Kept in the dark and loving it

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Kept in the the dark and loving it

WE ALL love those dark, shady corners of our Spanish home, particularly in the summer when they may be the only places in your home to escape the blinding, white, bright light of summer.

However, houseplants are not quite so keen on these dark corners and fade away through lack of sunlight.

But, no need to panic, here are ten houseplants that will positively thrive in those dark, shady spots and bring a little lightness to those dingy corners.

In fact, these low-light varieties won’t want anything to do with your already crowded windowsill.

CALATHEA

Its patterned leaves (in colours like rose, white, and yellow) makes this plant a welcome addition to any room — and too much direct light might actually fade its lovely markings.

DIEFFENBACHIA

Filtered light is best for this plant. Try using a curtain as a barrier between it and the sun, especially during the the spring and summer when the plant is producing new, tender leave

DRAGON TREE

Spiky leaves that grow upwards and have a red outline makes the name of this plant absolutely perfect. But direct sunlight could damage them – so give this guy some sun and some shade.

SPIDER PLANTS

This plant’s adaptability makes it super easy to grow and therefore quite popular — it’s also easy to propagate and share with others. It can stand up to a lot of neglect, and will thrive in indirect light.

HEART-LEAF PHILODENDRON

The sweetheart plant (a nickname given because of the shape of its glossy leaves) can stand dim rooms, but requires pinching to prevent it from growing in long, single stems.

BROMELIADS

Didn’t expect to find a tropical plant on this list? This houseplant can actually survive on florescent light alone and thrives in humid conditions like bathrooms.

PEACE LILY

If you often forget to water your plants, pick up one of these low-maintenance ones: It actually needs to dry out between waterings, meaning you can wait longer.

CHINESE EVERGREEN

Since this plant is one of the most durable indoor plants (it does quite well in low light) and only needs to be fertilized once or twice a year, it’s ideal for beginner gardeners.

SNAKE PLANT

While the name is fun, this succulent is pretty tame (read: easy!) when it comes to maintenance. More light will help it grow, but it can tolerate darkness — just watch out for root rot caused by over-watering.

CAST-IRON PLANT

The leathery leaves on this houseplant are super tolerant not only to low light but also heat, cold, you name it. However, patience is required since it grows super slowly.

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