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Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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Why do house plants always come later when we think about interior decor? It's time to change that. Plants can do so much for your home. They are not only aesthetically pleasing, they can also improve the air quality of your home, according to NASA's Clean Air Study. 

Who wouldn't like to be surrounded by fresh air and green leaves? 

If you are considering incorporating some plants into your home decor, here are a list of plants that are beautiful and work hard to purify the air in your home!

PEACE LILY

This beautiful and hardy house plant derives its name from its white hood that resembles palms pressed together in peace. Peace lilies thrive in medium to low light, and prefer less watering to overwatering—perfect for the most forgetful of us! 

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

Depending on the size of its pot, a peace lily plant can grow up to over 2 feet tall. Expose it to sun more frequently to see more white blooms. 

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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The peace lily is a versatile addition to any home's decor: Its austere dark green leaves, juxtaposed against bright white lily hoods, makes it a perfect decor piece that will fit right into a minimalist home, or cool down a bright and busy room.

Peace lilies also sit high on the list air-purifying plants, capable of removing formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, xylene, and other toxic agents from the air.

FLORIST'S CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemums are incredible plants for air purification, removing toxic agents as well as the peace lily. They also offer a bright splash of color, making them perfect for holiday decor or event hosting.  

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

Potted chrysanthemum is not a forever plant: typically they last between 6-8 weeks, and will need replacing once the blooms fade. On the upside, mums are usually incredibly affordable!

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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ENGLISH IVY

Something about an ivy's crawly veins really invoke a bespoke and enchanted feel. Keep it in a small planter to hint at a time past, or allow it to grow far and wide and creep down a piece of furniture for maximum nostalgia.

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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A pot of English Ivy set high on a shelf can reach down and add a drape effect. English Ivy is also excellent for purifying your home's air. 

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MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TONGUE

You can't go wrong with this sassy plant, whose upright and pointy leaves are sturdy and full of character. Also known as variegated snake plant, this kill-proof foliage is low maintenance and built to thrive indoors.  

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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Add a snake plant to a room's corner to create a sense of height, or situate it near an entrance as a greeter. 

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RUBBER PLANT

A rubber plant's signature thick, dark green glossy leaves can add a somber character to a space. You can prune its growth if you prefer a sparse and austere aesthetic, or allow it to flourish into lush thickness if you prefer a warmer feel.

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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Rubber plants are hardy plants. They don't require too much light or water, and will still reward you with beautiful shiny leaves with minimal care. The worst you could do? Overwater. Check the plant's soil for dampness, and only add water when it's dry to the touch. 

Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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Which plants should you be adding to your home?

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A rubber plant in a plain white ceramic pot, propped on a retro plant stand, is sure to liven up any space. The plant's thick and wide leaves also make it an amazing air purifier.