Adding plants to your home décor improves air quality and adds a living design element. These are the most bulletproof.

Houseplants have never been more popular. They add instant life and airiness to a home or office, and they’re an affordable way to update pretty much any room. They’re also living air purifiers. But if you don’t know anything about plants (or have already killed a few), getting started can be daunting. Need help knowing where to begin? Starting with these common (and nearly unkillable) houseplants can help.

That said, don’t be ashamed of your black thumb! (Seriously, they’re just plants.) Alea Joy, owner of plant shop Solabee in Portland, Oregon, offers this consolation: “Plants don’t care about dying as much as we do. Compost them, come back, and try again.”


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