Many types are an absolute breeze to care for
It is no secret that houseplants have exploded in popularity in recent years – with so many varieties now forming a staple feature of our interior décor.
From Snake Plants and Yuccas to Aloe Vera and Orchids, there is a whole sweet shop of choice out there to choose from.
Indoor plants are an ideal solution for those green-fingered people among us who do not have much outdoor space to play with, so are unable to plant a plethora of beds and borders.
Many varieties are so easy to care for and are a great first step on a horticultural journey, while also being great for the little ones to look after!
Some houseplants are odourless and are mainly kept for their unique, impressive, and calming aesthetics, but plenty give off delightful scents as well, to bring the smell of the great outdoors into our homes.
If you are looking for this impact on your home, and would like to get some fragrant houseplants, we have done the hard work for you and collected information on some ever-dependable varieties.
And you can trust us – we love these plants just as much as you do!
It is tricky to scroll through a handful of Instagram posts without spotting at least one ‘String of Beads’ houseplant – it really is that popular!
This is a trailing, succulent vine that looks very similar to a string of green peas and fits right at home in hanging baskets or when cascading from shelves, such as on a bookcase.
Not just a delight to look at, this plant produces clusters of small white flowers, which give off a subtle smell of cinnamon and other spices.
Succulents are an impactful indoor plant to grow. One of our favourites is the delightful Crassula ovata, also known as the Jade Plant, which is said to bring good luck and wealth in abundance!
This bushy plant boasts shiny leaves, while clusters of lightly scented, small star-shaped white or pale pink flowers start to emerge in the late summer, and produce a relaxing fragrance.
This is known as one of the easiest houseplants to look after as it requires almost nothing, spare a little water and an occasional feed during the growing season.
While many know Hyacinths as popular spring flowering bulbs that bring colour to any garden, they also make a real impact when grown as an indoor plant.
When starting to bloom outside, slip the planted pot into a decorative container and bring it inside to enjoy, before planting it back in the garden when the flowers have finished.
Hyacinths give off a fabulous heady scent wherever you place them in your home.
When thinking about indoor plants, many people’s first thoughts will be of the ever-popular peace lily.
Rooted in Japanese history, this plant produces a display of pure white blooms and is known for cleaning the air wherever it is planted.
The delicate flowers really stand out against dark green leaves, while a light, sweet scent is released to delight those who pass by.
One of the biggest reasons behind the popularity of peace lilies is how easy they are to care for, making them an ideal first plant.
A standout feature of many people’s indoor planting displays, Sansevieria, commonly known as the ‘Snake Plant’ or ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, is unusual yet easily recognisable.
Providing a floral scent wherever you place it, the zeylanica differs from other varieties of Sansevieria as it has sword-like leaves growing from grey-green and silver foliage, instead of the more common green and yellow colouring.
This is an upright architectural plant that makes a real statement, akin to a showy statue or vase.
Know Before You Grow – How to Look After Your Houseplants
Much like other ornaments and decorative wares, houseplants will naturally gather dust.
Keep your favourites looking as smart and glossy as they can, by regularly wiping them with a damp cloth.
Most indoor plants need indirect light, so avoid placing them on windowsills, as the rays can scorch their leaves.
Knowing how often to water your plants could be the key to keeping them alive, as some varieties need more water than others.
Write yourself a list of watering frequencies for each breed to make sure you keep them looking healthy!
Fertilise your plants roughly once a month using a balanced fertiliser diluted to around half strength.
The above tips should not be taken as a strict rule of thumb for all of your houseplants, as each variety will have different requirements to stay healthy and happy, so make sure you do your research!