The more dreary days of winter can put a damper on your home’s plantlife, either inside or outside. You may have a neglected garden outside or houseplants that aren’t quite surviving the winter conditions, due to too much moisture in the soil, colder temperatures, or not enough sunlight.
Thankfully, you can turn your luck around by buying some hardy houseplants that are proven to stand the test of the season. They are known for their resilience — rain or shine — and ability to endure low-light conditions and colder temperatures.
Additionally, houseplants add health and emotional benefit, as they increase oxygen levels, remove up to 87% of indoor air pollutants, increase humidity and moisture levels, lower mold and dust levels, reduce stress and fatigue, and lower noise levels. Not to mention, they add an immense amount of style and appealing aesthetics to your home. So it’s a no-brainer that your house should be full of plants. In fact, NASA recommends one plant for 100 square feet of space.
Okay, now you’re convinced! We don’t want to leave all the houseplant hunting to you, so we found a few wonderful plant nurseries in the area that have these plants in stock. They are also staffed with gardeners happy to help you learn more about their winter plant selections.
These are just a few recommended winter plants, and experts at these nurseries will be able to expand on the subject and help you find the perfect plants ready for adoption. But prepare for your nursery visit with our list of some of the best winter houseplants to bring some life inside your home!
This succulent made the cut for winter houseplants because of its hardcore ability to survive with very little care. It does well indoors, but requires sunlight, so be sure to place it near a window! It prefers dry soil too, so like most succulents, make sure you don’t overwater your aloe. It is a plant known for its healing and medicinal purposes (like soothing a sunburn) so this is a houseplant you’ll want to keep around all year long.
English Ivy has an elegant look to it, and makes for an excellent houseplant in the winter. It enjoys colder room temperatures, ranging from mid-50s to 70 degrees. So if you go out of town and turn off your heater during the colder winter months, your English Ivy will survive and thrive! It does well in low-light areas too, so it can be a bedside table companion or a bathroom counter accessory. It will add a lot of life and interest to your home because of its long, flowing branches and cheerful coloring.
Because a fern’s natural habitat is often in a shaded forest, ferns are accustomed to damp, low-light conditions. So they make great winter houseplants, as long as they receive at least a little light and plenty of water. Be careful to not position your fern near a window with direct sunlight, as that will make them lose their leaves or their fronds will turn yellow. Ferns will add a tropical and summery element to your home during the dreary days of winter!
Speaking of tropical, palms are the perfect way to bring the beach indoors in the winter. Their pretty appearance makes a bold statement in a room, especially since they can grow to be about 7 feet tall! Palms do best in indirect light and dry soil conditions, so this low-maintenance plant will thrive in your home this winter.
Add a little interest to your winter plant collection by throwing in a flowery plant. Just the name of it should give away its peaceful qualities, with its dark leaves and bright white blooms. Once again, this plant does well in low-light conditions and moist soil. If you’re turning your home’s temperature up this winter, the peace lily will endure temperatures reaching to 85 degrees! This makes for a bright and cheerful addition to your home’s decor during the winter and every season.
This might just be the easiest plant to maintain, which seems too good to be true because of its gorgeous appearance. The striking colors of this vertical plant will brighten up any room, and we say any room because the snake plant does well in just about every type of lighting. Just run your hands along the thick, resilient leaves and you’ll trust its ability to survive anything!
Spider plants are a wonderful place for beginner “houseplanters” to start. They also make great hanging plants, which will add some height and interest to your indoor garden. Spider plants do well in bright to medium lighting in average room temperatures. But often, the only way you can mess up a spider plant is by completely neglecting it. They are also one of the top air-purifying plants, so you’ll reap health benefits in addition to a lively decoration.
Ah, succulents. It seems like these plants have gone viral lately, and we can understand why. Their extremely low-maintenance quality, unique look and satisfying symmetry make these one of our favorite winter houseplants. They need very little water to survive — and we mean that! They require a few drops of water every week or so. So if you completely forget to care for your succulent, the chances are it is actually thriving!
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center was founded in 1919 by Earl E. May in Shenandoah, Iowa. The nursery is still family-owned and operated, as Betty Jane Shaw, the granddaughter of Earl May, is the president and owner of the company.
They now have 30 year-round nursery locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, while their corporate office home is still located in Shenandoah, Iowa.
But whatever the location, Earl May Garden Centers pride themselves on being the local lawn and garden experts. They only sell plants that thrive in the Midwest and are rated appropriate for their local climate. Earl May also has company-certified professionals on staff who are willing to assist customers with all plant and garden-related questions.
They’ve even put together a “Helpful Hints for Houseplants” pamphlet for choosing which houseplant is best for your space. It will also assist you as you care for your chosen plant after purchasing.
Earl May Locations in and Around Omaha:
9229 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124
2445 East 23rd Avenue South, Fremont, NE 68025
5555 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516
100 Wedgewood Drive, Lincoln, NE 68510
Lanoha has been growing (quite literally) since it started in 1974. It is one of the largest landscaping companies in the Midwest with more than 1,000 acres of locally grown trees and 10,000 square feet of plant material production. Lanoha was recently named Omaha’s #1 Garden Center for the third consecutive year, making it Nebraska’s leader in quality and selection.
The greenhouse at Lanoha Nurseries currently houses the following plants available for touch, see and smell. Entering the greenhouse allows visitors to bask in the sun during the dead days of winter, and the staff on hand will be happy to assist you with all of your houseplant — and other garden-related — needs.
Plants currently in the Lanoha Nurseries Greenhouse:
Dracaena (Several Varieties)
Ferns (Several Varieties)
Ficus Elastica Burgundy
Ivy (Hedera & English)
Palm (Neantha Bella)
Succulents (Several Varieties)
Lanoha Nurseries Location:
19111 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68130
Mulhall’s is another well-known plant nursery hub in the Omaha region. Mulhall’s is a family-owned business established in 1957 by Irish immigrants John and Maureen Mulhall. It is comprised of three divisions: their garden center located on 30 acres, an award-winning landscape design and maintenance division and a division producing top quality, locally grown plant material.
They have an impressive houseplant selection in addition to their divisions focused on outdoor gardening and landscape. Is your succulent suffering? Feel free to bring it into Mulhall’s and they’ll do their best to help you bring it back to life!
3615 North 120th Street, Omaha, NE 68164
We ourselves aren’t plant experts but we’d be more than happy to point you in the direction of someone who is! Omaha is packed with nurseries and garden experts who can help you choose the perfect winter houseplant.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Brit + Co., Daisy Pickers, Mother Earth Living, Today, E & B Carpet Cleaning, Better Homes & Gardens, Lauren Conrad, chicdeco, 1-800-FLORALS, The Blue Hour, Country Living, Free People, Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, Lanoha Nurseries and Mulhall’s