Oxalis: Oxalis triangularis, or false shamrock, is a houseplant native to Brazil, known for its bold and vibrant coloration that can range from violet to crimson. The included link is for the bulbs only but should sprout within a week and may even bloom into lavender flowers within 10 weeks.
These look great in a light colored pot. Oxalis requires multiple hours of direct sunlight each day so they’re perfect for a sunny spot in the garden too! Like many houseplants, this one is isn’t good for pets to nibble on, so always exercise caution when choosing placement for display.
Elephant Ears Plant: Colocasia gigantean is another big-leafed plant for interiors that need a big dose of the outdoors. In some countries, including Japan and parts of Vietnam, the stalk is a popular ingredient in meals after careful preparation.
They are a little tricky to grow indoors but very worthwhile, requiring indirect sunlight and very high humidity.
Four hours of direct sunlight (and indirect during the rest of the day) and steady moisture is key to keeping your ivy happy. Put your plant in a pot that gives it room to grow or train it around a sculptural form to create a topiary, like All Things Heart and Home.
If hanging house plants isn’t possible in you corner of choice, consider adding a bookshelf or rack for your house plants. Image: 30s Magazine
A floating ledge holds a collection of house plants. Try varying the heights of the plants, or adding one vine-style hanging plant to the mix. Image: Studio Jamieson
Ivy (Hedera): Ivy looks wonderful in a variety of planter types, from pedestals to hanging planters and even large concrete bowls and other decorative pieces. It’s hard to go wrong when dressing up a plant that has such spectacularly colorful leaves!
If hanging a house plant isn’t possible or practical, you can always mount a planter to a wall. Image: Galle Guevara
Jade Plant: Jade plants (Crassula ovata) are an especially interesting succulent due to its unique bush-like structure that makes it suitable to trim as a bonsai. And under the right conditions, you might even see pink flower blossoms! These plants might develop red or yellowish tint with too much sunlight, but they require very little water in the summertime and even less in winter.
Indirect light is best and you should also give them plenty of water, being careful not to over-saturate the soil. Hang the pot from a modern macrame holder. See how to create this at Eclectic Trends.
For a beautiful display of indoor plants, hang small pots at varying heights near a window. Or, create a collection of plants by placing them on a floating shelf near the light source. Images: My Adele and M+A Architecture Studio
Bright, indirect light and occasional waterings make the spider plant one of the easiest to care for. Show off the curved leaves with a hanging planter, like these decoupaged holders by Wabi-Sabi Wanderings.
Bunny Ear Cactus: Iconic for their flat branching shape and deceptively fuzzy-looking but irritating barbs, Opuntia microdasys looks beautiful but deserves caution during handling. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance cactus to enhance a desert-themed interior, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.
Give these plants plenty of sunlight and water when dry – they’re hard to get wrong. Consider pairing with a stone, sand-colored, or rustic planter.
Check out the unique planters in this home, including a basket for the cactus. Image: Michelle Gage
A room’s corner is the perfect place for hanging house plants. Image: Christy Allen Designs
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Anthurium: This cultivar of anthurium is especially popular for its persistent, constant blooms and eye-catching waxy red flowers. Guests won’t believe it’s real! Avoid direct sunlight and allow the soil to dry slightly between each watering.
Prayer Plant: Just look at that amazing color! Maranta leuconeura plants are certainly a work of art. The red veins make them an effective accent for interiors that need a little color. The leaves actually raise and contract based on the day-night cycle, quite interesting to watch as the day progresses.
This folding effect is how it gained the common name of “prayer plant”. Like many low-maintenance plants, these simply need indirect light and even moisture.
Silver Dollar Plant: If you’re looking for drought-tolerant plants, succulents like the Xerosicyos danguyi are fantastic, but it helps to get a container with good drainage like these ceramic and bamboo planters.
Xerosicyos are actually a climbing succulent so be prepared to leave a little headroom wherever you display them! A space with direct sunlight is best.
Aloe Vera: Besides being a popular ingredient in skincare products, Aloe plants are also extremely easy for even the most novice green thumb to keep alive. Plant these hardy ornamentals in cactus soil and place in a bright area for best results.
They also make great gifts for friends who have trouble with other plants! They look great in just about any type of container and within any type of interior. They’re just that flexible.
String Of Pearls: What a unique houseplant! Guests are sure to comment on the grace of your beautiful Senecio rowleyanus as its delicate tendrils of round beads overflow its planter. These are great for hanging or draping over a pedestal, preferably in a location just out of the reach of direct sunlight.
Plant in loose cactus soil and be careful to avoid overwatering for best results.
