I get asked all the time what my favorite house plants are and honestly, I love them all! There is not one houseplant (within reason…you probably won’t see me with a large cactus anytime soon), that I do not enjoy. One goal I have this year is sharing my houseplants seasonally to help guide you on your houseplant journey. Currently, we are in the dead of winter here in Michigan. The weather can often be cloudy and dull, so much that we regularly go days without any sun. Obtaining low maintenance house plants is ideal for our busy lifestyle.
If you are nervous about the idea of real plants in your house, I have some tips for you! You can check out my Quick Tips for Happy Houseplants post here [HERE]. If you’re also wondering about where and how to get good houseplants, you can check out How To Get Houseplants Delivered To Your Home [HERE]. Lastly, if you’re wondering about pet-safe house plants or those pesky gnats that seems to never go away, you can check out our Houseplant FAQ’s post [HERE].
Aluminium plant (Pilea cadierei) is an evergreen perennial flowering plant related to the nettle and native to China and Vietnam. It is cultivated as a houseplant in temperate regions. All the parts of this plant are toxic, and caution should be exercised around pets and animals because they can be poisoned.
Baby’s tears is a plant built for propagation and for survival. It grows “baby plants” all along the edges of its leaves, and those tiny plantlets can even grow roots while still attached to the main plant. Flowers are not a seasonal occurrence and may or may not occur on any given plant. When the baby’s tears does flower, the blooms are pinkish-grey or orange.
Common Maidenhair Fern
The common maidenhair fern is known for its extract, which is often used to make an oil that is an ingredient in shampoo. The fern is also unique because it can shed water without feeling wet. These plants are easy to grow in shade or bright indirect light and thrive in moist but not soggy soil.
Preserved weeping willow eucalyptus
I love having live stems in the house at all times as well. You can find these stems [HERE] if you want some preserved eucalyptus for your home!
Emerald Ripple Peperomia/Radiator Plant
Emerald ripple peperomia (Peperomia caperata) is a plant with heart-shaped leaves that’s native to Brazile. The Latin name Peperomia caperata is an amalgam of two Greek words. The word “peperi” means pepper, and the word “homoios” means resembling. Emerald ripple peperomia is related to Piper nigrum, otherwise known as black pepper.
A fairly newcomer to the houseplant scene, the emerald tree grows in the shape of a tree but remains compact in size. Emerald tree plants grow best in four to five hours of bright indirect light per day, with moist but well-draining soil. In spite of their finicky nature, the Radermachera sinica is becoming increasingly popular as a houseplant.
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the most popular houseplants in the world – partly because of its highly decorative variegated foliage, and partly because it is easy to propagate and almost impossible to kill. Originally native only to the Moorea island of French Polynesia, it is now naturalized in tropical and sub-tropical forests worldwide, with the potential to cause environmental damage.
Italian Bellflower may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or planted as a potted plant.
Lemon is a cultivated small evergreen tree known for its yellow, juicy, sour fruits full of citric acid. Its origins are unknown, but it was probably first created in India, China, or Burma as a hybrid of sour orange (Citrus × aurantium) and citron (Citrus medica). It is commercial fruit cultivated in warm regions around the world.
Pink jasmine, a native of China and Burma, is a twining climber that is easy to establish and grow in the right conditions. It is often a favorite in gardens because of its attractive star-like white flowers that often have a pink tinge. These blooms are highly fragrant. In the areas of New Zealand and Australia, pink jasmine is considered an invasive species.
The Nephrolepis exaltata is commonly known as the sword fern or sword fern. It is a common and popular houseplant that is native to tropical environments. While the sword fern can survive droughts, it prefers humid environments and should be misted regularly. It is generally considered non-toxic and is pet friendly.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is an evergreen tree native to Asia and Australia. It is one of the most popular houseplants in the world, known for its elegant, glossy leaves. However, people with allergies should avoid weeping fig, considering that it is a major source of indoor allergens. All parts of the plant are poisonous except the fruits
I would love to know, what are your favorite house plants? Are there any house plants that you would love to have in your home but know that your lifestyle isn’t conducive for it? Let me know on Facebook or Instagram.