If you pay attention to the rooms you’re pinning on Pinterest, I bet they have something in common: lush, green foliage in the form of houseplants or succulents on cute countertops. While it’s true that plants are the simplest way to turn your home into an oasis, it takes a bit of know-how to determine which varieties will (a) fit the aesthetic you’re after and ( b) Survive in the specific conditions of your home. I’ve learned from experience that not all houseplants are created equal, and over the years I’ve amassed a personal list of easy-to-grow houseplants suitable for vibe in my interior design.
While I love growing things, I’ll be the first to admit that my green thumb doesn’t come naturally. For years, I was mocked by my family (all great gardeners) for letting my houseplants slowly die from too much or too little light, or going weeks without seeing them. a single drop of water (oops!) happened when I started taking care of my houseplants. I know it sounds obvious, but one simple practice changed everything in my relationship with plants: I added a Sunday reminder to my calendar to “water the plants.” I finally heeded my own advice to just make a scheduleand no multi works!
No matter how busy the weekend is, I love spending 15 minutes walking around each room of the house, bathing my plants in the sink (or for larger plants, in the actual shower.) reason the time when I check the leaves for signs of too little light (yellowing or falling leaves) or too much light (usually brown dry patches) and can adjust their position accordingly . As a result, my plants are now healthy and super lush – and I’m happy every time I see them.
So ready to go plant shopping? Check out 8 easy-to-grow plants that are loved by interior designers (and me!) to make any room in the house more serene.
You heard it here first: the rubber tree is the new fig tree. The deep green foliage and sculptural shape of this stunning member of the ficus family make it a sophisticated addition to any room – no wonder designers love them. . While they can tolerate direct light, mine did a little better in more indirect light. I watered the rubber trees fully every week during Sunday school. Some of them even have pink, very pretty fur.
Oh how I love a Philodendron – they are one of those beautiful, really easy-to-grow ornamental plants that I always have in my house, and they require nothing more than a weekly watering (and if you forget one or two weeks, they’ll happen ” It’ll be fine.) There are many varieties of the Philodendron – some can get really big – and I think they’re all gorgeous. They prefer partial sunlight that mimics their native tropical environment. Note that Philodendrons are toxic to pets, so be careful.
Audrey Ficus is my absolute favorite both indoors and outdoors, so I had to give it a spotlight – see the one in our living room, above? Overwhelmed. Modern and minimalist, it can grow into a full-fledged tree like a young fig, but it Street Easier to keep happy and grow. For successful growth, place your Audrey Ficus plant in bright, indirect light and allow the top layer of soil to dry completely before watering.
A row of vines add interest to any space – I especially like a plant on a shelf in the bathroom to add a spa-like feel. Pothos has been nicknamed the “devil’s ivy” for its ability to endure dark conditions and any forgotten manner of watering.
Another interior designer favorite, Monstera adds a tropical feel to your space and I love how large and lush it can be with proper care. Monsteras are a type of Philodendron, but I had to dedicate an entire section to this particular beauty as it is one of my very favorite easy-to-grow plants. Choose a deep, well-drained pot, place in indirect sunlight, and water weekly. It’s an instant way to add a dramatic element to a bedroom, living room or patio.
It feels a bit magical: Tillandsia grows completely without dirt, making it the perfect plant to plug into a sculpture or basket-style vase that can’t hold dirt or water. I use a water sprayer every few weeks, and my kids never cease to be amazed at this self-care plant.
A great way to add a tropical vibe to the space, I love the pink tinted foliage and sculptural shape of the Bromeliad (it’s in the same family as pineapple!) Be sure to place them in a pot with plenty of drainage for a Water does not sit on the roots. While they don’t last forever (usually about a year), Bromeliad produces “puppies” that you can harvest and start over.
The jade plant (also known as the lucky plant or money tree!) is one of the easiest plants to grow in the succulent family. Since they are extremely durable and can withstand some water shortages, they are perfect for newbies and will usually last for many years.