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Flowering plants serve a dual purpose in homes. Apart from their environmental function of improving air quality, they also serve as all-natural attractive decor that make your interiors look more cheerful and welcoming.

While some people buy fresh flowers online to decorate their homes, you may want to consider growing some of them yourself. Below are some of the best types of flowering plants you can grow at home.

PEACE LILY

Peace Lilies are easy to grow inside the home. These plants are low maintenance and prefer less light which make them suited for rooms with lesser windows. The best thing about peace lilies is that they can help reduce toxins in the air thereby improving your home’s air quality.

HIBISCUS

If you’d like to have a tropical touch at home, hibiscus is the plant type for you. Its huge colourful blooms are truly noteworthy making it a gorgeous natural décor in your interiors. Additionally, hibiscus flowers come in a variety of colours including red, pink, orange, yellow and white. For healthy growing hibiscus plants, make sure the soil is evenly moist.

AFRICAN VIOLET

Some of the easiest types of plants to grow indoors are African violets. They bloom the entire year providing your home with colour and natural beauty. They favour filtered sunlight and warm conditions. These plants also come in hundreds of different varieties giving you plenty of choices to consider.

BRAZILIAN FIREWORKS

This plant got its moniker because its red flower bracts develop vibrant lavender flowers in late summer and spring creating a burst of rich colours. When the blooms fade, the plant shoots black seeds across the room. Brazilian Fireworks are always attractive even when they are finished blooming.

JASMINE

Among the many different types of Jasmine, the Arabian jasmine and many-flowered jasmine are the easiest to grow. With their fragrant blooms, these plants make for a natural air freshener in your home. Jasmine likes lots of light so make sure to place them near windows or openings. For optimum growth, make sure to keep soil moist.

AMETHYST

If you have lots of shade at home, you may want to consider growing amethyst. It has striking blue star-shaped blooms that are truly eye-catching. Amethyst is best placed in areas with filtered sunlight or warm shade. To display its beauty, place them in hanging containers or baskets.

STREPTOCARPUS

Given optimum conditions, streptocarpus can bloom continuously. This type of plant is easy to grow and maintain. Its lovely flowers come in various colours like white, pink, red and purple. With an array of hybrids and colours available, you can pick the kind that best matches your interiors.

VIOLAS

Violas normally bloom in the spring. However, if these lovelies are grown in a shaded area, they can delay until summer. These plants are great for window planters or pots in your porch. Enjoy the sight of bright purple blooms when you grow these beauties at home.

CHAMOMILE

A good example of a functional plant is chamomile. It’s not just a thing of beauty, it also serves some functions that benefit your home. In addition to its calming effects, the scent of chamomile can keep pests away. Plant a few pots of this herb inside the house or in your porch. It only requires moderate light.

GUZMANIA

A member of the pineapple family, Guzmania has red or orange bracts emerging at the centre surrounded by glossy green leaves. Its flowers may also come in shades of yellow and purple exuding a tropical and exotic look. Guzmania blooms can last up to six months.

POINSETTIAS

More popularly known as Christmas plants, Poinsettia are wonderful house plants that can effortlessly beautify and add colour to your home. Nowadays, there are many new varieties of the plant apart from the usual red. You can grow them in pots and have your very own fresh and all natural decorations for Christmas.

 

With the benefits they offer, it’s great to have a few plants inside the home. Before planting, however, be sure to do your homework and get sufficient information on the kind you are planting to make sure they grow to the fullest.

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