I have to say, it’s amazing what a little green can do. Not THAT kind of green (although that helps!). I’m talking about houseplants. I’ve never had what you’d call a green thumb. I tend to be a neglectful caregiver to everything that grows, with the exception of my own children. But a home without plants lacks a certain something. Here’s what I wrote five years ago when I realized that I needed to add some life to our home.
“My mom’s husband, Graham, remarked on our new space’s lack of ‘living things’ and I realized the only things I had resembling plant life in our home were some dried hydrangeas on our family room mantel and a SAD fake peace lily. How could I not have realized something so basic? Green is even my favorite color!”
So, I added a small snake plant to the dresser in our living room and instantly, that corner felt more alive. I can’t explain it. It was seriously like I had waved a little magic wand.
Sadly, my snake plant didn’t survive living with me, but since then, I’ve gotten better about taking care of my plants. Since our house doesn’t get a lot of natural light though, I researched low-light and low-maintenance houseplants. Here’s a list of the ones that are hard to kill (and if they can survive in our house, you know it’s true!)
- Sansevieria (aka Mother-in-law’s tongue, or snake plant)
- Peace lily
- English ivy
I added a fern to our kitchen counter. I like the delicate looking ones, and luckily they only require low-light. They look especially pretty in white pots or with natural textures.
I also added a philodendron to our antique typing table.
And don’t forget succulents. They’re pretty hearty, too.
I’m telling you, you won’t believe how much a room benefits from a simple plant. So if you think your home is missing “a certain something,” green it up! You’ll be amazed at how it changes the whole look and feel of a room.
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