Making a house a home can be a daunting task but luckily our gardening expert, RHS professional associate Darren Rudge is on hand to share some advice on how to get the best from your indoor and outdoor space. Discover more in our Gardening Ideas page, and enjoy Darren’s list of simple, hardy houseplants!

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Once you’ve moved into your new property you need to ask the question ‘’So what can I do to make my house a home?’’

The simplest thing you can do is to have a few houseplants dotted around your new abode. It can make all the difference, both for the feeling that you’re finally home and for health and wellbeing.

So why houseplants?

We all lead very busy lives and houseplants, if we have them in our home probably fall very low on our priority lists, especially when considering household chores; but there are several reasons why they should be included in our lives.

Firstly, houseplants can give us flowers, foliage, colour, shape and form within our homes and workspaces. From glossy leaves that can reflect light in dull spaces to spiky exciting tropical flowers. You can have it all if you choose carefully and it doesn’t have to be hard work.

There’s a whole host of houseplants that thrive on neglect, plus including house plants within your home and workspaces can purify the air and gives noted health benefits for body, mind and spirit.

If you think it sounds like hard work to have a houseplant, don’t despair! Here are five of my favourite easy grow houseplants…

An aloe vera plant in a grey plant pot

Aloe (Aloe vera)

A seriously cool and trendy plant with spiky grey spotted foliage. Apart from its healing properties this plant will stand some serious under treatment.

Soak heavily once a week and then allow to dry out in the main growing season, even less during the winter months.

Two Sansevieria trifasciata plant in white plant pots with a sofa in the background

Mother-in-laws Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Excellent patterned, strap like leaves, glossy green some with gold or white edges, this plant thrives on being ignored and loves to be pot bound.

Water sparingly and don’t place in bright sunny situations with dry air conditions and this plant will love you forever.

Ficus benjamina plant in a white plant pot

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

This indoor tree has shiny leaves and adds cheer to any indoor space. Its stems can be braided to give a topiary for a stunning effect.

They like full sun, or at least bright, filtered light.

There are about 800 varieties that prefer several days of dry soil in between thorough watering; what could be easier, just remember to water on a Sunday!

Close up of a Aspidistra elatior plant

The Cast Iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)

A sure bet if you want a plant to thrive on lack of being maintained; the Victorians loved this plant for just that reason.

They can handle high and low light areas and will withstand almost a total dry out, needing very little water to survive.

There are fantastic range of patterned leaves and you will go a long way to kill these plants.

Close up of a Dieffenbachia amoena plant

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia amoena)

The leaves of this pretty indoor plant can grow up to a foot long and provide a tropical-looking accent to home decor. The whole plant can grow 6 feet high for an excellent and effective room focal point.

They thrive in normal room temperatures but not colder than the mid-60s.

Keep the soil evenly moist and provide medium or low lighting conditions for the best result.


So, there’s five to try but there’s so many more!

Happy gardening folks!

- Darren Rudge

The Laughing Gardener

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