Indoor Gardening and House Plant Ideas

Even if a home lacks square footage, greenery is essential to bringing it to life. And the beauty of plants is they project charm wherever they are, be it outdoors or indoors.

Of course, not everyone has a green thumb – if you’re one of them, you can appreciate the magnificence of house plants. Even with minimal space, you can grow a full-blown tree or even grow all these indoor plants on our list.

No matter how much space you have or your gardening skill level, there’s a houseplant for you here. Bonus: most of these plants have air-purifying properties!

1. Succulents

Growing succulents at home come with great benefits. Despite their small size, they can brighten a home, adding green to your living space.

And the best part? Succulents help purify the air and improve the humidity of your home.

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Succulents in pots
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2. Lady palms

Lady palms resemble bamboo, with dark green, pointy leaves which are 15-30 cm wide. A full and vibrant plant like this always makes a nice addition to any interior setting.

Like succulents, lady palms also purify the air and keep the humidity indoors at the right level.

Lady Palms in a pot
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3. String of turtles

A unique and easy-care houseplant known for its leaves that resemble turtle shells. Display it on a shelf – bright, indirect sunlight – and watch it trail down.

This semi-succulent plant is also ideal for hanging baskets and terrariums. Water every one to two weeks.

String of turtles plant
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4. Citrus tree

When it comes to container garden ideas, a potted citrus tree is a top favourite. Plant a clementine tree, and it’ll have you dreaming of a summer abroad. And yes, you can eat the fruits!

Potted citrus tree
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5. Juniper bonsai

Juniper trees are a great choice for bonsai as they’re easy to care for and have attractive foliage. One can make a perfect accessory in both a minimalist garden and an indoor living space.

This one-of-a-kind bonsai tree is also known to purify and reduce indoor air pollutants.

Juniper bonsai
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6. Paddle plant

Also known as Kalanchoe, a paddle plant features wavy, red-tipped leaves. The care is minimal, but intense sunlight can burn the tips.

This succulent plant will look good in any part of your home, particularly on shelves and side tables.

Paddle plant
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7. Pothos

Pothos are one of the popular houseplants that can thrive in low light and neglect. Perfect for ‘plant parent beginners’, the devil’s ivy is also a great air purifier.

Pothos plants can give a wild, bungalow-style vibe to any room of your home.

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8. Asparagus fern

Need a pop of green? Easy-to-grow asparagus ferns are among the go-to plants that thrive nearly anywhere. Although it’s a wonderful addition to your interiorscape, the plant is toxic to dogs and cats.

Asparagus fern
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9. ZZ plant

Best for apartment living, ZZ plants are characterised by their oval-shaped leaves that shoot upward. The small glossy leaves on stems can grow up to 3 ft long indoors, which will look good in the corners of your home.

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10. Money plant

A money tree is an interesting plant to have at home. Keeping one is believed to remove financial obstacles and bring prosperity & good luck.

Along with its ‘luck magnet’ properties, the plant is simply pretty and deserves a place in your home.

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11. Peace lily

Peace lilies make excellent houseplants as they’re easy to grow and are beautiful, too! With enough light, expect them to bloom spade-shaped flowers year-round.

Behind the brilliant white flowers are their air-purifying abilities.

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12. Aloe vera

An aloe vera plant would love a spot on your desk or bedside table. On top of its soothing gel qualities for sunburns, aloe is an attractive plant with spiky, fleshy leaves.

It needs bright, natural light but be sure to keep out of sunny, hot windows.

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13. Jade plant

The Jade plant is a succulent houseplant, and they are fairly resilient and easy to grow. It has fleshy, oval-shaped leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble tiny tree trunks.

It helps purify the air by removing toxins and trapped floating dust particles. The plant can also be grown outdoors in warmer climates.

Jade plant
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14. Lavender

Lavender grows best indoors when placed on a windowsill where it can receive enough sun. It does well in pots and doesn’t need that much attention or maintenance.

The lovely plant can also brighten your home with its purple flowers and fresh aroma.

