6 Houseplants You Must Have in Your New Home
One of the best ways to make your new house feel like a home is to add a few houseplants, but you don’t want to just buy a few random pieces of greenery. Not all plants are created equal, so be intentional about your choices and incorporate a few of the following six houseplant suggestions into your home.
Peace Lilies to Purify the Air
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Houseplants can do more than look pretty. Some plants can also filter common pollutants, such as formaldehyde, from your home’s air. Although plants alone may not be enough to completely manage your home’s indoor air quality, they can certainly help.
Not only does the peace lily remove formaldehyde, benzene, and a few other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, but it is also very easy to care for in your home.
Spider Plants for the Amateur Gardener
Consider your gardening skills. Some plants require you to be careful about where you place them and how much you water them.
If you don’t have much experience with growing plants, start with something hardy, such as a spider plant. This plant does well in room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees, evenly moist soil, and medium or bright lighting, which makes the plant an easy addition to your home’s decor. You can also plant spider plants in some DIY hanging baskets to add more visual flair.
Parsley in the Kitchen
While we’re on the topic of multipurpose indoor plants, think about adding an edible plant or two to your collection. You can easily grow several common herbs in your kitchen.
Parsley is a popular choice, but you can pick whichever herb or herbs you use most. Basil, rosemary, cilantro, and mint are other options. You can find several helpful tips online for creating a small-space herb garden.
Heart-Leaf Philodendron on the Mantle
If your living room or bedroom features a cozy fireplace, consider placing a heart-leaf philodendron on the mantle for some added interest. As its name suggests, the plant’s trailing vines feature heart-shaped leaves. These plants would also work well on a standalone mantle, bookshelf, or similar setting.
Ghost Plants for the Forgetful
Some people struggle with remembering to water their plants. If that scenario sounds familiar to you, don’t worry.
Several houseplants are very forgiving of the forgetful, and the eerily beautiful ghost plant, a type of succulent, is an excellent example. You can grow this plant in full sun or partial shade. Like most succulents, it requires only a moderate amount of water.
Aloe Vera Offers a First-Aid Supplement
Finally, consider adding aloe vera to your indoor garden. The clear gel inside its leaves provides quick, cooling relief to burns such as sunburns, cuts, and rashes, making this plant an excellent supplement for your first-aid kit. Because aloe vera is also a succulent, the plant is tolerant of dry conditions caused by inattentive caretakers.
Once you move into your new home, take a housewarming trip to your local garden center or nursery. Filling your space with these six plants and others like them will make any house feel like a home in no time.