Houseplants are an easy way to add some color and life to your space. Not only do household plants serve as useful and sustainable home decor (think: growing vegetables and herbs), but they can also help purify your air!
Kitchens tend to be especially tight on space, and room decoration with flowers and plants is a good way to bring beauty while saving on that coveted countertop acreage. Plants and flowers kill two birds with one stone, bringing life and lush greenery to your kitchen while keeping the air clean and fresh. Beyond this, planting edibles like shade vegetables or herbs can save you countless trips to the grocery store.
Here are some of the best indoor plants for the kitchen, from flowers to vegetables and back.
English Ivy makes for one of the best indoor plants because it’s such a breeze to grow (so long as it gets a little time in direct sunlight), and comes in varieties of greens, whites, yellows, and blacks. Its versatility also makes it easy to match with any color scheme. Above and beyond home decor, it’s one of the top reducers of indoor air pollutants: English Ivy can filter your kitchen air of formaldehyde, benzene, mold, and bacteria.
But beware – if you have pets, this lush plant needs to be a hanging addition to your kitchen, as it is toxic to our furry friends.
White Jasmine is a little high maintenance in that you need to keep its soil moist, but its sweet smell and beautiful flowers will make it well worth the effort. Unlike most flowering plants, jasmine does well inside – especially during the winter months – which makes it one of the best plants for the kitchen.
Delicate and not overpowering, this houseplant’s fresh fragrance will keep your kitchen smelling bright and clean no matter how clean it actually might be.
String of Hearts
String of Hearts is a succulent vine that can survive with little to no maintenance. This plant grows like a weed (pun intended) and can go from a small plant to a full vine in a matter of a few months.
String of Hearts loves the heat, but not the direct sun, which makes it ideal for a shady spot in the kitchen. The vines tend to split and branch, and then tangle, but it’s part of the romantic, overgrown garden appeal.
It’s no surprise that some of the best plants for the kitchen are herbs, and nothing beats having fresh pesto at the drop of a hat! Growing basil works best in a kitchen that has a window sill and gets lots of full light: keep this versatile herb in full sun with moist, well-draining soil. For big leaves and long stalks, pick off the blooms as they bud.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat… the more you need to grow! Beans grow on either a bush or a vine, and the vines can reach up to 15 feet in height – so unless you have the space to spare, it’s best to stick to bush beans. Like basil, beans thrive on a window sill with full sun, in long and narrow containers.
A good kitchen bean, both pretty and versatile, is the green bean. Don’t worry – we’ll give you some pointers on how to turn this garden-dweller into one of the best indoor plants you never thought of:
- Plant your beans in mid-to-late spring for maximum sun exposure.
- Seeds should be placed about 4 inches apart and 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. Note that if you use 8-inch deep containers, you should only plant one seed per container.
- Add 1-foot stakes into the containers, pressing next to the planted seeds.
- Bush beans will be ready to harvest only 50 to 60 days after planting, and should be picked while still young, when they are about 3 inches long and filling out.
At The Bouqs Co., we’re obviously huge fans of room decoration with flowers, but when it comes to green things, we don’t discriminate! We believe a dash of water-loving, sun-soaking greenery makes any room that much happier – especially the room where you share so many meals and memories with your loved ones. We hope our picks of the best indoor plants help you give your kitchen the boost it needs – just don’t forget to leave room on the countertops for a fresh Bouq or two!Shop All