How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Home
Plants are a great way to brighten up a space and to add character to your home. Here are some ideas on how to choose the plants that match you, and your home, best.
Herbal plants are a great choice for the home in which the kitchen plays a central roll. Rosemary, basil, mint, thyme and parsley all grow great indoors as long as they’re planted in high quality soil, exposed to sunlight and watered daily.
Basil is a great easy herb to have on hand for all kinds of dishes, and almost all Italian recipes will call for it’s use. The plant sprouts pretty green leaves, and looks great in a small decorative pot on a windowsill.
Mint is an equally versatile herb, and the plant spreads quickly, so you may quickly end up with a large pot full! The plant makes a great tea when the leaves are thrown directly into a mug with hot water and some honey.
If you’re not much of a chef, but you do enjoy the occasional freshly muddled cocktail, then herbs are also great for you. Put some metallic pots with mint, rosemary and even basil on a trendy bar cart, and wow your guests when you shake up fancy cocktails featuring your freshly picked herbs.
Blooming plants are another obvious choice for the indoor gardener. Flowers can be the perfect way to add some color to a room, and with some TLC, they’ll thrive well in your home.
The orchid is a popular home plant, and has actually become very trendy as of late, but it is a plant that requires quite a bit of care. It will do best in a home that has a daytime temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a cooler nighttime temperature of between 50 and 65 degrees.
Anthurium plants are also popular houseplants. This pretty plant grows a sturdier flower that lasts long and requires slightly less careful care. Sometimes referred to as the flamingo plant, it’s flower is normally red or dark pink, but hybrids are available in shades of lavender and green.
Air Purifying Plants
If your home is in an area with less than perfect air quality, perhaps next time a highway, then plants are also a great, decorative way to purify the air inside your home. The bedroom in particular is a fantastic place for a plant that looks appealing, and cleanses the air for you while you sleep.
The Spider Plant, despite it’s creepy name, is the perfect purifying house plant. It can survive forgetting to be watered, it looks pleasant, and most importantly, it has been proven to eliminate toxins from the air including formaldehyde and xylene.
Bamboo Palms have a cool, ‘modern meets ancient china’ look about them, and make a great addition to a home with a fresh style. The plant does need some attentiveness in it’s care, as it only does well in areas with well circulating air and it needs a good amount of daily water too. This plant eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform and more from your home so it’s worth the effort it takes to keep alive.
As you can see, not only are plants visually appealing, but they also have the ability to delight your palate, and purify the air you breath! That’s much more than can be said for other decorative items, so head to your nearest garden center or buy bulbs online and get your home flourishing!