Are you longing for some indoor greenery that will lift up your interior and purify your indoor air quality? Bring the outdoors in and infuse life into your atmosphere with some of the most alluring and whimsical plants nature can offer. From azaleas and lilies to daisies and aloe veras, these refreshing and sun-loving plants will maximize your spaces with its blooming flowers, vivid colors, and fragrant scents. Decorate your home with bright shades of purple, picturesque hues of yellow and radiant tones of turquoise. And the most amazing part? Adding plants to a room has been shown to reduce the amount of air pollution by absorbing the particulates from the air and taking in carbon dioxide. Why invest in expensive electric air purifiers when you can purchase a few houseplants to clean the air naturally and inexpensively? From design-forward planters to outside-the-box styling, these ideas will inspire you to cultivate your own collection of indoor plants and create a healthy English garden effect.
A well-known perennial shrub that is part of the Rhododendron family, the majestic Azalea plant grows one bloom per stem. Flowering during spring with red, pink and white blossoms, these alluring plants are native to Thailand and China. If given the right conditions and proper care, they can produce an abundance of clusters that can be a gorgeous display in any household. A beautiful floral arrangement that can delightfully embellish your home and enliven even the darkest of corners, these handsome plants are also great at purifying the air from hazardous toxins. Since they don’t have to be thrown away after their blooms die, azaleas can be kept all-year round for absorbing formaldehyde from the air. Both visually arresting and beneficial to your health, it is best if you keep them in your basement or kitchen at cooler temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a big house, growing Chrysanthemums is always a smart idea. A flowering plant that was cultivated for nearly 2500 years before arriving to Europe, it is mostly used for decorative purposes. In Chinese culture, the Chrysanthemum along with the plum, bamboo and orchid are referred to as the Four Noble Ones. Brought to Japan by Buddhist monks, it is said that the Japanese emperors were so impressed by it that they often sat on thrones of Chrysanthemums. In certain cultures, its flowers are boiled to make a sweet drink that has many medicinal uses. Symbolizing long life, joy, and optimism, this flowering plant works best at clearing the air of benzene, a dangerous chemical used in plastics, glues and detergents. Keep them where there’s sufficient sunlight and let these flowers do more than just brighten your living room.
#8 Bamboo Palm
A tender and tropical plant that is widely used in landscapes and indoor decoration, the bamboo palm can grow on different altitudes and under various climate conditions. Fitting perfectly into any corner, the bamboo palm produces gorgeous flowers during summer months. Bringing warmth and color to any household, the Bamboo Palm is a real tropical delight. Native to Mexico, it needs a delicate amount of fertilizer, moisture, light, and warmth in order to thrive. A great choice for placing around your home or office, the Bamboo Palm is best known for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. Place it in any corner of your home and let this remarkable plant beautify your spaces and purify the air.
Brightening any room and enlivening any windowsill, the Chinese Evergreen plant is a tapestry of wonder. With its glossy green leaves accented with stripes, spots and streaks, this easy-to-care plant is both sensational and spectacular. One of the most durable houseplants you can take care of, it is small enough to fit on table tops, desks and mantle pieces. A very adaptable plant, its neutral color leaves can complement almost any decor color palette and style. Requiring low light, humid conditions and warm temperatures, it is well-known for helping filter out a large number of air pollutants. However, one of the most fascinating things about this majestic plant is the fact that the more time it spends in a place, the more effective it will become at removing the pollutants and toxins from the air.
#6 Zanzibar Gem
Needing only minimal care, the Zanzibar Gem is a truly ornamental plant with a distinctive spiral structure and high gloss, rich green leaves. Ideal for your environmentally-friendly “green” home, the Zanzibar Gem will give a natural beauty to your interior. A bold indoor plant that creates an impact, it will boost your home decor with its long succulent stems and unusual foliage. Performing beautifully even in dry shady areas, the Zanzibar Gem “thrives on neglect”. What is more alluring is its ability to act as a bio-filtration system that clears the air from toxins and chemicals. Complementing any type of interior, use it to add a splash of greenery in the darkest of corners.
