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7 Plants That Look Great in Any Home — And Are Easy to Take Care Of

published Nov 20, 2020
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Houseplants add instant warmth and energy to a space, but they can be intimidating: Am I watering too much? Not enough? What the heck is indirect light, anyway? Don’t worry! There are plenty of pretty plants that deliver green vibes — and bonus style points — without requiring a degree in botany. We picked seven favorites that will look great in any room.

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Vertically reaching snake plants (far right and and in the back on the left) draw the eye upward.

There’s a reason you see these everywhere: Snake plants are low-fuss and high-impact, with bright, spear-like leaves that add architectural interest to a corner, shelf, or tabletop. They’re also forgiving and adaptable to various types of light, though they thrive in sunny, dry environments. (Same, snake plant. Same.) Pop one anywhere you want to add height.

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Pothos plants (far right) propagate easily, which makes it easier to achieve that "modern jungle" aesthetic.

If we were to create a houseplant starter pack, pothos would be its star. With beautiful cascading vines and stunning leaf patterns, it looks elaborate while being a complete cinch to take care of: It’s adaptable to different levels of light and only needs watering every few days. Perch yours atop a tall dresser or shelf so the vines can tendril down.

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Pepperomia brings a unique character to even a crowded plantscape. It's the small but proud one in the blue pot here.

The peperomia (aka baby rubber plant) has a unique compact shape and waxy, rubbery leaves that add a distinctive look to your space. Just water thoroughly every few days (are you sensing a pattern?) and mist with water occasionally. You’ll be rewarded with marbled, two-toned leaves that stand out wherever they’re planted.

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The happy little spiky guy on the right is the zebra.

We couldn’t skip this lil cutie. Spiky and stripy, the zebra plant is a succulent, which means it stores water in its leaves. Translation: It’s not thirsty. Water twice a month, tops, and keep in a sunny spot, like a windowsill, where it can soak up the rays it loves. (Pro tip: The zebra is a slow-grower, so don’t worry if nothing seems to be happening.)

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Spider plants, pictured right, will cascade down from their pots as they grow.

If you’re looking for a dramatic hanging plant, look no further. The spider plant has grassy striped leaves and distinctive plantlets — also called babies or pups — that shoot out in all directions like starbursts. (We love a signature style.) Easy-to-please, spiders prefer bright, indirect light and the occasional misting. You can also prune and pot the plantlets: You’ll have a jungle before you know it.

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Like the sturdy snake plant (second from right), ZZs (far left) reach upward to help fill your vertical space.

This is another great option to add a little height to a space, as ZZ plants grow upwards and outwards without overwhelming. They also give you two colors for the price of one: New shoots grow in a bright, neon green, then deepen to a rich emerald as they mature. Pop it in almost any light setting (except direct, which can burn its leaves) and water weekly to keep it happy.

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The Red Chinese Evergreen brings a fiery shock of color into a room. That's the one on the side table to the left, in case there was any question.

Houseplants don’t only mean green! The Red Chinese Evergreen has a gorgeous leaf pattern flush with bright reds and pinks that add a dash of drama. Place it in low, medium, or indirect light — aka pretty much anywhere — and spritz regularly (it loves humidity). Oh, and pick a pot worthy of its arresting aesthetic.

Whatever your plant IQ, Greendigs delivers beautiful houseplants that elevate your space — plus everything you need to help them thrive. Each Greendigs plant is hand-selected with the help of industry experts and arrives potted, with a plant care kit, plant food, and a display rope. Greendigs partners with innovators and artisans on their stylish and versatile containers, like Burley clay pots, known for their quality and ability to regulate moisture. All you have to do is unbox and make it your own!