5 of the Best Indoor Plants for Your House

A huge pot embossed in copper burned green and orange under the candlelit hue. The shadows it cast flickered and danced on the coffered ceiling. The hanging planter foliage waved.

From the comfort of our couch, we waved back, as though possessed by the candle smoke and billowing emotion. Caught in the moment, we professed our love, not in words or whispers but in a look reserved for that which words simply cannot convey. Then, in unison, we decreed it was time for more indoor planters; love never felt so right.

We shifted upright, our embrace now a digital search for the best plants we could obtain. And for hours we sat there, still bathing in the veritable glow, which had now infused with  the clinical pixels of the screen, until we had compiled this shortlist:

String of pearls

String of Pearls Plant

Picture: Pinterest

With its intricate tendrils extending out like octopus tentacles and beads you could adorn your neck with, this succulent is a real winner. Place it in a copper or industrial planter and let the String of Pearls cascade like a waterfall.

Perfect for: A kitchen or living space

Maintenance: This beautifully named plant is low-maintenance – it only needs water every couple weeks. It prefers bright or direct sunlight. Ideally, plant in sandy, well-drained soil.

Notes: Just be wary that children and pets will not enjoy this as much as us if consumed, as it’s deemed mildly toxic.

Tropic Marianne

Tropic Marianne Plant

Picture: Mercer Botanicals

Another fantastically-named indoor plant is Tropic Marianne (also known as Dumb Cane), but it’s much more than just a pretty name. What really sets this perennial apart is its stunning lime-green and white variegated leaves that will dazzle you year-round.

Perfect for: Bathrooms or conservatories

Maintenance: This frost-sensitive indoor plant likes humidity, doesn’t require much water (just when dry) and likes bright but not direct sunlight. Plant in rich, moist soil.

Notes: Keep this away from kids and pets. Also note that snails and slugs find these leaves tasty so be careful where you place this or you may find yourself inundated.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Mother In Laws Tongue Indoor Plant

Picture: Urban Outfitters

This rugged indoor plant is an evergreen winner and is commonly referred to as ‘snake plant’ for its dense, snake-like strands. This plant is native to tropical West Africa and is an ornamental houseplant favourite because of its hardiness and durability.  

Perfect for: that empty space that requires a bold, standalone statement or in public places like cafes or malls.

Maintenance: Virtually none. Just water when dry. High levels of light will allow the leaves to flourish bigger and brighter.

Notes: Check local information before purchasing this plant, as it is deemed invasive in certain areas.

Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium Orchids Plant

Picture: Orchids Plus

You may recognise these divine, spindly flowers from florists or decadent bouquets. They’re there for a reason, mostly because the long-lasting blooms are sure to create a wonderful explosion of colour in any room.

There are a plethora of orchids to choose from, all of which are wonderful. In fact, there are even hundreds of varieties of dendrobium orchids. We can thank Olof Swartz for this. In 1799, he established the first dendrobium orchid and today there are more than 1200.

Perfect for: A statement piece in your living or lounge area, anywhere you spend a lot of time.

Maintenance: Unlike some of the previous plants, which require virtually no maintenance whatsoever, dendrobium orchids do require a bit of TLC. Don’t all things beautiful? Water them weekly and fertilise them monthly with a special orchid plant food. They thrive in temperatures of 15-20 degrees Celsius.

Notes: The beauty of orchids is the ability to hand pick colours. Choose the right one for your room for maximum impact.

Zanzibar Gem

Zanzibar Gem Plant

Picture: Handyman

We nickname this indoor plant the tank because it can withstand almost anything: parched soil, neglect and abuse. Really its only weakness is over-watering (and very cold conditions)! You can go on a round-the-world voyage and it’ll likely be there waiting when you get back.

But the Zanzibar Gem is far from just a practical solution. It looks striking and will likely garner compliments from guests.

Perfect for: that place where you’ve tried growing other indoor plants and failed.

Maintenance: Do not place in direct sunlight. Water occasionally. For best results, use a mild fertiliser periodically. At times, the leaves may gather dust but nothing a duster or damp cloth won’t fix in a jiffy.

Notes: The Zanzibar Gem makes a perfect gift for beginner indoor planters or for students. Be aware that the sap is toxic so don’t ingest it under any circumstances.

We hope you’ve found our shortlist helpful. If you’d like some equally beautiful indoor hanging planters for your newly purchased plants, check them out here.