7 Houseplants to Sprout Indoor Joy

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Ever notice how great you feel after spending time in nature? It is easy to bring that sense of well-being indoors by adding houseplants to your nest. “Incorporating plants inside your home can have a multitude of positive effects on the look and livability of a space,” says David Winston, co-owner of Boston-based Winston Flowers. “Bringing various shades of green into a room is a perfect way to add life to a space while complementing the existing decor. Plants can also have a positive effect on our health, as many are effective in removing various toxins from the air we breathe and adding much-needed moisture.”
Winston recommends these three plants that will thrive indoors.

Firestick Pencil Cactus

Firestick Pencil Cactus
photo courtesy of Rolling Green nursery

With slim, pencil-like foliage and a color gradient ranging from soft green at the base to bright red at the tips, this cactus can be grown as a small table-top plant or a 5-foot-tall or larger floor plant. It thrives in a bright location with direct sunlight.

Sansevieria Cylindrica

Sansevieria Cylindrica
photo courtesy of Rolling Green nursery

This plant’s spear-like foliage with gray-green stripes make it a unique plant for clean, modern spaces. It thrives in bright light but will tolerate most light conditions.

Varieties of Philodendron and Dracaena

Philodendron
photo courtesy of Rolling Green nursery

This group of plants offers great low-light options for year-round indoor growing around the home. Heidi Coscia of the annuals and houseplant department at Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland, N.H., says indoor plants can improve productivity and mood making them a welcome addition to an office environment. While it is important to pick the right plant for the right place, factoring in the lighting and temperature in the room, Coscia notes buyers should also select a plant that aligns with their lifestyle and how much time they want to devote to its care.

Bella Palm

Bella Palm
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Bella palms are beautiful houseplants that are great for people with pets as they are nontoxic to dogs and cats. They require moderate light, begin as a tabletop plant, and can grow to 3- or 4-feet tall.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant
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Looking for a low maintenance plant? The ZZ plant is a durable choice requiring low light and minimal care. Its shiny green leaves will add beauty to your home office or living room. The upright plant can grow up to 2 feet and requires watering just once a week.

Succulents

Succulent
photo courtesy of Rolling Green nursery

Succulents are delightful pots of joy that are currently hugely popularity. They require very little water and enjoy a bright environment. Available in an abundance of colors and textures, they are easy to grow indoors and can brighten a window sill, desk, counter, or table.

Money Tree

Braided Money Tree Plant
photo courtesy of Rolling Green nursery

Who wouldn’t want a tree that brings prosperity and good fortune to their lives? Practioners of fenh shui believe these plants will bring luck to their owners. For sure they bring beauty, They love a bright room where their shiny green leaves can flourish. Money trees begin as tabletop plants and can grow to be 4- to 5-feet tall. Their stocks resemble a tree’s trunk and are sometimes braided.

Happy planting!

Tips for displaying houseplants
By David Winston of Winston Flowers

Selecting the right container is the first and most important step. Appropriate scale, color, and material relative to the space should be considered when choosing the perfect vessel. Using a taller container with a shorter plant can be a fresh and more interesting way to achieve height in a large space with high ceilings. Another way to accomplish this is by placing an interesting container and plant atop a pedestal. Shorter plant material, such as a Rhipsalis, combined with a pedestal and container, makes for a more attractive and visually interesting arrangement than the typical palm or ficus tree.

 

Floor plants vs. smaller plants

Any space, regardless of size, can benefit from the introduction of plants. Floor plants can fill the voids around furniture, in corners, or against bare walls. Paired with a beautiful container, a floor plant can become a focal point in any room. Conversely, smaller plants can dress up an interior space in a more subtle way. Adding smaller plants to a table or countertop is a way to “finish the look” in a living room or sitting area.

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