Understanding Houseplants

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Houseplants have increased in popularity over the last few years, and they are incredible additions to any home, with them brightening up the space. Not only do they look great, but they have many added benefits that help improve our mental and physical health.

Many plants are known to have air-purifying abilities, with them removing toxins from the air. This allows you to breathe in clean air more regularly which, increases your overall health. Many scientific studies look at the calming benefits of purified air.

Houseplants can help reduce stress and anxiety. Some are known to have positive effects on blood pressure as well as increasing productivity. That is often why house/ indoor plants are in many offices. There have also been cases of houseplants helping reduce fatigue and headaches.

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January 10th – 16th is National Houseplant Week in the UK.

Houseplants offer so much to the home; they are a great way to get into gardening and to learn about plant care. Their vibrancy and bold looks are a great fresh look to start the year off positively and cure the winter blues.

Houseplants are also a great introduction to gardening for children, introducing them to succulents and small plants. Due to their level of low maintenance, they are extremely easy to care for.


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The is known as the Silver Satin plant and is native to Southeast Asia. It is extremely low maintenance. They have matte heart-shaped leaves, which are spattered with spots of grey. Avoid placing this plant in direct sunlight as it can be harmful to the plant. Shady but warm spots are its ideal location. This plant is able to neutralise harmful gases by absorbing them and breaking them down.


This houseplant is commonly known as ‘English Ivy’. They are fast-growing evergreen stemmed plants with their leaves often cascading down from their pot. They prefer cooler climates and low light, making them great plants for north-facing rooms and windows. Hedera plants are known to filter airborne toxins inside your home and are extremely effective in making the air inside your home cleaner and healthier.

Yucca Plant

These strong plants are part of the asparagus family native to Mexico and Central America. They are known to grow 8-13 metres in height. It is a popular houseplant as it's low maintenance and resembles a palm tree providing your home with a tropical effect. It is one of the top-rated purifying plants, removing toxins from the air leaving you with a cleaner home.


Monstera plants are extremely unique with their large dramatic leaves, which feature large hole formations that grow with the plant. They are a low-maintenance houseplant and love bright indirect light, growing best in east-facing windows. Monstera is known for its ability to reduce air pollution and having this plant around can help boost productivity.

Peace Lily

They can commonly be called “Closet plants” and are a popular plant in offices and homes. They are low maintenance with glossy green leaves and long-stemmed white flowers. With them being native to America they thrive in warm humid conditions. Their ideal location being a windowsill or bathroom. Peace Lilies are able to break down and neutralise toxic gases like benzene and carbon monoxide.

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Check out Peter Williams' video all about Houseplants and the wonders that they are. Peter is our Centre Manager at Harrogate Garden Centre and hosts a world of knowledge in horticulture.

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Thank you for reading.

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