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Going Green: Great Indoor Plants For Your Life Space

Liven up your apartment with some indoor greenery

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But for those who have spent most their lives living in free-standing homes, there can often be a missing element.

With limited private outdoor spaces, the green thumbs among us might find themselves missing their gardens.

While new developments are increasingly catering for these people with larger balconies which may include built-in garden beds perfect for those looking to start a small garden outside.

Older properties may not come with such conveniences, however no matter what shape your property takes, there are plenty of options to consider when it comes to livening up your life spaces.

There are a range of plants that are great for indoor spaces and bring a lot of benefits to your home.

A splash of greenery helps make any room feel brighter and more welcoming, and they are great for purifying the air, too.

Here are five indoor plants that are low maintenance and do a great job of bringing extra colour and life to your home and are nice and easy to maintain.

Madagascar Dragon Tree

This one is perfect for the more dramatic among us.

With its lovely vertical branches, vibrant structure and attention-grabbing sprouts, this beauty will add plenty of drama to your room.

The Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracena marginata) will fit right in with your modern interior and is super easy to take care of.

Best placed next to a window with a moderate amount of natural light flooding through, this plant only needs to be watered once a month. Once the soil is feeling dry, give it plenty of water and be sure to remove the water from the drainage saucer to avoid root rot.

These plants can grow to a moderate height, so if you want to regulate its height, prune the top.

String of Pearls

This creeping succulent makes for a lovely, elegant benchtop feature.

At home in the kitchen or in the living room on a coffee table, the String of Pearls (senecio rowleyanus) is easily cared for and delivers maximum impact.

Pot in well-draining soil and let its trailing, beaded foliage flow.

This one only needs to be watered once every two weeks in summer and once a month in winter.

Make sure it’s in a spot that gets plenty of light and be sure to keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

This one is worth a look-in just for its name!

The Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) is one of the more popular indoor choices thanks to its long, sharp leaves, which make a striking feature in any room.

The fact that it’s super-easy to keep alive is just a bonus.

All this plant needs is water once a month. It can tolerate most light levels, but works best when there is plenty of bright light.

In fact, over-caring for this plant is one of the only ways to kill it, so don’t be tempted to give it too much water.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

It’s not hard to see why the Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) was one of the most popular indoor plants of 2017.

This beautiful, leafy plant looks great in living rooms and hallways.

Growing up to three metres tall indoors, they are great statement pieces sprouting lush semi-lobed and oval-shaped leaves.

This one won’t need a whole lot of water – only water it when the soil becomes noticeably dry – but they do need a lot of light.

If you don’t want this one growing too tall, be sure to regularly prune the top.

Monstera Deliciosa

If the Fiddle Leaf Fig was the plant of 2017, then the Monstera Deliciosa could be the plant of choice in 2018.

This plant features nice big shiny green leaves and can grow quite big, making it a great feature piece for the lounge room with a real jungle vibe.

While some love the big-leafed plant, regular pruning can keep the plant relatively small.

This one is a little more high maintenance than the others on the list, particularly if you don’t want it growing too wildly, but with the right care it’s a real standout.

This one only needs a bit of water. Soak the pot and remove the water from the dripping saucer and watch it grow.

Make sure this one works best in a well-lit room with plenty of filtered light.

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