7 Easy to Look After Houseplants for Your Home

I’ve always thought that plants make a home. They bring personality, life and a calm quality to a room and let’s face it, they look great!

They’re also a great accessory for when you don’t know what to do with a space or corner in a room and can be beneficial to our health.

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Some plants can purify the air which can help us sleep at night, a great cleanser to all the pollutants and dust from everyday life.

lots of plants in the living room
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A lot of people tell me that they’ve never had a plant in their house and the main reasons are –

  • They don’t know how to look after them
  • They’re not green-fingered and often kill them
  • They wouldn’t know what plants to choose
  • They attract spiders or insects (they don’t. No more than any other item in your home)

I can assure you that I am not a plant expert in any shape or form. But somehow, I’ve managed to keep them alive and I’ve gone from having 3 plants when I moved into our house, to around 30 and counting!

Here is a selection of the plants in my house which I find very easy to look after and if I can do it, you can too!

Easy to look after plants for your home

Below are some of the easiest plants to care for in your home, don’t mind a bit of neglect and can cheer up any dark corner in your home

Peace Lily

One of the easiest plants to care for, the Peace Lily is great for cleaning the air as well. They mainly consist of dark green leaves and white “flowers” (although they look like flowers, they are actually white leaves).

I find this plant the easiest to look after as it will tell you when it needs watering, no joke! They are far more tolerant of under-watering than over-watering, so you shouldn’t water on a schedule.

In fact, I wait until the leaves start to droop before I water, a great reminder!

Peace Lily that is refusing to flower at the moment

Spider Plant

Another fabulously easy plant to care for, I absolutely love my spider plants. My first plant came from my Mum in the form of a “baby” from one of her plants and it’s grown into a bit of a beast!

They are very robust and can take a lot of abuse, which is great for any newbie indoor plant enthusiast.

They like a light room, but cool temperatures and as the light increases over the spring months, they can flower and produce babies, or spider plant spiderettes which you can repot and grow into another spider plant!

I currently have 5 in my house and that number is growing!

Multiple babies – anyone want a spider plant? 🙂

Boston Fern Houseplant

The fern is a must-have houseplant in my eyes. I love the way it grows and trails over a shelf or cupboard and it is constantly reinventing itself! They are a little more difficult to look after however! They’re not as fickle as the previous plants, their environment must be spot on.

They have to be in a cool place, with no direct light and high humidity. I find that they thrive in my bathroom!

The best way to care for these plants is to make sure the soil is always damp and to spray them with water once or twice a week, especially in the winter when we tend to have our heating on and the air can get very dry.

Happy Harry (yes, he has a name) sure likes a house party!

Areca Palm

These are quite expensive plants, so a lot of people purchase them when they are small and watch them grow to over 7 feet! I bought one that was just over 3 feet and has grown considerably since then.

I love the almost tropical, botanical feel these plants give and I think they are a fabulous addition to any home.

They need bright, indirect light (the leaves will start to brown if you put them in the sun) and water them enough that the soil stays slightly damp in the spring/ summer months and slightly dry in the cooler months.

One of my favourite plants

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant

This is a hugely tolerant plant, so great for beginners. It is a slow grower and very good at being forgotten about.

They can thrive in low light and drought, but you want to look after them, don’t you? Don’t put them in direct sunlight and water them just enough so that the soil becomes dry in between.

In return, they will help keep the air in your home clean and remove toxins!

My Mother-In-Law’s tongue

Dragon tree houseplant

The newest addition to the household is another palm-like plant that gives a tropical feel to a room. The dragon tree can also grow up to 6 feet tall, but you can trim the top off if it gets out of control.

It loves average room conditions, not too hot, not too cold and as with most plants, out of direct sunlight.

Just do not overwater as this can cause the roots to rot.

Used as a doorstop! 🙂

Calathea Mix (Zebra plant)

This is the hardest plant to look after, but it has to be my favourite! I love the “zebra” texture of the leaves and the fact that the leaves are almost a red/brown colour underneath.

When we first put this plant in our bedroom, we kept hearing “shuffling” noises (well, I did. Mr B was snoring his head off as usual) and I realised it was the Calathea moving its leaves at night.

The plant needs water, but the water needs to be able to drain so as not to cause root rot. Lack of water and the plant leaves will begin to curl.

Calathea also likes high humidity and low light, especially in winter. So make sure you have a mister to hand to keep it looking healthy!

He needs a water fight!

I have found whilst caring for my plants that it is all trial and error. The plants in my house get moved around often and I find that some will prefer rooms to others.

I try to stick to a routine of watering them the same day every week (so as not to forget), but I always check how damp the soil is first to make sure I’m not overwatering them. But the best advice? Always keep them out of direct sunlight!

Plants aren’t the only way you can bring the inside out! I have several faux plants in my house and the quality these days can make you believe you have the real thing, without all the trouble!

Bringing the outside in

And finally, if I haven’t convinced you to go and buy a plant today, you can always introduce the outside into your decor.

We are lucky enough to have bifold doors in our kitchen and on a sunny day, there’s nothing better than opening the doors and letting the garden become an extension of the kitchen.

This room used to be painted white until recently when I decided to go green and paint it Cool Pine by Valspar and add shelving with plants on it.

It now feels very homely and calming and has become more of a “garden” room than a kitchen. For the finishing touches, I added a few botanical print cushions and artwork and always like to have a fresh bunch of flowers on the table.

open plan kitchen with the bifolds open looking out onto the garden
Probably need to mow the lawn 🙂

sage green wall in the kitchen with wooden floorboards and a grey velvet sofa

dining table, green wall and window in the dining area
Oh yes, this is how i roll on a school day morning…

I don’t think you have to be green-fingered to look after plants. Start with the easy to look after, such as Spider plants and Peace Lilies and see how you get on.

To give your house that true Bringing the Outside In, find natural colours (green obviously being my favourite) and let as much light in as possible.

Mel x

More on Plants…

Houseplants – It’s Time to Bring the Wonderful Outside In

Bringing the Outside In Part 2 – Artificial Plants


    23/05/2018 / 8:39 pm

    Love this blog!! The little details on how to keep them healthy followed by the photo of each plant is so useful and easy to read. Bringing in faux plants is a great idea too. Also love the shot of your kitchen with the garden in the back ground. All very inspirational.

    • Melanie Boyden
      07/06/2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks Mum!! 🙂 I never thought I’d be a blog writer, but i absolutely love it! X

  2. Lolly
    06/06/2018 / 7:58 am

    Gorgeous photos! Great read! I discovered you on instagram. It’s funny how you stumble across people that are loving the same things as you! Have a lovely day!x

    • Melanie Boyden
      07/06/2018 / 8:59 am

      Hello! Thabks for leaving a comment 🙂 Instagram is a wonderful thing, I’ve met so many likeminded people through it and its led me to create this blog. I never thought i would be able to write, but i absolutely love it! Xx

  3. Emma
    17/12/2019 / 2:01 pm

    Do you know what the name of your floors are? They are beautiful

    • Melanie Boyden
      18/12/2019 / 10:03 am

      Hi Emma

      I don’t I’m afraid. They are original to the house so think they are real pine wood. We had them sanded down and then varnished with Osmo Polyx Oil

      Mel x

  4. Fliss
    25/04/2022 / 11:56 am

    Love the blog, what’s the name of the green paint in the living dining room section please?

    • Melanie Boyden
      26/04/2022 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you! The paint is Valspar Fern Shadow

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