Add Some Green to your Game with Lifestyle’s Eco-Friendly Plant Guide

Succulent Guide

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to kill.

Common Succulents

Zebra Plant

Stemless clustering perennial succulent up to 6 inches tall. Needs plenty of sun or bright light. Use a well-draining cactus potting mix.

Echeveria ‘Lola’

Up to 6 inches tall, it forms a sculpted rosette up to 6 inches in diameter. Good for containers and rock gardens.

White Chenille Plant

Small, shrubby succulent plant up to 12 inches tall. Small rosettes hold thick green leaves densely covered in silvery white hairs.

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Planting Tips

Succulents don’t like wet roots, so when choosing a container, make sure that it has adequate draining. If there isn’t a natural draining hole, drill several small holes in the bottom.

To ensure your soil drains easily and the plants’ roots aren’t too wet, you can use a special soil mix for succulents or mix potting soil and sand together to make it more porous.

Mix and match succulents for an artful display. They don’t mind being close together, and finishing off with aquarium rocks, moss or other decorative material will give it a finished look.

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What Houseplant Should You Get?

When you’re looking for variety without the hassle, cacti and succulents are the way to go. Since they are able to store water in their leaves, they’re more forgiving when your mind is elsewhere. 

Safe for both cats and dogs according to the ASPCA, lemon button ferns—also known as southern sword ferns—are drought-tolerant and thrive in shady rooms. They’re low-maintenance if you keep their soil moist.

Labeled as both a “forgiving houseplant” and healthy houseplant by HGTV, the snake plant tolerates low light and long stretches without water while also adding oxygen to the room at night. 

The split-leaf philodendron does not require a lot of light or moisture, but will grow much larger if given both and ample space to climb. Be careful, though, it is highly toxic to animals, according to the ASPCA.

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