Best House Plants: Bringing Life and Color to Your Home
Plants are a great way to add some color and life to a room. Plants also help with air quality, ensuring that you and your loved ones are breathing oxygen-rich air. Only some plants work well indoors though. So in this list of the best house plants, we have compiled a list of some of the best indoor plants for you to choose from. From palms to succulents, all of the plants on this list work well indoors and look great to boot.
Additionally, many of the house plants on this list are low maintenance. So even those with a black thumb should be able to enjoy the life and beauty that these plants bring.
If you are looking to plant some easy to manage, and great looking outdoor plants, visit our list of the Best Perennials.
Recommended Care: Water with room temperature water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch, don’t over water or leave sitting in water.
About House Plant: Best in indirect light or the shade, the Bamboo Palm also made NASA’s list of top clean air plants. As a bonus, the Bamboo Palm often produces flowers and berries. For best care, water this plant well.
Recommended Care: Mist leaves and soil with water, and always allow the top of the soil to dry before watering again.
About House Plant: Boasting long leaves speckled with white or red, Dracaena is a popular house plant. The plant grows fairly quickly, so regular pruning is required, but the beauty of the plant makes up for the upkeep. Dracaena grows best in medium to bright light and does not require a lot of water, so find a sunny spot for this plant and avoid overwatering.
Recommended Care: Does best in bright light, only water the soil and not the leaves, don’t over water, and let the soil dry before watering again.
About House Plant:Once used to make bowstrings (hence its name), this house plant is perfect for indoors. It is both tolerant of low light levels and also does well with irregular watering. According to NASA, it also improves air quality by passively absorbing toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. The Viper’s Bowstring Hemp plant (also commonly called the “snake plant”) is excellent for decoration and easy to maintain.
Recommended Care: In spring and summer, water plants enough to keep the soil lightly moist, but in fall and winter, allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.
About House Plant:With a lifespan of 10 years and an average growth pattern of 6-10 inches a year, the Areca Palm comes in at one of the larger plants on this list. Don’t worry though; the Areca Palm is one of the few palms that can tolerate trimming without serious harm. The key to these plants is indirect sunlight from a south or west facing window. Direct sunlight will cause the leaves to turn a yellowish-green color.
Recommended Care: Requires evenly moist soil and high humidity, water until the soil is moderately moist.
About House Plant: An excellent plant for beginners (or those who don’t quite have a green thumb), the Chinese Evergreen plant tolerates just about any indoor condition. Along with being tough, it is also gorgeous and will allow you to spruce up your indoor spaces. For a great looking plant that requires low maintenance, make sure you check out the Chinese Evergreen.
Recommended Care: Consistent light, water only when soil is dry to the touch.
About House Plant: With a tall stature that isn’t overly bushy like some plants, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig plant is going to be perfect for the corners of a room. This house plant needs a little bit more attention than some of the plants on this list, but with the proper know how it will be easy to maintain. A few tips are; keep in direct light, water when the soil is dry to the touch, and rotate every several months.
Recommended Care: Water sparingly and allow the soil to dry as deep as five inches between waterings.
About House Plant: A smaller house plant that is perfect for a home or office setting, the Peperomia plant does well in warm locations. With a number of different looking options when it comes to selecting a Peperomia plant, you will be able to find a plant that fits your style and look. These plants thrive best when the light is bright but not direct, and only need water once the soil is dried out.
Recommended Care: Water only when the soil is dry to the touch, keep plant away from drafts and cold, cannot tolerate temperatures below 60 degrees F.
About House Plant: With stunning vibrant colors, the Croton plant is an indoor plant fan favorite. With Croton plants being a little bit more “fussy” when it comes to care, you may need to spend a little bit more time learning exactly what your plant needs. Don’t let this scare you away though, as it is just a little bit more attention to detail, and in return, you will have a beautiful plant to highlight your house.
Recommended Care: Water only when the top several inches of soil are dry, avoid cold drafts, dry heat, and sudden temp changes.
About House Plant:The weeping fig is one of the more popular house plants. Its good looks, slow growth, and easy maintenance all add to its popularity. Best in bright spaces and perfect for corners of rooms where they can be left to grow, the weeping fig goes well with pretty much any home decor.
