We have noticed through our Instagram images of gardens , plants and flowers always attract the greatest response. This tells us that people inherently drawn to nature and the outdoors. It makes sense when you look at the healing properties of plants, in particular the benefits of having plants in your home. Plants purify the air by a process called photosynthesis which converts carbon dioxide to oxygen. Effectively plants and humans are yin and yang - interconnected, complimentary entities. Studies have shown that plants can aid in reducing stress and elevating mood. Increasingly we are spending more time inside and bringing the outdoors in can allow us to create our own natural healing and calming environment. 

Not all of us are blessed with a green thumb and most lead busy lives that mean tending to plants are low on the to do list. So I've rounded up a list of easy to find plants that are low maintenance and hardy. Aside from the health benefits, if you want to decorate but have a small budget a plant is the way to go. It can really lift a room and depending on what plant you choose, can add softness, a focal point, hide ugly power points, fill an awkward corner or create a sculptural element.

Easy going indoor plants

Zanzibar Gem or ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) 

Description: Shiny waxy dark green leaves, divided into small leaflets.
Soil/Water: Sandy soil and should be allowed to dry out before watering.
Position: Medium to high light (no direct sunlight but can tolerate low light.

String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)

Description: Resembles are string of beads that hang over the side of the pot.
Soil/water: Well-drained sandy soil, water every two weeks, do not over water.
Position: Bright light with some direct sun, in a warm spot.
Note: This plant is considered slightly toxic so be careful with kids and pets. (Post continues after ad)

Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Description: Broad sword-shaped leaves with a yellow edge.
Soil/Water: Well-drained, can tolerate dry periods. Do not over water and water the soil only (not the leaf rosette).
Position: Can tolerate low light but prefer bright light with some sun.

Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Arboricola)

Description: A multi-trunk tree with glossy oval leaflets.
Soil/Water: A peat based pot mix, water once becomes dry. Do not over water.
Position: Bright to low light away from direct sun.
Note: Mildly toxic to cats and dogs.

Indoor plant top tips

  • Rotate plants towards the sun for even growth. 
  • When on holidays place plants in the bath on newspaper with a few centimetres of water.
  • Over-watering is the number one reason indoor plants die. An easy way to remember: Hard waxy leaves = less water and lush soft leaves = more water.
  • Signs your plant isn't getting enough humidity - brown edges, wilting and flowers that wither soon after opening. Keep humidity up spritzing with a spray bottle or set the pot on a tray filled with pebbles.
  • Wipe dust off with a soft cloth and water.

Do you have a favourite indoor plant or handy tips for keeping them alive? Let us know in the comments.