18 Most Beautiful Indoor Plants ( & 5 Easy Care Tips! )

18 most beautiful & easy to grow indoor plants. Best houseplants with showy foliage & flowers, plus gardening tips for low light conditions.

Are you a lover of beautiful indoor plants? I can relate – just look at our indoor garden below! =)

Indoor plants bring so much beauty and happy vibes into a room. They can also clean indoor air effectively and make our living spaces much healthier! Today I am so happy to share with you 18 of my favorite and easiest indoor plants, and the following helpful tips:

beautiful & easy care indoor plants. Best houseplants with showy foliage & flowers, plus gardening tips for low light conditions.
  • Best indoor plants for low light conditions.
  • Beautiful flowering indoor plants that are easy to grow.
  • How to keep house plants healthy with very little work.

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Let’s dive in and learn about each plant, plus their care tips at the end ( don’t miss ) !

Best large house plant: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Best large house plant: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite indoor tree: Fiddle Leaf Fig (the tree on the left )! We have not 1, but 4 Fiddle Leaf Figs, all grown easily from cuttings 3 years ago. They are so gorgeous and easy to care for. The key is bright light and watering once a week. You can learn all about Fiddle Leaf Fig care tips and propagation in this detailed guide I wrote here!

How to grow Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig care tips and propagation: a detailed guide

Best indoor plants for low light conditions.

Even though we may not notice it, the most challenging thing about growing indoor plants is the low light conditions most spaces have! These 3 trailing house plants can do well in low light or bright light.

Best indoor plants for low light conditions: Tradescantia zebrina, Wandering Jew and Epipremnum aureum "Jade and Pearl" Pathos

From left to right:

Tradescantia zebrina / Wandering Jew is a great colorful indoor plant with stunning silver metallic stripes on one side of the leaves and deep purple on the other. Tip: a little extra morning sun will make this plant more purple!

Epipremnum aureum “Jade and Pearl” / Jade & Pearl Pathos has beautiful variegated white and green foliage great for brightening up a room.

gorgeous indoor vines in living room

Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil‘ / Brasil heart-leaf Philodendron is a gorgeous indoor vine that has waxy deep green leaves variegated with golden-yellow. In the photo above, it is the one on the right.

grow indoor plants in glass bottles and water

These 3 plants will also grow beautifully in water! Tutorial and more details here : How to grow some of my favorite houseplants easily in water!

Beautiful flowering indoor plants

Beautiful flowering indoor plants in modern boho home

Orchids, in this case the Cymbidium, or boat orchids, together with number 9, 10, and 11 ( later),  are some of my favorite flowering house plants. The incredibly beautiful flowers last for 2 months!

Orchids require different growing medium: instead of potting soil, they prefer Orchid Mix specifically formulated to provide superior drainage and allow for proper root ventilation.

beautiful flowerin Cymbidium orchid with indoor garden plants

Cymbidium loves bright light or dappled sunlight. Provide similar care as for your other house plants. See the 5 essential care tips at the end!

Super easy to grow flowering indoor plants

Aechmea fasciata / Urn Plant or Silver Vase Plant, is a bromeliad patterned silver foliage and pink flower. This tropical beauty is super easy to care for.  The flower can last for months, eventually the stalk will brown & die. Cut the stalk completely off. You’ll see offshoots /pups starting to form off the base of the mother plant to form new plants.

best flowering indoor plants: Vriesea splendens, Flaming sword plant  and Aechmea fasciata , Urn Plant or Silver Vase Plant, a bromeliad patterned silver foliage and pink flower.

Vriesea splendens / Flaming sword plant ( on the left ) with attractive mottled leaves, is one of the most popular bromeliads grown indoors. The flower bud you see will become a bright red sword like flower head which can grow up to 2ft tall!

I have seen Bromeliads thriving just about anywhere here in coastal Southern California and warm Hawaii : hanging on tree branches, planted in soil, mounted on barks or planks, etc. You can use either potting soil or orchid mix. I use 50% potting soil and 50% orchid mix. 

Begonia ” Dragon Wing Pink”

Begonia ” Dragon Wing Pink”: this Angel Wing Begonia almost never stops flowering! It loves bright shade. Definitely one of the easiest!

Easy house plants with dramatic tropical foliage

Asplenium nidus, Birds Nest Fern and Stag Horn Fern are Easy house plants with dramatic tropical foliage

Asplenium nidus / Birds Nest Fern: It’s glossy attractive leaves can reach 2-3 feet long. The Birds Nest Fern is happiest when the soil is kept moist but not soggy. The Stag Horn Fern in the front is also a great houseplant with such unique foliage!

Monstera deliciosa aka Swiss cheese plant: One of the most loved tropical plant with big leavess

Monstera deliciosa / Swiss cheese plant: One of the most loved tropical plant, the Monstera is very fast growing. Our 6 inch pot little plant has grown into four big 5 gallon plants in 6 months. Talking about living in a jungle! =) Follow the 5 easy care tips at the end!

The ultimate easy-to-grow house plant.

See the little plant next to the Begonia? It has a cool name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or ZZ plant. It will grow bigger slowly to about 2-3 feet.

ZZ plant is an easy-to-grow house plant

The ZZ plant to the left of the flowering Begonia is SO easy to grow that you might think it’s a  fake plant! Forgot to water it? It’s fine. Low light? No problem. Always shinny and green, it’s like a cactus with a tropical green style!

Sansevieria is an indoor plant with so many gorgeous varieties, easy to propagate too!

