How to pick the right houseplant for your living space

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From mighty monsteras to spiky snakeplants, these are the houseplants that will make all the difference to your home, whatever the size.

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

The monstera is a classic houseplant that seems to be dominating Instagram feeds and bloggers’ interior shots at the moment. Depending on the space you’re working with, it can be bought as a full plant in a large statement floor pot, or alternatively used as a single leaf in a vase to decorate a surface. It requires minimum attention, and if you’re always on the go this is the plant for you – simply keep out of direct sunlight but in a fairly bright room and only water when soil becomes noticably dry.

Snakeplant

Opt for the snakeplant if you’re looking for a something that requires little effort but still makes an impact. As part of the Sansevierias family, the snakeplant is renowned for its tolerance – meaning you’ll barely have to water it. Defined by its sharp spiky leaves, this eye-catching houseplant is an impressive addition to your home and would fit perfectly in an office or bedroom due to its natural air-purifying properties.

Aloe Vera

Aside from endless health benefits, including the aid of skin conditions, digestive health and diabetes (to name a few), aloe vera can also be used to decorate your space, acting as a breath of fresh air for any room. This plant falls into the succulent category, meaning it’s another plant on the list that requires little attention as it will retain water for long periods of time. If kept indoors, it will grow at a relatively slow rate, but it should always be positioned near natural light. And there’s always the added option of using your aloe vera as a moisturiser once you’ve nurtured it.

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai trees come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, but they all have one thing in common – they’re miniature versions of trees. Originating in Japan, these cute trees have become more and more popular in recent years, as they allow you to bring a little bit of the outdoors into your home. Watering is the most important part of the development of your Bonsai tree, so make sure to keep an eye on how dry the soil is, always refreshing the plant if needed at any time of the day.

Dracaena Marginata

Larger plants can initially seem quite intimidating to plant newbies, but the dracaena marginata only requires plant potting every two years, so you can pretty much let it do its own thing. Where you place your dracaena marginata in the home will determine how fast it grows – the more light, the bigger it will get. Not only will it add a vivid pop of colour to your living space, this colourful foliage can grow over ten feet tall whilst fighting against harmful toxins in the air.

Chinese Money Plant

Thought to bring good luck to those gifted with it, this glossy little potted plant is also commonly called the ‘pankcake plant’, which refers to the small spherical disc leaves on the end of each stem. It’s important to remember that when potting this houseplant, you need to go for a pot with drainage holes to prevent it sitting in stagnant water.

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