Recommended Care: Needs a cool environment, high humidity, and indirect sunlight. Also, plant soil should remain damp (may need to be checked daily).
About House Plant: Boston Ferns are going to require the right kind of environment to thrive. They need a cool place with high humidity and indirect sunlight. It will be important always to keep the soil damp; dry soil will lead to the plant potentially dying. The Boston Fern is going to require a bit more upkeep than some of the more sturdy plants on this list, but if you are willing to put in the needed time to give it the care it needs, it is a great looking plant.
Recommended Care: Only water when potting mix dries out, water thoroughly, empty drainage saucer after watering.
About House Plant: Not the trendiest of plants, but still great looking and easy to care for, the Umbrella Plant may be exactly what your home needs. Best in bright indirect light, and with a pot that allows for drainage if over watered, this house plant does not require much attention. It will do well in pretty much all locations and will leave you pleased with a great looking plant.
Recommended Care: Needs a bright, sunny room, and the soil should stay slightly moist.
About House Plant: What is better than a houseplant? How about one that you can also eat? The Mint Plant is going to be relatively easy to take care of, looks great, and will allow you to use its leaves for different drinks and foods. With hundreds of varying mint varieties, you will be able to find the plant that works best for you.
Recommended Care: Kepp in bright, indirect sunlight, and allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering.
About House Plant: Great for low-lit areas, Philodendron is also very easy to grow and propagate (root to stem cuttings). The plant can be kept small or large and is easily draped, making it a very versatile plant. Do note, however, that the leaves of Philodendron are poisonous to animals and people if consumed in large quantities.
Recommended Care: Keep the soil moist but not soggy, let the soil dry an inch down before watering again.
About House Plant: A larger indoor plant, the Dumb Cane plant or Dieffenbachia is a great tropical-looking plant. The plant thrives in medium or low lighting and does its best growing with evenly moist soil. Perfect for giving a room that extra shot of life and vibrant color, the Dumb Cane plant may be perfect for you.
Recommended Care: Place in bright, indirect sunlight, water deeply but infrequently (about every three weeks).
About House Plant: Not just for sunburns, the Aloe Vera plant also makes an attractive house plant. This plant comes in various sizes, so this succulent can be used to fill small or large spaces. As a succulent, Aloe grows best with lots of sunlight and relatively dry soil.
Recommended Care: Prefers full sun (four or more hours of sun each day), water often but keep the soil moist, not wet.
About House Plant: A long-living, slow-growing plant, the Jade Plant has thick, lush foliage. For best growth, keep this plant in bright light and don’t allow it to dry out fully. You don’t want to over water either though, so add water when the top layer of soil is dry to the touch.
Recommended Care: Water thoroughly, but allow to dry out before watering again, and do not water the leaves as it will cause them to rot.
About House Plant: A very low maintenance house plant, the Cylindrical Snake Plant is unique looking and will add to the decor of your house. If you have trouble keeping plant life alive, this is one house plant that you should highly consider. It will withstand pretty much any environment and seems as if it almost indestructible.
Recommended Care: Provide evenly moist, well-drained soil, and don’t allow the temperature to get below 55 degrees F.
About House Plant: With glossy leaves and beautiful flowers, the Peace Lily is a great low maintenance house plant. While the flowers generally bloom during summer, the dark leaves of the Peace Lily make the plant attractive throughout the year. The plant flourishes in low to bright light and evenly moist soil.
Recommended Care: Keep soil slightly moist, prefers temps between 60-70 degrees F.
About House Plant: With several different varieties, the Christmas Cactus boasts beautiful, petite flowers in colors ranging from white to red-orange. If pruned properly, the plant branches and will become quite full. Like a cactus, this plant grows well in well-drained soil and bright light.
Best House Plants
Our goal for this list of the best house plants was to provide plants that not only looked good but that hopefully would be easy to keep alive and looking great for those of us that might not have the greenest of thumbs.
So hopefully you were able to find a couple of great types of plants that will shortly be finding a window sill or shelf in your house. And, if you are looking for a little bit more house company, check out our list of the best house pets to find your new best friend.
Have you had one of these house plants before? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments below.