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Thank the Heavens for Houseplants


It’s no news to most of you that spring has been slow this year. Exceedingly slow. While I’m starting to see signs in life in my landscape (snowdrops are blooming), it’s my houseplants that are really providing my garden delight.

There are lots of great reasons to have houseplants:

  • They help clean indoor air (and according to the O2 for You website, the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top threats to public health).
  • Looking at houseplants helps reduce stress, improves concentration, and helps our memory (says some research).
  • Houseplants add moisture to the dry, heated indoor air we suffer with in winter (and early spring this year)
  • There’s a houseplant to work with every style of decor
  • And ultimately, it’s nice to be able to look at something nice and green on your desk or in your home.


Houseplants aren’t hard to grow. Some people think so, but if you choose the right plant for your space and lifestyle, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits without having to feel like your sacrificing your time to maintain them. By the way: Need help picking the perfect plant? Use our Houseplant Finder!

When I get home, I’m greeted by the lush leaves of a 6-foot-tall banana I’ve had for about five years now; the wonderful scent of Arabian jasmine; and a host of other beauties.

Do you have houseplants? If so, what are your favorites?

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