Today’s kitchen designs feel fresh and clean, and the addition of houseplants can help bring an extra touch of natural beauty into the mix, especially during the cold winter months. Houseplants help to purify the air, add a pop of complimentary color, and offer sweet scents, making them ideal for placing in the kitchen. Read more to find out the eight most sensational plants to brighten your kitchen this winter.
In recent years, this festive succulent has become as synonymous with the holiday season as the ever-popular Poinsettia. It features hanging branches, made up of little green segments tipped with colorful winter blooms of red, white or pink. Each bloom lasts for several days, and best of all, this stunning plant will keep blooming throughout the winter with the proper care.
Also known as Jasminum polyanthum, this showy plant keeps well during the colder months. Although it requires a little extra TLC than the other plants on this list, it’s well worth the effort, thanks to its impressive winter blossoms and flowery fragrance. For best growth, keep its soil moist (but not soggy), place your plant near a sunny window, and prune when needed.
Since its part of the succulent family, African Spear, or Sansevieria cylindrical, is basically self-sustainable and doesn’t need too much looking after. This plant makes a bold statement, with long pointed leaves, like its name implies. It’s a strong, hardy plant that can make it through the toughest winter weather, including droughts, cold spells, and low light.
Green and lush, English Ivy is the perfect plant for hanging by the window or over your kitchen sink. It grows well on its own, as long as it has some direct sunlight. It’s also prized as an indoor air pollutant reducer, known for combating formaldehyde, benzene, mold, and bacteria. Choose from shades of white, yellow, and green to either match, or add a splash of color to kitchen designs.
Aloe Vera is one of the most resilient plants around, with distinctive, fleshy leaves filled with a clear gel that has been used for centuries in cosmetics and homeopathic remedies. Great for calming and soothing burns, keep it close to the stove in case you ever need it. As a succulent, Aloe does best in dry conditions, with bright light (perfect for south- or west-facing windows).
Cast Iron Plant
The name says it all – this cheerful and strong plant was made for the kitchen. Packed with luscious leaves, the Cast Iron Plant, also known as Aspidistra elatior, can tolerate extremes like low light, fluctuating heat, and sparse watering. It’s a great choice for busy families. Just place it on your kitchen table or island, and watch it grow!
This houseplant is popular for a reason — it’s a breeze to keep after, and makes quite a show, with slender, arched leaves of solid green or variegated lime and white. Spider plants, botanical name Chlorophytum comosum, like indirect light and can thrive without much care. This natural air purifier removes odors, fumes, and pollutants from their indoor environment. Healthy spider plants often produce offshoots that can be removed and replanted — making a nice holiday gift for friends and neighbors!
A great staple for growing indoors, this tropical houseplant has glossy green leaves, with a slight cast of red underneath — making it perfect for the holiday season. It prefers filtered light, and steadily moist soil. With care, it will grow larger than most, making it a good choice for anchoring a corner, and adding visual interest to an otherwise empty space within kitchen designs.
This is just a sampling of the many houseplants that will thrive in your kitchen this winter. As with all plants, keep them away from children and animals if they are considered toxic, and tend to your plants as needed to keep them healthy and growing for many winters to come!
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