With such a beautiful array to choose from, the question is, which are the best indoor plants for our homes? Which will add the wow-factor? Which have healing properties that free us from the everyday stresses in life?
It’s no secret that spending time within a natural environment has been linked to reducing stress levels whilst also relieving tension, so adding plants to our homes can only result in positivity.
But the decision to invest in house plants isn’t always easy. Maybe you’re allergies play up around certain plant types or your space is lacking in sunlight.
Look no further for answers, here we present the 50 best indoor plants that will transform your home and well-being by adding character, increasing space perception whilst also purifying the air around us.
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The theory is pretty simple when it comes to increasing the space around us:
a.) Make the most of the space you have
b.) Invest in BIG plants.
Plants, or anything for that matter, that reaches ceiling height will help to increase the perceived space in your home.
Tall plants naturally attract our attention by drawing our eyes upwards, fooling us into thinking the space in the room is actually much greater.
Take a look at these 10 indoor plants that will help to make your room look bigger…
The plants from the Dracaena family are well known for their wonderful arched shapes and are without a doubt one of the best indoor plants for increasing space perception.
How tall do they grow?: They grow to around 6-8 ft indoors and outdoors (in the correct climate) can reach up to 49ft!
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: In order to grow sufficiently, the Dracaena requires indirect sunlight throughout the day and for best results, exposure to 2-3 hours of morning sunlight each day.
2. Birds Of Paradise
The Bird of Paradise is one of the most stunning indoor plants you could ever invest in. It gets its name from the beautiful and unique shaped flowers that it grows.
How tall do they grow?: They grow up to 7-8ft tall.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: They can be grown indoors successfully in a part of the room that receives a minimum of 4-5 hours of sunlight each day.
A Ficus can be one of the most beautiful houseplants to grow, but they do require a fair amount of care to bloom gracefully.
How tall do they grow?: They often grow up to 10ft tall.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: Ficus thrive in humid environments, but direct sunlight may result in both scalding and leaf loss. Only water when the soil is dry and avoid any low temperatures or drafts.
Read more in depth on how to care for a Ficus.
4. Jade Plant
The Jade Plant (or Crassula Ovata) are a good choice for newbies to houseplants as they require very little treatment.
How tall do they grow?: They grow up to 10ft tall.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: Jade Plants grow well at room temperature but prefer cooler temperatures at night. Keeping the soil moist will help them to thrive during the hot months.
Learn more about growing a jade plant indoors.
Yucca plants are a great indoor plant if you’re looking for something sturdy and that will also grow quickly. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes with 40+ species of this plant to discover.
How tall do they grow?: They often reach around 8ft in height when grown indoors, often taller!
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: When growing a Yucca plant indoors, always allow the soil to dry out before watering again and provide as much sunlight as possible at all times.
Read the ultimate guide to growing a Yucca indoors here.
6. Ponytail Palm
Ponytail Palms are a beautiful, eye-catching succulent that add true beauty and character to any room in your house.
How tall do they grow?: They often reach around 10ft in height. Beware, they are slow growers!
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: When growing a Ponytail Palm indoors, always allow the soil to dry out before watering. Giving it regular sunlight is also helpful, but this type of plant can also tolerate without.
Read a complete guide to growing a ponytail palm successfully here.
7. Kentia Palm
Native to Australia, the Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana) makes for a wonderful house plant even in small spaces and as a bonus are easy to maintain.
How tall do they grow?: They grow anywhere between 5-12ft when planted indoors.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: When growing a Kentia Palm indoors, always allow the soil to dry out before watering. Giving it regular sunlight is also helpful, but this type of plant can also tolerate without.
Bamboo boasts several species and sub-species, many of which are suitable for growing indoors and make for stunning large plants.
How tall do they grow?: They grow anywhere between 5-12ft when planted indoors.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: Bamboo requires as much sunlight as possible when growing indoors and keeping an eye on soil moisture levels is key.
This step by step guide will help you care for a Bamboo plant indoors.
9. Desert Rose
Desert Rose (also known as the Adenlum plant) are wonderful large plants that often reward us with beautiful pink flowers.
How tall do they grow?: They grow anywhere between 2-5ft indoors.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: Adenlum thrive in well-drained soil that is dry whilst being kept in as much sunlight as possible. They are wonderful window plants!
10. Norfolk Island Pine
Although not a true pine plant, The Norfolk Island Pine is similar in shape, size and beauty.
How tall do they grow?: They grow up to 7-10 ft tall.
What is the best environment when growing indoors?: When grown a Norfolk Island Pine indoors, it’s important to:
- Keep the soil slightly moist at all times
- Mist the plant in summer time to avoid it drying out.
- Place the plant by a window that receives a decent amount of sunlight
- Bright indirect sunlight is also very helpful
Plants are well known for their stress relieving and have been for many centuries.
Many boast a number of abilities and health benefits for many types of people. According to Anxiety UK, 40% of us worldwide suffer from depression or anxiety.
