Indoor plants are a popular and economical way to decorate. Most homes have multiple types of plants throughout, including hanging plants, large floor-sitting potted plants and tabletop varieties. Their natural beauty adds life to a space and brings welcome color, especially flowering varieties like African violets or orchids. Houseplants can fill in spaces like empty corners in entryways, create a lush backdrop in a sunroom, or brighten up a kitchen windowsill or dining room table.
But many plants can pose a threat to children and pets due to toxic qualities, which means that either handling or ingesting them can be dangerous. Don’t declare your home a plant-free zone just to be safe, you can still have “garden spots” indoors with the right plants. Here is a list of houseplants you can safely decorate with that are absolutely safe around children and pets. No more worries if you have any two- or four-legged little nibblers running around!
- Spider plant – hanging excellence, grows new babies to repot
- Palms, including Bamboo, Areca, Parlor and Ponytail – tall plant options
- Bamboo – tabletop or tall plant
- African violet – splashes of color, vibrant flowers
- Boston fern – lush greenery
- Donkey (or Burro’s) tail – unique succulent
- Haworthia succulents – cactus-like points
- Cast-iron plant – colors of green from light to dark
- Bromeliads – large, colorful flowers
- Christmas cactus – color during the coldest months
- Peperomia – also called Baby Rubber Tree, ideal tabletop adornment
- Phalaenopsis orchids (moth orchids) – prettiest flowers on earth
- Prayer plant – leaves close up at night
- Swedish ivy – best for hanging, often mistakenly called Creeping Charlie
- Wandering jew – green and purple hanging beauty
- Miniature roses – challenging to grow, but worth the effort
- Lipstick plant – best for hanging, bright colorful flowers
- Herbs — combining herbs can make a nice indoor garden, including catnip, basil, cilantro, rosemary, parsley and lemon balm
Be calm, serene and green
In cluttered surroundings, plants can just add to the chaos so opting for no plants is some people’s idea of reducing clutter. Not only are they missing out on the beauty and tranquility that plants give, they are also missing out on the air purification benefits of indoor plants. NASA scientists determined to include houseplants in space stations to create more habitable areas. Plants give off oxygen and purify the air by absorbing harmful chemicals, including carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (NASA Clean Air Study, Wikipedia). So … beauty and brains! And safety with the right houseplants.
Tailored Living® wants you to have the option of decorating with plants and enhancing your home. We can help with organizational and storage solutions that create order and safety for you and your family so that houseplants are a welcomed addition. Some of the wonderful side-effects of organized living are your home is free of clutter, it’s easier to keep clean, and the uncluttered environment is calming to the senses. Our innovative storage and organization solutions will help keep every area of your home maximized for functional and comfortable living.
- Custom closet organizer systems for bedrooms make wardrobe maintenance easy for everyone.
- Clutter-free garages with garage storage and garage flooring allow for parking vehicles and having useful worktop spaces for home repairs, hobbies, auto maintenance and laundry needs.
- A custom home office can make work less of a chore and more of a daily pleasure.
- A pantry designed for the way you live ensures you’ll be ready for anything, including drop-in guests, family dinners, backyard barbeques, and nutritious lunches for the kids (that they can pack themselves).
- Entryway and mudroom organization will facilitate all your family’s comings and goings, keeping everyone on time, every time.
Additional plant safety ideas
While you’re introducing plants into your décor, consider the safety of the plants themselves. Even with non-toxic, child- and pet-safe plants, kids and pets can make messes and wreak havoc if they like to pinch off leaves or flowers, dig in the dirt or uproot potted plants. Bored, house-bound cats and dogs may view plants as an interesting challenge, so keeping plants out of reach is a good general rule.
- Maintain plants regularly and keep debris cleaned up, disposing of plant clippings so they can’t be accessed (or eaten).
- Teach children that plants are not playthings; enjoy the beauty but don’t touch.
- Trim plants to prevent children and pets from accessing trailing vines. If they can reach it, they can pull it off a shelf and a ceramic pot could cause injury.
- Always keep fresh water for pets so that they aren’t tempted to drink from plant trays. (Most plants shouldn’t be sitting in water anyway.)
- Make sure hanging baskets are sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant.
- Provide safe plants for cats to eat if they are grazers: catnip, wheat grass, parsley, mint, and “cat thyme,” to name a few. (Hopefully, they will leave your other plants alone.)
It’s finally officially Spring, so let your “green thumb” shine indoors and out, with flowers and greenery throughout your home, yard and patio. If you are an avid gardener, you might want to install a gardening bench in the garage to make it easy to maintain all those lovely houseplants by having all your tools close at hand.
Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you. They can help with organizing your home and garage so you and your family have tailor-made space to facilitate your unique lifestyle, with or without houseplants, kids or pets. View our online Design Solutions Guide and begin to see your space in a new light. Whatever you need in home storage and organization … we got this!
To look deeper into potential plant dangers, including landscape and garden plants, check out Common Poisonous Plants and Plant Parts.
If you have questions on a specific plant’s safety around pets, ask the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): Poisonous Plants, Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List