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Let’s face it, you’re likely to spend more time indoors during winter than any other season of the year. Since winter is just beginning and you likely have many cozy days spent inside ahead of you, freshen up your space and the air you breathe and bring live plants into your apartment.

You don’t have to have two green thumbs to take care of a hardy, indoor plants. In fact, many indoor plants thrive on little to moderate attention, like succulents or aloe plants. Most indoor plants can also stand to spend some time in the shade, and without having to worry about changing temperature and climate, you can set up a consistent watering schedule that will be easy to maintain, all season long.

As an added bonus, indoor plants clean the air you breathe, helping you to feel your best, even in the midst of cold and flu season. They also bring color and texture into rooms that need a little something. They can be hung from the ceiling or placed on stands or in empty corners of the rooms you spend the most time in.

If you’re ready to bring vibrant, hardy plants indoors this winter, here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.

Snake Plant
The snake plant has a fearsome name, but a gorgeous look and low-maintenance set of needs. It prefers bright light, but can do well in shade, too. It doesn’t need a lot of water, and is well-known for surviving drought conditions in the desert. While it’s bringing bright color and an eclectic look to the rooms you love, it’ll also be filtering out a long list of chemicals from your home, including formaldehyde.

Bamboo Palm
The gorgeous bamboo palm is a perfect indoor plant with its high shade tolerance and low-maintenance care needs. It can be placed in a sunny window or in a bright room, and be left to thrive on its own terms. The deep green foliage will add color and depth to just about any room in your apartment, and it’ll be a guest favorite no matter where you place it.

Peace Lily
Peace lilies will require a bit more maintenance than spider and snake plants, but they’re well worth the work. You’ll want to make sure to water it regularly to keep its soil moist, but avoid over-watering. It thrives in indirect sunlight, and is a perfect plant for sunny bedrooms. If you have allergies, it’s likely not the plant for you since it gives off pollen. If allergies aren’t an issue, it’ll fill your home with color and fragrance, all year long.

Spider Plant
Spider plants have an exotic look and low-maintenance vibes, thriving in rooms that get good light, but not requiring any direct sunlight. It’s a strong air purifier, and it also grows baby spider plants regularly, making it easy to grow and spread healthy, growing spider plants throughout your home, if you choose to.

Aloe Vera
Once you place your aloe vera plant in a bright, sunny place, you can relax and let it thrive on its own, for the most part. Aloe vera plants are highly functional in just about any home, since they contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also works as a wonderful air purifier, and with it’s exotic look, it’ll make any room brighter and more beautiful.

Philodendron’s beautiful heart-shaped leaves can grow into long tendrils that make these plants perfect for hanging or being placed on shelving. This unique and luscious plant doesn’t require much maintenance, and is happiest in a sunny room without direct sunlight. You can trim it back or let it grow, and it will make a wonderful addition to any room in your apartment.