Too many of us overlook house plants as a positive action in these circumstances, even though many contain properties that allow us to relieve stress, inflammation and reduce the effects of both anxiety and depression.
Take a look at our list of 10 of the best indoor plants that will help you to feel at peace by reducing stress levels whilst contributing to your overall well-being.
Commonly found and grown outdoors, Jasmine is a plant that also thrives as a beautiful smelling house plant.
It’s actually proven to help us sleep, which is why Jasmine is available in many other forms including tea and oil.
Jasmine plants are as cheap, easy to get hold of and most importantly, they will help you to get a good nights kip!
Most popular as an essential oil, Lavender also makes for a wonderful indoor plant giving off an amazing scent, shape and colours.
It’s known for reducing stress and anxiety levels as well as helping agitated infants to sleep.
13. Aloe Vera
Although predominantly used as a herbal remedy, Aloe Vera is one of the eldest plants known to man, dating back to the first century AD.
It’s been used for helping scars to heal, reducing the effects of sunburnt skin along with being a popular air purifier.
Aloe Vera helps to lower the levels of harmful chemicals in the air including carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde.
Chrysanthemums are beautiful, vibrant plants that ooze character, aesthetics aside, they hold a number of medical benefits including:
- Purifying the air around us
- Reducing stress levels
- Lessening anxiety symptoms
- Treating high blood pressure, swelling and chest pains
It’s also popular in the form of a tea, helping to relax our bodies and nervous system.
15. Snake Plant
High levels of stress can often escalate into other chronic problems, the most common of all being migraines and headaches.
The Snake Plant makes for a brilliant indoor plant as it helps to increase energy levels, reduce symptoms of headaches and breathing problems.
A study by NASA proved that a Snake Plant alone can reduce Benzene levels by 53% and Trichloroethylene by 13.4%.
16. Areca Palm
The Areca Palm, also known as the butterfly palm, is another popular indoor plant as it’s known to be very effective but also easy to maintain.
They’re known for reducing levels of unwanted toxins including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene – plus they look rather slick in just about any room.
It might not sound like a stress relieving plant, but give it a chance, it can work wonders (plus, their flowers are simply incredible).
These types of plants are known for reducing stress and anxiety levels whilst helping relieve feelings of tension and nervousness – and according to Dr. Mercola, boasts properties that protect against diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Perhaps most known for being used in Italian food, it’s also a fantastic indoor plant that positively reduces air quality.
As a result of such clean air, you will notice a huge drop in anxiety and stress levels but according to a recent study, Rosemary is a plant commonly known to help improve our memories.
Due to its overwhelming popularity, Chamomile is now available in many different forms including teas, essential oils and skin care products.
However it is also a great indoor plant (the seeds are very cheap to buy) which helps to kill negative energy and emotions, which in turn helps to increase our levels of stress and anxiety.
20. Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisies are beautiful, colourful flowers that add character and zest to just about any room in your house.
They boast a host of anti-anxiety benefits as well as killing harmful chemicals and toxins in the air – specifically ink. So they’re definitely the perfect office or desk plant!
Plants killing nasty toxins and creating healthy air sounds a bit far-fetched to some people – but when the likes of NASA take the time out to prove it’s scientifically correct, you begin to believe the worth of having such plants in your home.
The air we breathe is full of toxins, including carbon dioxide which reached its highest level in the earth’s atmosphere in over 800,000 years, so it’s important to put our health first and invest in some air purifying plants.
Look no further, these 10 indoor plants are best for the job and we’ll tell you why…
21. English Ivy
According to the study carried about by NASA, English Ivy is the number one indoor plant for purifying the air, as it is the best at absorbing the most formaldehyde.
They’re easy to grow, maintain and are highly adaptable plants so just about anybody can take care of them. They’re popular as hanging plants due to their shape and size and thrive in moderate sunlight.
22. Peace Lily
Peace Lily plants are well known for reducing the levels of harmful toxins in the air making them a great indoor plant.
They’re easy to maintain, survive well in low temperatures and are simply beautiful looking plants.
Read this guide to find out everything you need to know about caring for a Peace Lily.
The Philodendron makes for a wonderful house plant, not only because they’re easy to care for but because of their heart-shaped exterior.
Similar to the English Ivy in the fact they absorb high amounts of xylene from the air and with proper care, they can last many years with the right amount of water and sunlight.
See the video above for full details regarding how to grow a philodendron.
24. Spider Plant
Probably one of the most common house plants, the Spider Plant offers pollutant fighting properties including carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde.
They make for very decorative indoor plants, are also very easy to maintain and made it in the NASA list of the best purifying plants.
25. Golden Pothos
Another NASA highlight would have to be the Golden Pothos plant. They prove to have a knack for clearing all formaldehyde from the air which makes them another popular indoor plants.
They are great in pots or as hanging plants, as the leaves naturally grow downwards and look rather wonderful. They grow very easily in cool temperatures and minimal sunlight.
26. Red Edged Dracaena
The Red Edged Dracaena is a wonderful looking house plant that can actually grow up to 15 ft high (if looked after well!).
