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Indoor Plants Guide

20 popular houseplants and ideal places to put them

Finding the perfect houseplant is one thing, but knowing where to put that plant is another. Would your peace lily be better in the bedroom or living room? Perhaps your orchid would be nice in the kitchen or the bathroom. It’s a tricky decision. However, there’s no need to panic because we have come up with a list of twenty popular houseplants and the best places to put them around your home. Of course, where you put your plant is ultimately up to you, this guide will help you get started and give you some tips on how to care for each one.

Plants for the Bedroom

The bedroom is the one place that you go to rest and recuperate after a long day. So, you want your room to feel as relaxed as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to add some lucious houseplants perfect for this space. Here we’ve selected some of the best plants to put in your bedroom; not only for their benefit, but also for yours.

Snake plant

The simple Snake plant (a.k.a mother-in-law’s tongue) is a great little addition to any bedroom. Not only are they super simple to look after, they give a nice calming balance to any room; whatever the style!

Minimal direct sunlight

Water once or twice a month

Peace lily

This elegant plant would look perfect anywhere in the house. We think it would look ideal in the bedroom however because of its simplistic style. Not only that, but peace lilies are in fact classed as air purifying plants which means they will clear certain toxins from the air. So, you can rest (and breathe) easy with this plant at your side.

Indirect sunlight

Water daily during summer & weekly during winter

Jasmine

This beauty has is another simple yet elegant plant that can be grown in small pots to add a touch of class to your room. We recommend putting this one in your bedroom due to its soothing nature that can naturally help you drift off to sleep.

Indirect sunlight

Water thoroughly every two days, keep barely moist in winter

Pothos

Also known as ‘Devil’s Ivy’, this is a great plant for those who are lacking space. The trailing plant can be put on small shelves, desks, tops of bookcases or even hung from the ceiling. Pothos is another air purifying plant as well so it is ideal for the bedroom. They also don’t need a lot of care so they’re perfect for people who are notorious plant killers!

No direct sun

Water infrequently, leave to dry between watering

Lavender

This beauty has is another simple yet elegant plant that can be grown in small pots to add a touch of class to your room. We recommend putting this one in your bedroom due to its soothing nature that can naturally help you drift off to sleep.

Full, direct sun (3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening)

Water every few days in summer, much less in winter

Plants for the Bathroom

The bathroom may not be a place you would normally think to put plants but, for some, they are the ideal place. Whether you have a large, bright room or a small, dark space; we’ve chosen some of the best plants to accompany your bathing routine.

Phalaenopsis orchid

Also known as the ‘moth orchid’, this beauty is an ever popular house plant. Sporting some of the most beautiful flowers, it’s not hard to see why. Orchids are also fairly easy to look after so they’re perfect for those who may forget to water then every now and then. The reason we’ve picked this one as a favourite bathroom plant is because it enjoys humid spaces with a lot of moisture.

Bright but indirect sunlight

Water every few days during summer, much less during winter, leave to dry between watering

English ivy

Another popular trailing plant, like the Pothos, the English Ivy is great for adding some greenery to your bathroom. You can even hang this one from the ceiling if you don’t have a lot of space. If you are looking for just a simple bit of foliage to make your bathroom feel more homely, then this is the plant for you.

4 hours of direct sunlight every day

Water every 2 or 3 days; less in winter

Chinese evergreen

These beautifully coloured green leaves are almost a staple of any home. Not only do they look fantastic but they are also exceptionally easy to look after. For that reason, they can survive in most rooms in the house regardless of light levels. We chose it as one of our bathroom plants because of this. Pick the Chinese evergreen if you have a particularly small or dark bathroom.

Can survive in low light levels

Water every few days at most, even less in winter

Begonia

Begonias come in all shapes, sizes and styles. From flowering to non-flowering, you can find the perfect one that suits you and your home. Although these would look great in any space, we think they add a beautiful touch to any bathroom. Plus, they’re really simple to look after given they need very little watering, so they ideal if you aren’t the best at remembering to water your plants.

Morning sun and afternoon shade

Water once or twice a month and only when soil is completely dry

Boston fern

Most everyone has heard of the Boston fern and its iconic style. This is another plant that loves high humidity and so the bathroom is the perfect place for it. Ferns are ideal for making any space look lucious and exotic which is why we are recommending this one.

