Best Houseplants for Beginners

Nothing spruces up your space quite like an array of gorgeous greenery.

Your green thumb keeps thriving plants on every square inch of your home, transforming it into a lush oasis. After all, what design shoot is complete without some carefully coordinated plants in the foreground?

Doesn’t sound familiar?

You’re not alone. Not everyone was born with mother nature’s gift of a green thumb and some of us avoid plants altogether as the more humane thing to do. Nothing is more of a bummer than a bunch of sad plants on your counter top.

Not to worry!

We’ve come up with a list of all the hardy plants that will take your kitchen design to the next level with minimal effort required. These plants are survivors in all types of environments and before you know it, you’ll be going green and staying green.

Spider Plant

While it sounds scary, the Spider Plant is a happy houseplant for the beginners. They like to climb and make great hanging baskets over windows or in sunny corners of your kitchen. They’re easy to re-pot and are quick to grow new babies for your new-found plant collection.


Succulents might be a little more delicate than most, but they still make the perfect plant for new gardeners. They get chilly easily so the best place for them is a sunny table, but with a once per week watering schedule, they’re as low maintenance as it gets. These guys even come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Lucky Bamboo

Now, who couldn’t use some extra luck lying around? Lucky Bamboo plants grow quickly and their rocky planters make water maintenance a breeze. They make great desk and windowsill plants, but will quickly outgrow their original pot.


While we hope that burns aren’t commonplace in your kitchen, having an Aloe plant nearby is always a good idea. These are in the succulent family and can be used to treat skin irritations and burns. They’re quick growers, require minimal water and sunlight to flourish. As the sprouts grow larger and heavier, support their limbs with a ribbon or tie backs to prevent the aloe from breaking apart from the weight.

There really is a plant for everyone.

Before giving up on houseplants for good, try one of the hardy varieties on our list. Who knows, they might just make a gardening pro out of you!

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