I think we all know that plants and flowers add a warm and nurturing feeling to a home. Plants not only add beauty but also make our homes healthier by acting as air filters.
I know, I know. What if you are not good at keeping plants alive? House plants can be somewhat tricky. For the most part I confine myself to the easier variety. Today I’m going to share what works for me and a few other ways that I bring foliage into my house.
Yellow Ivy is pretty much fool proof. I don’t think you can over water it. And over watering is frequently an issue with houseplants. They really only need to be watered once a week. I try to establish a certain day that I water and that helps me to remember. “It’s Friday, time to water the plants!” The only problem with ivy is supporting it because it does grow so prolifically.
Another easy plant is sansevieria. These plants almost thrive on neglect. There was a time when I did not like the rigid and pointy leaves but now I see them as sculptural. It’s perfect for any empty corners you may have.
Succulents are abundant these days and some like to tout them as easy. But they do need sun so be sure you have the right sunny spot in your home for them.
I also love faux greenery. I use this dried moss from the craft store to add a suggestion of nature to areas like dark bathrooms.
Also, I have found very realistic leafy branches at craft stores like Michael’s. We are way beyond your grandmother’s silk plant days.
Grocery store flowers and small potted plants are a good temporary solution for those times when you or your rooms need a boost. They really are not a splurge at all. Our Safeways have a nice big bouquet of alstroemeria for $5.
Sometimes when I just want to liven up a small corner I will clip a few leafy stems from my garden. I have a few shrubs with pretty glossy green leaves which brightens up my desk or a dark hallway or a windowless bathroom.
Undoubtedly plants require some effort and attention. When I had a house full of children and pets, my plants were somewhat neglected. But I have always enjoyed the beauty and warmth they add to my home.
Do you have any favorite houseplants that are easy to care for? Let us know in the comments!