#5 Spider Plant
Adaptable and easy to grow, the Spider Plant has green and pale yellow stems and it may produce small white flowers during summer. Looking delightfully decorative placed in a handing basket because of its gracefully arching leaves, fill up any empty space with its lush greenery and create a lavish décor into your home and office. Remarkably efficient at battling indoor air pollutants, place it on your mantle, windowsill, or tabletop. Filtering out benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, it is widely recognized as the “Top Clean Air Plant”.
#4 Peace Lily
Once a queen of the rain-forest in South America, the peace lily is admired for its undemanding nature and readiness to grow even in low-light conditions. Evoking a sense of tranquility, it is a symbol of purity, innocence, hope, and prosperity. A popular choice for homes and offices, the elegant peace lily can cheer up any room with its dark green leaves and handsome, seashell-shaped white flowers. Peace lilies do not only beautify your spaces, but they’re also amazing at purifying the indoor air. Having more lilies in your home means cleaner air since this remarkable plant specializes in removing benzene, a carcinogen found in polishes, paints and furniture wax. Furthermore, the beautiful peace lily also battles acetone that can be emitted in the air through cleaners, adhesives and electronics. Lilies thrive in normal temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, love shade and indirect light, and like to be watered a lot at once. If you just follow these simple care rules, the peace lilies will delightfully decorate and purify your home for many years to come.
Native to South Africa, the first gerberas were imported to Europe in the 1800’s. Used in interior decoration, bridal bouquets, and corsages, they come in various vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, pink and white. Gaining its name after the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, they are a symbol of purity, innocence, and cheerfulness. A great way of adding a splash of color into your home, these plants can instantly wake up any room and cheer up the dullest of spaces. In addition to its majestic appearance, the gerbera daisy is an efficient air-purifying plant that clears the indoors from benzene that can be found in various paints. Apart from benzene, this brilliant plant also battles trichloroethylene which it is sometimes brought to the home with your dry cleaning. So simply choose the type of gerbera that matches your sense of style and bring the beauty of springtime into your home.
#2 English Ivy
A great climber that can cling to any surface, the English ivy is an evergreen vine that is commonly used as a quick cover for walls and buildings. This ornamental plant makes up for the lack in flowers with its lush green leaves that range from small and narrow to large and broadly shaped. Introduced in 1727 by the English colonists, it is widely used as a decorative plant in homes and offices due to its interesting shape and striking appearance. A marvelous accent plant, it can blend beautifully in any space and add a splash of color to your home. Commonly grown as a hanging plant indoors, it is also an effective formaldehyde remover. Apart from battling formaldehyde, it filters airborne particles of fecal matter. Whether you are in a small apartment or a big house, keep in mind that the English ivy needs sunny weather, moist soil and protection from winter winds.
#1 Aloe Vera
Thriving in any condition, growing equally well both indoors and outdoors, and demanding minimal care, the aloe vera’s popularity can be attributed to its various natural health properties. Used in a wide range of beauty products and medication, it helps with diabetes, weight loss, colds, asthma, acne, dry skin, and burns. Its useful parts are the gel and latex that can be extracted from the cells in the center of the leaf and from the cells beneath the skin leaf respectively. Sometimes referred to as “lily of the desert” or “wonder plant”, it most likely originated in Sudan before being brought to the Mediterranean region by ancient civilizations. Fun fact: the first record of the healing properties of aloe vera appeared on a Mesopotamian tablet in 2100 B.C! Furthermore, reports show that aloe can help clean the air of formaldehyde and benzene and it has a system of showing if the amount of chemicals in the air became excessive by simply displaying brown spots on its leaves. If you had already decided to grow aloe vera in your home, keep in mind that it likes dry soil, a bit of space, planter that has good drainage, and medium amount of water.