Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

12 ‘must have’ indoor plants!

Bring the garden indoors with some gorgeous houseplants. Not only do they add interest in your home, they also help to purify the air around them. Do be aware, though, that some can be toxic to children and pets.
spider plants

Spider plants are virtually indestructible and are a popular choice, working well as a hanging plant. It’s also very effective at absorbing pollutants.


Snake plant (Mother-in-law’s Tongue) is also very easy to grow. It has dramatic, sword-like variegated succulent leaves.


Jade plant, sometimes called the Money Tree, is another easy-care succulent with thick, lush leaves.


Aloe Vera is a succulent, well known for its healing properties, and has short, pointed leaves


Rubber tree - If you’re looking for a statement houseplant, try this one! It can grow to 8’ tall, but can be kept smaller by trimming any long stems.


Dieffenbachia- A very attractive houseplant with lime green leaves. Again, this can grow to 6’ tall and will make a beautiful focal point.

Heart-leaf Philodendron

Heart-leaf Philodendron- The clue is in the name as this has quick-growing, lush green heart-shaped leaves. Lovely as a hanging plant.


Peace Lily - A very popular houseplant with dark leaves and pretty white flowers. Amazingly easy to grow!

Kalanchea blossfeldiana

Kalanchea blossfeldiana ‘calandiua ‘ has double yellow flowers and is tough enough to bloom on and off all year without much attention.

Ficus benjamina

Ficus benjamina could be classed as a small dainty tree with its silvery bark and dark green leaves. It will take up a fairly large space, but looks fabulous!


Peperomia is a small plant with textured, shiny and colourful leaves. Varieties include watermelon, red-edge and ripple Peperomia.

Areca Palm

Areca Palm - Finally, for a truly tropical feel, try this house palm, which can be kept manageable by keeping it in a smaller container.

Need help with indoor plants? Contact us to come and assist you.

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