Houseplants are the heart of the home. They can brighten and uplift a space instantly, and are a great way to quickly rejuvenate your holiday home.
But houseplants are more than just a pretty face. Studies show that having a plant in your home or office can significantly lower stress levels, and they’ve even been shown to boost immunity against disease and speed up the healing process in our bodies after injury or illness. Many houseplants can clean toxins and allergens from the air, some provide gorgeous scents, and they all increase oxygen, all of which works together to help lower anxiety and bring a sense of calm.
Some people think that houseplants are a chore, but there are many houseplants that require very little care and will still give you all the physical and psychological benefits, as well as revitalising your home. What’s more, caring for plants has been shown to improve mental health, giving a sense of purpose and confidence.
So here are my top ten easy-care houseplants. No plant is un-killable, but most of these plants are very forgiving! Some of them will add a simple bit of greenery to your holiday home and others are bold or unusual choices to really make a statement.
Tillandsia Ionantha (Air Plant)
The Air Plant is a great little plant that can be grown in unusual little crevices such as sea shells or perhaps a quirky mug, allowing for endless inventive possibilities. It requires bright but indirect light, and doesn’t need any soil, just plenty of air circulation and occasional water misting.
Hedera Helix (Ivy)
Ivy is a hardy and bright indoor climbing plant that is a great choice to warm up a shady corner. You can get gold or green variations and you don’t need to water an ivy plant too regularly, maybe about twice a week once the soil becomes dry, and ensure that it has excellent drainage.Aspidistra Elatior (Cast Iron Plant)The Aspidistra known as the Cast Iron Plant is a great choice as it tolerates nearly all conditions and is known for needing very little attention. This timeless plant was even used during the Victorian era to brighten up gloomy indoor spaces. Simply find a quiet shady spot for this plant, and water only every once in a while.
Aechmea (Blue Rain Bromeliad)
A real statement, the ‘Blue Rain’ Bromeliad is surprisingly easy to care for. Simply keep the central cup of the plant topped up with water during growing season. In winter, let the well dry out and mist to imitate humidity. A bright room such as a conservatory will help this plant to truly flourish.
Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)
Adding a more tropical feel to your home, the Monstera Deliciosa with its unusual ‘holy’ leaves makes a bold statement. If you tend to ramp up your thermostat, this plant will love your cosy living room, but will need to be kept in moist soil that is reminiscent of its rainforest origins.
Nymphaea (Peace Lily)
A pretty and low maintenance favourite, the peace lily also requires little water, and enjoys medium to low lighted spaces. Make sure not to overwater your peace lily, it only requires more water when the soil on top is dry, so just check about once a week. If it develops yellow spots then it is getting too much light.
Crassula Kimnachii (Buddha’s Temple)
This succulent is very trendy at the moment, and great if you’re looking for a more edgy and modern indoor look. A bright and airy room will complement the style of the plant and also help it to thrive. As a cactus family member, the Crassula needs dry sandy soil and very little watering.
Cycas Revoluta (Sago Palm)
As a plant that has existed since dinosaurs roamed the earth, it’s safe to say the Cycad needs very little human intervention to survive. Give your Cycad a light location and keep the soil moist, watering around twice a week during summer and once a week in winter.
Philodendron Scandens (Sweetheart Vine)
Add a cascade of colour to your room with the sweetheart vine, an easy indoor climber that will thrive with semi frequent watering. Make sure it has a little light, warmth and enough water that the soil doesn’t dry out. If you’re short on space, try this one in a hanging basket for a striking visual effect.
Aspidistra Elatior (Cast Iron Plant)
The Aspidistra known as the Cast Iron Plant is a great choice as it tolerates nearly all conditions and is known for needing very little attention. This timeless plant was even used during the Victorian era to brighten up gloomy indoor spaces. Simply find a quiet shady spot for this plant, and water only every once in a while.
Crassula Ovata (Money Tree)
The money tree is a distinctive houseplant that makes a great centrepiece for a hot and sunny windowsill. As a succulent, this is another very low maintenance option, needing only infrequent watering and plenty of light.