25 Easy to grow houseplants that add pretty colours
- By: Ashley Saunders
- August 2019
Indoor plants are fantastic at adding excitement to any room. Thankfully there are many easy to grow houseplants available and most will withstand almost total neglect!
While you can go faux and have no maintenance, using the real deal is a superb way to purify your home’s air while adding some colour.
Most, tough evergreen house plants have few needs. They’ll require the occasional watering and a trim now and again. Simple?!
So whether you live in an apartment or a house with a sizeable garden, indoor plants are a must-add interior accessory.
Here are our top 25 easy to grow houseplants that you can buy and brighten your home with today.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is the first of our indoor plants. A member of the Araceae (Arum) family, it’s an evergreen plant, that always looks lush!
The feathered leaves grow to a length of 40 to 60cm and are smooth, shiny and dark green. While they can flower, it’s rare for them to indoors. The arum-like flowers grow from the base of the plant.
You can buy 30 cm Zamioculca Zamiifolia from Amazon for £12.
Commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant, the Monstera deliciosa is a distinctive plant, that’s been a household staple for years.
Originating from tropical rainforests, the Swiss cheese plant creates a fantastic focal point. It also filters the air by removing toxins and releasing oxygen.
What makes the Monstera Deliciosa ideal it’s very easy to care and grows to fill the pot. So while it can grow to over 2 metres, you can restrict its growth by cultivating it in a smaller pot.
Swiss cheese plants are affordable and most garden centres sell them. Ikea sells a 21cm high plant for £15!
Maranta Leuconeura Fascinator
Maranta Leuconeura Fascinator is better known as the Prayer Plant. At night, its leaves fold together and so looks like hands closed in prayer.
As its leaves unfold in the morning light, they sometimes make a rustling sound. These oval-shaped leaves have a spectacular green feathered pattern with red veins and can grow to 12 cm long.
While the Maranta Leuconeura Fascinator can’t handle direct sunlight, it does need a bright spot to grow. If the soil feels dry, then it’s time to water.
Affordable, you can buy a red prayer plant with a 30 cm spread for £15 from Amazon.
Ficus Benjamina ‘Danielle’
Ficus Benjamina ‘Danielle’ is a charming house plant which can grow to about 1 metre in height. They are well known for their small evergreen leaves and braided stems.
As it filters toxins from the air, Ficus Danielle is continually purifying the environment around it. So is an excellent house plant for city dwellers.
Happy to be pot-bound, just as long as it has enough drainage holes. Ficus Benjamina needs a moderate amount of light and need watering regularly. However, allow the compost to partially dry out between waterings.
A 17cm potted plant costs £28 (from Amazon).
The humble Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Chopin) is an inexpensive plant that always in bloom and beautiful to admire. It will never fail to make you stop to appreciate it, with a smile.
More than just an attractive plant, Peace Lilies filter out toxins in the air while purifying the surrounding environment.
A generally low maintenance plant, they require regular watering. They thrive in the shade and at lower temperatures, making the Peace Lily ideal for any home.
So brighten your day and make yourself smile with a £8 plant from Amazon.
Scindapsus Aureus is often known as the Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos. It’s ideal for the home as it’s very easy to keep and clear toxins from the air.
A fantastic plant for displaying in small pots. It’s also superb as an indoor hanging plant, especially as the vines cascade down as they grow.
The Golden Pothos can grow to over 2 metres long. So, you’ll need to keep cutting them back. They grow best when away from direct sunlight, although they do need some light.
They do like a good watering but you should wait for the compost to almost dry out between waterings.
As an adaptable plant, the Scindapsus Aureus is widely available including from Amazon, where a 90 cm plant costs £11.
Calathea Zebrina or Zebra plant is a fantastic, easy to grow houseplant. With its distinctive leaf markings, many grow it for its foliage.
What makes the Calathea Zebrina ideal is that it’s happy in a fairly shady room. Originating from Mexico, it grows best in a warm and moist environment.
They can grow to about 1 metre in height. So, if you have a sunny Bathroom, with some space, then consider adding a Zebra plant as it will thrive.
A 50cm tall plant will set you back £15 from Amazon.
Livistona is a palm tree that’s native to southern and south-eastern Asia, Australasia, and the Horn of Africa.
As a fan palm, the Livistona is easy to spot and the leaves almost seem to waft cool air towards you! As an evergreen, this plant always looks elegant.
While they can grow to 2-metre in height, they are many other palms, who can easily exceed this height. However, even the smallest Livistona has a huge impact.
Available as 30 cm tall plant (£15 from Amazon), Livistona is ideal on a desk or kitchen worktop.
Known as the Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra Elatior are well used to thriving with neglect, making them ideal house plants.
Tolerant of most settings except direct sun, they are one of the few indoor plants that will thrive in a dark position with little light.
It’s leathery lance-shaped leaves look fantastic, all year. As a very low maintenance plant, the Cast Iron Plant can be placed around the home with instant impact.
A 45cm tall plant will set you back £23 from Amazon.
Gardenia Jasminoides make excellent house plants as they bloom with attractive white flowers and pleasing lush green foliage. It is an evergreen plant of the coffee family Rubiaceae.
