You don’t need to be an avid gardener to admire plants and their beautiful appearance. Do you like plants but aren’t sure how to take care of them? Then this list is perfect for you! Our team has put together a list of 32 beautiful, easy to take care of plants that are great for adding greenery and beauty to your home. From small succulents to compact trees, these plants are sure to spruce up your living space and improve your mood.
Read below and see which plant could soon be your new companion at home:
1. Jade Plant
- Because of their distinctive bush-like shape, Jade Plants are succulents that can be trimmed like bonsai plants. If grown in optimal conditions, they may even bloom and produce pink flowers. Too much sunlight may result in a yellowish or red tone so make sure to maintain a balance. They don’t require much water, even in summer, and less so in winter.
- Also known as false shamrock, the Oxalis is an indoor plant originating from Brazil. Standing out with its bright and vibrant colors ranging from violet to ruby-red, the Oxalis grows best in sunny spots where it receives a few hours of direct sunlight daily. It is not pet-friendly so make sure you place it somewhere your furry friends can’t get to!
3. ZZ Plant
- ZZ Plants stand out in any room or space with their tall stature. These plants are quite easy to take care of, they need very little fertilizer and thrive in spots with bright indirect light.
4. Chinese Money Plant
- Colloquially known as the Chinese Money Plant, Pilea peperomides stands out with its distinctive coin-shape leaves and straight stems - they look best in short pots/planters for this reason. These no-fuss plants usually need to be watered only once a week (this may differ based on indoor temperatures) and thrive in bright spots that don’t receive direct light.
5. Silver Dollar Plant
- Looking for a drought-tolerant plant? Then succulents like the Silver Dollar Plant are ideal for you! Make sure to get a container that allows for substantive drainage (like ceramic and bamboo planters) and leave some extra space for the plant to be displayed – it has a climbing habit so it should not be cramped in. They grow best in spots with direct light.
6. String of Pearls
- This distinctive indoor plant is sure to get some comments and appreciation from visitors – its bead-like leaves grow out and over the pot, making it look rather graceful. These plants look great if hung up high or placed on a pedestal or ledge. Make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight. Plant your String of Pearls in loose cactus soil and make sure to not overwater it, this will help your plant thrive.
7. Donkey Tail Plant
- Sedum morganianum, commonly known as Donkey Tail Plant, is a rather distinctive-looking flowering succulent. It looks great when placed in quirky planters. The Donkey Tail likes bright, direct sunlight but does not like to be in very hot environments. They need to be watered frequently in summer but less in winter as the plant is dormant then.
- The Tillandsia family’s succulents are probably some of the most low-maintenance houseplants around – besides an occasional misting, they absorb all the water they need from the residual humidity in their environment. They don’t have root systems so can be arranged in unique ways, for example in hanging planters to give a jelly-fish like effect.
9. Aloe Vera
- Not only are Aloe Vera plants great for skincare and other body products, they are also very easy to take care of and even the most inexperienced gardeners can look after them. Plant your Aloe Vera in cactus soil and keep it in a bright spot to help it thrive. They make for great gifts due to their usefulness and no-fuss nature. Your Aloe Vera will look great in almost types of planters and goes well with all kinds of interior design – it is truly a versatile plant!
10. Bunny Ear Cactus
- Known for its flat shape and downy, but actually sharp, spines – Bunny Ear Cactus, with the scientific name Opuntia microdasys, looks eye-catching but needs to be handled with care. Are you looking for a low-maintenance cactus which goes well with desert-themed, or other light/tan interiors? Then the Bunny Ear Cactus is perfect for you! Make sure to give your cactus lots of sunlight and water when it is dry. It looks best in a tan/sand, stone or rustic/country-style pot.
11. Dragon Tree
- Dracaena Marginata, also known as Dragon Tree, is one of the rare tree-like indoor plants that is also no-fuss and easy to take care of. It needs to be watered when the soil goes dry so is great for offices/studies or far-flung areas of the house which may not get regular attention. Bright indirect sunlight and consistent temperatures help this plant grow best. Its root system grows very fast so make sure to have different sizes of planters/pots ready to accommodate it.
12. Chinese Water Bamboo
- Dracaena sanderiana, commonly known as Chinese Water Bamboo, can grow easily without needing to be planted in soil. Just place it in water like you would for a cut flower. If you put it in a glass container, you can add rocks, shells, and other items to help the plant stand out and blend in with your décor. If grown in a bundled arrangement, the plant grows sturdy and tall. Replace the water every few weeks but try to avoid using treated tap water. If you want a more ‘traditional’ indoor plant, then you can plant in well-drained potting soil.
13. Pothos Plant
- Also known as Devil’s Ivy, from the perception that it is extremely tough and almost impossible to kill off. Its vines can grow very long, making this plant a great candidate for hanging from heights or ledges. If your home has spots with low or indirect light then this plant is ideal, make sure to water it when dry.
14. Heartleaf Philodendron
- The Philodendron Heartleaf is another tough houseplant, it can be displayed as a hanging plant or trained to climb along a trellis. Keep it out of full sunlight, and the soil should be slightly moist to help it thrive. If your plant starts to look messy and unruly, you can trim it and propagate cuttings – they also make for great gifts to friends and family!
15. Peace Lily
- Flowering plants are often considered difficult to take care of, but some members of the peace lily (Spathiphyllum genus) are rather low-maintenance and easy to take care of. These easy-going plants do best when placed in shaded spots receiving indirect sunlight. Water the plant only when the leaves start to droop, and make sure the soil is well-drained. Plant this plant in a simple, plain-looking pot so that its beautiful flowers stand out.
