“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
There are myriad advantages to adding houseplants to your home. For starters, many different types can help to purify the air and provide a healthier living space. Visual appeal is an added bonus that can make any room feel livelier by bringing the outdoors inside.
Here are a few popular houseplants that are easy to maintain and will add a creative design element.
Ficus Audrey (ficus benghalensis)
A natural statement piece with its large, velvety leaves, the ficus Audrey is having a moment among houseplant enthusiasts. If you want a plant that requires minimal care and a minimalist look, this is the one for you.
Chinese Evergreen (aglaonema modestum)
Named among the top air-filtering houseplants by NASA, the Chinese evergreen is visually stunning with its pink and green leaves. Even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, they’re quite resilient and can survive with indirect sunlight.
Rattlesnake Plant (calathea lancifolia)
If you enjoy bold patterns and vibrant colors, the rattlesnake plant will make the perfect addition to your home with its bright green and purple leaves. They’re low maintenance, don’t require direct sunlight, and will freshen up any room with a tropical feel.
Bunny Ear Cactus (opuntia microdasys)
Native to northern Mexico, the bunny ear cactus adds instant visual drama. Named for the two pads that are shaped like rabbit ears, it will sprout flowers in the summertime and is incredibly easy to keep alive as long as your home is not too humid. Whether you have a modern or minimalist look, cacti are an easy way to spruce up your home’s design.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (ficus lyrata)
There’s no denying the fiddle leaf fig is among the trendiest of houseplants and it’s easy to see why. Those lush leaves add a bit of flair to your home’s aesthetic and it’s the ideal size to fill unused space without feeling overbearing. Plus, these stylish trees improve the air quality, so you can breathe easily.