If your living space is feeling a little drab, there’s no better way to inject a splash of colour and life than with luscious green leaves.
A great way to freshen up your environment, house plants come in a variety of forms, from towering jungle palms to tiny succulents with an option to suit every room, be it a sun-soaked conservatory or dimly lit office.
But besides looking cool and giving gardenless dwellers a chance to flex their green thumbs, there are many other reasons why adopting house plants is a good idea. While some simply provide visual interest, others have the ability to purify the air and absorb pollutants, as well as help boost your mood and improve anxiety. In fact, one study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interacting with indoor plants can reduce both physiological and psychological stress.
But let’s be honest – most of us aren’t plant experts, and have no idea where to start when it comes to choosing the right one, or knowing how to properly care for them. If you fall into this category, fear not, because it’s easier than you think to cultivate your own collection of handsome green leaves.
The thing to remember when it comes to plants is that they were not all born equal and all have slightly different needs. So, make sure to consider the type of environment a plant needs to flourish. Next, you need to perfect your watering routine and, while it’s vitally important to remember to give them a drink, you should also note that doing so every day could be just as detrimental as not watering it at all. As a rule of thumb, the best way to know when your plant is thirsty is to put your fingers in the soil – if it’s dry, then your plant needs watering.
How we tested
Whether you want to become a fully-fledged indoor jungle-cultivator, or are simply looking for something to brighten up your desk, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best houseplants to buy online, taking careful consideration of each plant’s benefits, toxicity levels to children and pets, and diva credentials.
The best house plants for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Patch Plants big Ken: From £50, Patchplants.com
- Best for beginners – Crocus Chinese money plant: £9.99, Crocus.co.uk
- Best cactus – Beards & Daisies fishbone cactus: £12, Beardsanddaisies.co.uk
- Best for air quality – Bloombox Club snake plant laurentii: £17.99, Bloomboxclub.com
- Best for plant pros – Bloom & Wild rattlesnake plant: £55, Bloomandwild.com
- Best low maintenance plant – Patch Plants Xena: £10, Patchplants.com
- Best retro plant – M&S large ficus rubber plant: £28, Marksandspencer.com
- Best for bookshelves – Beards & Daisies string of hearts: £16, Beardsanddaisies.co.uk
- Best for bathrooms – Beards & Daisies calathea makoyana: £19, Beardsanddaisies.co.uk
- Best for stylish homes – Bloombox Club musa dwarf cavendish banana: £11.99, Bloomboxclub.com