Bringing a Touch of Nature To Your Home: Everything You Need to Know About House Plants*

Whether you live in an urban metropolis or a little further afield, adding an extra touch of nature to your home is always refreshing. Not only do plants add a dash of color to a room, but they also purify the air, using their leaves and roots to remove trace levels of toxic vapors from sealed and confined spaces. One thing that often puts people off plants around the home is maintaining them. But regardless of your dedication and flexibility, there will always be some sort of plant to suit you and your living space. Read on for everything that you could possibly need to know about houseplants.

Pet-Friendly Plants –

Not all foliage is suitable for those of us with pets. Certain plants can be toxic or hazardous if consumed by cats, dogs, or other common household pets. So watch out for common toxic plants such as Sago Palms, Tulips, Lilies and Azaleas. For a more extensive list of poisonous plants, refer to specialist guides. Before purchasing anything, read up on it and ensure that it’s suitable for your living circumstances and everyone in your household.

Flowering Plants –

While neutral walls may be easier to maintain and provide a perfect blank canvas for any living space, they are perfectly complimented by flowering plants that can add new hues, tones and textures to any room. Consider Begonias, Bromeliads, Chenille Plants and Kaffir Lilies for eye-catching displays of blooms throughout your household.

Trees –

While most trees would struggle to thrive indoors, there are certain species that can flourish. Take the beloved Bonsai Tree as a perfect example. These trees have been specifically bred to maintain a small size throughout their lifespan, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of bonsai trees that will grow indoors. When purchasing one, make sure that you receive the correct information on how to care for your specific type. You should note down information on watering, pruning, feeding, repotting and the best place to keep your tree.

Low Maintenance Plants –

If you find that you don’t have much time on your hands or are forgetful and may neglect a plant that requires daily watering, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t add a little greenery to your interiors. Instead, you should opt for low maintenance plants that will largely take care of themselves. Consider species such as cacti, succulents, and aloe.

Edible Plants –

Why not grow plants that you can incorporate into your cooking? There are plenty of different herbs that you can grow at home, saving yourself cash at the supermarket and giving off a beautiful aroma in the room that you choose to establish them in. Generally, we’d recommend the kitchen. Opt for Parsley, Mint, Lemon Balm, Chives, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.

These are just a few different options that are available to you. Do your research and work out which species are best for your space on a room to room basis. Then head down to the garden center or an online store that offers delivery, pick the perfect plant and invest in a pretty pot for them to take pride of place in.


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