10 Gorgeous Houseplants Even You Can Keep Alive (PHOTOS)

10 Gorgeous Houseplants Even You Can Keep Alive (PHOTOS)

Home decor can be a tricky thing to perfect if you don't have the right eye, but we feel pretty confident saying that any and all spaces can be brightened and improved by a few well-placed plants. The issue we struggle with is that we're busy women without much extra time to dedicate to plant upkeep, so what we REALLY need is plants that just ... keep themselves alive.

Surprisingly, there are more options than you think (and no, they're not all succulents. We love succulents, but how many more aloe plants can we really fit on our shelves, you know?). 

We talked with Herb Zimmerman, florist on the flower delivery site BloomNation and owner of Kiko's Flower & Gifts in Park Ridge, Illinois, to steal his list of the best, prettiest, and -- most importantly -- hardest-to-kill plants that even you (yes, you) can keep alive.


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  • Spathiphyllum


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    For those of us who can't pronounce "Spathiphyllum," we're also allowed to call this charmer Peace Lily. It's a beautiful, upright plant that grows well in pots, and Zimmerman assures us it's easy to keep alive.

    "They will flourish in a bright, filtered light," Zimmerman notes, "but they will maintain themselves well in a less well lit condition, too." 

    Just water once every 7 to 10 days, and you're good to go. 

  • Zamioculcas Zamiifolia


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    Also known as ZZ plant, Zamioculcas Zamiifolia only needs to be watered every two to three weeks.

    "Zamioculcas Zamiifolia have thick, rich, dark green leaves coming out from a thicker stem from bottom to top," Zimmerman says. "It does well in everything from very low light conditions to bright filtered light."

  • Sansevieria


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    Sansevieria, a.k.a. Mother-in-Law's Tongue, gets the award for best nickname. It also gets an award for being nearly impossible to kill: It doesn't matter how much light you give it, as long as you water it once every month (ish), it'll keep growing.

    "Some varieties grow tall and straight, some are more compact and open out of the center in a bird’s nest appearance," Zimmerman comments. "Several different color tones, too -- from light and dark greens to a greenish yellow to an almost gray green. It's very easy!"

  • Pothos


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    "Pothos is viny in growth with several trailers growing in all different directions out of the container," explains Zimmerman. "It can be trained to grown on a trellis or around the kitchen window."

    Zimmerman says that pothos likes a good, filtered light, but it doesn't necessarily need a lot of it. It likes to be dry, so you only need to water it once a week. 

    He also notes that it's not the same as variegated philodendron, though lots of people mix up the names.

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  • Ficus Rubber Plant


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    Ficus rubber plants are little trees with large, dark green, or burgundy leaves coming out on all sides of the stem. According to Zimmerman, a little six-inch ficus will grow to be six feet tall or more in good conditions.

    "They like bright, filtered light and good humidity," Zimmerman says. "You'll need to water it once a week."

  • Hoya


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    Hoya is a super sweet vine plant with thick green and white leaves. If you keep it in medium or high light and water and drain it every two weeks, it'll bloom with little clusters of very fragrant, star-shaped flowers.

    "It's well worth the effort," says Zimmerman. "I recommend getting a well-established plant that's already the size you want for the space because it will take forever to grow a small plant into a larger plant."

  • Neanthe Bella Palm


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    "Neanthe Bella Palm is a very graceful plant for medium or bright-filtered light conditions," says Zimmerman. "Upright and very graceful in appearance, it does well being watered every 6 to 10 days."

  • Pachira aquatica


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    Also called "the money tree," Pachira aquatica is a traditional symbol of good luck and considered an invitation for good fortune. It's also really hard to kill.

    "The money tree is hardy and extremely tolerant of low light and dryness," explains Zimmerman. "It's really resilient and does not require much care."

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  • Anthurium


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    Anthuriums are definitely among the more picky on the list, but if you can handle them, they'll flower beautifully year-round and last forever.

    Zimmerman recommends keeping them in warm conditions where possible. "As a rule, they will take as much light as you can provide them with -- but no direct sunlight," he says. "They need to be watered thoroughly and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. Allowing the plant to get too dried out will greatly slow down the growth cycle."

  • Phalaenopsis Orchid


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    "Phalaenopsis orchids are much easier than you think! They need a moderately bright windowsill or similar spot to grow in," Zimmerman says. "Water when it begins to dry out, which is usually every seven days, and fertilize it with a fertilizer made for orchids."

    He also recommends repotting it when the bloom is finished with fresh orchid mix.

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