My favorite houseplants are the ZZ Plant, Red Edged Dracaena and Aloe Vera.
Not only are houseplants pretty, but they also require minimal upkeep (and Aloe is SO good for so many things! Think skin care!). Make sure you have a pot with good drainage, they don’t like a lot of water.
Did you know that the number one houseplant killer is overwatering? Yup.
I water these plants just once or twice a week and they are thriving. Bonus: not only do these plants add more oxygen to the air but they also rid the air of carbon dioxide and actually make your home healthier, and smell better too!
The outdoor plants can be a little bit tougher to keep alive. This year, instead of picking out the flowers that were pretty and smelled good, I talked to a Garden Solutions Expert at Western Gardens in Sandy. I told her a little bit about my space and quickly learned what the issue was that had been plaguing me for the last few years.
I have an east facing home, which is only in the sun for 4-5 hours a day. The flowers I was planting required full, direct sunshine for at least 8 hours every day! Such a simple solution. She helped me pick out a few varieties that look pretty together, and that do better in partial sun or shade.
We decided on a Tasso Mix (or English Daisies), Hosta (or Island Breeze), Doronicum (or Little Leos), and Acorus (or Ogon).
I started with a few of each variety because I wanted to make sure I could keep them alive before I filled my whole garden, and guess what…I did!
When the temperatures dropped below freezing, I just threw a tarp on top of them and they were fine.
If you’ve had trouble keeping plants alive, it may not be just you. It may be that you are getting the wrong plants for your environment. Head into any Western Garden Center location and talk to a Garden Solutions Expert. Let them know your wants and needs when it comes to plants and flowers and they’ll help you design the garden (or flower pot) of your dreams!
What are YOUR favorite easy-to-care-for plants? Tell us in the comments below!
Looking for something a little smaller and even easier to take care of?
Check out these succulents you can plant in a wine glass!