Warm up your home this winter with pretty indoor plants and containers
Unless you live in the South, this can be a gloomy time of year. Bring a little life into your home by hanging a plant, or nestling one in a corner of a living room or family room. In other words, although it’s looking a bit bleak outside, it’s possible to add a bit of springtime inside.
Nancy Nidiffer, who specializes in tropical plants at Suburban Lawn & Garden in Kansas City, says that beyond being beautiful, house plants are beneficial in many ways. They remove toxic gases, for one thing, she says, noting that it’s been a chilly winter in the Midwest this year.
“In essence we are growing fresh air,” Nidiffer says.
And, if you’re worried about keeping the plants alive, she suggests you may need to rethink your choices.
“Plants range from tricky to very easy,” Nidiffer says.
She points to a few new plants, like ZZ (zamioculcas zamiifolia), that will grow easily in sun or shade.
Low-light favorites include Chinese Evergreen (agaonome), Dragon Tree (drptacaena), Arrowhead (syngonium podphyllum), Peace Lilly (spathiphyllum) and the ever popular philodendron.
Nidiffer notes that when you chose your plant, it’s important to consider the location you place it in your home—much as you would in your garden. If it needs a lot of sun, find that sunny spot. And not all plants want to be watered once a week, she says.
“Don’t be afraid to touch the soil to see if it’s still wet because over-watering can be just a big of a problem as under-watering,” she advises.
Finally, the plant guru suggests keeping plants away from drafty windows and furnace vents. Most plants aren’t happy below 55 degrees, nor do they want to be dried out.
“Whether you have cacti or orchids or any plants in between, you will enhance your home with fresh air and beauty,” she says.
We’ve suggested a few containers in which to nestle those treasures. After all, a good container is as important as a plant in bringing a bit of springtime into a bleak season.
This tall, iron stand will display your favorite houseplants. Oval plant stand, $119.95, pier1.com
For the birds
This sturdy piece, handcrafted in the Philippines from terra cotta, will be a treasure for bird-lovers. Bird motif antiqued ivory planter, $59.95, pier1.com
Tiptoe through the tulips
You’ll start seeing tiny tulips and hyacinths showing up in stores soon, if you haven’t already. Plant a few of these in this classic planter and tuck it near your favorite place to relax. Turn up the heat a bit and pretend it’s spring. Antique Revival French rectangular planter, $30, wayfair.com
What better way to bring a touch of summer into the house than with a shell-shaped planter? Shell-shaped ceramic planter, $59.95, pier1.com
This 32-inch tall planter includes a self-watering feature, so if you often forget to water your houseplants, this is a good bet. Nantucket square tall planter, $116, wayfair.com