The kitchen is one of those places in the home that can support a huge range of different houseplants. I’ve got a whole load of plants that call my kitchen home, from succulents on a sunny windowsill to herbs that I can pinch when I’m making dinner. In my opinion, a kitchen can look a little bare without some greenery, but not only do plants add a splash of colour to your kitchen, they’re also well known to have great health benefits.
In the upcoming winter months and the inevitable spike in SAD (seasonal affective disorder) for many, it’s been found that houseplants can supress your sympathetic nervous system. Meaning that, they both lower blood pressure and calm stress. Therefore, having a houseplant or two can not only brighten up your kitchen but also your mood!
Wren Kitchens have collated a list of house plant choices, perfect for everyone’s aesthetic and horticultural knowledge (or lack of!).
1. Aloe Vera
This striking soft green plant not only looks great on your windowsill but also has great anti-inflammatory properties. Not to mention skincare benefits! Pinch off a leaf and squeeze the gel substance on any burns you have, and it’ll soothe them whilst speeding up the healing process. Perfect for any oven accidents!
It’s a bright light lover, so place it by a window and make sure to let it dry out before watering.
2. Spider plant
This crazy-leafed plant adds texture and can even be used as a feature piece in your kitchen. With the option to either be hanging or placed on top of cabinets, its versatility makes it a great choice.
They thrive in bright light but also survive in low light in many different temperatures, so they’ll be a great fit wherever you put them in your kitchen. Spider plants can ‘clone’ themselves by sprouting little babies that you can propagate and re-pot, creating new plants for you and your friends!
3. Venus fly trap
These snappy little plants not only look great and don’t take up too much space, but they also trap flies. Perfect for getting rid of your kitchen critters! So, place them by the window or where flies congregate and let them work their magic.
These carnivorous plants prefer to be fed bottled or filtered water.
What would a kitchen plant selection be without some herbs?! Offering both practicality and a lovely pop of greenery, these not only elevate your dishes but also your decor.
Do take note that some herbs are suited to lower light than others. If you have a bright kitchen, small pots of basil and rosemary would thrive. However, if your kitchen is on the darker side, parsley, mint and chives would work great.
5. String of pearls
Hanging plants are really on trend at the moment. They are perfect for bringing an extra dimension to your space. They can be placed on shelving in your kitchen and can even help to camouflage wires and plug sockets.
String of pearls is super easy to care for, making it great for beginners. It enjoys a bright area in your kitchen and only needs to be watered when the soil dries out.
6. Peace lily
This beauty does what its name suggests, by breaking down toxic gasses and purifying the air, it brings peace to the home, making it a great addition for your kitchen. It’s pretty too, meaning that it can be a great centrepiece for your kitchen island or dining table.
Peace lilies prefer direct sunlight; when it starts to droop, give it a drink of water and it’ll perk back up.