Asparagus Fern: Feathery fern-like tendrils make the Asparagus setaceus look lighter than a cloud. They’re a popular indoor plant due to their low-maintenance needs (preferring bright indirect light and watering when dry), but the dried fronds are popular in flower arrangements as well.
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Take advantage of a kitchen’s wall caddy system to house a small grouping of indoor plants, rather than cooking utensils. Image: Hobsons Choice
Aloe loves the sun and only requires water once a week, allowing the soil to dry completely in between. Put your plant in a tall pot that keeps the leaves off the table. If you’re feeling extra creative, paint a rounded pot like a pineapple before adding the aloe like Lines Across.
Tillandsia: Succulents from the Tillandsia family are some of the easiest to care for – outside of an occasional misting, they’ll take all the water they need right from the humidity in the air. Another benefit is the lack of root system, making it easy to create fascinating arrangements like the cool sea urchin shell planters above.
Pictured are Tillandsia oaxacana, one of the most common and easy to care for species of Tillandsia.
Indirect light is ideal for these plants, along with light waterings that take place only after the soil has fully dried. Place it in an elevated planter to add interest to an empty corner in your hall, as seen here at A House in the Hills.
Snake Plant: What most people know as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, but officially known as Sansevieria Laurentii, is an exceptionally hardy and distinctive plant with high-contrast banding that is impossible to ignore.
These plants grow rather tall and make a great statement piece for low tables. Snake plants are tolerant of low light and irregular watering, considered nearly indestructible by many.
Boston Fern: Nephrolepis exaltata is a topical fern that just bursts with energy and volume. These Boston ferns prefer damp high-nutrient soil and bright filtered light. They look spectacular as a hanging plant, on a pedestal, or even on an ordinary side table.
It’s hard to go wrong with a fern as gorgeous and hardy as this one.
Filled with devil’s ivy, a unique hanging wall planter creates a canopy over the dining table. Image: Cooley and Rose
A macrame hanging pot holder is a great way to display house plants without sacrificing counter space. Image: Carrera by Design
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Bright, indirect sun is ideal for this plant, but be careful with waterings: It requires a “drench and dry” approach (water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out) along with weekly mistings. The unusual round leaves make a dramatic impression, so it’s best to keep the pot simple, like this display from The Joy of Plants.
Giant White Bird Of Paradise: Now this is a statement piece! Strelitzia nicolai, or the giant white bird of paradise, grows up to 20 feet tall in ideal conditions and certainly tall enough to make an impression in any interior or atrium.
While many plants are sensitive to full sun, this plant welcomes it. Keep the soil moist and remember to fertilize monthly to get the best results.
Areca Palm: Dypsis lutescens, commonly known as golden cane palm or areca palm, makes a lovely focal point with its height and playful fronds. These plants enjoy indirect sunlight or partial shade, preferably in a well-drained planter filled with loamy soil.
If you tend to overwater plants, this species will prove rather forgiving. Keep the soil moist but avoid muddiness. A little nibbling won’t hurt cats or dogs so pet owners can rest easily with this one.
Limited for space, the homeowners added some green to their breakfast area with a narrow, built-in planter box filled with snake plants. Image: Marlowe Hues
Chinese Money Plant: Pilea peperomioides, commonly known as the Chinese money plant, has such a distinctive look with its round coin-like leaves and straight stems – they look gorgeous in short pots like the one pictured.
These hardy plants grow quickly with a once-a-week watering (depending on the temperature in your home) and will happily thrive in bright spaces but don’t require direct sunlight.
Like most of the other plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry. Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. Place them near your favorite seating area, like The Blackbird did, to enjoy fresh air.
NASA’s Clean Air Study found that house plants, “…may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome.” Ten modern, air-filtering, long-living houseplants include:
A large fig does very well in an ornamental planter, located in a bright corner. Image: Forest Avenue Design
Spiky leaves that grow upwards and have a red outline makes the name of this plant absolutely perfect. But direct sunlight could damage them — so give this guy some sun and some shade. The statement-making leaves pair perfectly with a modern pot.
This plant requires medium to low light and only needs to be watered when the top of the soil is dry. Juxtapose the organic shape of the leaves with a modern planter. See more at Pretty Nice.
Hanging towel racks for small house plants is a good way to capitalize on the natural sunshine from a window. Image: Chris Snook
Care for the pothos with bright, indirect light and moderate waterings (never allowing the soil to become water-logged). Blogger Little White Whale upgraded a standard terra cotta pot into a charming sculpture, which brings more impact to the leafy plant.
