When I was a child I couldn’t understand why my mother enjoyed having plants all around the house. In my opinion, a plant that didn’t produce any pretty flowers was kind of a waste. Who would want to look at plain old greenery?
Well, now that I’m grown, with a home of my own, I’ve come to gradually change my mind about house plants. But it wasn’t until the past year our two that I’ve really become interested in having some house plants of my own. I’ve had numerous plants over the years, but without a green thumb and the love of watching them grow, my plants generally didn’t tend to do very well under my care.
But since I’ve been doing a lot of decorating and thinking about what really makes a room come alive, I’ve come to the conclusion that every room deserves to have at least one, real, living piece of greenery in it, and I’m on a mission to do just that. Yes, even my kids’ rooms will all have plants at some point, I hope. There’s something about a plant that gives a room energy and vitality and keeps it from becoming lifeless. But not only that, plants improve the air quality in a home, and they are calming and soothing to look at.
I found these pretty white flower pots on a recent IKEA trip and I couldn’t resist them. I think that flowers in clean, white pots are the prettiest of all. There’s just something about white. The way it contrasts against the green, but also the extra boost of the feeling of cleanliness and simplicity they add. These, in my opinion, are just perfect!
I still haven’t grown a green thumb, unfortunately. So, when I go searching for plants to purchase, I always look for the ones that are labeled “easy to care for” or “low maintenance” or “you won’t be able to kill this one, even if you try”. OK, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. I look for ones that are not particularly fussy about how they are cared for. A little watering about once a week or so, a little natural light, maybe a feeding here and there, and that’s about it. I don’t remember difficult instructions and how various plants need this or that, or the other thing. So easy and low maintenance it is. At least until that green thumb grows out.
I LOVE wandering the aisles of the local greenhouse. There is something so wonderful about breathing in all that fresh smelling, earthy air and being surrounded by life that I just love! I take my good old time choosing just the right plants. Because I want to be sure I’m making good choices, but also because I want it to take as long as possible so I can stay there and savor it for a little while. I feel refreshed and energized and happy after leaving the greenhouse. Even though I know I’d kill most of those plants if they were left up to me. Maybe that’s part of the reason I enjoy it so much. I can appreciate the pretty plants knowing I don’t have to be the one responsible for them.
So, these are a few of the ones I chose on my last trip. I thought I’d share them with you today in case you are also on the lookout for some beautiful, easy-to-care-for plants for your own home.
Disclaimer: these plants have only been in my care for a few weeks, so they haven’t really had the chance to die yet. But so far, so good. I’m believing what they said when they told me that they were low maintenance, so we shall see!
neanthe belle palm. The foliage is light and airy. It’s a tropical plant, native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Ficus (or rubber plant). This one is my favorite of all the plants I bought that day. The variegated foliage is just so strikingly beautiful! And the red tint in the center caught my eye as well.
Calandiva. Such pretty flowers on this one! I couldn’t resist getting at least one with blooms on it. This pink color was just the thing to put in my living room. It looks right at home.
Snake plant (or mother-in-law’s tongue, or St. George’s Sword). I chose this one because I heard that these are pretty much impossible to kill. Plus, the green, pointy leaves are pretty and unusual.
Be sure to choose a good potting soil for your plants and to feed them about once a month or so. Check online sources, or ask your local plant specialist, for the best and most proper way to care for your plants.
And here they are! All potted up and ready to display around the house. I also like to use my plants from time to time as a pretty background when taking photos of my cards and other projects. So, you just might see these pretty little things popping up again sometime on Sweet Paper Treats.
How about you? Do you have some easy-to-care-for plants that you love? I’d love to hear about your favorites. I’m always looking for more
to have as backup in case these die to add to my collection.