Every time I step foot into my shoe-box of an apartment, I tend to become happy instantly. Is it Ballou twirlling around my feet, or the smell of lilac and vanilla candles lingering in the air, that makes my heart smile? Both have a positive effect, but there is someting else indeed that helps. My green, leafy, luscious plants. They perk up even the loneliest of corners...helping our homie indoors stay intouch with the great outdoors. Unfortunatley, I was not blessed with a green thumb; I have underwatered, overwatered, and by defalt, murdered some wonderful plants. If you have a similar problem, do not be deterred! Here are some easy peasey plants that tend to grow, no matter how forgetful you are! Just try to remember, plants need the same 4 things you need to survive: water, sunlight,fresh air, and love.
Easy To Maintain Plants (information from www.ivillage.com)
1. Angel Ivy Ring Topiary
Use this fast-growing angel ivy topiary (also known as wire vine) as a lush, living frame for seasonal flowers and bulbs that you can plant at the base of the ring.
2. Braided Ficus Tree
Easy care and adaptability have made the ficus one of the most popular plants grown by indoor gardeners. The variegated foliage and the braided stems of this ficus will really catch your attention.
3. Cactus Combo Bonsai
Bring a touch of the Southwest into your home with a miniature cactus garden. With its unusual plant forms and temperature and moisture adaptability, cacti are an intriguing group of plants.
4. Chamaedorea Palm
This whimsical palm will remind you of the old South. With wispy leaves and easy movement, this plant can bring a taste of the tropics to any part of your home..
5. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen is an excellent selection for beginning green thumbs because it's a low-light lover and low maintenance. It's also rated highly as an indoor purifier.
6. Miniature Herb Standard Topiaries
Standard in shape and miniature in stature, this trio of tiny herbal topiaries (lavender, rosemary and serissa) will turn any sunny spot into a celebration of all things green and growing.
7. Moth Orchid, Novelty Stripes
If you love fresh flowers, but your garden doesn't produce enough bouquets to place in every room, try a living bouquet -- an easy-to-grow orchid.
8. Ponytail Palm
For those of you who forget to water your plants -- this is the one for you! With a whirl and a flick, the foliage of ponytail palm arises from an unusual swollen trunk and needs little attention to maintain its beauty. by the droves.
9. Tropical Combo Bonsai
Cultivate a tropical garden in any small corner! With these miniature ceramic rock gardens, mixed with fun foliage plants, you can get a taste of the tropics right on your desk.
10. Amaryllis, 'Yellow Goddess'
Enjoy a taste of spring indoors with the goddess of flowers, the amaryllis. This "Yellow Goddess" variation bears soft yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers touched with green at the throat.
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