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. They 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.
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 varieties:
- Spider Plant
- Weeping Fig (Ficus)
- Ferns, especially Boston Ferns
- Snake Plant
- Pothos and Ivy
- Bamboo Palm
- Jade Plants and other succulents
One of the best rooms in the house to have plants is your bathroom! They love the moisture and are healthy, to boot.
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 the climate is too hot for some plants, outside.
Isn’t this a pretty tablescape? The textures of the plants and that sweet orange cupboard sure do add life to that room.
I’m lucky to have a real grapefruit tree in my small backyard and my neighbor has a lemon tree so I’m all set for citrus.
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) the read this:
Well, that’s it. I hope you found a tip or two that you can use.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any suggestions or want to share your thoughts, leave a message in the comments.