I'm not a gardener — in fact, I'm a serial killer of plants, but my dark past has taught me that some plants can survive almost anything. Whether you're an under-waterer, you live in a dark cave that rarely sees direct light, or you're just not very good at growing things, there's a plant out there that will forgive your shortcomings and thrive anyway.
Plants that Can Survive a Dry Spell
If you're an under-waterer, try water-retaining succulents, which are adapted to survive in dry climates. California-based blogger Laure Joliet provides a helpful list of her top ten succulents — she writes, "They're easy to take care of, cheap, easily propagate, don't need much water and come in tons of beautiful colors and textures."
Hard to Kill Herbs
Easy-to-grow herbs include mint, basil, and sage. A few tips: plant mint in its own container (it grows like a weed), space basil and sage evenly and leave room between the roots. This post provides additional helpful info on caring for herbs.
Plants That Can Thrive Almost Anywhere
One of the easiest plants to care for, tillandsia (also known as an air plant) grows without soil. You can place it almost anywhere, and it only requires a spot indoors with indirect light and a weekly misting or soak in water once a week.
Plants That Can Survive the Dark
Laure Joliet's post on 5 Overlooked Plants that Can Survive the Dark is a must-bookmark for anyone with a low-light apartment. She recommends maidenhair ferns, begonias, mint, Swedish ivy, and a moss terrarium.
Easy to Care for Flowers
Orchids have a reputation for being finicky, but I'm a notorious plant killer and I've always found them easier to care for than an average houseplant. They require indirect light and a little bit of water once or twice a week. If you're still squeamish, try begonias (just don't overwater) or a vase of cut branches like curly willow, which will last up to two months if kept in fresh water.
Photo: Laure Joliet | Apartment Therapy