9 Indoor plants perfect for the small-space gardener (and how to care for them!)

Why do we love indoor plants? They add a decorative element to our interiors, but they also help put us in a good mood and tend to be beneficial for our physical health. 

@OiiOreo: “As well as creating a living space that is soothing to be in, plants can also help with loneliness and depression: caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding — especially when you see that living thing bloom and thrive.”

In this article, we’ve listed 25 fabulous indoor plants you can have lots of fun looking after and watch flourish. And don’t panic if you don’t have much light – we even have some that will snuggle up in dark corners then surprise you with their foliage. Read on to find out the best plants for your home:

Rubber plant. This pretty green addition to your home is a great air purifier. It requires indirect sunlight to flourish – something most of us surely have. Only water it when you can tell the soil is drying out.

Sweetheart plant. Named after its heart-shaped leaves, this lovely little plant (also known as Hoya Kerrii) is great for your window sill since it thrives in direct sunlight. Water every three to four weeks.

Snake Plant

Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the tall Snake Plant loves indirect light. Water it only when the soil is completely dried out. 

Yucca Cane Plant

Easy to maintain, it only needs watering when the foil goes dry – although a little misting now and again never hurt anyone (including this plant). Set it in indirect light to prevent the leaves from burning from too much sun.

Air Plant

Popular now for several years, the Air Plant loves bright but indirect light. Soak in water for at least 10 minutes weekly then place them back in position. Lovely in a terrarium and there are lots of different varieties to choose from.

Asparagus Fern

A lovely soft plant to feel, the Asparagus Fern – like many in this list – prefers indirect light. It also likes a lot of water. Looks great hanging in a woven basket for a Bohemian touch to any room.

Cacti

The classic house plant – and the one most of us started off with, such is it’s easy-to-maintain nature, the cacti needs to be watered weekly during the warmer seasons of spring and summer. In winter give it a drink every three weeks. Looks great as one large plant or several smaller ones all grouped together.

Spider Plant

Another plant many of us grew up nurturing as children (and usually over-watering and killing off), the Spider Plant likes indirect light. It only needs to be watered occasionally (take note!). Looks great hanging from a macramé or similar planter.

Gardenia

A lovely hallway plant, thanks to its lovely scent, the Gardenia plant is more for the seasoned grower. That’s because it needs at least six hours of direct sunlight to get those blooms to make an appearance.