Green is the color of Nature; it gives an aesthetic look and feel to the otherwise drab surrounding of today’s world. Add to that the fact how demanding our jobs get, having an eco-friendly atmosphere to work in and also when you come home at the end of the day, is an essential requirement for the soul. Plants are a great way to liven up your home and office space; they don’t take up much space, yet give an artistic and serene look to your environment. We bring to you a list of 11 plants that will add some nature to your home decor, and the coffee table is perhaps one of the best places for sporting them!
#11 Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen plant belongs to the Aglaonema family, and requires very little to almost no maintenance. You can grow it up to a compact height, and you need not worry about the plant getting enough sunlight as well; it thrives in low light conditions too! Another added bonus is that it purifies the surrounding air of its toxins, so you’ve got that going on for you.
Listed by the Centre For Environmental Sustainability, University of Technology, Sydney, as one of the top varieties of indoor plants for freeing the air of VOCs and excessive CO₂ levels, the leafy philodendron has been touted as a “nearly impossible to kill” plant by experts. The philodendron requires minimal maintenance, and is a perfect companion for your coffee table; just put it in a pot with some moist potting soil and water it two to three times a week, and you are all set.
#9 Baby Rubber Plant
The baby rubber plant, or Peperomia obtusifolia, is a great plant to showcase on your coffee table. It has high levels of oxygen content emissions, and also annihilates any bacterial or mould spores which might end up landing on the leaves, thus making the environment safe for patients with asthma. Give it a little filtered lighting and some irregular watering; the rubber plant does not ask for much!
#8 Spider Plant
One of the most popular office plants in the vicinity, the spider plant is ideal for interior decor as well. It requires very low maintenance and thrives in partial sunlight or shade, thus making it ideal for your coffee table in the middle of your living room, where light conditions are always on the low. The spider plant also has many proven health benefits, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; it reduces VOCs and other pollutants from the indoor air on a large scale. The plant also boosts relative humidity and reduces the amount of particulate matter (dust) in the air, thus reducing common allergic symptoms and giving a fresh feel to the surrounding as
#7 Jade Plant
The jade plant, or Crassula ovuta, commonly known as the “money plant”, is an ideal choice for your coffee table decor. It’s small, succulent and requires very less watering; it also sprouts small flowers! The “money plant” tag comes from Japanese folklore, where it’s believed that the presence of this plant brings financial success for the household. The jade is native to the arid regions of Africa; however, it is also a common houseplant across the globe. The plant needs little care for the flowers to bloom; other than that, it does not like to be over-watered; so keep an eye out for that.
#6 English Ivy
The English Ivy, also known as Hedera helix, is another great choice for giving your coffee table a subtle touch of Nature. It is an undoubtedly beautiful accent plant with its lobed leaves and the lush, trailing vines, and makes for a great indoor addition. The plant gets rid of airborne fecal matter particles (wait, what?!) and formaldehyde as well, making it an essential tool for freshening up the surrounding air alongside adding an aesthetic look to your interior. The Ivy grows best under four or more hours of sunlight a day on moist soil; so don’t forget to keep the plant watered at all times.
The azalea, or rhododendron simsii, is a beautiful flowering shrub for your home decor which doubles up as a combatant against the formaldehyde presence in your abode, much like the English Ivy. Azaleas thrive best in cool areas (i.e. around 60 to 65 degrees) and need some sunlight presence, and they are considered as a great option to clean out the indoor air. Just spray the plant every few days if your house is situated in a dry location, and the Azalea won’t ever complain. Another plus side of the Azalea is that it looks splendid, and will give a serious accent to your indoors, sitting on the coffee table.
#4 Gerber Daisy
The Gerber Daisy or Gerbera L. is a flowering plant, and it makes for a brilliant addition on the coffee table at your home. The plant is known to filter out toxins like benzene, and is commonly grown for the lustrous and upbeat flowers which are more daisy-like in nature. Named in honor of a German botanist and medical doctor who went by Traugott Gerber, the gerber daisy likes soil which is well-drained, so remember to make sure that the pot has several drainage holes. Other than that, the plant needs minimal maintenance, except for a couple of sprays every week to stay in top form.
An unusual choice for coffee table decor, but the moss comes with loads of health benefits and virtually non-existent maintenance headaches, since it is classified as one of the most drought resistant plants in existence. Moss is well-known to purify the air surrounding it by taking in pollutants and converting them to oxygen, the stuff of life. There has been an increase in the trend towards moss in the past few years; these bryophytes can also be used in a decorative way by creating miniature forest landscapes to give your home an edgy look.
The Aloe or Aloe vera is a common household plant, and it’s been used for more than 6000 years, courtesy of the Egyptians who regarded it as “the plant of immortality”. Even though the aloe is normally grown in tropical climates, it can be grown inside any home in a perfectly fine manner. The plant is easy-to-grow and helps in purifying the air of formaldehyde and benzene. Besides these air-clearing abilities, the gel of this sun-loving succulent also helps in treating cuts and burns.
#1 Peace Lily
The peace lily or Spathiphyllum is one of those plants that just love the shade; you can put them far away from any light source and they’ll do just fine. This eye-catching variety is regarded as one of the best plants for purifying indoor air according to major studies by environmentalists and scientists alike. The beautiful white flowers give an aesthetic touch to your home as well. The peace lily thrives on potting soil with proper drainage; water it as necessary to ensure the leaves remain healthy and flowering occurs on a frequent basis.