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High-Impact Houseplants for First-Timers

High-Impact Houseplants for First-Timers

Whether you’re a complete novice when it comes to growing plants or you are blessed with a green thumb, here are a few high-impact houseplants that are forgiving, yet attractive. Easy to grow, easy to care for, these low-maintenance houseplants will bring plenty of style to your home with minimal effort - just the occasional watering and they will look fabulous.

Chinese Evergreen

One of the easiest houseplants to grow, Chinese Evergreens can make even first-timers look like an expert. An excellent ornamental plant that is known for its leaves that can feature various shades of green, gray, silver, pink and even red, Chinese Evergreen is extremely attractive and adaptable. One of the most durable houseplants that you can grow, these plants can tolerate dry air, poor light and drought.

Split-Leaf Philodendron

If you’re on Instagram, then you have definitely spotted Split-leaf Philodendron. A social media phenomenon, this plant has huge green glossy leaves, is extremely photogenic and makes a striking tropical centerpiece. Also known as Swiss cheese plant, they thrive in moist environments such as steamy bathrooms and require moderate to bright light and weekly watering.

Grape Ivy

An extremely easy plant to maintain, Grape Ivy adds a beautiful tropical touch wherever it grows. They are ideal for hanging baskets and urns because of their beautiful cascading foliage. These houseplants can tolerate low light exposure, medium heat, and have low water requirements, meaning your Grape Ivy plants can thrive for years in the right conditions.


Featuring pointed, ovate leaves in a variety of combinations of green, cream and white colors, Dieffenbachia is an ideal decorative plant for home and office environments. Adaptable to different kinds of lighting and temperature conditions, these are fast growing plants that can achieve 2 feet in height within a year of planting.

Snake Plant

An incredibly resilient succulent, Snake plant is one of the most popular and hardy houseplants around. Known for its stiff, sword-like leaves that range from 6 inches to 8 feet tall, these houseplants are nearly indestructible when it comes to care. Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant can thrive even in the dark corners of the house or very bright light and is extremely difficult to kill.

English Ivy

A highly popular ornamental, English Ivy is an evergreen perennial featuring beautiful leathery leaves and vigorous vining stems. An easy-care houseplant that can thrive in bright but indirect light, English Ivy does well even in low light and has no special maintenance requirements.

Kentia Palm

One of the most popular indoor palm trees, Kentia Palm is extremely attractive due to its graceful, arching foliage. Native to the islands of South Pacific, these palm trees are shade tolerant, cold tolerant and don’t grow overwhelmingly large. Kentia Palm requires weekly watering and can reach up to ten feet tall.