Five No-Fail Houseplants


What’s not to love about houseplants? These pops of greenery bring a touch of the outdoors in, livening up a room, while helping to lift your mood.

But maybe you’re notorious for forgetting about watering? Or maybe you’re garden savvy, but don’t want to spend a lot of time nurturing your charges? 

Then the following five houseplants are for you. Undemanding, these picks require only the basics of houseplant 101: the right light and watering when the top inch or two of the soil is dry.

1. Asparagus Fern – Asparagus fern, with its light, feathery foliage, is great for adding texture to a space. These plants like humidity, so place your plant’s pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
Optimal light: bright, indirect

2. English Ivy – If you’re looking for a trailing houseplant for a hanging basket or in a container on a fireplace mantle, English ivy is a go-to choice. Like asparagus fern, English ivy appreciates a humid environment.
Optimal light: medium to bright

English Ivy

Jade Plant

3. Jade Plant – A member of the succulent family, a jade plant has thick stems and glossy green, oblong leaves. Older, larger, jade plants can take on the appearance of a miniature tree.
Optimal light: plenty of bright light

4. Peace Lily – For a foliage plant that also blooms, look to a peace lily. Glossy green leaves pair with pretty white flowers; the flowers generally bloom throughout the year. Peace lily is another humid-loving houseplant.
Optimal light: plenty of bright light

5. Philodendron – This tough plant is a survivor, making it perfect if you’re more of a “set it and forget it” gardener. Many varieties of philodendrons are climbers and are happiest when their stems are trained up around a trellis.
Optimal light: bright, indirect 

Peace Lily

Reconsider your window treatments

Reconsider your window treatments. Have you ever updated your shades or blinds? If you’re looking at outdated styles, now’s the perfect time to give your windows—a focal point in your room—some love.

Increase natural light. Light makes a room feel larger and, obviously, brighter. To usher more natural light into your space, trying adding decorative mirrors, which reflect light.

Increase natural light


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