So you don’t have a green thumb or a spacious, well-lit outdoor garden? Never fear, hardy and shade-loving plants will do well even in most conditions involving a minimal amount of sunlight and water. Check out this handy list of cute, easy-to-care-for plants to brighten up your apartment space.
Lovely Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo is an attractive plant capable of growing in low-light conditions, making it perfect for many apartment settings. The plant needs to be kept in fresh water, but does not require a significant amount of sunlight. As its name suggests, lucky bamboo is thought to bring luck to those around it, so this plant will provide psychic as well as decorative benefits. Bamboo also grows vertically and can provide an upward emphasis that will make your apartment feel larger.
Sometimes considered a pest in natural areas to which it is not native, ivy is a hardy plant that can grow readily in shady environments. Different varieties can be grown in differently sized pots; some ivies work well in hanging baskets—always an attractive addition to a well-decorated apartment. Beyond the traditional green ivies, many creatively colored or variegated ivy species are available. Though ivy doesn’t need direct sunlight, colored varieties will better maintain their color with more access to light. Minimal water is necessary for these attractive, leafy plants.
Perfect Peace Lily
Requiring very little watering and not able to tolerate direct sunlight, the peace lily is a simple and pretty potted plant for the home. Its rich leaves and delicate flowers create an attractive counterpoint, and the plant can fit in any area of the home, from the kitchen to the living room or even the bedroom or bath. The peace lily can thrive in low light, but prefers bright filtered light, and only needs intermittent watering. Consider this cute plant for your decorating needs.
Snazzy Snake Plant
This often very uniquely-colored plant packs a powerful punch when it comes to adding some pizzazz to your surroundings. It’s yet another vertically oriented plant, reaching up to four feet in height and capable of making your apartment seem more spacious than it actually is. A hardy plant hailing from Zaire, the snake plant needs very minimal watering and a moderate amount of light. It’s a great undertaking for the under ambitious gardener.
Pothos plants are among the simplest plants to grow. These vines require little watering and indirect light, and can be made to grow vertically if staked properly (or if purchased after being placed on a pole or other vertical implement). They can also simply be left to grow in a pot or hanging basket. Some pothos plants are variegated and provide additional interest in their mottled leaves. Even someone who’s all thumbs (but still doesn’t have a green one) can refrain from killing a pothos plant.
Plants lend both attractive decoration and a natural feeling to your apartment. The above varieties are easy to grow and tough to kill. Over-watering and excessive direct sunlight can often more readily damage plants than minimal watering and exposure to light. Research your plants’ needs and check up on common plant problems and you’ll be well on your way to having a happy green friend at home.