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Image source: ELLE Decor

- Try to buy from a local nursery or flower shop if you can. Often these stores are more expensive, but the staff is EXTREMELY knowledgeable and you know the plants have been properly cared for. Places like IKEA sell a variety of plants, but in my experience they aren't as healthy and don't last very long. Big box retailers (like Home Depot and Lowes) also sell plants and they typically have a 'green house' area in their stores that helps the plants thrive (unlike IKEA that have their plants smack in the middle of the 'market place' with zero natural light).

- Make sure you buy the proper pot (some plants need to drain at the bottom while others don't).

- I can't say this enough, but take a few minutes to learn how to care for a specific plant! Write down the details and put the information somewhere you can access it (like on the fridge). If you have multiple plants their care schedules can get confusing - some need water weekly, while others only when the soil is dry.

Below are my favourite house plants - most easy to care for, while a few can be a little tricky. Not only are the majority of the plants below easy to maintain, they are also the plants that look best with interior decor! These are the plants most used by designers and are often seen in those magazine worthy rooms everyone loves. You can also find really great faux options for most of the plants below. If you REALLY cannot care for plants and have ZERO natural light in your home, you may want to consider fakes. If this is the case, I would spend a bit more and get the best quality you can to ensure the most natural look. They will never die, so don't skimp out on quality.



1. Aloe Vera

This plant looks great and can also help heal a cut! Aloe vera requires lots of sun and regular watering. 

2. Succulents

Succulents can last a really long time if cared for properly. They prefer full (indirect) light and only need to be watered about once a week (when the soil is dry).

3. Snake Plant

This plant is extremely easy to care for. It requires minimal water, and can thrive with little light. 

4. Philodendron

This plant will tell you exactly what it needs by its colour (i.e. more water, less water). It requires bright, indirect sunlight and regular watering. These giant leaves also look great individually and placed in vases - the leaves alone in water will last for a few weeks!

5. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This is my absolute favourite houseplant and according in Instagram, everyone else agrees! They are however extremely finicky and hard to care for according to some! They require lots of indirect sunlight and don't like to be moved, so I know I most likely would not be able to keep this alive but I still plan on trying! These plants are also hard to come by and most likely have to be purchased at your local flower shop or nursery.

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Image source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

6. Palm Leaf

Another great option if you are looking for a large plant! These grow really tall and contain super large leaves.

7. Paddle Plant

A large succulent like plant, the paddle plant requires full/partial sun and only needs water when the soil is dry.

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Image source: Driven by Decor

8. Peace Lily

I love the look of peace lilies! They can thrive in low - medium light and white flowers will bloom if cared for properly.

9. Cacti

These plants require water once a week and I'm pretty sure a cactus can survive almost anywhere (except my house)! 

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Image source: ELLE Decoration UK

Image source: Martha Stewart

Image source: Martha Stewart

Plants, DecoratingKelly Boyd