And Sansevieria is another fail proof indoor plant with so many gorgeous varieties! Check out our guide here on growing and propagating Sansevieria!

More Air purifying house plants!

Check out 6 additional great low-light houseplants here in my earlier article, they also purify indoor air!

best Air purifying house plants

( The first one is also a stunning flowering indoor plant that is one of the best at cleaning indoor air! )

5 Essential care tips for your house plants :

1. Sun light requirements for most house plants: If I have ONE tip, this is it. Give your indoor plants the brightest place possible, but keep them out of direct sun, especially mid day sun, to avoid leaf damage. All indoor plants love bright shade and dappled morning sunlight. Some will do fine in low light.

2. How often to water indoor plants: The simple formula that has worked great for me is- once a week! Easy to remember. I place each plant in a saucer, water until there is a little bit of water coming out of the bottom of the pot, let sit and absorb for a few hours. Empty the saucer if there are still lots of water left by next day – this prevents root rot.

18 most beautiful & easy to grow indoor plants. Best houseplants with showy foliage & flowers, plus gardening tips for low light conditions.

3. Best soil for indoor plants: with the exception of orchids ( see plant #5), most houseplants like a good potting soil that contains horticultural perlite (those little white sponge like “rocks” ), a lightweight soil conditioner which improves drainage and aeration.

4. Fertilize every 1-2 months:  during spring and summer growing season, feed your house plants with a fertilizer or compost tea diluted to 1/2 strength.  Or mix some Slow Release All Purpose Fertilizer into the top inch of the soil.

5. Think like your indoor plants: most indoor plants come from the under-stories of tropical rain forest. Their natural habitat is usually shady, humid, with warm temperature and frequent thunderstorms. Your house plants will LOVE you if you bring them out on a mild or warm rainy day to get a nice bath! =)

I do this every time it rains. However, the rain in SoCal here is measured by drops instead of inches. By the time I get everybody outside, the rain would usually have stopped. At least my husband finds my efforts amusing, lol!

In case you are wondering, that big “photo” you see behind our plants is actually this TV with Art Mode to display digital photos! You can check out our living room TV wall before and after here!

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36 Comments

    • Hi,this is really a lot of good on some of my favorite indoor plants! Thank you so much for inspiring me to go plant shopping again!

  1. These are beautiful!! I really appreciate all the extra info on each indoor plant, very helpful when I go to the nursery! Thank you!

  2. Hi, me and my wife just bought a new home to start our newly married family. We decided to make an indoor garden and for a good indoor garden you need breathable plants. As my wife is really choosey for things like these, so i let her go through your list and i must say she is really impressed and got some really good ideas. All thanks to you. Cheers!

  3. I love indoor planting but my question is does the climate affects the growth of plant? Here its extreme hot.

  4. Love this site.Good simple info..Thank you so much.Didn’t know about so msny choices.Love plants.Going to try some of these.

  5. I always wanted to grow some beautiful indoors plant, but I didn’t have any idea. After reading this article I have finally come to conclusion like what plant to buy for my indoors. Thanks for the information:)

  6. Thank you so much! This looks amazing!! I only have succulents, I really need to buy some plants on this list.

  7. I was looking for window garden ideas and this article offered the perfect information that I needed. The pictures were so helpful. Can’t wait to get started. Must enlist the hubbys help to help build the window shelves…lol….which may the biggest hurdle to go over. Excited!!! Thank you for this great article.

  8. absolutely loved this newsletter. this one is so timely for our new to us home. we actually do not have to be restricted to container growing after so many years and these are all so helpful
    thank you

  9. This is a pleasantly different list. I have been researching on indoor plants a lot as I was planning to get couple of them soon.
    Your plants look pretty and well kept. Now I have an idea how I need to go about it.
    Bookmarking it 🙂

  10. Oh! Your garden is gorgeous! Please offer tips on how you have propagated the Monstera deliciosa? Thanks so much!

  11. We never really had many plants in the house when I was a child. I think my mother’s allergies were part of the problem. So when I went out on my own I never knew which plants would work indoors and which wouldn’t. Thanks for all of the great information here.

  12. These are all so beautiful. I had no idea there were so many varieties of easy to care for indoor plants. I love the idea of filling my house with living things.

  13. I absolutely love your indoor garden! I currently live in an apartment but when I have my own house this is how I envision my plants. 🙂 Your tips are definitely useful, especially the watering tips. Thank you!

  14. I am a plant killer, but now I know what I have been doing wrong! I will be following your tips for my next plant.

  15. I love having indoor plants! I want to try to do an indoor herb garden this year because the South Texas heat kills almost everything in the summer. I love the big leafy tropical plants and the hanging plants. We just always have to watch that they are safe for cats because our cat will get into them sometimes. Oh, and I water my plants once per week as well!

  16. I ve been wanting to get indoor plants to help purify the air in my house but didn’t know what to look for. Your list is super helpful for me!

  17. Love all the plants! I don’t have any indoor plants. I would like some though.A fern, some succulents and a flowering one would be great!

  18. Oh gosh any chance you are free to come to Wisconsin and help with my plant situation. I want more and need help with my current ones! Plants are so beautiful and make a huge difference in my life. I think I need to fertilize! I’ve never done that and all the plants are a few years old at this point!

  19. Gorgeous plants! I love indoor plants, I feel like they make my living room lively. I had Begonia for summer, but I did not know they could be indoor plants as well.

  20. So much great information and great list of plants here! I LOVE to keep houseplants but don’t always remember to water them so I’m going to try the low maintenance ones. I love the water plants also. Saving this page 🙂

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