Add House Plants to Brighten Your Home

Posted May 21st, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

If you’re looking for a way to add some life to your home with a relatively minimal amount of effort, you should consider adding some plants. Plants add color to a room in a way that few other decorative items do. They also help maintain an overall feeling of comfort and welcoming for your guests. While they won’t do miraculous things like lower your homeowners insurance, they can really add to the calm and comfort of your home.

Green Plants

Flowers are great, but they need to be repotted. If you want plants with less maintenance, you should consider one of a variety of greenery plants. Here are some of the most common types of plants you might consider adding to your house:

  • Aloe Vera. This is a favorite for many homeowners. It’s prickly and green, and its juice has soothing properties.
  • Spider Plant. This is a spiky green plant. It needs bright light, but avoid direct exposure to the sun.
  • Ficus Plant. This one is a dark green leafy plant. A ficus needs plenty of sunlight.
  • Bamboo. This is a larger plant with shoots and leaves. It needs direct sunlight, and plenty of water to grow.
  • Jade. Jade is actually a shrub that has thick branches and oval leaves. It stores water in its stems, roots and leaves. It needs bright sunlight, and you only need to water it about once a week.

Flowering Plants

If you want to add colors besides green to your home, consider some of these flowering plants:

  • Chrysanthemum. This is a beautiful, common shrub that needs plenty of sunshine.
  • Amaryllis. This plant with star-shaped flowers originated in Africa. You should avoid letting these ones sit in direct sunlight while they’re flowering.
  • Venus Fly Trap. Thse are always an excellent conversation piece.
  • Mauna Loa. The peace Lilly features a single white flower. It needs shade and plenty of water.

Your local greenhouse can give you some ideas about what kinds of flowers and plants might grow best in your climate, as well.

Photo via Juliana Coutinho

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