Many of us think of gardening as something that’s done out-of-doors. We carve up portions of our garden and plant them with whatever appeals to us, be it vegetables or country flowers or shrubs or annuals. And nurturing things in the ground outside is certainly valuable for the earth and our peace of mind, too.

But not all of us have the time or ability or budget to really pursue landscaping outside. And some of us may not even have a garden to speak of. Does that mean tending a green thumb is out of the question? Of course not. What we have to do, then, is find ways to grow things inside that are suited to our time and abilities, and also to the conditions that we have built into the indoor environments.

When it comes to indoor plants, many of us think that they’re all the same—some water, some light, a pot, and voila—there is your indoor greenery. But indoor plants are like outdoor plants in that every one of them has something specific that they prefer in growing conditions. This means that every one of them may or may not take to the office or home space that you place it in. That’s why it’s so important to consider the plant type and the plant’s needs.

Succulents; The Ultimate Indoor Plant

One indoor plant that tends to reward no matter the conditions and no matter how much you know about plants is indoor succulents. There are various succulent species with very different characteristics that range from thickened rugged spiked leaves to fleshy velvet covered bodies. These are particularly hardy, especially when faced with the low light that’s in many office spaces. And they thrive on neglect, almost, needing very little in order to add enviable greenery and colour and texture to your indoor spaces. So what ones are the best to choose from? And what should you do to make sure they last as long as possible? This graphic helps to explain it: