By Jessica Wing
When you’re in the process of decorating your house, plants can be an excellent way to create a pop of color. Plants can serve many functions in interior designing, both functionally and decoratively.
But before you pick out plants for your home, research which ones will thrive in your climate. You don’t want to spend money on a tropical plant if you live in an area that has harsh winters.
A popular plant to grow indoors is aloe vera. It reproduces easily, so your supply can be endless. You can also propagate and replant aloe vera in other rooms around your house. It’s also a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t require a lot of light or water. Aloe vera is the perfect example of a functional plant because it’s good for more than just decoration. It’s also effective in helping to heal burns.
One of my personal favorite plants is lavender. It’s a common belief that this plant helps improve sleep and lower anxiety. The smell of lavender is also known to lower your heart rate. And its purple flowers are a great way to add an accent color to a room that serves as a great focal point. Lavender is also a good plant for keeping away mosquitoes and some other pests. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even look up how to make lavender tea using your plant!
Jasmine is another plant that could be a perfect fit for your bedroom. The smell of jasmine is used to help relieve stress and allow for better sleep. In today's harrowing workaday world, a plant like jasmine has real value. Its white flowers don’t add too much color to a room, but they’re still beautiful and can help to brighten up and improve any room they’re in.
If you want to add some plants to your kitchen, a good way to do that is with a small herb garden. Nothing is better than fresh herbs on demand. Most herb plants don’t grow to be too big, especially if you’re taking cuttings for cooking, so they will not take up too much space. You can either install a window garden or have little potted plants on your window sill. If your garden does well, you can also use a dehydrator to help preserve and store your extras. An herb garden is the most functional way to raise plants that have a use beyond just being decorative.
If you have issues with asthma, or breathing issues in general, English ivy is a great plant to grow in your house. English ivy can reduce household molds and purify your indoor air. (It’s amazing how dirty the air in your house can get!) English ivy is a creeping and fast-growing plant though, so you’ll have to maintain it by trimming and pruning. English ivy also needs to be watered often enough to keep the soil moist.
The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is another one of my favorites. Also known as mother-in-law's tongue, and viper's bowstring hemp, the snake plant is one of the few plants that also remove carbon dioxide and produce oxygen at night.
This can help improve sleep and lower your stress levels. Snake plants can also help filter out household chemicals created by cleaning and cooking. This plant is super tolerant. Even the worst gardener should be able to keep this plant alive! You can also propagate this plant through cuttings, and add them to other rooms in your house.
Indoor plants are a great way to add color to your home. You can find plants that will help you sleep, lower stress, and can even help purify the air in your house!
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