They have a number of air purifying effects and can remove many toxins including xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
27. Boston Fern
Boston Ferns are versatile indoor plants that can find a place in just about any room in your house.
They’re fairly easy to care for, easy to get hold of, look great and remove excessive amounts of toxins including benzene and xylene (another must have for purifying air according to NASA).
28. Janet Craigs
Similar in look to a Rubber Plant, the Janet Craig is one of the best indoor plants for removing high levels of formaldehyde, which makes them the perfect house plant.
Looking after these plants is easy as they require very little sunlight or water, plus they add tons of character to a space.
Read this guide to find out everything you need to know about caring for a Janet Craig.
29. Dragon Tree
The Dragon Tree, also known as a Corn Plant, are known to remove many toxins from the air and are easily maintained, low-light indoor plants.
They only need watering once a week so they make great house plants for beginners or for those with a busy schedule.
The Hydrangea is a wonderful looking house plant that is easy to maintain and very affordable for any household.
They are known to remove many toxins including xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, plus they boast very pretty flowers.
31. Weeping Fig Tree
The Weeping Fig Tree (ficus benjamina) is a sensitive house plant which requires a fair bit of care to maintain it's optimum health.
A common issue tends to be the discolouring of the leaves and therefore completely falling off the spine.
Not to worry, the above video gives full details on how to grow a weeping fig tree and how best to care for them.
32. Lady Palm
The Lady Palm, also known as Rhapis Excelsa, is a versatile plant that is well known for air purifying. They thrive well in dry and humid climates and resist most plant-eating insects.
Take a look at this care guide for full details.
The Marginata, or Dracaena Marinata Colorama, is a type of Dragon Tree houseplant that are incredibly easy to grow indoors.
They work well in low light and they require very little watering and can grow as high as 10-15ft.
The Begonia plant is a wonderful plant that produces beautiful flowers during the summer, everything from white, pink and red arranged in lovely clusters.
It does require a fair amount of sunlight and it’s very efficient at filtering out harmful chemicals like benzene and chemicals released from toluene.
Croton, or Codiaeum Variegatum, is a small indoor plant that oozes character and colour with its lovely wide leaves and unique patterns.
This house plant is a great choice for sucking out harmful vapours from the air and the fact that they can grow in many different shades of orange, red, yellow, purple and green is simply a bonus.
Take a look at this care guide for full details.
We’re not all blessed with rooms that have huge windows that offer loads of sunlight for indoor plants to truly blossom.
Not to worry. Many plants can actually thrive in low light conditions, as long as you put lights on in the room for around 12 hours a day, your plants will be absolutely fine and grow in no time!
Take a look at these 10 plants that are perfect for low light conditions…
36. ZZ Plant
The ZZ Plant is a beautiful plant with rich green leaves which hardly ever brown.
They can reach up to 5ft in height in low light conditions and they’re pretty easy to maintain.
Take a look at the video above for the best way to care for these wonderful indoor plants.
37. Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Ferns are highly versatile house plant and can be grown in pots, in a hanging basket or even on a wire frame.
There unique shape and strong leaves make them a fantastic addition to any room, and the fact they require very little light is a bonus.
Dieffenbachia plants boast many beautifully shaded leaves and can grow for many years indoors, commonly reaching around 4-5ft in height.
They grow best when in a medium to low light, so perhaps a room with a small amount of light would be best, and be sure to ensure the soil is dry between watering’s!
Calathea plants come in many different shapes and sizes and are very easy to get hold of.
They grow well in a medium to low light setting but take a little bit of taking care of to bloom. They require moisture consistently and the lower the light, the less likely they will flower.
Anthurium plants are wonderful indoor plants that have huge leaves and grow beautiful flowers in either pink, red and white depending on the species.
The flowers bloom well in medium to low light settings, and it’s important to always keep the soil moist.
41. Rex Begonia
Rex Begonia are one of the most colourful house plants that thrive on the indoors.
The large purple foliage thrive in medium to low light and they should always have dry soil between watering’s.
42. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen, also known as Aglaonema, is known to be one of the most durable indoor plants and does rather well in low light conditions.
It’s an ideal plant for beginners as it only needs to be fertilised twice a year maximum, plus, they’re truly amazing looking plants.
43. Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plants have wonderful long leaves which make them great to grow in large pots or as a hanging plant indoors.
They are really easy to grow and one of the most common indoor plants to get hold of – plus they grow really well in low light settings.
According to Mindy Body Green, they are also highly recommended for detoxing the air in your home.
44. Japanese Sago Palm
Japanese Sago Palms are a truly unique house plant that are great for small spaces and a lack of light.
They require very little maintenance that makes them a perfect indoor plant for those with a hectic lifestyle.
The Aglaonema has a mixture of lovely looking pink and green stalks and leaves making them a wonderfully looking indoor plant.
They thrive in medium to low light settings and require very little care, just make sure the soil is dry between each water!
Read this guide to find out everything you need to know about caring for an Aglaonema.