It’s January, it’s cold and we miss our gardens…well, I have an easy way to beat the winter blues! Buy yourself some new houseplants! There are so many benefits for you and your home by just adding a few new plants to your home.
Benefits of Houseplants
There are many benefits to having houseplants in your home! Not only do they help me chase away the winter blues (I miss my garden so much by mid-winter!!) they are actually good for you!!
This happens every year after I pack away all the Christmas stuff and the house looks plain again…I always buy a few new houseplants! OK, I could have a worse addiction, right??
Here are a few reasons that I think you should get some plants too!!!
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Plants are Decorative
One of the main reasons that I love to have houseplants in every room is that they add a natural and decorative touch to your home. The pop of green really brings a space alive!
Try adding plants to your bookshelves, console, or entryway tables. Plants not only add color they are a softer element that breaks up the hard lines of books or lamps in your room. They naturally add texture and a feeling of movement that is relaxing.
I love bringing nature indoors in this simple way, I’m telling you that having plants around boosts my mood, especially in the winter months when I am indoors most of the time here in New England.
Improve Air Quality in Your Home
Plants are natural air purifiers! Isn’t that cool? Air-purifying house plants turn carbon dioxide that’s in the air around you into oxygen.
Some common houseplants like the peace lily, pothos, snake plants, and spider plants can filter out toxins and pollutants in the air too.
Plants can also increase the humidity in a room…which is great in my book because the air gets so dry in the winter with the heat on and no natural humidity outside.
Plants Are Good For Your Health
Stressed out??? Go get a couple of plants!!
Plants are just good for your mental health and can reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. Think of how it feels to be taking a walk through a park surrounded by trees…so relaxing, right??
Well, you can create a little bit of that green oasis vibe by scattering a few plants around your place.
Adding plants is great for your office or workspace too!! Plants help to improve your focus so add a little plant to the corner of your desk!! I have 5…now that I think about it 6 plants in my office.
If you are in a low light situation try a snake plant or pothos in your workspace.
Many Houseplants Are Easy to Care For
There are so many houseplants that are not fussy and are pretty low maintenance and easy to care for.
Taking care of a few houseplants is a great option if you don’t have a garden too…you can create a little indoor garden for yourself!
Yes, there are some very finicky houseplants that I would steer your away from…I’m talking to you fiddle leaf fig and string of pearls!!!
But there are so many easy-to-find options that are easy to care and great for a beginner or if you think that you don’t have a green thumb.
super easy houseplants
- Spider Plant
- Snake Plant (so hard to kill!!)
- Peace Lily
- ZZ Plant
My best advice is to read the plant marker when you are at the store and find one that you can meet the growing conditions for.
The tags will tell you if it needs low light or medium light, direct or indirect, watering habits, etc. If there isn’t much information then just google the plant name and you will find all of that information.
Another good Google trick if you find a plant with no name tag is to use the lens feature in search and take a picture of the plant and go from there. I just did this when I was buying plants the other day and all the tag said was “fern” and I found out it is called a Kangaroo Paw Fern!!
Plants are Affordable
Houseplants can be an affordable way to add greenery to your home and they can make a room feel pulled together.
And since houseplants have really become popular over the past few years the big box stores have caught on and have a big supply at very affordable prices.
The most affordable places that I have seen houseplants lately are Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s.
I just bought a floor plant, 2 big hanging plants, and one in a pretty planter and they were each between $14-20.
Don’t pass by the hanging plants! Those plastic hanging hooks pop off and you can pop the pot right into a planter.
Check your local nursery too! I love my local Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland, NH, they have the most beautiful houseplant department that is the best spot to spend a little time on a snowy afternoon! Last year on my January plant haul I filled up a cart of pretty plants.
So Much Variety!
There are hundreds of different types of houseplants to choose from that are readily available.
You can definitely find something that fits your own vibe or home style too!
There are some very dramatic houseplant options like this polka dot Angel Wing Begonia.
I just picked up this Calathea the other day from Lowe’s for under $15. It has the neatest leaf patterns.
Ideas For Decorating with Houseplants
Now that you have your plants at home, what should you do with them?? First is to add them to planters.
Check out where you bought your plants to see what they sell for planters.
The big box stores have a decent supply of planters, especially in the Spring and Summer.
Another favorite place of mine to look is at a thrift store. I have found so many planters and baskets that I use for my plants.
Sometimes I’ve given them a fresh coat of paint or a little makeover but I live for a good thrift flip!!
My latest plant purchase (I believe it’s a Kangaroo Paw Fern) in a $3 thrift store basket.
This is one of my favorite thrift store makeovers! It was inspired by a brass planter that I had been crushing on from Magnolia but just couldn’t pull the trigger on spending 30 bucks for a small planter!!!
This Blue Cebu Blue Pothos enjoys low light and is perfect for my entryway table. There are big windows with bright morning light to the right which will provide the perfect growing situation.
This was a new variety for me that I picked up at Lowe’s last week for $19.98.
Don’t forget about your kitchen! It’s one room that I spend a lot of time in so having plants just makes it feel homier. This plant is ‘Scindapsus Pictus‘ or silver vine and is in the Satin Pothos family. I picked it up recently at Home Depot…went in for one thing and left with the plant too!
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I hope I’ve encouraged you to try your hand at houseplants!
If you have pets then check the variety before you bring it home to make sure it isn’t toxic to them.