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5 Houseplants to Keep You Healthy

Houseplants are wonderful, not just for looking great in your home but also for their health giving properties, boosting your mood and reducing stress. And they also clean the air that we breathe… here are our top five

Weeping Fig Ficus Benjamina – the official tree of Bangkok (who knew) and a plant which is said to increase productivity, lower toxins and reduces stress – so a good one for the office.

Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata – renowned for its air purification properties – In 1989, the NASA Clean Air Study showed that the Boston Fern could filter formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. Safe for pets and loves a steamy atmosphere so put it in the bathroom where it’ll be happiest.

Devil’s Ivy also called Scindapsus Aureus or Epipremnum Aureum, has been found to be extra efficient at helping to clean indoor air. It’s easy to look after and is known to lower levels of carbon dioxide. As with most ivies, it is toxic so keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus Lyrata – the interior designer’s favourite and one of the most featured indoor plants on Instagram. Once you have it in a place where it’s thriving, don’t move it! You’ll need good drainage and sunlight to keep it looking green and healthy, but it will reward you by looking fabulous.

The Small Snake plant Sansevieria Punk needs to be on your list for the name alone! A brilliant air purifier, it’s ideal for a bedroom as it absorbs carbon dioxide and other toxins, all whilst you sleep…

Have look in your local garden centre for your favourites or buy online if there’s nowhere nearby. We also love the Foxglove Club where you can have a different houseplant delivered every month via a subscription or buy as one offs.

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