Some people collect antiques. Others collect shoes. Lately I’ve been collecting houseplants. I’m trying to place a few plants in every room of the house to help filter the air. Here are some of my favorite houseplants.
Philodendrons are an easy-to-care-for plant that enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering. This plant has a nice green hue to it.
Probably my favorite houseplant right now is the Creeping Fig – or Ficus Pumila. I love the mounding and trailing characteristics of this plant. Water it thoroughly and don’t place it in direct sunlight. It likes a bright spot, but can also tolerate low light (it just won’t grow as fast). There are a lot of types of ficus available – sometimes it’s hard to choose! I have two of these pretty plants.
If you don’t have a green thumb, give succulents a try. You only need to water them about once every two weeks. They come in a variety of shapes and colors. I love the little red one! I planted these in a cigar box lined with tin foil.
I adore topiary plants and this boxwood topiary is a favorite. When it starts to get a little straggly, simply clip it back into its ball shape.
Alsobia is a gorgeous plant with velvety soft leaves. Water this plant when the soil is dry to the touch. I made a kokedama with this one. The trailing vines are feminine and pretty.
Ivy plants come in a wide variety of options. From solid green leaves to variegated to slightly mottled. This one wears several shades of green on its leaves. The ivy makes a great hanging plant – or set it on a shelf to let its vines cascade down. I typically water my ivy plants once a week as the like when the soil dries out between water applications. They also prefer bright light.
Purple Waffle houseplants are fun, adding texture and color to your home. They need frequent watering and prefer medium light. In fact, if the light is too low, the leaves will lose their purple hue.
Lavender is a wonderful plant to grow indoors. Brush your fingers across its soft leaves to release the fragrant lavender scent.
A schefflera was one of the first houseplants I ever had. You can find them big or small. They enjoy indirect bright light, and will get leggy if the light is too low. Allow it to dry between waterings, and then water the plant thoroughly so it’s moist, but not wet. You can prune the schefflera as needed.
If you truly don’t have a green thumb, don’t despair. Try your hand at air plants. They come in unique shapes and if you’re lucky, your air plant will produce a pretty flower. They only flower once in their lifetime.