If you think you don't have a place inside for plants, look around a little bit. Use some
imagination. Sometimes the top of the refrigerator, bookcase, piano, or the corner of a
bathroom is just the right spot for a plant. Houseplants can help decorate a room, add to the
décor, bring a sense of style and even bring a sense of the outdoors, inside. Best of all, they
are easy to maintain and require very little to no maintenance.
The Right Plants
What plants should you choose? First, let common sense be your guide. If you live in a very
small home, you probably don't have room for a big palm tree, but a dwarf citrus provides
beautiful shiny leaves, fragrant white flowers and small oranges while taking up little space.
If your house doesn't get much light, you may still be able to grow a healthy philodendron
which doesn't require a lot of natural light.
If you see a plant you like in someone's home, ask about the name of the plant and its
growing requirements or where it was purchased. Visit your local nursery or garden center for
other ideas, or pick up a book at the library. Florists also sell houseplants and are very
knowledgeable about their requirements.
Decorate - say something about your style
Only your imagination limits the variety of houseplants you can enjoy. Since you control the
environment, you can choose almost anything to grow indoors. As long as you provide the plant
with the moisture, potting soil, plant food and light it requires, you should be successful
with virtually any houseplant.
And, houseplants aren't just green. African violets, cyclamen, poinsettias and azaleas are
but a few of the plants that provide color during the dreary winter and early spring months,
and the leaves of the coleus plant are glorious shades of reddish pink year-round.
Mix up container sizes, colors and material, like copper pots, ceramic glazed pots or lined
wicker-style pots. And don't forget plant stands, shelves and other decorating ideas to help
add some spice to your indoors.