We’ve all been there, you’ve seen an amazingly decorated café or living room strewn with thriving greenery that inspires you to turn your own home into a greenhouse. You go to Bunnings, spend a decent portion of your grocery budget on cheap plants and potting mix and then get to work planting a few new green friends. The first few days go by successfully; regular watering, adequate sunshine and ventilation. Then, life gets in the way, you can’t remember how often to water and soon you stop watering altogether. The green leaves turn brown and all you’re left with are a few dry herb looking pots of soil. A colossal waste of time, money and energy – so we’ve put together a list of indoor plants that are sure to survive your hectic schedule.
If you’re sure you’re not to be trusted with any live species, check out our blog post on how to beautifully decorate with artificial plants.
Plants are not only aesthetically pleasing and an excellent design prop, but they also improve the air quality of a room and can help reduce carbon dioxide levels.
If you’re ready to take the plunge into plant parenthood, here are five houseplants that will live on despite the circumstances.
1. Golden Pothos Vine/ Devil’s Vine/ Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum pinnatum)
This beautiful leafy green vine genuinely refuses to die. Hailing from the Solomon Islands, the Golden Pothos Vine is one of the most popular indoor hanging plants, it grows quickly, needs very little indirect sunlight (can survive in the shade) and needs a little watering here and there when its soil dries out. Although it doesn’t flower, the Devil’s Ivy looks beautiful in a hanging basket or potted and sitting on a shelf. These plants seriously refuse to let up and will have all your friends and family convinced you’re a green thumb.
2. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
This plant is the perfect house-warming gift for when wine and chocolate boxes just don’t cut it. These plants can survive in some of the harshest indoor conditions; rare watering, poor lighting and air quality. They’re a great lazy plant famous for sitting on many office desks. Not only do they look great they’re also said to be excellent for the Feng Shui of your surroundings (enhancing the Qi) and bringing good luck. To read more about Feng Shui and how to bring peace and prosperity into your life, check out our blog post here.
3. Century Plant (Agave)
Agave plants (or the Century Plant) are a hardwearing and varying group of plants that come from the succulent family. Requiring very little water and attention, they are the token cute little succulents that are perfect for dotting around your home. They can handle full sun to partial shade and can grow from a tiny pot plant or can come in larger, more statement varieties.
4. Mother In Law’s Tongue/ Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
With an iconic name and striking appearance, this plant is sure to add some seriously cool vibes to your living room. Growing up to anywhere from 30 centimetres to two metres tall its hardy composition will put up with nearly every condition.
5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)
This impressive little guy is perfect for a hanging basket or anywhere that shows off its long, thin arching leaves. These plants are hardy and can tolerate low light, little water and unusual temperatures. In fact, some spider plants even prefer to dry out for a while – great for a forgetful owner! Their subtle pale green and white leaves will complement and bring life to any space.
With these options, how could you go wrong!? Get your gardening gloves on and add some green into your home now.