By: Virginia Simmons
Whether you have a green thumb or not, it’s rarely a struggle to find a beautiful plant to match your home. But did you know you can damage the life of your precious seedling by putting it in the wrong room? In the first chapter of the blog series, Delivery Limited’s Unlimited Summer, find out how to correctly match certain plants with specific rooms in your house in order for them to thrive.
In this article, you will find tidbits from The Herb Exchange’s article “25 Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden” as well as information from Happy DIY Home’s article How to Start an Herb Garden.
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With the living room being one of the first areas guests and family see in your house, a nice attractive plant is needed for this type of room.
If your living room is full of windows and leads to air tunnels (doors and hallways) the best type of plant is a Cactus or a Bird of Paradise; both of these requires sunlight and fresh air to thrive.
However, if your living room is more closed off from sunlight, then it is best to go with a Peace Lily or Dracaena. These eye-catching plants like evergreen is part of the lily family and can easily thrive in shady conditions yet bloom and grow to produce fragrance and beauty in a household.
Living Room Plants Cheat Sheet
Cactus: full sunlight, mist weekly
Bird of Paradise: full sunlight, water weekly
Peace Lily: partial sunlight, water weekly
Dracaena: low sunlight, mist weekly
Dining rooms are a place for enjoying time with company and spending time with family – so finding the right plant that both calms the room as well as fills it with enthusiasm can be difficult.
If you want a lively centerpiece then a colorful croton would be a good choice. Not only do they pose beautiful leaves and thrive on staying in one place but they also need to be rarely watered saving you time and a stained dining room table.
Palms are also a good choice for this area because of their livelihood and texture and don’t need direct sunlight light like crotons do.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking to bring the beauty of a regular outdoor plant into your home you can’t go wrong with the lovely flowering hibiscus. This pink beauty may be on the high maintenance side but will not fail to bring liveliness and elegance into your dining room.
Dining Room Plants Cheat Sheet
Croton: full sun, mist daily
Palm: lower to medium sunlight, watered twice weekly
Hibiscus: partial sunlight, water daily
The kitchen requires plants that are useful and attractive – so the best thought is to first go with herbs.
Dill, basil, rosemary, and thyme are perfect for starter herb garden and they can easily be incorporated into cooking enhancing aroma and taste.
If it’s color and lush you’re after then pothos vines are perfect for your kitchen. These houseplants grow quickly leaving you with long beautiful vines and don’t require much care; you can also cut a 6-12 inch strip off and share it with friends for them to grow their own!
Aloe Vera is perfect for your kitchen due to its air cleansing qualities but more so because it is a commonly known healing plant. Its gooey insides can provide relief from burns and can even be put into smoothies.
Kitchen Plants Cheat Sheet
More interested in where and how to put herbs into your kitchen? Find out here!
Herbs (depending on the herb): Partial sunlight, mist daily
Pothos (vines): lower to medium sunlight, water weekly
Aloe Vera: partial sunlight, water monthly
Your bedroom should be your place of Zen where you come to unwind and relax and this should be reflected by your surrounding plants.
According to naturallivingideas.com, experts say to improve sleep quality that lavender is the best choice because not only does it reduce stress and anxiety but it slows heart rates and can even lower blood pressure!
To improve air quality the snake plant works like a charm to cleanse the air of common household toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, which helps in reducing allergies.
Succulents are a must have in any bedroom not only because their adorable addition but their health benefits. Succulents.net says that scientists from all over the world, including NASA, study these small yet powerful plants are proven to improve focus and memory.
Bedroom Plants Cheat Sheet
Lavender: full sunlight, water weekly
Snake plant: partial sunlight, water monthly
Succulents: high to partial sunlight, water weekly
Since the bathroom is surrounded by water the last thing you want to do is to add a plant that thrives in little to no water, like cactus or succulents.
Instead, its best to choose plants that will soak up the moisture in the air as well as give you a balanced earthy atmosphere.
Even though outside the house it can be an unruly pest, bamboo is a perfect plant for the bathroom because it requires little care and literally lives in water.
Ferns also love humidity but require a more direct source of sunlight. Therefore, unless you have a perfect window bathroom shelf, we would go with a plant that prefers the shade like the long-leafed cast iron plant which is equally as lush yet harder to kill and can accommodate to less sun.
Lastly, for a splash of color, bromeliads have flowers that produce a stunning reddish/pink hue allowing you to incorporate the most faultless accent into your washroom.
Bathroom Plants Cheat Sheet
Bamboo: low sunlight, constant source of water (no soil)
Ferns: full sunlight, mist daily
Cast iron plants: low sunlight, mist daily
Bromeliads: partial sunlight, water monthly