The Best Plants for Beginners

So you don’t have the greenest thumb – we get it. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be surrounded by beautiful, mood-lifting greenery in your space. What you need are some low-maintenance plants that can deal with a bit of neglect. If you’re new to plant parenting, or just tend to be forgetful when it comes to caring for your plants, these easy-going green gems are ideal for you.

ZZ Plant

The ZZ is everything you’d want in a beginner plant. Stunning, glossy green leaves and nearly impossible to kill.

Snake Plant

Her sleek, architectural leaves will add an undeniable element of cool to your space, wherever you put her.

Both the Snake plant and the ZZ plant need little light and water to survive, so we’re sure you’ll be able to keep them alive, regardless of your horticultural skills.


She’s a resilient one and will look lush and lively, even if you sometimes forget to pay attention to her.

In general, to keep your plants happy, don’t overwater. Pay attention to your plant’s specific water needs, but keep in mind that with most plants it’s usually better to underwater than overwater. Check out some more new plant parent tips here, and shop our favorite low-maintenance plants at Ansel & Ivy.