Going Green: Handy Plants To Have Around Your Home

While there are hundreds of different types and styles of homes, there’s at least one thing that remains true about all of them: there’s nothing like some greenery to bring the place to life! But while fresh, green houseplants are great for aesthetic purposes, some also pull double duty, providing benefits for your home. Here are a few of our favorite picks:

English Ivy

NASA itself loves this plant because of its ability to purify the air; English Ivy also adds a great touch to any part of your home that can use vines or hanging plants. If you live in the city, having it around windows (or balconies if you have them) can really help with all the pollution buildup faced by homes in the city.

Basil

Basil is an amazingly versatile herb to have around your home. Not only does it have a nice, fresh scent to make your home smell great, it’s also great fresh in a lot of different recipes! Having your own growing at home means you’ll either have a fresh supply to use, or can make your own dried basil! It requires a bit of care, but the long-term results are worth it!

Lavender

Not only does it smell good, it also serves as a repellent to flies and mosquitoes! It may not be best for apartments and condos, but if your home has a garden, it’s a great way to add a splash of color to the greens. Some people even prefer to have it growing along the paths to their front doors!

Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass is one of the most versatile plants you can have growing in your home. Not only does it have a nice lemon scent to freshen up a room, it also serves as an ingredient in many recipes and repels mosquitos and other pests. Compared to a lot of other plants you can grow at home, it’s also relatively easy to care for!

Mint

Like Lemon Grass and Basil, mint also provides a wonderful, fresh scent to any room it grows in. In addition to being one of the herbs you can grow to repel ants, it also works as a great addition to drinks like iced tea, with the mint providing a burst of freshness to your drink.

Aloe

While not as pretty as some of the other plants (kind of thorny, actually), aloe is useful for skin, hair, and burn soothing.  If you want to break up the leafy monotony of a garden, some aloe adds a spiky break to the standard fare. It’s a great plant with a lot of uses all around the house. Definitely something you’d want to have growing, whether in your garden, or in a pot in your apartment.

What plants do you have in your home or garden? Are they there for decorative purposes or do they also have other things you use them for, like recipes? Be sure to let us know! We’d love to hear from you!