Top 11 Indoor Plants: Discover the perfect houseplant for your home

Top 11 Indoor Plants: Discover the perfect houseplant for your home

Indoor plants are the best way to add a little green to your living space. Many indoor plants are easy to care for, so even if you've never owned a plant before or think you have a black thumb, there's still hope.

We know that choosing what to buy can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you're inexperienced, which is why we reached out to plant experts to get advice on the easiest plants to care for.

“Indoor plants are an easy way to add color, texture and dimension to a space,” says Erin Marino, director of brand marketing at The Sill. Additionally, studies have shown how indoor plants can be beneficial for your overall health and reduce stress. “Checking my houseplants is a form of weekly meditation,” Marino says. “It feels great to disconnect from the screen – whether it's a computer, phone or TV – and reconnect with nature.”

If you're looking to add a new plant or two to your home, there are a few things you should check before purchasing. Indoor plants for beginners can survive with natural light from a window and infrequent watering, but you'll need to make sure you find the right plant for your space. “Indoor plants are generally sized according to the diameter of their nursery growing pot,” Marino says. “The 4-inch snake plant” is not a 4-inch snake plant, but a snake plant that comes in a 4-inch wide grow pot.

Summer Rain Oakes, author of “How to Make a Plant Love You” and host of the “Plant One On Me” YouTube channel, also stresses the importance of finding the perfect size plant. “If you buy plants just because they 'look good,' they're unlikely to survive,” she says. If you have pets, you should also check the ASPCA's website to see if a particular plant is pet-friendly.

Once you've selected your space, Oakes recommends starting with plants like Chinese evergreen, ZZ plant, golden pothos, satin plant or philodendron, because they don't have extensive lighting and irrigation regimes.

If you're ready to make new leafy friends and test your green thumb, take a look at our list below of the best indoor plants. We've also added some of our favorite planters and plant stands to elevate your greenery.

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“I love the lush vertical growth of the ZZ plant with its thick stems and waxy leaves,” Marino says. “You may not consider this plant a succulent, but you will notice large, potato-like roots beneath the surface of its potting mix, which – having evolved in the dry conditions of Africa – store water to help the plant survive drought.” In its original country. It does best in bright, indirect to medium indirect light (but can tolerate lower light), and is watered once every three to four weeks when the potting mix dries.

Best for pet owners

This pet-friendly plant is simple and easy to care for, plus it purifies air polluted by synthetic chemicals commonly found in cleaning products.

Best for wet places

This stunning plant loves moisture and low to bright indirect light. It removes formaldehyde from the air and has a length of 26 to 32 inches.

Best for dry spaces

Whale Fin Sansevieria is a unique broadleaf plant with a single leaf. This plant is native to drought-tolerant environments, so it's great for those who tend to forget their watering schedule.

Best trailing plant

This low-maintenance plant needs medium to low, indirect light and water every one to two weeks. This makes it perfect for your home office or living room. “I can't say enough good things about pothos,” Marino says. “There's a reason you can see it almost everywhere, from malls to doctors' offices to your friend's living room — it tolerates almost any environment. This fast-growing trailing plant does best in bright indirect to medium indirect light (but can tolerate Low light), and watered once every one to two weeks when the potting mix dries.

Most tolerant

These three hardy plants are perfect for the novice gardener. With Green Hoya, Sansevieria, and ZZ Plant, you'll be fully stocked with easy-to-care-for plants.

Best for window sills

“Succulents are great low-maintenance plants if your space receives bright light,” Marino says. “One of my favorite drought-tolerant plants is the rosette echeveria. It does best in bright direct to bright indirect light, and is watered once every three to four weeks when the potting mix dries out.

Best for bright, indirect light

This leafy plant can survive in low light, but does best in bright, indirect light. They're small, pretty, and pet-friendly, making them the perfect plant for any small space.

Best aloe vera

Aloe vera is also easy to care for if you have enough sunlight. It doesn't need a lot of water and can turn your room into your own little desert.

The best large plant

This large snake plant is hardy and can handle low light and little water, but it does best in indirect light, and is watered when the soil is dry every few weeks.

Indoor plant stands and planters

This set of three mini planters is made from materials such as bamboo fiber, wheat husk, and coffee bean husk.

Is there a prettier way to pot a plant? Yeah, we didn't think so either. Handcrafted from speckled stone clay sheets, this is the perfect home for your new plant.

Made from agricultural byproducts and natural fibres, this recycled planter comes in three sizes.

These little guys are a cute way to pot your plants. They are placed in different positions for sitting and relaxing.

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