Indoor Lavender in a pot
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15. Snake plant

Snake plants are one of the easiest houseplants to take care of. The Asian and African native plant tolerates low light and can be left to dry between watering.

Similar to other household succulents, snake plants also help to filter indoor air.

Snake plant
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16. English Ivy

Although an English Ivy is tough as nails outdoors, it needs special care as a houseplant. It’s a vigorous grower when it gets the light and moisture it wants.

Ivies can be grown in hanging baskets, at the base of other houseplants, or in their own pots.

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17. Persian shield

Add some punchy colour to your side table, shelf, or plain corner with this small, colourful plant. The Persian shield features shiny, purple, and striking leaves.

The Royal purple plant is fast-growing and loves high humidity and warm temperatures.

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18. Kokedamas

Kokedamas or moss balls are uniquely beautiful plants grown in a non-traditional way. They were created by wrapping the roots in wet compost.

Then, the balls are covered in moss and tied with string. It’s a Japanese creation that makes an excellent hanging accent indoors.

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19. Swiss cheese plant

Swiss cheese is a gorgeous vine known for its distinctive holes in its broad, green leaves. It’s an easy-care indoor plant and grows best in a peat-based potting mix.

Note: Though it makes a great house plant, it is, however, toxic to house pets.

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20. Dutch Hyacinth

The Dutch Hyacinth is a beautiful and fragrant houseplant. It produces such vividly bright and intensely fragrant blooms.

Don’t over-water, though, as the bulbs are prone to bulb rot if watered too vigorously.

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21. Weeping ficus

Ficus or figs are among the most popular indoor plants, and for a good reason. They are easy to grow and offer a lot of variety, from low ground cover types to tall trees.

Weeping ficus is one of the popular indoor trees. Its shiny leaves and arching branches give the tree a delicate, elegant appearance.

Potted Weeping Ficus plant
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22. Schefflera

Schefflera is a natural air freshener and detoxifier that makes for a great indoor plant. It’s a lively and lush houseplant with leaves that form an umbrella-like pattern.

Grow one in soil-based or standard potting mix and continue to pot on in spring.

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23. Horsetail

Horsetail is a bamboo-like plant that’s fond of shade. It’s low-maintenance but should be kept near a window. It does need some sunshine to survive but should thrive away from direct sunlight.

Horsetail indoor plant
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24. Cactus

If you need easy care and a forgiving houseplant, the Cactus could be the plant for you. Add one or a few to your windowsill or living space for some unique decor.

Cacti also work as fantastic air purifiers. Top tip: You can have tons of fun mixing and matching cacti.

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25. Fittonia

Fittonia is compact and fairly easy to care for. The plant features striking patterned foliage.

It can be hung in baskets or grown in container gardens and terrariums. Low but constant moisture levels must be maintained without wetting the leaves.

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26. Areca palm

Areca palm is a non-toxic, toxin-filtering plant perfect for indoors. It has thin, bright green fronds and a lush shrub. The butterfly palm prefers bright, warm conditions with moist to wet soil.

Potted areca palm
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27. African violets

African violets produce clusters of white, blue, or purple flowers over fuzzy leaves. They grow and flower best in bright, indirect light. And they’re quite picky about water, so take extra care when watering.

African violets
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28. Donkey’s tail

The Donkey’s tail is known for its rows of fleshy, tear-drop-shaped leaves, blue-green in colour. Also known as Burro’s tail or sedum morganianum, it is best grown in hanging containers. A perfect addition to your succulent collection!

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29. Oxalis

Oxalis triangularis bulb looks like small, immature pine cones. This bold and vibrant bloom also can range from violet to crimson. 

It requires multiple hours of direct sunlight each day, so they’re perfect for a sunny garden too.

Oxalis plant
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30. Tillandsia

Also known as air plants, Tillandsia is quite an interesting tropical houseplant to have. They don’t need potting soil and require only minimal care.

Plus, their lack of root systems makes it easy to create fascinating arrangements.

