Summer is here, and a new season usually means general interior refreshing. For a quick and easy transformation, look to the beauty provided by Mother Nature. A plant, or two (or three) can transform a space and breathe new life to tired décor. Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year, can be taken two ways; it’s a fabulous hue and it is also a term used for foliage plants. Coming in so many varieties, there is a plant perfect for every room of the house and every level of plant expertise.

For the plant novice, you want to be promised success. Look for a plant with flexible water and light needs. Most everyone can keep the trending succulent plants alive. You can set these on a table and forget about them. Occasionally add a bit of water. Mostly, you may have to add a light dusting to your housekeeping agenda to keep them pretty.

Succulent - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

Needing just a little attention are the sansevieria and aloe plants. Sansevieria, also known as snake plant and mother-in-law’s tongue, is a hardy plant that adds a bit of drama with its towering variegated leaves. Strong and stately, it can fill that boring corner of the room. It works well in an entry way, too, since it can easily adapt to the temperature changes of the opening and shutting door. As a bonus, the sansevieria is a hard worker, breathing toxins in from the air and helping to purify your environment.

Snake Plant - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

The aloe is a perfect plant for the kitchen. It takes little care and always stands at the ready as a natural ointment for burns.

Aloe - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.Adding a jade plant, another long-lasting succulent variety to the living area, is a brilliant idea. The plant is thought to bring luck to the home. With today’s hectic lifestyle, we could all use an easy care, luck-bringing plant. It’s also a low water needs plant. You can let the soil dry between each watering. If your plant baby begins to drop a few leaves, it’s telling you to add water. Leaf drop is one of the first signs of a thirsty plant.

Jade Plant - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

Once you see just how easy plant parenting can be, you’ll want to try more exotic varieties. The colorful-leaved rex begonia will brighten any room. They are a little pickier with their water needs. You’ll want to let the soil dry between each watering to ensure strong stems. Too much water and the stem will turn soft and begin to rot. These colorful leaves are certainly worth the extra effort. If you are in a mild environment, you can even move it out to the porch to enjoy in the summer. Just be sure to provide shade to protect it from sunburn

Begonia - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

Maidenhair fern is the epitome of the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery. Soft, delicate and oh, so graceful. It will do best in a shaded, moist environment. Consider your bathroom if you have some natural light. For those in humid parts of the country, it will love your shaded patio. If humidity is not natural, keep a water spritzing bottle on-hand for the happiest plant ever.

Maidenhair Fern - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

Now that you are a plant expert, let me share a little secret: Some of the most exotic looking plants are quite easy to care for. The dramatic lady slipper orchid looks delicate and difficult to keep alive. Surprise — it’s not! Set it in a protected area, water weekly and enjoy.

Lady Slipper - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com; Plant décor by Michelle Headrick, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

What could be better than adding a plant to every room in the house? They instantly brighten and freshen the environment. They clean and purify the air. They bring luck to the home. Talk to your florist to find out which plant is best for your personal environment.