Give the paddle plant full to partial sun and water only when the top two inches of the soil are dry. Place it in a petite pot that emphasizes the plant’s unique shape. Driven by Decor displayed hers (found at IKEA!) on a bookshelf for an unexpected touch.
Swiss Cheese Plant: The scientific name Monstera deliciosa refers, in part, to the edible pineapple-like fruit this rainforest plant can provide – just make sure to read about how to ripen the fruits properly to avoid irritation upon consuming.
These stunning large-leafed plants make a great statement piece and add warm, tropical appeal to any interior.
The unique wall hanging system for plants in this home includes openings for planters to sit in. Image: ArchiTK
For a contemporary kitchen table look, place low-maintenance aloe in brightly colored cubic pots. Image: Manou Design Group
Bright but indirect light is best for this plant, which people often put in common spaces of their homes, like the living room. Water it every few days to keep the soil moist at all times. Since this plant is full and features many leaves, opt for a simple, white pot.
A modern wall planter is perfect for filling the space behind a sofa. Image: Entrance Makleri
Go with indirect sunlight (too direct and the leaf color will fade) and evenly moist soil that’s not wet or dry. To show off the colorful leaves, choose a white pot for this plant.
Rubber Plant: Rubber plants love bright indirect sunlight, moist soil, and high humidity. The waxy leaves really catch the light for a beautiful presentation. These trees – also known by their proper name of Ficus elastica – tend to grow quite tall unless pruned so they’re a great candidate for beautiful spacious planters.
Here are some beautifully modern ideas for displaying house plants of any shape and size.
These exotic orchids appear to float when hung from the ceiling and paired with driftwood or ceramic planters. Image: Land Studio
This homeowner thought outside the planter, choosing large glass bottles and ceramic vases for their indoor plants instead. Image: Jessica Helgeson Interior Design
You’ll quickly have lengthy strands of pearls by leaving the plant in bright, indirect light with enough water to keep the soil steadily moist. A Home Full of Color turned a simple wooden bowl into a hanging display that allows the plant to cascade over the sides.
You don’t have to have a green thumb or an interior design degree to bring a beautiful touch of nature indoors. All you need is a little inspiration and the right house plants to make it happen.
Even those without a green thumb can appreciate the beauty of houseplants – if you’re one of those people, this post is for you! We’ve compiled information on 32 low-maintenance plants ranging from tiny succulents all the way to small trees, something for every skill level. This outdoorsy touch is a great way to boost mood, add color to your interior, and build up gardening skill. Many people even enjoy keeping houseplants to purify the air, but it’s important to consider some important caveats to that NASA study everyone keeps mentioning about – with that in mind, this list focuses on attractive aesthetics and easy maintenance only. Enjoy the search!
Heartleaf Philodendron: Here’s another houseplant beloved for its true hardiness. Philodendron hederaceum works well as a hanging plant or you can add a trellis and enjoy its potential as a climber. Avoid full sun and keep soil very lightly moistened to see it thrive.
Once your plant starts getting unwieldy, you can propagate cuttings to give as gifts to friends.
Though these plants grow anywhere (but bright, indirect light is best), you do have to soak them in water once a week for at least 10 minutes. Why Don’t You Make Me made these modern holders from clay, which allow you to easily remove the plants when it’s time for their weekly bath.
Low to medium light and moderate moisture will keep your staghorn looking its best. These plants belong on the wall. Take a look at Vitamini Handmade’s tutorial to find out how she created this vertical display.
Try hanging house plants at different heights to create visual interest. Image: Nadja Endler
Group a collection of low-maintenance indoor plants, such as aloe and succulents, on a narrow shelf for impact. Image: Cliq Studios
Calathea Orbifolia: Smooth streaks of white stand out against the vivid green leaves of the Calathea orbifolia, like a living painting. These plants are a little tricky to care for compared to some of the others on the list, but the key is to stay calm and make adjustments slowly.
Moist soil, good drainage, and low but reliable lighting conditions are a great place to start.
These beautiful plants deserve attractive planters to top them off – if you need ideas, maybe you’ll find something you like from our huge list of unique pots and planters you can buy right now. Also do check out these unique plant stands and watering cans to help you take better care of your plants.
A long, homemade wooden box makes the perfect planter for indoor-friendly vines. Image: The Hall Studio
We’ll take a lovely lavender bush over an ugly bug zapper any day.
These plants thrive in natural light and only have to be watered once a week during the spring and summer and every three weeks during the fall and winter. Instead of buying one big cactus, buy a variety of small ones and plant them together in a colorful terrarium to create a simple centerpiece.
