More people these days are turning to plants for room decor, creating personalized mini forests throughout their home. If you’re anything like me and have given your plants pronouns, water them relentlessly (to the point of rotten leaves for a few unlucky succulents), and move them around your house throughout the day for optimized sunlight time, this article is for you. While you may start your journey into plant mom mania by picking up any healthy looking plant from your local Home Depot, as the obsession develops you’ll want to seek out particularly attractive plants to fill your space. Here are some of the most charming indoor plants that are easy to care for and easy on the eye.
1. Ceropegia Woodi
South African house plant Ceropegia Woodii (also referred to as “String of Hearts,” “Rosary Vine,” and “Sweetheart Vine,”) lives up to it’s nicknames. The leaves are not only speckled and stunning to look at, but they also form in the shape of little hearts. The cascading wall of heart-shaped leaves makes this plant an eye-catcher and the hanging style also makes it great for filling quite a large area, especially as the vines grow up to four feet long. Keep this plant in a sunny spot and you may see it flower, filling your home with purple flowers and a mutual feeling of adoration.
2. String of Pearls
The next pick also has a string-like design, though on a much smaller scale. The String of Hearts is more of a desk plant, with rows of adorable bobbled vines hanging from the pot. This plant is great to mix into your collection because instead of growing upwards, it droops down and will add dimension to a shelf of vertical plants. Because this is technically a succulent, be careful not to over water this plant. As such, care is fairly simple and this species thrives in an indoor setting.
3. Snake Plant
Also known as the Mother-in-Law’s tongue, the Snake Plant is practically a staple for the indoor woodland aesthetic. The newly popular variety has lovely patterned leaves and a striking shape that allows the large plant to confidently take up an entire corner of your room. Better yet, the desert plant requires very minimal watering and will help humidify your home, bettering your skin if you live in a dry climate or somewhere where the heat is always running.
The Pilea is a darling house plant that also goes by the name “The Friendship Plant.” The easy-to-care-for species has fun limbs that seem to dance, filling a decent amount of space despite its dainty stems. Fast-growing and fun, pilea also grows little babies that you can collect and share with friends, solidifying your own friendships as you gift everyone their own indoor companion.
5. Air Plant
Air plants have been popular for a few years now, and since you can usually snag them for a decent price, consider buying many of them and using varied containers (of a similar theme or shade) to give your apartment or dorm some new life (literally). These plants don’t need soil, making them mess free and pleasing to the eye, but don’t forget to mist them with water every once in a while.
6. Baby Toes
Baby Toes are extremely cute, with stubby little growths that really do look remarkably similar to baby toes. The versatile plant is great for decorating a bedside table, and it is fairly easy to care for as they tolerate low-nutrient soil well (so you won’t have to worry about fertilizer). Leave them in direct sunlight and wake up smiling as you admire the darling little plant digits.
Anthuriums are a personal favorite and a great way to add a pop of color into your green space. The tropical plant blooms vibrant red flowers and the leaves themselves emit elegance and refinery. Be warned, however, that ingesting the plant can be poisonous so this isn’t a good choice if you have curious pets in your home.
The Monstera is another indoor classic, largely because you can find it in a variety of sizes. In a large and colorful planter, it can be the focal point of your room. Pick a smaller version and a less bold pot, and it can blend into the rest of your plants, adding some variety with its characteristically large leaves.
9. Money Tree
Money trees can, ironically, be on the pricier side, but they definitely add character to a room if you’re willing to splurge. The plant looks like a small tree, fully formed and just a foot or so high. The pet-friendly variety is sure to stand out amid your established collection of little plants and herbs.
10. Calathea Medallion
The Calathea Medallion is a great choice if you’re looking for some color variety without wanting to delve into brightly flowering plants. This leafy green species has deep purple undertones on the backside of its leaves, which playfully peek out from all angles. Place them in a neutral pot to let their leaves do the talking or put them in a pastel colored container to add a sense of playfulness to your room.