You don’t need to have a proverbial green thumb to enjoy plant life within your home, as well as around your outdoor spaces. Simply by choosing specific hardy species, you can enjoy nature’s gifts from season to season with little effort. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

Indoors: If you like larger leafy plants, consider a monstera or sansevieria. Also consider philodendrons as a great alternative that can dangle in tangles from the pot or off shelves. Smaller cacti are also an easy option – or for added enjoyment, experiment from scratch by germinating fresh herbs.

Outdoors: Container plants can liven up any balcony or patio through several seasons. They give you the freedom to change your arrangements at will, according to your space and the time of year. Think geraniums, petunias, impatiens and begonias for color, or set up stakes for taller climbers.

Once you’ve looked into the plants that appeal to your eye – and your lifestyle – be sure to do some quick research that will help you watch for signs that they are healthy or that they are in need of a slight change in their care (e.g., sunlight, water schedule, etc.).