Having an indoor garden not only improves the home decor, but indoor plants provide many other benefits too. If you are a gardening enthusiast who wants to establish a tacky garden indoors, you may have already planned about the space and environment that you can afford to give to indoor plants.

Indoor plants, unlike their outdoors growing green buddies, have different set of requirements. You need to take special care of them. But on the plus side- they can become useful for you too. Have a look at my article on how to set up your own indoor garden for more specific information.

There are many benefits posed by indoor plants. From boosting mood, creativity and enhancing the overall environment of the people in the home, to purifying the air- indoor plants and their uses have always made many people evolve as gardeners.

Plants help maintain the air quality and also have shown to be a real stress buster. The different indoor plants that you have in your garden can help you live a cheerful, stress free and happy life, in ways you cannot imagine.

They can elevate your mood at times when everything seems grim. So, let us look at some of the indoor plants and their uses.

Succulents (Families like AizoceaeCactaceae and Crassulaceae)

Succulents are grown as indoor plants because of their striking and unusual appearance along with the minimal care they need. They have the ability to store water and this gives them a swollen and fleshy appearance- this quality is known as succulence.

They are perfect for home decor. They have many amazing benefits. They can add fresh oxygen to the environment. They help to improve the humidity of the home. They can enhance memory, improve focus and also increase pain tolerance.

If grown in the right circumstances, they can outlive most indoor plants. They have also been scientifically proven to aid in recovery. It was discovered that people who had succulents in their rooms, required less medication, and had lower blood pressure and heart rate. Memory retention improves by as much as 20% when these indoor plants are present in the room.

Succulents can be handy have around!

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

Commonly known as Devil’s Ivy, this indoor plant has become a worthy inclusion in many indoor gardens. Pothos are one of the easiest plants to grow. They require little care and can thrive on low light conditions. They serve by purifying the air from formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very serious threat to life. Just installing a Golden Pothos will ensure that you have less worries about that. They purify the air and remove toxins which can be harmful to us.

These low maintenance indoor plant can also make a great home decor and can be installed in any part of the house.  So, have them established in your garden and enjoy the benefits they have to offer.

Pretty plants and clean air, absolutely!

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Apart from being an ornamental plant, the English Ivy has many ornamental properties. This indoor plant has been used since ancient times for its anaesthetic properties. Herbalists use it to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD,  inflammation, arthritis and many more.

It has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties too. It has also been used as an anti-spasmodic. It helps in removing toxins from the body. It also tightens and strengthens blood vessels.

If you have painful breathing, installing an English Ivy can help you with your problem. Like most of the indoor houseplants, it can also purify air and make the environment a lot better. They also reduce moulds and improve air quality.

Sick Building Syndrome is caused by benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. English Ivy purifies the air and removes them from the environment.

Ivy can really add to the ambiance. It can also clean your air.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

Boston Fern is a plant that has proven to be a splendid air purifier. Not only does it remove various toxins from the air, it has also been known to remove cigarette smoke from air.

There other compounds too, that the fern removes from the air. These include formaldehyde and plastics. The ferns absorbs all of them and turn them into compounds that it can use. This is one of the benefits of planting a Boston Fern.

The other benefit of installing this plant is that it helps improve the moisture content of the environment.  This is a great benefit for people with dry skin or people with dry nose or throats.

It restores moisture to the air around it. Since it has so many benefits and requires very little care, gardeners prefer to plant the Boston Fern.

Turn back time by surrounding yourself with ferns.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

If you visit the home of a gardening enthusiast, chances are that you will find Peace Lilies in their garden. These indoor plants are known for their many uses. They absorb many compounds from the air. They are also known for their visual appeal.

These low maintenance indoor plants can help elevate the mood of people in the house and help in maintaining focus.

Peace Lilies have been known to prefer less sunlight. They are one of the many indoor plants that can be grown in a dark bathroom. They look graceful and elegant and are give a great boost to the decor of the place where they are planted.

Peace Lillies are great for filtering air.

Snake Plant (Draceana Trifasciata)

Though succulents have been talked about, the snake plant deserves a special mention because it has many other benefits than a normal succulent. This resilient succulent can grow anywhere between 6 inches to several feet.

This indoor plant filters indoor air, even at night. This ability is not present in all succulents. This amazing plant converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night and keeps the air fresh.

It removes toxic pollutants and acts as a defence system against air borne allergies. It absorbs cancer causing pollutants and acts as a great booster for the immune system.

Snake plants are great for clearing up your air at night.

Rubber Figs (Ficus Elastica)

If you are looking for larger indoor plants that can help purify air and make a fabulous home decor at the same time, then look no further. The rubber plant is a large indoor plant that attracts attention easily.

It will captivate anyone who visits your indoor garden. But looking good is not its only feat. While they too, convert exhaled carbon dioxide to oxygen ,there are other benefits posed by them.

These plants also absorb airborne chemicals and render them harmless. For patients suffering from allergies of  any kind, these plants are nothing short of a boon.

Lets get rubber figs to clear up those allergies!

Gerbera (Asteraceae)

These daisies are some of the most beautiful indoor plants that you can grow in your indoor garden. They are appealing and can grow with minimal care. These plants are known to help people suffering from sleep apnoea.

These plants are also the model plants used to study flower formation. Needless to say their flowers are very attractive and make your indoor garden more graceful and elegant.

It is the 5th most cut flower in the world. These flowers grow year round and are known for their striking appearance. They are used as mass cut flowers in bouquets. The flowers have many color variations too.

Let’s bring some color into your life!

Azalea (Rhododendron)

Even an individual with no knowledge or prior introduction to plants, knows about this plant. Rhododendron is a genus with 1005 species. These plants are used for their analgesic, anesthetic and sedative properties.

These indoor plants are one of the most planted herbs in the plant world. They are used for their benefits and the highly elegant flowers that they produce.

Let these plants color your dreams!

Mass Cane (Draceana Fragrans)

This indoor plant is a great air purifier and toxin remover. It can grow well with minimal care. It is also known to elevate focus and improve the humidity of the environment in which it is planted.

You can easily take care of this plant without having much work to do. It removes toxins like formaldehyde from the air and keeps it fresh.

These are some indoor plants that have great uses. These indoor plants are not only great for their uses but also for the little care they require for optimum growth. They provide many benefits in return for little care. Plant these green herbs in your indoor garden and enjoy their benefits! For garden hacks and tricks, make sure to check out my article on 15 indoor garden hacks!

Sam Barrett

My name is Sam and I love all things green (must be the Irish blood in me) and so I wanted to do this blog. As a graduated biologist who sub-specialized in botany in the top top academic institution in Ireland, I am really passionate about the environment. One way for all of us to improve our lives who live in urban centers is to have indoor gardens. Not only can they spruce up the place, they can also offer basic medicines, flavor our food and also clean our air. What’s not to like?! So enjoy this blog as I continue to explore the weird and wonderful world of plants.