I love houseplants and have several around my house. Not only do they brighten a room, but some species of houseplants actually help remove toxins from the air. I’m a relative novice when it comes to houseplants. I know how to keep them alive, for the most part, but I don’t want anything that’s overly complicated or requires specific care. I already have plenty of people and things to take care of! I just want to water my plants, put them in a sunny spot, and watch them grow.

If you love plants but have had bad luck keeping them alive in the past, don’t be discouraged. There are a number of houseplants even a beginner can grow. Here are five of my favorites.

Snake Plant

Perfect for your living room, a snake plant is probably the easiest plant you can grow. It grows well in low light and requires very little water, which means that even if you forget to water it occasionally, chances are it will do just fine. An added benefit: snake plants help remove toxins from the air.

Spider Plant

A spider plant is one of the first houseplants I ever owned. These plants are sturdy and easy to take care of. Spider plants like bright light and slightly moist soil. Set a reminder on your phone so you’ll remember to water it regularly, and it will thrive! Spider plants look great in a hanging planter in the window.

Cactus and Succulents

These plants are perfect for beginners because they require very little water. They need special soil and occasionally fertilizer, but if you buy them already potted, there is very little you need to do to care for them. Be sure to place cacti and succulents in a bright spot and take care not to over water.

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is on my list of houseplants to buy this year because I love the way they look. A Lucky Bamboo plant need lots of water, but can tolerate indirect light. You can place this plant in a steamy bathroom and it will grow well.

Rubber Plant

If you’re looking for a larger houseplant, a rubber plant is the perfect choice. Rubber plants are very low maintenance and easy to grow. They look stunning in a large pot in the corner of a room, but make sure to place them in a well-lit area and allow soil to dry out between waterings.