There’s something about plants that adds an air of relaxation and style to any room, and they literally bring more life into your home.
Houseplants do much more than just look nice, however. They can also help you reduce pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde in your home, making the air safer to breathe.
Our list includes easy houseplants for beginners and the super-busy, stunning blooms for a splash of color, air purifiers for your home and plants with striking foliage that add elegance that will fill your home with beauty.
Check out these houseplants to find the right one for you!
Simple Houseplants for Low-Maintenance Style
It may be that you have a “brown thumb,” or perhaps you simply are not inclined to water, trim, and fertilize your lawn. It does not mean that you cannot still have lovely houseplants!
Our recommendation is these hard-to-kill plants that stay healthy even under difficult conditions.
Zeezee plant, also known as eternity plant, is a glossy green succulent that is so long-lived. Because it is a succulent, like aloe vera or cacti, it can survive without being watered for quite some time. Moreover, it is just as tough as it looks because of its thick leaves, which can stand up even to low light.
Hoya is commonly known as the “wax plant” because of its waxy leaves and green flowers. Hoya blooms are stunning, and they have a lovely scent. You can easily forget to water this plant sometimes, because it can tolerate not being watered.
Its long, wide, pointed leaves can reach up to two feet tall, so it makes a wonderful floor plant. Cast-iron is a name given to this plant because of its iron-tough constitution, and it is as tough as it sounds.
The cast-iron plant is home to the brawny guy of houseplants. It can withstand infrequent watering, low lighting, and wide temperature variations. It is notoriously difficult to kill cast-iron plants!
Crotons are not only tough, but they are also incredibly beautiful (see photo above). Crotons have multicolored leaves, which make them look high maintenance, but they are easy to grow.
Ponytail palms are actually succulents, not palms. It has long, flowing, palm-like leaves that give it its name, and it stores extra water in a bulge at the base of its trunk.
The ponytail palm is a succulent that can survive for long periods of time without water, and it can grow quite large: up to 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. In front of a picture window, this plant looks absolutely stunning!
A Healthy Home with Air Purifiers
Plants convert carbon dioxide in your home’s air into oxygen, so they are good to have around, especially during the winter when you are indoors a lot.
Keeping houseplants can help you purify the air in your home, says Dr. Bill Wolverton, an environmental scientist. Houseplants are indicated for at least two plants per 100 square feet in this article.
Additionally, these plants can filter out air pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia, which can contribute to your residence’s health.
Don’t overwater your plants; this can encourage mold growth on the soil and aggravate allergies indoors.
The golden pothos has attractive leaves with gold streaks that are flexible and fast-growing. But don’t be fooled by its pretty appearance, because this plant is much more than a decoration.
Benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide may be reduced by the golden pothos in addition to carbon dioxide. Since foemaldehyde and carbon monoxide are both components of car exhaust, the golden pothos is a perfect plant for the entrance to your attached garage.
Peace lilies have lovely cream-colored blooms (see photo above) and a graceful appearance. This beautiful plant can survive in low-light conditions, unlike many houseplants.
It also acts as an air purifier, filtering benzene (an irritant emitted by many household products including nail polish remover) and acetone (a carcinogen present in furniture waxes, polishes, and paints).
This climbing vine is perfect for small spaces such as your office desk or nightstand. Formaldehyde, the most common indoor air pollutant, is removed from your home’s air by its leaves.
Formaldehyde is also found in dyes found in synthetic carpets and resins found in wood floors, as well as additional chemicals found in household products.
With a short, spiky trunk and long, thin stalks reaching high above it and clusters of pointed leaves at the tip of each stalk, the lady palm appears like a palm tree. In addition to catching and filtering ammonia, this plant is an airway irritant found in household cleaners, textiles, and dyes.
Plants like this one are asthma sufferers’ best friends.
Spider plants’ long, spiky leaves filter more carbon dioxide than many other houseplants. However, this humble plant also filters benzene and formaldehyde from your home’s air.
Aside from having attractive foliage and being an air purifier, the spider plant is also extremely easy to grow. Spider plants qualify for 3 of the categories in this list, making them “triple-threats”!
A Stunning Bloom for a Splash of Color
There is a reason why the African violet is so popular as a houseplant. Its flowers range in color from pink to deep purple and even bi-color, and its velvety leaves are equally lovely.
African violets are also easy to grow-all they need is some filtered sunlight and warm conditions to bloom all year long.
A hibiscus is the classic tropical flower, with giant, round, bright-colored blooms (see the photo at the top of this article). In late spring and fall, and sometimes even during the winter, this plant will bloom frequently.
Huiscus plants thrive in bright, moist soil and bloom with an array of colorful blooms.
A flowering maple can be grown as a shrub, a tree, or even as a hanging-basket plant. Beautiful round crepe-paper flowers cover this plant in color, and can be orange, red, pink, or yellow.
An oxalis is a striking, unique houseplant that will make your guests take notice. The leaves of this plant are triangular in shape, with shamrock-like accents, and vary from a deep purple to green (see photo above).
The foliage is topped by delicate clusters of round, five-petaled flowers, which are nearly perpetually blooming in white or pink. You can’t ask for more than that, can you?
During the winter months, Kaffir lilies, or clivia, bloom, adding a splash of color to your surroundings. Up to 20 flowers can bloom in clusters of the clivia, which can range in colour from yellow to reddish-orange.
Kaffir lilies bloom when they are kept cool and dry. The deep green foliage of this eye-catching plant makes it attractive even when it is not in bloom.
A Touch of Sophistication with Amazing Foliage
There are some plants whose foliage is so eye-catching they don’t need flowers to take your breath away. The following are 5 excellent examples.
The leaves of the peperomia plant are wide, curvy, and multicolored. The red-edge peperomia’s leaves are particularly stunning; they are green down the middle, surrounded by a creamy color, and have a thin red border around the edge. It’s gorgeous!
A handsome, low-maintenance plant with green leaves flecked with cream, silver, or gray. It can survive in low-light areas and looks excellent on its own or as an accent around the base of a taller plant.
The dracaena is one of the most beautiful plants. It has tall, pointed leaves sprouting from a single stalk. Its leaves are green with a golden streak down the middle, and they’re pretty enough not to need blooms.
In fact, this plant fits into three of these categories: it’s easy to grow, has striking foliage, and is also an air purifier. Your home’s air is cleaned by dissolving formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene in the dracaena. The plant is so hardworking!
Dieffenbachia leaves are large, rounded, green with whitish accents. Dieffenbachias are not only beautiful, but low-maintenance as well.
Snake plants have several tall, glossy, tapering leaves with dark and light green accents, and golden borders. Snake plants are named for their long leaves, which can reach 4 feet tall.
Snake plants aren’t just cool-looking with a cool name-they’re also succulents, so they can go for long periods without water. Are you looking for another reason to buy a snake plant? The plant also filters formaldehyde and benzene from the air in your home. The deal is done!