Houseplants are the perfect way to bring green spaces inside, allowing us to connect with nature in the comfort of our own homes.
Lucky for most of us, this doesn't have to be complicated. To have happy, healthy plants, you simply have to choose the right ones for your space.
This article will outline the top 10 easiest houseplants and how to care for them. If you fear your green fingers have failed you, or you're not sure where to start on your journey into houseplants, look no further.
You can click into the plant profiles to learn all you need about how to care for them, and for a bit more help, check out Dan's article on how to water your houseplants:
Top tip: Get used to feeling the soil before you water your plants. This is the best way to judge whether or not your plant needs a drink.
All plants require some level of brightness. For reference, it's good to remember that the lowest level of light houseplants need to survive is the same that you would need to read.
These plants will survive in low light with the least amount of care:
Snake plants are one of the most robust plants you can own. They will tolerate almost all light conditions and are an excellent choice if you have minimal lighting.
You want the soil to be completely dry in between watering, which could mean watering as little as once a month. Snake plants are also great for the bedroom as they supposedly purify the air.
The ZZ plant is another hardy plant that can withstand shady conditions and minimal watering. They store their water in tubular roots under the soil, which means you can leave the soil to be completely dry in between watering.
Umbrella plants prefer bright indirect light but will tolerate lower light levels. An excellent option for a workplace plant; these plants adapt well to indoor conditions. Water once the soil has dried out.
Top tip: all plants need drainage; this is imperative for the happiness and longevity of your plant's life. Think about this when repotting your plants in the spring/summer.
Bright indirect light
The most common light condition for many plants is usually a bright space without direct sun.
If you have a south-facing room, place the plant slightly away from direct sun, perhaps in shadier parts of the room.
A staple from the 1970s, the first plant for many houseplant enthusiasts is the humble spider plant.
Spider plants will tolerate bright light or light shade. Let the soil dry out in between watering in the winter, and increase the watering frequency in the summer.
When they send out flowering shoots that eventually turn into 'plantlets', you can propagate these to make more plant babies. These are great to grow your plant collection or make lovely gifts.
Swiss Cheese Plant
Swiss cheese plants are becoming increasingly popular for their large and striking leaf structure and size.
These are easy to care for and grow rapidly, which makes for a very rewarding plant to own.
Monstera like lots of bright light and want to be kept on the drier side in winter. In the summer, just let the top couple of centimetres go dry.
In their natural habitat, Swiss cheese plants grow as vines, and in time, they can grow big enough to become a towering floor standing feature.
Aloe vera is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
They like a sunny spot and are tolerant to neglect, but they won't tolerate much direct sun as this can scorch the leaves. The soil must dry out completely in between watering.
To harvest the gel simply cut off one of the lower leaves. You can apply aloe vera to burns or combine with honey for a soothing facemask.
Chinese Money Plant
Chinese money plants are funky, cool-looking plants that keep on giving. They produce little offspring which, once approximately 5cm long, are easy to propagate.
They like lots of light and prefer to be on the drier side in winter. Let the soil semi-dry out between watering, but water more in the summer.
Golden pothos is a popular choice
There are many different varieties of Epipremnum, and all are easy plants to own.
Devil's ivy will tolerate lower light conditions as well as bright light. Water when the soil has almost dried out. These vines are native to Polynesia and make great trailing plants.
Contrary to popular belief, there aren't too many houseplants that can withstand full sun, particularly in the summer months. However, all is not lost; some robust ones can.
Most cacti are an excellent choice for full sun. Imagine their natural environment: they want hot, sunny and dry conditions. Leave your cacti to dry out thoroughly before watering again. Less is always more with these guys, and they don't want too much attention.
Top tip: water your cacti and succulents from underneath - sit them in a bowl or saucer of water and let them drink up from the base.
A wonderfully easy plant to care for, jade plants are associated with good luck in Asian cultures. Water sparingly in the winter, increasing slightly in the summer months. Always make sure the soil is dry in between watering.