The Benefits of Live Plants
Indoors or out, plants are healthy and beautiful additions to all homes but especially small spaces.
Well, the health benefits are probably the biggest reasons. Plants can purify the air, increase humidity, release oxygen, and reduce levels of carbon dioxide.
Personally, just having live plants in my home makes me happy and relaxed. You’ve all heard that talking to plants is good for them. Well, I believe that.
Did you know…?
- According to studies reported by NASA, research shows that people actually recover from illness faster in the presence of plants!
- And houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours.
The website Tips Bulletin has an article on this very subject. It’s 17 Amazing Houseplants That Clean The Air.
Something I didn’t know is that Chrysanthemums are air-cleaners, too. Here’s a snippet from their website about that:
These colorful Chrysanthemum plants can do more than just brighten a room with their vivid colors; they are also great for getting rid of indoor air pollutants.
They are mainly excellent at filtering out benzene, which is a common ingredient in paint, glue, plastics, and detergents. Place this plant in bright light to encourage the buds to open.
Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?
Plants are a fabulous way to add visual beauty and warmth to a home.
Consider these easy-to-grow indoor plants:
Not only are they easy-to-grow…they also thrive with very little natural light AND purify the air!
- Spider Plant
- Weeping Fig (Ficus)
- Boston Fern
- Maidenhair Fern
- Snake Plant
- Pothos and Ivy
- Bamboo Palm
- Jade Plants and other succulents
The bathroom is one of the best rooms in the house to have plants! Plants love the moisture and are healthy, to boot. Plus, having plants in the bathroom adds visual warmth and a natural decorating element.
Pothos and philodendron are so easy to grow…you can’t kill them. On the other hand, both are toxic to pets. I mention these because they’re the most common houseplants that everyone seems to have.
There are, however, many plants that pet-friendly. You can find photos of each of these at Savvy Gardening.
- Spider Plant – easy to grow, as well.
- Boston Fern
- African Violet
- Swedish Ivy
- Prayer Plant
- Phalaenopsis Orchids (plus they’re actually edible!)
- Peperomia (so many varieties of peperomia)
- Christmas Cactus
How to grow plants for food indoors
Here’s an article from a Houzz contributor on how to grow food indoors.
Now, I do realize that in a small space some of these ideas aren’t practical but there are some doable suggestions.
I’m going to try growing herbs in wall pots, for example. I live in Arizona so summer is too hot for some plants, outside.
Luckily, I have a real grapefruit tree in my small backyard and my neighbor has a lemon tree so I’m all set for citrus. The lemon tree pictured in the article would be a perfect size to grow indoors in a cooler climate.
Unique ways to decorate with houseplants
This tablescape, for example…the textures of the plants and that sweet orange cupboard sure do add life to that room, don’t they?
- If you’ve got space above your cabinets or on the top of an armoire, fill those spaces with greenery.
- How about arranging plants inside a non-working fireplace.
- Group hanging planters filled with greenery on a wall instead of a picture or wall hanging.
- A variety of potted herbs in your kitchen will be handy for adding to recipes and pretty, too.
- An awkward corner will be transformed into a focal point with a large potted plant.
- Air plants are ideal for small spaces and require absolutely no fussy care.
Here’s a video showing 25 Simple Ways to Decorate with Houseplants. It’s short and there’s no dialogue. The music makes for a nice background. I think you’ll like it.
Plants and Candles
Most designers agree that using plants and candles in home decor add life to your space. I don’t feel like a room or home is fully decorated without plants and candles.
You know, even if you don’t have a green thumb (or think you don’t) there are so many houseplants requiring little care. Try arranging a few houseplants here and there in your small space.
5 Houseplants you can’t kill
This online article from Dwell is good. If you have trouble keeping plants alive (I do) then read this:
Well, that’s it. I hope you found a tip or two that you can use. How have you used plants in your home? Would love to know if you’ve found other easy to grow plants that I haven’t mentioned here.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any suggestions or want to share your thoughts, do leave a message in the comments.