Improve the quality of the air inside your home with greenery that filters common household toxins
Boston fern Nephrolepis exaltata
‘Bostoniensis’ Probably the easiest fern to grow, it has long, delicate fronds. It needs good light and loves the humidity of bathrooms and kitchens,
or frequent misting.
Chinese evergreen Aglaonema modestum A slow-growing, broadleaved, bushy plant. The
spotted or variegated types need sufficient light to produce the leaf pattern; the single-colour versions are more tolerant of shade. Mother-in-law’s tongue Sansevieria trifasciata
This neat plant, with tall, spiky leaves, is practically indestructible and can cope with lower light levels and drying out between watering.
Peace lily Spathiphyllum wallisii An attractive flowering plant with glossy leaves and white blooms. Prefers
slight shade and moderate humidity. Keep the compost moist. Prune the flowers when faded. Spider plant Chlorophytum
comosum Popular in the 1970s, it’s now back in vogue. It self-propagates new ‘mini-me’ plants and can take some neglect as longs as it gets light.