naturally tropical plants, they love the humid conditions found in bathrooms and kitchens.
Ferns love damp conditions and so will readily thrive in kitchens and bathrooms where they'll absorb the humid air. Producing magnificent, textural fronds with a prehistoric feel, these ancient plants prefer a spot out of direct sunlight.
Houseplants are often chosen for their beautiful foliage, but some are also beloved for their wonderful blooms. Better value-for-money than cut flowers, a flowering houseplant injects a welcome shot of colour to any inside space.
No piece on indoor plants would be complete with mentioning orchids. Their long-lasting elegant blooms are hard to beat, along with graceful arching stems and a delicate scent. Possibly one of the most exotic blooms available, they’re not as difficult to look after as many people believe.
We hope we’ve provided plenty of inspiration to help you choose your next houseplant, and that you find something suitable for the growing conditions in your home. For top tips on how to care for your new purchase, watch our short video on how to grow houseplants or head to our houseplant hub page for more advice.