Indirect and low light

Keep soil moist all year round

Plants for the Living Room

Of all the spaces in your home, the living room is most likely to be the place you think about putting any plants and flowers. For that reason, you only want to most luscious, grand and elegant foliage to fill your living space. We’ve chosen a range of gorgeous plants that we think would be perfect for this particular room but of course, you can choose anything that suits your style.

Dracaena (Dragon tree)

Dracaena is a species of plant that comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Although typically, this plant looks rather tree-like (hence the nickname “dragon tree”) there are many other variations of this plant. These tall plants look great in the corner of your living room or pop them on a small table to really make them stand out.

No direct light

Water one a week, much less in winter

Spider plant

A great little spider plant will never look out of place in the home. These small house plants are perfect for sitting on a shelf or side table and adding a touch of lusciousness to your living space. You do need to water them fairly frequently but that’s a small price to pay how much life it will add to your room.

Indirect sunlight

Water every 2 or 3 days in summer, less in winter

Ficus a.k.a Weeping Fig

Another tree-like plant that is especially popular, weeping figs (or ficus as they are also known) are very leafy plants. These green and luscious beauties are perfect for placing in living rooms to make it feel more lively. You do have to be careful as, without care, the leaves will fall off and make a mess. But, care for them properly, and this rustling house plant can feel right at home. Simply pop it on a table and make sure it gets plenty of light!

Bright, indirect sunlight

Water every few days, keep moist in winter

Jade

Jade are cute and compact and perfect for sitting pretty in your living room. These waxy-leafed plants are popular because they don’t require a lot of watering, just lots of sun. So, they’re ideal for putting in your windowsill and letting their gorgeous leaves do all the work.

Bright, direct sunlight

Keep soil moist all year round

Bromeliad

This may be a plant that you may have seen but didn’t know its name. Bromeliad also come in different varieties but all are just as beautiful as the last. You only need to water these plants every so often so you can happily place them somewhere on a shelf and not worry too much about them. This plant is sure to bring a touch of elegance to your living room no matter what your style.

Bright, indirect sunlight

Water once or twice a month and only when soil is completely dry

Plants for the Kitchen

The obvious choice of kitchen plant would of course be that of the aromatic herbs. They are useful and smell fantastic. But, there are other options if you want to make your kitchen look great and feel fresh. You need to be careful though as the kitchen is likely to have the driest air in the house, so you need to pick the right house plants that can survive in these sorts of conditions. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered.

Aloe vera

The trusty aloe vera plant is a perfect fit for the kitchen space. It is small and compact and it loves being in bright and dry environments. Plus, this gorgeous indoor plant will make your countertops look that little bit more exotic with very little effort on your part.

Bright, direct sunlight

Water once or twice a month, less in winter

Philodendron

This is another house plant species with a great amount of variety. Usually they sport large, flat leaves sometimes in a heart shape. Philodendron are often a popular plant because of their luscious greenery and they make a beautiful addition to any home.

Bright, indirect sunlight

Keep moist all year round

Cactus

If you are looking for a plant that needs almost no care at all, then a cactus is exactly what you need. These exceptionally hardy plants only need a little water every now and then, even during the hottest summers. Just remember to handle this one with care or you’ll end up in a bit of a prickly situation!

Bright, direct light

Water once a month only when soil is completely dry

Rubber plant

Although not actually made out of rubber, these gorgeous, large leafed plants make a great addition to your kitchen. Not only are these beautiful plants exceptionally lavish, they are also air purifying so you can breathe a little easier with this one around. Just keep in mind that this plant can be quite large so make sure you have plenty of room for it.

Bright, indirect sunlight

Keep moist through summer, water once a month in winter

Cast iron plant

As hardy as their name suggests, the cast iron plant is perfect for those who are notorious plant killers. They are easy to look after and also look fantastic. Plus, they can survive in drier environments like the kitchen. They can be grown in small or large pots, just remember to keep them out of the sun!

No direct sunlight

Water once or twice a month and let soil completely dry between watering

These are just a selection of the types of indoor plants that are ideal for every room in the home. Of course, this is merely a guide and you need to decide what is best for your home and style. Show us your favourite places to put your houseplants around the home and share with us on social media!

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