It’s autumn and that means the weather has gotten a little crisper and your flower beds and veggie plots are pretty much done for the year. But that doesn’t mean that your gardening has to stop. It just requires you to move your green thumb indoors.
Plants in your home or where you work have lots of terrific benefits for your physical and emotional health. Acting as the “lungs” of your indoor space, they breathe in the carbon dioxide we give off and provide us with oxygen. They also remove many airborne toxins from the air as well and studies show they have a calming effect that boost our mood and creativity.
Plus they are an attractive addition to your home decor, whether they are in a pot on your windowsill, in a terrarium or hanging from the ceiling.
Here’s a few of my favorites, all of which are easy to care for:
- Zamioculcas, also known as the ZZ or eternity plant, tops my list. I love the clean look of the plant, with it’s strong stems and shiny leaves. Also, truthfully, I don’t spend much time indoors and ZZ doesn’t really mind being ignored. It only needs water every once in a while, never gets bugs and basically cares for itself.
- My second favorite is the Snake plant! This is a tidy little plant that doesn’t drop its leaves all over the place. They come in many different varieties and I really like the newer variegated versions. This is another low maintenance plant that never has pest or disease issues.
- And I always have room for some succulents. This is another type of plant that seems to have endless varieties. In fact, one of my favorite things is to do a mixed planter of small succulents and then change them out seasonally.
If you are new to houseplants, there are some ones that are pretty fool-proof, like pothos and spider plants, which also are among the ones recommended for their air-cleaning benefits. If you want to go for more sophisticated or unusual plants, there are bromeliads and orchids.
I’m often asked how many houseplants should you have in your home. I like the idea of having enough so that you can see one or two from pretty much anywhere in your house. On the other hand you don’t want it to feel cramped.
I hope you are enjoying your fall and that we’ll see you soon to show you our wide range of beautiful houseplants.
Happy (Indoor) Gardening,