5 Low Maintenance House Plants

House plants have a certain magical quality to them. A little dash of greenery in the home brightens up the place and enhances the overall mood for the inhabitants. This writer on The Guardian summed it up perfectly.

“They turn a room into a living space, breathing life into my interiors. They say: someone lives here; someone cares for things; someone calls this home.” – Alys Fowler, The Guardian

Instead of a major house renovation or redesign, why not go for this hassle-free option that welcomes Mother Nature to your humble abode? No need to hire an interior designer or landscaping contractor for this.

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Source: The Guardian

These simple plants around your house will make a big difference without putting a dent into your wallet.

1. Snake Plant

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Snake plant is one of the favourites for several reasons. Firstly, it filters out formaldehyde, cleaning the air that you breathe in. It also thrives in a low light environment in humid conditions. Another name for snake plant is mother-in-law’s tongue though I’m guessing that this isn’t a shared sentiment for most mother-in-laws.

2. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a sun-loving succulent that’s also great for filtering the air of formaldehyde and benzene. It’s easy to grow and does not require frequent watering. Place it at spots that get a lot of sunlight such as your kitchen window. The benefits of aloe vera gel are numerous as well.

3. Philodendron

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Named “love trees” in Greek, philodendrons are an all-time favourite with its heart-shaped leaves and pleasant green. This foliage plant is easy to grow, easy to propagate and adapts to indoor settings. It also doesn’t need a lot of light. Perfect for placing them on top of shelves and over the sides of tall furniture.

4. Succulents

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For the creative decorator, succulents are super fun as they come in various shapes, sizes and colours. They are pretty on their own but you can inject some artistic flair to them by arranging them like a piece of art. They can grow in many different types of containers including teapots, cups, boxes and others. In fact, they’re so awesome that Buzzfeed published 32 Reasons on why they are the best plants ever.

5. Bamboo Palm

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A native to our tropical climate in Malaysia, bamboo palms grow in low light conditions and do not require much time and energy to care for. The slender, cane-like stems with its warm green leaves are relaxing for the eyes. The only problem with bamboo plants int hat the leaves fall frequently and you’ll have to do lots of sweeping or picking up.

House plants bring great benefits to our home life. They make the air more breathable by releasing oxygen and cleaning out pollutants. They suppress mould spores and bacteria with the release of phytochemicals. They introduce bursts of color and life and they are an affordable way to decorate your home. What’s not to like?

If you need help finding and choosing the best house plants for your home, contact one of our Kaodim landscape contractors. Our professional interior designers can also help you match your house plants to the overall atmosphere and look you are trying to achieve.