A simple way to get those Springtime vibes poppin’ is by bringing a little life into your space. And nothing adds more life to your home like fresh flowers and potted houseplants. But, let’s be honest: When it comes to gardening, not all of us are blessed with a green thumb . . . While I haven’t always been particularly gifted when it comes to keeping my plants alive, I love the look of potted plants hanging and gathered on windowsills with gorgeous leaves spilling over the side. Plus, houseplants can clean the air, brighten up your space and can even fill your home with good energy! Keeping the plants alive is key, though . . .
More often than not, we find that our green thumbs just don’t live up to our expectations. Especially when it comes to indoor plants, which can be tricky to keep alive. The good news, though, is that there are a significant number of plants out there that aren’t quite as hard to provide a healthy, happy life! More and more people are filling their homes with contemporary to eclectic varieties of houseplants ranging from elongated and super stylish snake plants to floating green orbs that barely seem like plants at all.
From contemporary snake plants to eclectic and fun string of pearls, the gorgeous greenery options are endless. Get ready to add a little life to your space and be a plant murderer no more! Here are eleven more plants that are easy to keep alive for just about anyone.
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Notoriously easy to grow, the heart-leaf philodendron has gorgeous, rich heart-shaped leaves and will easily had life to your space. They look especially trendy in hanging baskets for a bohemian vibe. A heart-leaf philodendron will be a perfect addition to your bathroom since they like to be misted every once in a while — the steam from your shower is bound to make this fun plant happy. If the foliage begins to turn yellow, you are probably over watering the plant. On the other hand if the foliage begins to turn brown you are not providing the plant with enough water. Again, heart-leaf philodendrons are a popular choice for houseplants because they’re so easy to take care of and will thrive in almost any indirect lighting. They are toxic though, so just be sure to place them out of reach from pets. Learn how to easily propagate your heart-shaped philodendrons for even more houseplant fun!
Split Leaf Philodendron
Though these non-climbing philodendrons aren’t as versatile when it comes to display options, they’re still just as easy to care for! Also known as the Swiss Cheese plant, this houseplant is being brought back to life after spending years as a hippie throwback. If you love the ease of the heart-leaf philodendron but prefer a more substantial houseplant, try the split leaf philodendron. Lush and sculptural with funky looking leaves, it lends a tropical vibe to whatever space it inhabits! When it comes to lighting, just consider this plant the low-light alternative to the fiddle leaf fig. Just don’t place them in direct sunlight. The split leaf likes to be one the dry side, so watering it once a week will make this a healthy, happy houseplant. Also, be careful when choosing the location for this houseplant because once you put it somewhere, it does not like to be moved. The split leaf has an attitude of its own — if moved to another location, the leaves may drop in revolt to your moving it.
These low-maintenance houseplants can go weeks without any attention and still look good as new! Also referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is named for the sharp tips at the end of its elongated, variegated stems, resembling snakes or tongues — depending on your point of view! They bring a cool, modern look to your home and many people love them for their dramatic, sword-shaped leaves. And with the warmer weather, this distinctive plant is a wonderful option for a bare corner in your bedroom as it omits oxygen during the night, helping to cool the room while you sleep. Snake plants can do well in most light and, probably the greatest perk of all for those lazy thumbs out there, they can withstand long periods without water, thanks to their waxy water-retaining leaves! However, it’s recommended that you water once yours every two weeks. They can rot, but as long as your pot has drainage holes in the bottom and you don’t over-water, you’ll be fine.
Despite its rather fussy appearance, the elegantly whimsical ponytail palm isn’t actually a palm at all, but a succulent! This is the perfect houseplant for brightening up your entryway or place it in a bare hallway for some pizzazz. You can also buy mini ponytails or full-grown (though, I have to say the mini is pretty darn cute!). A native to Mexico, this plant digs direct sunlight and only needs watering every two weeks. Luckily, its base stores water making the ponytail palm an excellent houseplant for busy — and sometimes forgetful — people. And you can usually find these guys for a low price — I’ve seen some as low as $5. However, these guys are pretty slow-growing, but they’re super low-maintenance and will last for years (even if poorly cared for).
