Bringing the outside indoors can have many benefits, particularly when it comes to plants. As well as the air-purifying abilities of certain species, plants also have the potential to improve the look and feel of most any living space. The windowsill is often the best place for them, given the availability of natural light. Here’s a collection of excellent houseplants that are ideal for windowsill placement and which don’t require too much TLC.
The geranium, which is a member of the cranesbills species, is perhaps the most popular houseplant of all. Originating from the Mediterranean region, the plant features long, cleft leaves which are often pink or white in colour. Geraniums tend to flower annually or biennially depending on the species and are able to grow in almost any soil, provided it’s not waterlogged.
As a hybrid of the Schlumbergera Truncata and Russelliana species, the Christmas cactus is an extremely popular houseplant, particularly in the US. It features dark-green segmented stems which resemble a kind of scalloped pattern. Flowers appear on the tips of these stems in shades of pink, red, purple, yellow and white. As with most cacti, the Christmas Cactus requires little watering.
The Echeveria is a flowering plant which is part of the ‘succulent’ family. Originally from Central America, its small stature means that it’s perfect if you’re short on space. It can also really brighten up a windowsill due to the colourful varieties available. They have fleshy leaves which soak up water so they don’t need too much care either.
These hard-to-kill, succulent houseplants are native to dry, arid regions and as a result require very little water. They thrive on bright windowsills with lots of direct sunlight and can produce beautiful pink flowers that will brighten up most window spaces. Although the kalanchoe is often discarded after its flowering process is complete, it can actually be saved for next year by cutting of the flower head and then lightly watering over the winter months. If all goes well, it should start to bloom again in the spring.
Another succulent plant which resembles a miniature tree, the Crassula Ovata has small disc-like leaves that are smooth and shiny. Able to absorb moisture, the plant doesn’t need much watering and is able to thrive in areas with little light. However, it’s a good idea to put them on a windowsill so that you can enjoy the small white flowers which tend to bloom under more favourable lighting conditions.
Known for its ability to remove air pollutants, the Pothos is an evergreen vine, whose trailing stem have the potential to grow up to 20m. So naturally you’re going to want to cut the vines back on a regular basis to ensure things don’t get out of hand. The leaves are heart-shaped and very pleasing on the eye. However, if you have a housecat, you may want to look for an alternative as the Pothos plant is pretty toxic for our feline friends.