Plum Orchard’s Apartment Living Guide #1: Liven Up Your Home With Plant Ideas For Every Space


Our apartments and homes are our sanctuaries, especially nowadays. You may be searching for a way to cheer up your home. Houseplants are an excellent way to brighten up any indoor room and, at the very least, create the impression of being outside while living, working, and relaxing within the same four walls. Understandably, there has been a spike in sales for indoor and outdoor plants in recent weeks. 

Houseplants are beneficial to your wellbeing in addition to their aesthetic value. Why is this so? They do the reverse of what we’re doing as we breathe: they emit oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide. This not only purifies the air but also removes dangerous toxins. NASA’s thorough analysis has shown that houseplants can eliminate up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours. Indoor plants appear to increase concentration and efficiency (by up to 15%!), decrease anxiety and stress levels, and uplift your mood, making them ideal for not only your home but also your work-at-home space. 

So, are you ready to know about the best indoor plants to keep in your apartment? Let’s get started: 

The best indoor plants for your apartment

An indoor plant could be an escape from the outside environment, and it can also be a place of significant joy for many individuals. If you live in a 1- or 2-bedroom apartment or a large house, adding these plants into your household will begin to boost your wellbeing and general happiness. Plants can assist with isolation and depression and improve your mood and provide a relaxing living area: caring for a living organism gives us a reason and is satisfying, mainly when you see that life form grow and prosper. The below mentioned top indoor plants, which are easy to care for, will provide all kinds of happiness and satisfaction.  

  • Phalaenopsis orchids: 

These delicate-appearing orchids are not as fragile as they seem. They can flower for weeks and will live for years if properly cared for. They favor bright, indirect light (an east or west-facing window is best). Once every week, water till the water runs out of the bottom of the container. 

  • Amaryllis: 

These beautiful flowers are grown from bulbs purchased in the fall. Place them in a well-lit area; too little light leads them to flounder over. Maintain an even moisture level in the soil. Blooms appear about six weeks later and last for a month and more. You can attempt to rebloom them the following year: From the last frost, save the bulb, keep the foliage untouched but cut the fading plant stalk, and switch into shade outdoors. Allow the bulb to go dormant in late summer, remove the foliage, and not water again until November. Then begin watering again, and keep your fingers crossed! 

  • Hydrangeas: 

These brightly colored plants make excellent companions in the spring when they spontaneously flower. The key to keeping Hydrangeas healthy is to maintain their soil moist and place them in bright sunlight. If those two requirements are met, it is reasonable to assume that these flowers will make a lovely show in your apartment. 

  • Cyclamen: 

Pink, lilac, red, or white blossom hang above heart-shaped leaves for weeks, with fresh blooms emerging. Let them have plenty of sunlight and keep them moist. They often prefer cool temperatures (60 to 70 degrees). Otherwise, the leaves become yellow and perish. These are difficult to rebloom, so enjoy them when they are at their best and compost. 

  • Hibiscus: 

Hibiscus is a beautiful plant that thrives in a suitable indoor climate. Its big flowers last only a couple of days, but it is usually in bloom from spring to fall and can live for many years (typically, at least). Give it plenty of sunlight to keep it blooming and keep the soil uniformly moist in the summer and slightly dry in the winter. 

Do you have a patio or balcony? These succulents are excellent options.

Mother nature has thought of everything, and she has fascinating and exotic succulents that you can cultivate to turn your patio or balcony from bland to beautiful. Take a look at the various outdoor succulents that are sure to boost the landscape of your deck, make your neighbor envious, and provide you with an unforgettable lounging experience! 

  • Stonecrop: 

Stonecrop succulents are available in various colors, including bright green, pink, silver, and blue. Tall sedums and creeping sedums are the two major forms of sedums. Tall sedums have long stems that can grow to be one to three feet tall. They are well-known for producing vibrant flower clusters that look lovely in a summer garden or patio. 

  • Ball cactus: 

The ball cactus is among the most unusually shaped succulents, growing around one and two feet tall and resembling a hot air balloon. It is not, nevertheless, as sleek as a balloon, with spiked columns covering its outside. The ball cactus blooms with tiny yellow flowers that emerge in clusters. 

Ball cactus waiting for victims. :)

The pig’s ear succulent got its name from its dense, oval leaves with red on the edges. Yellow and red flowers emerge at the top of two-foot stems and bulge downward in late summer or early autumn. When fully grown, the pig’s ear can reach heights of four feet, making it an excellent complement to an outdoor area. 

  • Zwartkop: 

Because of the dark burgundy color of its rosette-forming leaves, the zwartkop is also known as the “black rose.” This crop develops yellow flowers in the winter, which provide a lovely and surprising comparison to its dark foliage. Since this succulent enjoys full sun, it thrives naturally in outdoor landscapes. They like to emerge in clusters and are most usually found in potted plants or borders. 

  • Hens and chicks (sempervivum): 

Sempervivum represents “forever living,” which allows this succulent ideal for those who don’t have a natural talent for gardening. The hens-and-chicks succulent can reproduce rapidly and produce a large number of offspring known as “chicks.” This sempervivum genus has over 3,000 distinct species and sells in a wide range of colors that you can rearrange in your patio. 

Is your deck or patio in the shade?

To liven up any dark shadow in your backyard, try these shade lovers.

  • Hellebores: 

These lovely perennials appear fragile, but they are solid as a rock! They bloom from late winter to early spring, sometimes poking through the snow. They come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to darkest pinks, and color in between to almost black. 

  • Heuchera:  

One of the most adaptable perennials is Heuchera, also classified as Coral Bells. It can thrive in any amount of light, from complete shade to direct sunlight. It is best to support the plant in a location with average moisture and partial shade. 

  • Oakleaf hydrangea:  

From early summer to late fall, this stunning shrub blooms profusely. It likes to be in the sun in the morning and the shade in the afternoon. It’s also the only kind of hydrangea with stunning autumn color in its foliage. 

  • Astilbe:  

Astilbe requires shade so that its lovely flower plumes do not burn in the light. Place these perennials in glides or clumps to complement other spring-flowering shade-loving plants, including ferns and hellebores. It is available in various colors, including light pink, fluffy white, and hot pink. 

  • Bletilla: 

Bletilla, also known as ground orchid, is a lovely low-maintenance plant for any orchard. If you would like your plants to appear their best, keep them out of the hot afternoon sun. Place the bulbs in the fall until they bloom in the spring. 

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