Also known as Donkey’s Tail, this distinctive succulent is a great choice for beginners. The gray-green leaves overlap on trailing stems that create a tail-like effect (hence the name). The leaves often fall off, but not to worry: This succulent is a completely non-toxic houseplant! Plus you can use the droppings to grow a plethora of burrow’s tails. Besides their fun-looking leaves, this houseplant doesn’t require much water, and they’re pretty forgiving if happened to forget watering them. They do need more sunlight, though, so they’re best by window or in a well-lit room.
Chinese Money Plant (aka Missionary Plant)
Quirky, charismatic with disc-like leaves; it’s no wonder the Chinese money plant has been popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram. If you’ve got succulent fever, this is a great houseplant to try thanks to its whimsical appeal. Place yours in the bathroom for some flare. Keep your Chinese money plant in a relatively cool environment and a in good amount of light, though not direct sunlight.
Not only are prayer plants low-maintenance, they also look pretty darn cool! And at night, they look even more cool! The prayer plant folds up during the night as if the leaves are praying (hence the name). Their gorgeous dark green, purple and white leaves fold in half like to hands coming together in prayer. This houseplant prefers a bright, indirect light and, although you have to keep its soil moist (not too soggy), it’s really a beautiful plant to have around. Just try to water yours once or twice a week to appreciate its pretty foliage.
Although I despise the name, these easy-to-care-for houseplants are a favorite in homes and offices. Spider plants look great in hanging baskets, especially when they flower and eventually sprout “spiderettes.” Their fast-growing offshoots can be removed and placed in soil or water, and will grow into a plant of their own. Their elongated leaves can be either solid green or variegated green and white. Give these tolerant plants moderate light and, thankfully, the best part about spider plants is that they need to dry out between watering. Forgetful people of the world, rejoice with me! Just make sure the have enough room for drainage.
Ferns are subtropical plants (remember the island-inspiring bird’s nest fern?) so if you go for a Boston fern, make sure you place yours somewhere that has a good amount of humidity to thrive. Once it grows, this fern becomes a beautiful hanging decorative piece just bursting with energy. Sure Boston ferns are super stylish as decor, but they’re also natural air humidifiers and purifiers — perfect for cleaning the air in your bathroom. And these guys should be misted regularly, so keeping one or two in your bathroom is a great way to keep them happy without having to work too hard! As if this plant couldn’t get any better, Boston ferns are completely non-toxic; a great choice if you have pets. Just be sure to check the labels if you opt for this one, as ferns all look incredibly similar! Keep their soil moist with just a bit of light and you will see this fern thrive.
There are several house plants which are grown exclusively for their foliage, and the Calathea is one of them. Also known at ‘peacock plants’ for it’s beautiful purple, green, pink and red foilage, this decorative houseplant will definitely turn some heads. For the best display, keep the plant moist (not drenched) at all times and moderate shade to indirect light. Calathea plants are a little high-maintenance compared to the others on the list, but besides keeping their soil moist and needing to be in a humid environment, they’re still an easy plant to care for. Perfect for bathrooms or placing in a terrarium, or a quick misting will do the job. Closely related to the similarly gorgeous prayer plant, Calathea species generally have boldly marked, upright oblong leaves in a dazzling array of colors held on long, upright stalks.
Rosary Plant Vines
Due to it’s durability, the rosary plant makes for an excellent houseplant. Able to withstand neglect, dry air and drought, these playful plants will bounce back with a single watering! The vines of this plant are like thin wires with marbled, heart-shaped leaves that look a pinkish color in bright light. The stems will reach two to four feet in length, so the plant does well in hanging baskets or atop a pedestal. Rosary plants prefer warmer Summer temperatures and enjoy basking in bright light for most of the day. You’ll need to water this plant thoroughly, but then allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Two unique features of the rosary vine are the flowers and the fun “beads.” The slender flowers resemble an inverted, small pink vase. The beads are small tubers which form along the stem at the leaves base. These beads can be planted to produce new vines! Just press the tuber into the soil and keep it moist (not wet).