Best Kinds of Greenery to Plant around Your Home

Having greenery around your home can improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide, act as a stress reliever, reduce tension and provide beautiful, natural decor while creating a more relaxing atmosphere. According to the National Garden Association, sales of houseplants have increased by 50% in the last three years. If you plan on purchasing Newark real estate, consider adding these potted plants around your home as a means of adding lusher greenery to your life in a larger city.

When buying houseplants, you have a lot to take into consideration. Are you the type of person who will forget to water your plants, and only remember once they’re gone? Maybe you’ll be putting houseplants in an area of your home that doesn’t get much natural light. Pet owners should also make sure that their plants are pet-safe. Of course, you also want to be sure that the plants you’re getting aren’t likely to bring bugs into the house.

Some plants are too finicky to be kept indoors. Here are some great plants that will flourish inside the house.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

This finicky rainforest plant does not necessarily love life indoors, but with love and proper care, it will thrive. Very inexpensive, starting at only $12.99 at IKEA, a potted fiddle leaf fig tree can grow as tall as 10 feet high indoors. Outside, it can grow as tall as 50 feet. It is not for a novice gardener, however, as the plant does not like drafts, soil that's too wet or too dry, dry air, or too much sun. Humidity is key so keep it moist by using a mister. A benefit of keeping fiddle leaf fig trees inside is that they take up little space, but add a lot to any room.  If your tree is not doing well, revive it by cutting off the top as it will resprout new leaves and become bushier than when you first bought it.

Snake Plant

Unlike a fiddle leaf fig tree, a snake plant, also known as Sansevieria, is very tolerant. The most important thing to know when caring for a snake-plant is that is needs well-drained soil as it's prone to rot. Snake plants are ideal for anyone who fears they might not remember to water their plants regularly. Indirect sunlight is ideal, although it can withstand both full sun and low light. The snake plant is a very beneficial plant to have in your home as it purifies the air by removing toxins and producing clean oxygen.

Peace Lily

Another beautiful plant with low maintenance is the peace lily. It also comes with lovely foliage and white petals, resembling those of a calla lily. Recognized by NASA as one of the best plants for air cleaning properties, it can grow as tall as three feet high, making it best suited as a potted floor plant. However, be very cautious with this plant if you have pet cats or dogs. The ASPCA has listed the plant as the most common to poison pets and can lead to swelling in the mouth and airway.

Rubber Plant

Also a wonderful plant for providing clean air, the rubber plant prefers indirect sunlight, a well-draining pot, and a regular schedule for watering. Native to southeast Asia, the rubber plant, with large, rich green leaves, is a beautiful addition to any home. When well cared for, the plant can become an impressive height within only a few years. Rubber trees are another low-maintenance plant that can help make the air cleaner. Since rubber trees have such large leaves, they can pull in larger quantities of toxins from the air. They can help turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and remove bacteria from the air.

Aloe Plant

Aloe plants look great no matter what you’re style is and are easy to care for. Aloe is a type of succulent, so it needs very little water to survive. Unlike some plants that might be just for decor, aloe is far more useful. By growing an aloe plant inside your home, you have natural aloe vera whenever you need it. Rather than buying processed aloe from the store, you can get it directly from the plant whenever you need it. People have been using  aloe to treat burns and other injuries for centuries.


Pothos is one of the best plants you can get if you’re prone to killing houseplants. These plants are resilient, so they’re great for anyone new to gardening. A pothos plant can grow vines that are over 10 feet long, which will make every plant owner feel successful. If you can put your pothos plant in direct sunlight, that would be best for it, but it’s not necessary. A pothos plant can grow in indirect sunlight or fluorescent lights just fine.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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