When you settled into your apartment, did anyone bring you a housewarming gift? Was it, by chance, a houseplant? If so, take good care of it, because it’s improving the environment in your home.
For one, houseplants improve the air quality by filtering out toxins and producing oxygen. Also, studies show houseplants are good for your brain. Plants bring a calming, natural presence that boosts our capacity for memory as well as our cognitive skills.
If your new space is looking sparse, adding plants to each room adds instant beauty, and they cost much less than new furniture.
So now the question is, which plants are best in small spaces? We’re here to help!
Tables: Whether atop a kitchen table or a window-facing side table, a plant is a natural centerpiece.
- A pot of spiky aloe will add a bright spot to a window-facing side table and give you ready access to its medicinal qualities. To soothe a painful sunburn, just snip off a leaf and squeeze that essence right into a dab of lotion on your palm, and rub it in.
- A row of snake plants adds a pop of vibrant, spiky interest to a long table top, and doesn’t need much water to stay alive.
- Small succulents are very on trend, and can add spots of green in their pleasing shapes and textures to small spaces. Whether you cluster them together or space them out on small shelves, succulents don’t need much water, so you won’t have to mess with these very much.
Shelves: An easy way to add some eye-catching color and shape is with a plant that drapes and cascades. Everyone knows the philodendron, which can survive a level of neglect that is almost shocking. For a fun alternative, an asparagus fern has interesting textured leaves and is also easy to care for.
Floor: If you have more space than furniture to fill it, a tall plant is an inexpensive way to help you fill in the blanks.
- A peace lily is happy with low humidity and makes large white flowers in the summer.
- For a darker corner, iron plants love low light and sport attractive deep green leaves.
- A ficus tree also likes low light and will add eye-drawing height over the years.
- Jade plants like the sun, produce flowers and grow well on a patio.
Hanging plants: Whether you want to draw the eye upward or block an unsightly view, hanging plants are an easy and inexpensive solution.
- The classic spider plant is that rare specimen that does not mind crowded roots. It also likes low light, and is perfect for hanging from the ceiling.
- The texture and ease of ferns also make them a good choice, especially if you go large. Consider a dramatic cascading fern or a bushy Boston fern, either of which will help you dress up even the drabbest room.
You can save money at the grocery store by keeping some potted herbs on hand. They’ll freshen the air and you’ll have easy access to fresh flavors for cooking.
Basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, cilantro and chives are versatile and taste much better than their dried counterparts! You can grow them by seed, or pick up some starters at your local garden center. Just be sure to fertilize them regularly. If your kitchen doesn’t face the sun, invest in a set of LED grow lights.
If your outdoor space faces an open or public area, create a natural screen with large pots and heat-tolerant bamboo. It grows quickly, so you’ll soon enjoy a more private, relaxing space that even offers a bit of shade.
Or, if fresh veggies are what you’re after, try growing tomatoes in a container. Just make sure it’s a “patio” variety.
Houseplants are an easy way to spruce up your apartment while also improving your health. Put some of these plants in your home and your apartment will be full of life in no time.