Who loves house plants? I sure do. I may have a bit of an addiction.
They're such a nice way to bring nature inside, and another way to add colour to your home.
But I have a confession. I'm a serial plant killer. Despite that, I'm slowly learning what I can keep alive in my house. I'm definitely no expert, but I thought I'd share what I've found with you!
These are my top 5 house plants for the unskilled plant parent...
1. Monstera Deliciosa - Swiss Cheese Plant
I love everything about these. The retro look, the huge leaves, and most of all, they don't seem to be affected by my plant killer ways. They make a great feature in a big room.
2. Begonia Maculata - Trout Begonia
When I first saw one of these in the garden centre, I had to buy it immediately. It's a polka dot plant, and the leaves are red on the back. What could be better than that?! And the bonus is, I've managed to keep one alive for over a year with no effort at all. Which means that I allowed myself to buy another!
3. Pilea - Chinese Money Plant
These are really pretty, with circular leaves on thin stems. They also grow baby plants next to the stem, so you can keep growing more!
4. Sansevieria Zeylanica - Snake Plant
I got one of these because they're meant to be easy to look after, and so far it hasn't disappointed. It's good if you want a tall plant that doesn't take up too much space, as the leaves are very upright. I've got one in the corner of my staircase.
5. Asplenium Osaka - Japanese Bird's Nest Fern
I love every kind of fern, so I was very excited to find some indoor varieties. It's perfect for my bedroom, where it doesn't get much direct light during the day, as they can tolerate a bit of shade. And the leaves look like they're crimped!
I hope this helps you to find some house plant friends of your own. I've found that if a plant is struggling, just trying it in a different location can make a huge difference. And never overwater them! To help you out, I've made a free download for a little plant watering reminder sheet. I always find it hard to remember the requirements of each type of plant, so this is a handy place to write it all down.
Your plants need accessorising, and plant pots are such an easy way to add some colour and fun to your home. Vintage enamel flour tins and bread bins work well, or small vintage jugs and tea cups for baby plants. So get trawling the junk shops and Ebay for some treasures! Or if you fancy something modern...
The colourful woven plastic basket is from Oklahoma