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Plants will automatically make your space look better — hands down. They make your space brighter, add color, and even have added health benefits. Even if you hadn’t had much luck with plants in the past, these plants are going to make you feel as if you have a green thumb. They are so easy to take care of and can handle neglect. So, if you forget to water them, no biggie! Continue reading to find the plant that fits your lifestyle and your space.

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1| Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana)

The beloved Corn Plant can get pretty big (up to 6 feet). So, keep that in mind if you plan on bringing one home. Its size is definitely part of its appeal as its large yellow-green foliage creates a tropical vibe in any space in which it’s placed. Make this plant stand out with a brightly colored planter and pot accessory. The Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana pairs great with eclectic pieces which have distinct patterns and varied textures. This plant is also super easy to take of because it needs only a small amount of water and sunlight. Bonus, it’s also an air purifier and humidity regulator.

Watering

When soil is dry, water generously.

Lighting

Partial shade or filtered sun.

Pros

Purifies air, reduces dust, and regulates humidity.

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2| White Jasmine

A gorgeous flower with the added benefit of fragrance, White Jasmine is the perfect addition to any kitchen. It’s bright hue will lift your kitchen. And it looks naturally fabulous in weaved baskets. This precious flower doesn’t care much for light, so place it anywhere in your kitchen where it won’t get direct sunlight. It can also be used for the bedroom, where it’s fragrance can help you sleep and reduce stress. Place it on a nightstand, and it’ll be good to go!

Watering

Water thoroughly every two days. Keep barely moist in the winter.

Lighting

Prefers indirect sunlight. 

Pros

Fragrant, good for sleep, and reducing stress.

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3| Jade Plant

Bring some zen into your humble abode with the bonzai’s thick and oval cousin — the Jade Plant. It’s miniature tree-like appearance is the main appeal for most people, but its bright green color is what takes the cake. The Jade Plant looks great with aged wood furniture, so it’s the perfect addition for rustic spaces and Wabi Sabi lovers. It’s bright, unique, and super low-maintenance. It needs very little water, but make sure this mini tree gets a few hours of sunshine each day.

Watering

Infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out in between watering.

Lighting

Direct sunlight for a few hours.

Pros

Medicinal properties and good luck.

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4| English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

You’re most likely familiar with it clinging on the side of a building, but you can definitely bring these green babies in to help decorate your space. They are ornate and textured with wonderful pointed silhouettes. They look amazing sprawling on top of kitchen shelves or window sills. Pair this plant with a lovely terracotta pot to bring out the green and to keep the focus on the shapely leaves. Keep this little guy on the drier side and give it lots of sunshine to keep it happy.  

Watering

When soil is dry, water generously.

Lighting

Direct sunlight in the summer and less in the wintertime. 

Pros

Air purifier and good for sleep.

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5| Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

The Moth Orchid is an exotic beauty that is anything but basic. These flowers will bring light and color to any space. This slender flower makes a great windowsill plant and looks great on tables. You can use white-marbled plant containers to give them a chic but simple look. Even though they look intimidating, they’re actually really hard to kill. You’re more likely to kill them from overwatering than anything else. Also, The Phalaenopsis (its scientific name) is an air purifying stress reliever, so it’ll do you good in the long run. It’s the ideal flower because it’s colorful, low-maintenance, and long-lasting.

Watering

Water twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter.

Lighting

Bright, indirect light.

Pros

Air purifier and stress reducer.

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6| Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

The Spider Plant is a whimsical looking plant that will bring visual texture into your space. It looks springy and lively, so it will give off a high energy vibe to boring spaces. This 90’s vintage plant will look good on your coffee table and also as a hanging plant. You can honestly leave them anywhere because they don’t need much light. These fellas are super low-maintenance and hard to kill, so if you forget to water them, it’s not a big deal. Major plus, it’s pet-friendly. 

Watering

Water every two to three days, less in winter.

Lighting

Prefers indirect sunlight.

Pros

Pet-friendly and air purifier.

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7| Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

The Snake Plant goes by many names like Sansevieria and Mother-in-Law’s tongue, but we like to call it ‘a classic.’ This green beauty has long been a staple for indoor greenery and is making a major comeback. Utilize this serpentine like specimen to perk up a dark corner. It’ll bring color and a cool silhouette to a dull area. Use a minimal style stool to give extra height to the plant (if needed). This retro plant can also hold its own because of how low-maintenance it is. It doesn’t need  much water or light, so this plant will definitely be a survivor. There’s also added health benefits if you have this guy in your home because it’s a natural air purifier.

Watering

Water one or twice a month, water less in winter.

Lighting

Minimal direct light.

Pros

Air purifier and good for sleep.

What other plants should be added to the list? If you have one of these plants at home, tell us how you take care of it!

About the author: Lucy Parker is the Resident Design Consultant at HomeDecorAZ.com. When she’s not busy helping clients with interior design projects, Lucy writes blog posts related to home décor. She’s also a foodie who loves traveling and enjoys movies (except horror).