Tillandsia plant
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31. Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo is an easy care popular indoor houseplant which can be grown in water. To attract more prosperity, place three or nine stalks of lucky bamboo in the ‘wealth corner’.  Also known as the Xun position of your home, workspace, or bedroom.

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32. Prayer plant

The prayer plant is easy to grow, has fun foliage and is hardy, so even beginners can be pretty successful with it. It’s often grown in hanging baskets but can also grow horizontally on a tabletop or other surfaces.

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33. Rubber plant

Rubber plants produce lots of oxygen, more than any other plant. On top of that, it helps remove mould spores and bacteria from the air (up to 60%). The tree can grow with a maximum height of between 8 and 10 feet.

Rubber plant
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34. Bird of paradise

The Bird of Paradise isn’t considered the queen of the indoor plant world for nothing. Given enough sunlight and the right conditions, it’ll also put on a vibrant display of flowers.

It adds a tropical flair to your living space and can grow higher than your ceiling!

Birds of Paradise plant
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35. Elephant ears

High drama and bold texture are the signatures of the elephant ears plants. A large space and large container are ideal for this massive houseplant.

As long as they get enough light and water, you can enjoy their attractive foliage all year round.

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36. Anthurium

Anthurium is popular for its persistent, constant blooms and eye-catching waxy red flowers. The lovely plant loves bright indirect light and has low water needs. Its dazzling colour will surely last in your home for months!

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37. Frosty fern

Frosty fern is more of moss than a fern, and its scaled leaves resemble conifers. It can grow up to 4 to 12 inches in height. The plant also can provide a warm, inviting atmosphere indoors during the winter.

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38. Asparagus fern

A fern-type with long wiry stems and frond-like sprays that scramble outwards horizontally. Indoor care involves misting the arching stems to provide humidity.

The trailing stems of the feathery foliage make it a hanging basket house plant.

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39. Kentia palm

This majestic palm tree has air-purifying and resilient properties. It can tolerate cooler temperatures and dry air conditions.

Put it in a big pot, and the Kentia palm can bring a wonderful, natural elegance to your home!

Indoor kentia palm
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40. Cast-iron plant

Also known as the iron and ballroom plants, it’s named for its ability to survive a wide range of conditions. Cast-iron plants are extremely resilient and can thrive with very little care.

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41. African spear plant

The African spear plant is known for its smooth, cylindrical leaves. The plant itself is a real attention-grabber, especially in a room full of succulents.

It has a slow, upward growth with stiff leaves that can grow around 4′ tall with a spread of 1′ foot.

African spear plant in a pot
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42. Peruvian apple cactus

Bright, indirect light is best for a Peruvian apple cactus plant. Like most cacti, it’s like a typical cactus and is easy to care for.

If you place it in high or bright lighting, allow the plant to dry out between watering.

Peruvian apple cactus
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43. Winterbourne

The Winterbourne plant is a smaller version of oversized tropical leaves. It only grows to be about three to four feet and is great for spaces with less light.

A good-looking plant with shiny green, leathery leaves, each with multiple lobes.

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44. Corn plant

A corn plant features a solid corn-yellow-like stripe that runs through the centre of each leaf. The plant has long, green, graceful, lance-shaped leaves, and it often grows taller than 6ft. (1.8 metres).

Corn plants are considered as one of the most effective air-purifying plants.

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45. Yucca

The Yucca plant has long, sword-like, yellow-green, arching leaves. As it matures, it develops thick, woody trunks with several arching leaf rosettes at the top.

It’s also one of the top-rated air cleaning plants which can remove toxins from the air.

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Houseplants or indoor plants are great for adding colour to your interior. And if you’re new to gardening, this is a good starting point to utilise your green thumb at home.

A few windows can get you started, but of course, the star of the show will be your chosen houseplants. Either you start growing them from scratch or buy a few from a nearby garden centre.

Nonetheless, it’d be a big help to have a list of easy-care plants for indoors. So make sure to use our ideas as a reference!