3 plants to keep indoors this summer - HMS National, Inc.

3 plants to keep indoors this summer

June 18, 2014

Few outdoor elements add to the curb appeal of your house quite like a well-manicured garden. The flowers and plants that characterize them inject a certain panache that nothing other than Mother Nature can adequately replicate.

This may explain why when you want to bring the same type of attractiveness to your home's interior, plants fit the bill quite nicely. In fact, like a feline who prefers a warm couch over the great outdoors, there are some plants that are ideal for the inside, particularly during the summer when temperatures can be scorching.

An indoor plant may seem like something of an oxymoron, as the key nutrients for plant life - i.e. sunlight and water - come from the outside. And while there may not be a textbook definition for it, there are a number of plants that thrive in sheltered conditions.

1. African bromelaid. If there's any one flower that was made for an indoor environment, it's got to be the African bromelaid. They're not only great for growing inside - thanks to the ability to grow throughout the year, preferring sunlight that's filtered rather than direct - but they come in a variety of colors, helping to match the color scheme of your walls, furniture or carpeting.

2. Peace lily. A key characteristic of indoor plants and flowers is ease of care. Perhaps nothing suits this attribute like the peace lily. Provided its soil is kept moist and the light it receives is low to moderate, it can grow to be 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide! You'll want to keep it in a place that's out of pets' or small children's reach, though, as its leaves can be poisonous if eaten.

3. Hibiscus. If your indoor plants don't catch the eye of your friends and guests, then they probably shouldn't be there to begin with. This isn't a problem for the hibiscus, which is known for the huge blossoms that it produces that are positively bursting with color. As with other plants ideal for interior environs, it's capable of growing year-round, with its peak seasons in spring and autumn. Ideal temperature conditions should be between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.