16. Swiss Cheese plant
- Monstera deliciosa, so-called because of the edible fruit it produces, is commonly known as the Swiss Cheese Plant (this is because of the holes in its foliage that make the leaves look like a hunk of Swiss Cheese). Make sure the plants are ripened properly so there is no irritation upon ingestion. These rainforest plants make for great statement pieces and really stand out with their tropical vibe.
17. Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Fycus lyrata, also known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a tough plant originating from tropical rainforests. In its native habitat, it can grow up to 50 feet tall but can be a great indoor plant for interior decoration. If you want your Ficus to grow taller, which it easily does, make sure to get a larger planter to give it more room to grow. Your Fiddle Leaf Fig will do best in bright indirect sunlight and it should be watered when the top layer of the soil is dry and the leaves have softened and slightly wilted.
18. Rubber Plant
- Rubber plants are really fond of moist soil, lots of humidity, and bright indirect light. Its waxy leaves capture and play off the light in a vivid and beautiful display. Scientifically known as Ficus elastica, these plants grow tall unless they are trimmed or pruned. They look best in spacious, gorgeous planters that give them room to grow.
19. Prayer Plant
- The vivid colors on this plant’s foliage make it look like a striking piece of art. Its red veins make it a great statement piece for spaces that need a splash of color. The plant’s leaves fold up at night and display their bright undersides – hence giving the plant its name as it looks like it is ‘praying’. Like other low-maintenance plants, it just needs some indirect sunlight and some moisture.
20. Areca Palm
- Colloquially known as golden cane palm or areca palm, the Dypsis lutescens is a great statement piece with its tall height and exuberant fronds. It does best in indirect light or partial shade, and should be planted in loamy soil in a well-drained pot. Don’t worry if you usually tend to overwater your houseplants, this plant is forgiving and tolerant of unsuitable conditions. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not overly soggy. It is not really toxic to pets so don’t worry if your dog or cat takes a bite out of its leaves.
21. Giant White Bird of Paradise
- Strelitizia Nicolai, also known as the giant white bird of paradise, is a striking plant that can grow up to 20 feet tall in the right conditions. It is a great statement piece for atriums, lobbies or any other rooms with tall ceilings. This plant is fond of full sun and thrives in bright spots, make sure to keep its soil most and fertilize it on a monthly basis to get the best results.
22. Snake Plant
- The Sanseveria, otherwise known as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, is a tough and striking plant that stands out with its foliage’s contrasting band patterns. They can grow quite tall and look great placed on low tables or shelves. They can tolerate low light and inconsistent watering very well – many consider them to be nearly impossible to kill and this makes them great plants for novice or busy plant owners.
23. Elephant Ears Plant
- This large-leafed plant helps bring in a touch of the outdoors to the interiors of your home. In some countries, like Japan and Vietnam, the stalk is actually used as an ingredient in many meals. Although they are slightly tricky to grow indoors, as they need indirect sunlight and lots of humidity, they can be very fulfilling plants to grow if maintained under optimal conditions.
24. Calathea Orbifolia
- The Calathea Orbifolia stands out with its smooth white streak patterns on the bright green leaves. Although they are slightly more difficult to take care of compared to other plants we have mentioned in this list, you should stay calm and slowly and gradually make adjustments in the plant’s care routine. Make sure to provide the plant with moist, well-drained soil and consistent low light – this will help it grow well and thrive.
25. Grafted Ficus Bonsai
- The Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng” stands out with its distinctive appearance and makes for a great statement piece if placed on your desk or any other high surface. This plant is very no-fuss and tolerant of irregular watering and tolerant of lighting conditions from low to bright indirect sunlight. This plant really enhances any office or study environment.
26. Ivy (Hedera)
- Ivy plants look great in many types of planters – pedestals, hanging pots, large bowls or other decorative planters. This plant has such vivid and colorful leaves, it’s unlikely that you will pair it with some unsuitable planter!
27. Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai
- Bonsai lovers will appreciate this adaptable and eye-catching plant – it flourishes in a variety of lighting situations and different watering routines. Scientifically known as Schefflera arboricola, this umbrella-shaped tree can be allowed to grow freely and naturally or trimmed into a characteristic shape. It can be allowed to grow tall or kept in a small pot as a statement piece on a desk.
28. Lemon Button Fern
- Originating from Australia, parts of Asia, and Hawaii – the Nephrolepis cordifolia fern, commonly known as the Lemon Button Fern, is easy to grow and is pet-friendly. This plant is easy to grow and makes for a great gift – grow it in a distinctive, decorated planter and play around with its appearance, this plant really lets you show your creative side!
29. Asparagus Fern
- With its feather-like tendrils, the Asparagus fern looks light and fluffy – lending it a distinctive appearance. It is a popular houseplant due to its no-fuss nature – it does just fine in bright indirect light and needs watering only when dry. Its dried fronds are also popular in bouquets and floral arrangements.
30. Boston Fern
- The Nephrolepis exaltata, also known as Boston Fern, is a tropical fern that stands out with its vivaciousness and full appearance. Its thick appearance lends well to being displayed as a hanging plant, on a high ledge or pedestal or even on a side or coffee table. They grow best in moist soil with high levels of nutrition and in spots with bright, filtered light. This tough and beautiful house plant can adapt to almost any environment and looks great in almost every space!
- This particular Anthurium cultivar is popular due to its constant blooms and vivid red flowers. Make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight and let the soil dry out a bit between each watering session.
32. Frosty Fern
- Scientifically known as Selaginella kraussiana is a spikemoss originating from the Azores and East Africa. If you tend to over-water your plant, the Frosty Fern is perfect for you as it can tolerate consistently high moisture. This plant looks great in a terrarium or a fairy garden.