Houseplants are the perfect green addition for your home. They are wonderfully fragrant, come in beautiful colours and some even clean the air. You can put them anywhere in the house too: from the living room to the basement. There’s no space in the home that wouldn’t benefit from a touch of green. Simply adding a small plant on the window sill can work wonders. However, the following houseplants are those that we consider the best of the best, regardless of their price tags or the green fingers required to raise them.
1. Tropical Kentia Palm
2. Monstera 'Monkey Leaf'
It’s all in the name. The Kentia palm is a delightful tropical plant that looks great in your living room. This low-maintenance palm flourishes with little light, low humidity and can even handle a cooler space. The Kentia palm also happens to be stunning indoors: light strikes its ornate leaves beautifully. Did you know that the Howea forsteriana will also purify the air in your home?
The holes in the leaves of the Monstera make it quite eye-catching, so it has become a very popular houseplant. It can brighten up any room. As a bonus, the plant also purifies the air. This plant requires high humidity levels. Chic and environmentally conscious: a true hipster among houseplants!
3. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
4. Yucca elephantipes
Are you looking for a flowering plant? The Spathiphyllum, with its spoon-like blossoms, is exactly what you need. The peace lily has gorgeous white flowers which smell delightful. The Spathiphyllum, like the Monstera, is also an air-purifying plant.
This tough plant comes from the southern USA and Mexico, and is well-adjusted to harsh conditions. Its rough, striped trunk and bright green leaves give this plant an impressive, western appearance. This desert plant tolerates heat and dry conditions well.
5. The Chinese Money Plant
6. Alocasia ‘Red Secret’
The Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomoides) has unusual, pancake-shaped leaves. With a height between 10 and 40 cm, this plant is perfect for your table or desk. Doesn’t it sound like a great way to liven up your office? The Pilea is also incredibly easy to care for.
Looking to add more colours to your home than just green? The Alocasia ‘Red Secret’ may be the perfect fit. Also called the elephant’s ear, this plant has large purple and orange leaves. Caring for the Alocasia is a piece of cake: it lets you know when it’s getting thirsty. When the plant’s leaves start to droop, just water it.. It’s that simple!
7. Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’
8. Ficus Benjamina ‘Daniëlle’
The Dieffenbachia steals the show in any living room, bedroom or hall. Its light-green leaves have dark edges, so it can’t help but stand out, no matter where you put it. The Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’ likes to get its light during mornings and evenings, but cannot handle the full force of the midday sun.
The Ficus Benjamina is an appealing addition to any green room. This stunning plant has several stems that weave around each other as they grow upwards into a lush canopy of leaves. It is basically a miniature tree in a pot.
9. Calathea Misto
10. Phalaenopsis ‘Pink Cascade’
The Calathea Misto is somewhat similar in appearance to the Dieffenbachia. Its leaves have the same dark-green edges and light-green centres. However, the Calathea has a softer appearance overall. The Calathea, like the Monstera and the Alocasia, is also an air-purifying plant. An interesting fact about the Calathea is that it goes to ‘sleep’ at night. It does this by pointing its leaves straight up.
Is pink your colour? Then look no further! The Phalaenopsis is incredibly versatile - you can put it on the table, in the bedroom or in the kitchen - but it needs to get enough light. This orchid is very easy to care for: you only need to water it when the soil feels dry. This orchid lasts for a long time too, blooming two to three times a year.
11. Pineapple plant
12. Dracaena Marginata
This plant is a green solution for people with respiratory issues. The aromatic substances in the pineapple plant have a positive effect. The plant blooms just once, for a period of three to six months.
Would you prefer a houseplant with a more rugged look? The Dracaena certainly fits the bill. The wild blades of the Dracaena tree will catch the eye in any space and bring a taste of the African tropics indoors.