Hello plant people! Today I'm sharing 7 of my fave houseplants that are beautiful and easy to look after - to inspire you to make your home (& thumbs!) a little greener! All of these babies feature in House Jungle in some way or form, so if you're looking for some house plant care tips, definitely get your pre order in!
1. The humble Monstera Deliciosa
Often known as the Swiss Cheese plant because of its holely leaves. Mine is called Chlauss, because it's a swiss name, get it get it? I have had a cheese in my home ever since I can remember, so when I moved out to uni, I naturally had to get one of my own. Cheeses are perfect starter plants beause they don't need loads of light, they are unlikely to drown if you are a bit overzealous with the watering, and they look insta AF. They aren't called monstera for no reason - they grow big and fast, but I've never had a problem snipping a leaf off here and there if Chlauss is getting a bit big for his boots. (ps. the leaves last for AGES in a vase of water, so they make, like, the perfect photo props too)
2. Pilea Peperomides
The insta/pinterest plant of the moment, this tiny guy is a new addition to my house jungle, after my lovely friend Harriet sent me one of the babies off her plant! I'm loving it so far as it's tiny and adorable, has wicked-shaped leaves and seems to just be having a great time on my sill with minimal fuss and a bit of water once a week.
3. Variegated Ficus (Ficus Belize if Homebase is to be believed!)
The trusty rubber plant! I love a Ficus for it's big, thick, waxy leaves and the variegated pink, white and green palette looks like it was painted on! This guy not only looks great, but allegedly is a good air-filtering plant too. Mine is very happy sitting on my bedroom windowsill being watered 1-2 times a week, and it regularly delights me with the unfurling of a brand new leaf almost once a week!
4. Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa)
This Particular Hoya (Her name is Phoebe) is inherited from my mum, who inherited her from my great grandma. She's probs not as old as that makes her sound, but she's definitely a bit of a monster!
This particular type is a Hoya Carnosa, which puts out teeny little flowers that look like sweeties, when happy and in bright light (google them!) but I also love how they look once the flowers have gone. They grow in big, long vines which I've hung around the door frame using some sticky hooks. The bonus about these 'vines' is that they don't have aerial roots that can leave grubby little prints on your wall when they get too close (I'm looking at you, Chlauss). A smaller on than mine would work fabulously as a trailing or hanging plant, and they can stand for a fair bit of neglect which is always a winner. ;)
5. Devils Ivy (Pothos)
Just the best trailing plant ever. It's pretty; really, really hard to kill and grows like wildfire. I grew mine from a two-inch cutting from one of my mum's plants. This guy grew to this size in LESS THAN A YEAR from just ONE LEAF. All you have to do with a cutting is select a bit which has an little root forming (a little nub on the stem) and strip it back to one leaf. Then pop it in water until your root starts to look a bit root-like and plant! Keep it moist-ish and in no doubt you'll have a gorgeous pothos ready to clamber everywhere.
6. Bromeliad (Aechmea Fasciata)
I got this cutie from IKEA whilst it was flowering ( a big, beautiful SCULPTURE of a thing) and didn't realise that they only flower once in their life! Good thing that foliage is still so photogenic. It's been through the wars a little since our move, and lost a leaf or two to my under and then over-watering (oops) but it's soldiering on through and will hopefully be much happier in it's new spot in the bathroom. Make sure not to overwater this guy, as it doesn't have a huge amount of roots and it could rot easily!
7. Aloe Vera: My old Faithful.
This aloe has been with me since Plant Lady Day 1. It has seen many window sills, manyy pots and was probably one of the first houseplants I bought for myself that wasn't a basil! It needs minimal watering and a nice, bright windowsill and that's it! You can tell if they're getting thirsty because those big stems will get a bit squishy.
I have more than one Aloe and I adore them (I'm counting 4, at the moment!) They keep putting more stemos and growing and growing away and require such little effort!
Let me know which plants are your faves! I mean, I'll definitely be back for round-two. ;)