Easy House Plants : Fantastic Foliage House Plants #1
Pothos is a low-maintenance vine. It has heart-shape leaves and can be grown as a mounding tabletop plant, in a hanging basket, or trained upright on a pole. It's not fussy about how much light it gets, but the brighter the spot, the more variegation you'll see in the leaves.
Pothos is one of the more versatile houseplants you can grow. It looks great trailing out of a hanging basket, climbing up a pole or other structure, or just left to crawl over a tabletop or mantel.
Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep the soil moderately dry
A succulent plan,t tolerates neglect extremely well. If you've had no success with houseplants other than plastic ones, give snake plant a try. In addition to the tall form pictured here, shorter, bird's-nest forms are available. All types withstand low light but appreciate brighter conditions. The only problem likely to develop is root rot if you over water the plant.
Why We Love It: It's nearly indestructible and has architectural, sword-shaped leaves
,Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-85 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: To 4 feet tall and wide
Heart-leaf philodendron is a durable foliage plant that has long been the backbone of indoor gardening. It has pretty, heart-shape leaves and adapts well to low-light spots. It is often grown with stems trailing over the edge of bookshelves or large pieces of furniture.
The climbing stems can attach to a moss pole or bark slab making it easy to create an upright tower of green.
Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-80 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: Trailing or climbing to 8 feet or more
In many areas, English ivy is commonly grown as an outdoor ground cover. But you can also use it indoors. Grow a pot of ivy on a mantel or shelf where its stems can trail down. For a more formal effect, train the stems onto a topiary form. It's also exceptionally easy to start new plants: Simply cut off a 5-inch-long section of stem, remove the bottom leaves, and pot it up in moist soil. If you keep it moist, the cutting should root in a couple of weeks.
It's a versatile vine plant with deep green or variegated leaves. We especially love using it to create topiaries.
Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 55-70 degrees F.; keep evenly moist
Size: Climbs or trails to 6 feet or more