Best plants to grow indoors

Houseplants to green up your space

If you don't generally keep company with plants indoors (because you're normally outside so often), here's a list of easy to keep low light options for you. 

Even if you think you don't have a green thumb, just remember - there's a houseplant out there for everyone, and sometimes it just takes a few tries to find your perfect match.

So, don't give up, just keep trying until you find the perfect ones for you.

Ivy

Let it dry out between waterings, and let this vine trail from a hanging basket or cover an indoor trellis - my personal experience with ivy is it needs more light than most sites claim, and low to moderate light is recommended.

ZZ Plant

Unusual (which always earns a star in my book), does well in a dry environment, and is VERY tolerant of low light.  "They" claim if you can't grow anything, you can grow this plant.  The ZZ plant is growing in the aluminum can at the forefront of this picture.

houseplants growing along in a window sill in repurposed posts

Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law's Tongue aka Sansevieria) 

I have had one of these for close to a decade.  It's moved with me from North Carolina to Colorado and Cali, and it now lives in the yard (in the ground, no longer in a pot) in So Cal.  The best I can tell, it's pretty much indestructible (before I planted it, I cross checked to be sure I wouldn't regret that decision - somebody in Jacksonville, Florida claims they've tried 18 ways to kill it, and it won't die). 

If its leaves start turning brown, it might be getting too much light, and it's okay if Snake Plant dries out between waterings.

Staghorn Fern

Take your greenery vertical with one of these ferns mounted on a log or wooden surface.  These ferns thrive with no soil and like a little humidity (a bathroom that receives natural light is ideal because they do like moderate light).

Best colorful houseplants

If you want a little color, check out the plants below.

African violets

Easy to grow and beautiful even when not in bloom.  African violets require light from a window, so they don't qualify as a low light option, but they are easy to grow, have interesting (and many varieties have colorful) foliage, and are just so uplifting - especially the mini African violets.  I'm not at all biased.

miniature African violet in bloom with purple blossoms

Bromeliads

Low light lovers that like to dry out between waterings and don't even require a lot of soil.  Many bromeliads have colorful foliage (red, pink, or white and shades of green on the same plant), and they thrive with little attention.

This class of plants is quite large, and I do quite well with some and very poorly with others, so don't be afraid to try a few different varieties.

Other options

Farmer's Almanac compiled a list of the best houseplants for cleaning the air.  You can find that complete list here.

Where to buy houseplants online

Here are just a few of my favorite places to buy houseplants online.

woman watering houseplants from a terra cotta watering vessel next to a window

Lunarly is a monthly self-care subscription offering mindfulness in a box.  You'll receive a box monthly before the new moon that's filled with products to help you set your intentions and become more present in daily life. 

Every other month Lunarly includes a plant in with the box.

Succulent Studios is one more subscription box from $10 per month for 2 plants per month (a steal considering the price of succulents).  And, they're shipped in biodegradable pots.

I don't own a single thing from Dandy Farmer (this site is price-y... then again, it's Bonsai), but I have lost hours browsing their shop.  Dandy Farmer does an excellent job of offering plants according to light requirements, and I love that they work to find a way to bring nature into any space, which is how they got started.

The Violet Barn may be my favorite online store for African violets.  With tons of minis and trailing violets and a host of other terrarium and houseplants at great prices, well, this is a great little shop.

If you're into succulents, Fat Plant San Diego offers some really cute ones at some pretty incredible prices.

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About the Author

Brandy Searcy of Return to Eden Cosmetics

Brandy Searcy is a nature lover and dog mother.  Her spirit lifts when she sets foot outdoors each day, and she seeks to develop skincare products that enable us all to maximize our time outdoors. 

Even though her formal training is in chemical engineering, she comes from generations of nurses, and health jargon is her second language.

During the daylight hours, when she's not at her day job formulating pharmaceuticals, you'll find her outside in a garden, walking alongside meadows and streams, or watching hummingbirds with her husband and two rescues in Southern California.  By night, she's likely whipping up a batch of product or developing new skincare formulations.

The products offered on this site are creations of her own hands with years of experience and a passion for safe, effective, & multi-functional skincare poured into each product.

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