It's pretty safe to assume that we're all ready for spring. While mulled wine and crackling fireplaces had their appeal in December, now that March is within sight, we're ready to bid farewell to these hallmarks of winter and say hello to glasses full of crisp white wine and brisk evenings ideal for dining al fresco. Seeing as we're daydreaming about warmer days ahead, we here at MyDomaine are willing the seasons to change by bringing the outdoors in.
In our search for low-maintenance indoor plants to carry us through the remaining days of winter, naturally, we turned to the pros at Terrain, Anthropologie's home, and garden sister brand, for green thumb-approved recommendations. Ahead, Terrain's senior plant buyer Melissa Lowrie walks us through the best houseplants for self-proclaimed black thumbs, complete with simple caring instructions that will ensure whichever plant you choose thrives well beyond March 20.
Caring instructions: This plant does well in medium and low light, and loves water.
Why it's a good choice: "This is Terrain's pick for a larger scale houseplant in spaces with less than ideal levels of natural light. They can tolerate a bit of overwatering, but prefer not to go dry (a saucer with water to drink from works great here!) They have dark green leaves and respond well to pruning."
Caring instructions: Ensure that this plant gets plenty of indirect, bright light. Allow the top two inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
Why it's a good choice: "This is a sweet trailing variety with cute, round almost succulent leaves that have a faint striping to them. It hasn't been widely available at retail, but we love it for its vigorous growth and forgiving tendencies—many peperomia prefer to dry out significantly between waterings, so this one can handle a more sporadic watering schedule."
Caring instructions: Snake plants do well in most lighting situations and prefer to stay on the dry side—water sparingly.
Why it's a good choice: "Widely regarded as one of easiest to care for, the snake plant is a favorite for brightening up dark corners and is known to be one of the best air-purifying houseplants. We are loving some newer forms in this category: Sansevieria 'moonshine' is a birds nest type that has wide, dramatic silvery blades, while 'frozen' has a mint and emerald striated look. Sansevieria 'Jaboa' has a pretty, tropical looking mottled leaf, and 'Lancia' is an upright, cylindrical type that's great for adding some modern, architectural presence to a space."
Caring instructions: This plant thrives in indirect light to light shade, water sparingly.
Why it's a good choice: "One of my most beloved houseplants, this vining philodendron has a cascade of beautiful, blackish velvety heart-shaped leaves. It really only needs an occasional splash of water, and generally is pretty happy being root bound and mostly left alone."
Caring instructions: Foxtail ferns require low light to bright light and have average watering requirements.
Why it's a good choice: "This super sturdy 'fern' is actually not a fern, but a member of the lily family. I love how versatile this plant is and the graceful, architectural shape it takes on as it matures. Branches will turn yellow if more water is needed, and brown if they are over watered."