Aside from the many beneficial roles they play – air purifier, oxygen producer, mood booster – houseplants add an element of style to your decor that can’t be mimicked by just anything else and they have a unique way of making a home feel – well, homier. There’s something about the delicate demeanor of a lacy leaf overarching from its container, or the way a tropical plant makes you feel like you’re on an island.
Houseplants provide a unique sense of joy to our surroundings that we just can’t get enough of. That being said, it can be overwhelming to select the perfect plant, or group of plants, for you and your home, and for those who don’t have much experience, it’s hard to know where to begin. To help you make the right choice for you, we’ve highlighted our top ten favorite houseplants to get you started!
They say green thumbs skip a generation, and that may be so, but most often the love for these treasured plants is being passed down as an heirloom, taking a place on the family tree.
Pothos: Ironically, Pothos have been a hot-topic plant for their inability to die. Their genealogy spans for decades as each plant is propagated from your grandma’s grandma’s decade, but its recent appeal has come along with the trailing plant trend, versus the upright, pole-hugging plant of yesterday.
Spider Plant: A name is just a name, right? Well, in this case, it says everything about this plant. The overarching growth habit of the Spider Plant resembles a spider – right down to its lil baby starter plants that spring off the mother plant! It’s truly a phenomenon when you think about how a plant matures to showcase its babies in such a way. Typically found in variegation form, the Spider Plant prefers low to medium light and minimal watering, making it a low-maintenance must-have. And, no, it does not attract spiders! (Phew!)
Rubber Plant: Another one for the ages, the Rubber Plant is actually part of the Ficus family (think Fiddle-Leaf Fig), but is more like the black sheep, as its dark green to almost black, waxy leaves project a bold statement in any room. It’s less finicky than other fig varieties as its thick leaves are more tolerant of temperature fluctuations and all it needs is bright, indirect light to rise to the ceiling given the space!
Sansevieria (Snake Plant): While the Spider Plant’s name is understandable, “Snake Plant” is tough to correlate to the plant’s habits. Same thought could be applied to its other common name, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. Regardless of its name-ology, though, you can rest assured the plant doesn’t come with any overimposing habits or attraction to reptiles. Sansevieria’s strict, upright habit is striking, especially in varieties with contrasting, colored edges, making it the perfect “sit still, look pretty” type of plant that requires little maintenance, care, or light. It’s just happy to be here, wherever “here” may be.
Peace Lily: Most often known for being a remembrance piece following a family tragedy, the Peace Lily’s reputation is cluttered with mixed feelings. Truth be told, Never expecting much, the Peace Lily lets you know when she needs water and tolerates some of the darkest spaces within a home.
Many houseplants you see today have been around for years. However, some varieties have only just begun to make a name for themselves. These plants may have only recently caught your eye, as if they’ve been restyled just for you.
ZZ Plant: Talk about a plant that’ll sit in the corner and not say a peep! ZZ Plants will tolerate the most intolerable conditions and still love you like the dog does when you come home from work. The perfect plant to kickstart your urban jungle, its upright branching habit opens to display sleek, glossy, dark green leaves that never go dull.
Aglaonema: While the name might be hard to pronounce, Aglaonemas are super easy to care for. Plus, they work hard to purify your air by flushing out toxins and oxygenating your surroundings! Low light, medium light or bright, indirect light – it doesn’t matter! Almost anywhere you’d like to place them, they’ll flourish. Oh, and you can call them Chinese Evergreens if you prefer. That’s their stage name.
Bromeliads: The family of Bromeliads is vast! The variety of tropical foliage and flower combos are sometimes overwhelming, but their maintenance is most certainly not. Extra bonus: The blooms last a long time. Really long. With bright, indirect light shining down on them, they’ll find their happy place in your house.
Pilea: Probably one of the most sought-after plants on the market today, varieties of Pilea are considered the pass-along-plant, or Chinese Money plant, which might have spurred their celebrity status.The round leaves that arch their way outward from the base give an impression of a silver dollar, ready to be placed in your hand. Place Pileas in bright light, and they’ll send a wealth of positive omens your way.
Whether you’re a first-time owner, or a houseplant connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with one of these beauties in your home! To find your perfect fit, or to browse a wide selection of other houseplant treasures, stop by the nursery today!