If you’re looking to redecorate a bit but don’t have a huge budget for doing so, adding new plants can be a great way to breathe new life into your space (literally). As we head into cooler temps and the trees around us begin to lose their leaves, increasing the amount of indoor plants you own is also a good idea for your health. Here, nine succulents and other plants that will improve the air quality in your home, serve as budget-friendly decor, increase the engagement on your social media posts and more.
Succulents are all the rage right now, but we specifically love tall cacti for adding dimension and drama to a room.
Snake plants have been recommended by NASA for their ability to improve air quality—it's suggested you place them in the bedroom, as they give off oxygen at night. They're also easy to care for, requiring little water, so they can be a great option for those of us not exactly known for our green thumbs.
These beauties come in a variety of sizes, but we like the biggest ones best for a dramatic effect. You'll want to water these only when the top inch of soil is dry.
Colorful succulents are a great way to add new hues to a room without committing. You can buy these desert rose cacti—and the more brightly-colored grafted cacti—at Home Depot.
Air plants just might be the most ubiquitous plant of 2016—we suggest you keep them in mind for the holidays, as they make for great gifts. Air plants do best when soaked in water, as they take it in via their leaves as opposed to their roots. Soak them for 20 minutes to an hour once a week.
These sculptural plants look great when mounted on the wall—here is a tutorial, in case you're feeling crafty.
This is our favorite plant du jour—if you're looking to increase the likes on your Instagram photos, we suggest you add one of these into your home ASAP. Monsteras should be watered when the soil becomes dry at one to two inches.
Silver Dollar Vine
How cute are these little guys? Silver dollar vines are technically succulents, which means they're drought (read: neglect) tolerant. You can grab one on Etsy here.
Aloe Vera Plant
Those of you taking a lot of staged table shots for your social feeds should grab an aloe vera plant ASAP. The soil should be completely dry before you water this plant, the leaves of which can be harvested for a variety of uses (sunburn relief, digestive aid and more).