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5 Favorites: Houseplants To Simplify Your Life

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5 Favorites: Houseplants To Simplify Your Life

July 27, 2012

A beautiful potted plant generally provokes the same wary reaction from me as the sight of a baby in a stroller: lovely, but looks like a lot of work to keep happy.

Not so, according to Real Simple (at least not when it comes to house plants). Here are a few ideas, spotted on the magazine’s website, to turn the tables; house plants can actually make your life easier:

(N.B.: For more house plant inspiration, see “The Plant Portraits of Mieke Verbjilen.”

Photography courtesy of Real Simple.

easy to grow houseplants low light orchids

Above: A Phalaenopsis orchid loves humidity, so a moist bathroom is an ideal home; you won’t need to water the orchid as often. For growing tips, see “DIY: how Not to Kill an Orchid.”

easy to grow houseplants succulents

Above: If you have an assortment of potted succulents, you can create still-life vignettes—in the living room, down the center of a dining table, or lined up on a window sill. For more ideas for displaying plants on tabletops, see “10 Easy Pieces: Wardian Cases.”

easy to grow houseplants ferns

Above: A low maintenance fern, which doesn’t require a lot of sunlight, will thrive in a bedroom.

easy to grow houseplants fiddle leaf fig trees

Above: Put a heavy fiddle leaf fig tree on a wheeled caddie to make it easy to move around.

easy to grow houseplants african violets

Above: Create an inexpensive tabletop tableau by mixing three colors of African violets in an urn. (N.B.: Want to see more of our favorite photos? See what we’re pinning and then follow us on Pinterest here.)

N.B.: For more ideas, see:

Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for various houseplants with our Houseplants: A Field Guide.

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