Winter is getting me down, guys. These rainy, gray days can be difficult to bear. One easy way to beat the late-January blues is to fill your house with fresh, springy things. In fact, I have been seeing potted daffodils and hyacinths at Kroger and may need to pick one up. Besides pretty flowers, a houseplant can bring some bright energy into a home. Plus, they are all the rage with trendy decorators lately.
I have exactly two plants that I’ve managed to keep alive for several years now, and they do add life and texture to my home. If winter is making you sad, here are some beautiful, striking plants that you can probably find in your local Lowe’s (or at IKEA–a great source for live plants!:
Pretty, and Hardy Houseplant Options
The Monstera Deliciosa has huge, striking leaves and gives a cool, boho look to any room. Its emerald green color and unique shape make it a perfect statement plant for those that want to go big. It’s relatively easy to care for, as it prefers indirect light, so even a plant novice can make this one work!
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The long, trailing vines of the Pothos plant have made it a houseplant favorite for decades. It grows quickly and requires very little effort to maintain. The vines can be allowed to hang from a potted plant, or trained around topiaries or windows, for a romantic garden look. So pretty!
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If the Apocalypse happened tomorrow, all that would be left on this earth would be cockroaches and Sansevieria. This is the first plant that ever thrived despite my complete and total neglect. Dust? Darkness? Drought? Deluge? Bring it on. This guy sits on my kitchen windowsill and every so often (once a week? once a month? once a fiscal quarter? who really knows), someone sticks it under the faucet and drenches it, and then returns it to the sill. And there is nary a brown spot, nor a drooping leaf. With a nickname like “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”, though, you know it will be tough.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is the reigning queen of trendy houseplants. Although she’s a bit fussy, it’s easy to see why people love this beautiful plant so much. The large, dark green leaves are lush and have a lovely, curvy shape, and the plant can be trained as a tree or a shrub. I have managed to keep mine alive for nearly four years, with weekly watering and indirect light.
The peace lily is another classic houseplant, and for good reason. It’s very hardy, and does not require much light, which makes it great for growing indoors. With lush, bright green leaves and those clean white flowers, it is sure to get you through the end of winter!