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‘How to’? Green Up Your Home

Houseplants can instantly and literally breathe life into any space in your home! A flash of green foliage can change the entire feel of any room and connect you back to nature. Consider factors such as; light, temperature, and humidity and match the right plant accordingly to its requirements, this will ensure your plants thrive and reward you for years to come.

How to find the right plant for the right place


BRIGHT DIRECT LIGHT a south-facing windowsill

Succulents and Cacti are perfect here.  You could also try Codiaeum for added colour, or a Euphorbia Cacti.

DRY AND DARK CORNER hall, landing or living room



Dry loving and perfect for your shady hallway could be the Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant) or the Aglaonema also known for tolerating low light.  A beautiful Schefflera will offer height and lovely green foliage for any corner of the living room.  A compact Peperomia can be an attractive addition to a table or North facing windowsill.

SHADY DAMP SPACE small bathroom or utility room



Create a retro feel in a shady bathroom with a hanging Chlorophytum (the Spider Plant!) or the long term favourite Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) which is happy in partial shade and a top indoor plant for cleaning the air.  On trend is this lovely Asplenium (Bird Nest Fern).

PERFECT LIGHT indirect light in your bedroom or kitchen



Noted for its healing properties, the Aloe Vera will thrive in a bright but indirect light position.  With its fun foliage, Dracaena can add drama to any corner of the kitchen and can grow up to 6 feet tall.

DIRECT HOT HEAT conservatory, south-facing dining or living room



Of course, cacti and succulents will work well in these hot areas.  You could try adding a Sansevieria.  Summer Conservatory plants like the Hibiscus, Bougainvillea or even a Citrus tree would also work well. On trend is the Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls or String of Beads), which is a quirky succulent vine.  Remember, conservatory plants will need to be moved in the winter if your conservatory gets very cold.


It has been proven that bringing plants into your office can improve motivation, reduce stress, inspire creativity and reduce noise levels. Many plants also filter out toxic chemicals produced by electronic items in your office, such as your computer.

  • Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) Great for low light levels
  • Aloe What’s great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing.  All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.  It’s also great for cuts and burns.
  • Chamaedorea (Parlour Palm) An adaptable, easy to care for palm
  • Chlorophytum (Spider Plant) The well-known Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.
  • Crassula (Money Plant) Easy to care for in bright light
  • Dracaena (Dragon Tree) This plant is useful for removing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which spreads in indoor air through lacquers like your hairspray or furniture polish or furniture varnish.
  • Philodendron So many varieties that will fit into any office space
  • Sansevieria (Snake Plant) or is even known as ‘the mother-in-law’s tongue’…this plant is really easy to care for and excellent for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, hygiene, and personal care products.
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Really easy care for…this plant helps to filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. The moisture given off by these striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. This way, you can say goodbye to those irritating dry noses and sleep peacefully.
  • Succulents Look stunning as a collection along the windowsill
  • Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant) Easy to care for and loves bright light or shade


Easy care:      

Sansevieria, Peperomia, Crassula, ZZ Plant, Schefflera, Chlorophytum, Spathiphyllum

Low light:

Indoor Ferns, Chamedorea, Aglaonema, Calathea, Aspidistra

Love light:

Succulents, Cacti, Codiaeum, Dracaena, Euphorbia Cacti

On Trend:      

Monstera, Philadendron, Sencio, Rowleyanus, Ceropegia, Asplenium, Alocasia



Our Houseplant team is really passionate about using houseplants to ‘Green up your Home’ and you can see this in their displays in-store.


The team is always on-hand to give you lots of advice and guidance on what houseplant is right for you so pop in and have a chat or visit our Instagram @perrywoodhouseplants to keep up to date with all the latest houseplant trends!


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