These plants only require medium light for a few hours every day and waterings every few days after the soil has completely dried. To help the deep green leaves with red tips on this plant pop, put it in a pot that’s just as vibrant and striking.
ZZ Plant: Zamioculcas zamiifolia grow tall and substantial to make a brilliant impression in any room. They’re easy to care for, preferring bright indirect light and small amounts of plant food.
House plants add a unique look to your space while improving air quality. Image: GEM+ELLI
Lemon Button Fern: Native to Australia, Asia, and Hawaii, the Nephrolepis cordifolia fern is a close relative of the Nephrolepis exaltata outlined above and shares many of the same maintenance requirements.
Like many ferns, it poses no danger to pets. These are easy to grow and make great gifts – get creative with a decorative planter to make an even bigger impression.
Fiddle Leaf Fig: Ficus lyrata, or the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a hardy tree that can grow up to 50 feet tall in its native tropical rainforest environment, but makes a lovely indoor tree for home decorating purposes.
Be prepared to upgrade the size of the planter if you want your Ficus to grow nice and tall, which they are happy to do! This plant does best in bright indirect light and water once the top of the soil is dry and the leaves soften.
Dragon Tree: When it comes to tree-like houseplants, it’s hard to find low-maintenance options, but Dracaena marginata is the exception to the rule. You can often wait until the soil is dry to water it, so it’s great for offices and far-off corners of the house that might not get much attention from caregivers.
Bright indirect light and constant temperature will help this plant grow its strongest. Be prepared with several sizes of planters to accommodate its fast-growing root system.
Indoor plants not only make your living space more inviting and luxurious, they also make your home’s air healthier. Check out some of our favorite ways to freshen up your home décor with a touch of green.
Frosty Fern: Selaginella kraussiana is a spikemoss native to the Azores and parts of east Africa. Plant owners that tend to over-water will be glad to know this thirst plant can tolerate constant moisture.
Consider adding this to a terrarium or a small fairy garden!
Bright, indirect light and even moisture allows this plant to thrive. The Brick House dipped a planter in neon paint, which brings out the gorgeous green color of the leaves.
Peace Lily: Sometimes flowering plants prove the most challenging to keep healthy, but certain lilies in the Spathiphyllum genus (the peace lily family) are on the more easygoing side. Peace lilies are forgiving plants but seem to do best in indirect sunlight with access to shade.
Wait to water the plant until you notice a bit of drooping in the leaves for best results. These plants need reliable drainage. Consider planting in a simple pot to let the beautiful flowers take center stage.
Pothos Plant: Epipremnum aureum is an overwhelmingly popular houseplant for good reason. Supposedly, its other nickname of “devil’s ivy” comes from its hardiness and the perception that it is nearly impossible to kill.
The vines can grow almost impossibly long, making them a great choice for suspension from tall ceilings. Consider this plant if you need something for low or indirect light conditions. Water when dry.
Grafted Ficus Bonsai: Are you looking for a small desk plant sure to spark conversation? Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng” definitely has a very distinctive look to it. These plants are extremely forgiving, easily tolerating conditions ranging from low to bright light (but not direct sunlight) and can live through irregular watering for the most part.
They are a wonderful addition to any office environment.
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Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai: Bonsai enthusiasts will love this versatile and attractive tree, officially known as Schefflera arboricola. Even better, they stand up wonderfully to a variety of lighting conditions and watering routines.
Let your umbrella tree grow naturally or trim it into a distinctive shape. Let it grow tall, or restrict to a small pot as a desk decoration.
Bright, indirect light is ideal. Only water this plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Place it in a corner to create a dramatic focal point, like in this apartment over at Design*Sponge.
Chinese Water Bamboo: Dracaena sanderiana grow without the need for soil – simply place in water like a cut flower would be. You can even add your favorite river rocks or decorative shells to match your decor! The bundled arrangement pictured above ensures they grow strong and tall.
Just make sure to replace the water every few weeks but avoid treated tap water if possible. Or, you can transfer to a well-draining potting soil mix for a more traditional houseplant experience.
If your home wasn’t blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn’t mean you can’t flex your green thumb. All of these plants take up minimal space, require little sun (a must when you only have a few windows to work with), and are basically made for tiny living.
Donkey Tail Plant: Sedum morganianum is a wonderfully unique flowering succulent that lends itself to unique planters like the ones featured above. These plants enjoy bright direct light but not extreme heat, and require regular watering in warm weather but too much watering can hurt it during its dormant winter stage.
Are you curious to learn more about growing and caring for succulents like these? Succulents Simplified is a book that covers 100 low-maintenance varieties, including the donkey tail plant.