Few plants have such an exotic pleasant fragrance as the evergreen, Gardenia Jasminoides. This subtropical plant is ideal for indoor growing, place where it will get partial sunlight.
Gardenias thrive best in acidic soil with plenty of drainage. So you may want to mix water with vinegar or lemon juice to keep the pH low.
Widely available and affordable, Amazon sells a 25cm tall Gardenia Jasminoides for £13.
Zygopetalum ‘Trozy Blue’
Zygopetalum ‘Trozy Blue’ is an unusual orchid, that’s ideal for adding colour to a room.
The slender wax-like flowers provide an interesting mix of green, plum and purple-blue. Early morning, the Zygopetalum produces a fresh, sweet scent. The green foliage is just as colourful and is often infused with black spots and streaks.
As we’re growing indoors, it’s best to use a specialist orchid compost and place in bright yet indirect light. Each week, place the pot in a kitchen sink of water for around 15 mins. They’ll soak up all the water they need. However, do leave your plant to drain before returning it.
Crocus sell a range of zygopetalum orchids, each is around 60 cms and priced at £25.
Crassula Buddha’s Temple
If you’re looking for a mini plant that’s interesting and low maintenance, consider the Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’. Taking after its name, the plant does look like a far eastern place of worship!
The flat, thin leaves are silvery-grey to greyish-green in colour. Over time the leaves form a square column with varying levels. When fully grown, it will measure about 15 cm tall, making it ideal to place in clusters around the home.
Once fully grown, the Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’ will eventually develop spherical red, orange or white flowers which appear at the top of the plant.
Very low maintenance, simply keep this plant in good quality compost and don’t over-water. As a mini plant, it’s highly affordable. You can purchase a 5.5 cm tall plant for £8 from Amazon.
If you’re looking for a plant that adds drama to a room, then consider the Hoya Linearis or wax flower. One would look superb in a dining room, hallway or living room.
Hoya produces long, slender foliage which creates a cascading effect along the length of the trailing stems. If given enough light, it may produce clusters of sweetly scented wax-like cream coloured flowers.
As one of the faster growing indoor plants on the list, it needs bright indirect light. Throughout the summer keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. In winter, water less often, just top the water up when the soil becomes dry.
You can buy 55cm Hoya Linearis plant that includes pot from Crocus for £28.
Well known for its healing qualities, Aloe Vera is also a beautiful plant to use indoors. As an evergreen plant, Aloe Vera is easy to care for and requires no pruning.
The fleshy, narrow green leaves have spiky margins and tubular greenish-yellow flowers. They have a similar look to some Cactus types.
Aloe Vera has many medicinal properties and is excellent for treating burns, cuts, rashes as well as being effective for stings and bites.
As an easy to maintain plant, Aloe Vera is ideal for using around the house and also as a gift. Amazon sells a mini Aloe Vera for £8.
Pilea Peperomioides or better known as the Chinese Money Plant. Sadly, money doesn’t grow on trees! However, this unique looking indoor plant is visually impressive and ideal for the home.
Typically a low growing plant that’s quite compact, the Chinese Money Plant adds depths to any room without taking up much space. Also, Pilea Peperomioides are relatively low maintenance plants.
Chinese Money plants grow best in partial shade. You’ll need to moderately water during the warmer months. Let the soil dry out in between waterings.
You can purchase a Pilea Peperomioides Plant from Amazon for £13.
Jasminum Polyanthum, also known as pink jasmine or white jasmine, is native to China and Myanmar. Since its introduction to the UK in the 1890s, it’s become very popular, especially as a house or conservatory plant.
It’s attractive pinnate leaves quickly shoot upwards, climbing whatever’s close! Abundant clusters of reddish-pink buds open to highly fragrant white flowers in late spring.
A beautiful plant with an amazingly strong fragrance. It grows better in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Easy to prune and manage, it makes for a fantastic house plant.
As a relatively fast-growing climbing plant, white jasmine is ideal for masking unsightly walls or as a living backdrop. Affordable, you can pick a 30 cm tall plant for £13 (buy at Amazon).
Oxalis Triangularis or Purple Shamrock is one of the best indoor plants you can buy. It’s a particularly hardy plant that requires little maintenance. Also, the plant is ideal for helping to improve air quality.
The Purple Shamrock plant prefers indirect sunlight with weekly watering throughout the warmer months. During the winter, it needs watering less. Magical, the leaves close at night and open in the morning!
As a bonus, the flowers from this plant are edible and so can be used in salads or as cake decorations. This plant is toxic to cats when digested.
As an ideal house plant for your home or office, a 20 cm tall Oxalis Triangularis is available from Amazon for £25.
Chinese Evergreen, also known as Aglaonema, is a remarkable and decorative house plant. It’s very easy to maintain and will survive some neglect. The plant also has strong air-purifying properties.
What makes it very popular, is its unique lance-shaped leaves, with their multiple green shades. Chinese Evergreen bring depth and a unique texture to the room.
They prefer being in a bright space yet out of the way of direct sunlight. It’s advisable to keep the soil moist at all times and to not let it dry out. However, do not over-water the plant as this may cause root rot.
As an affordable, compact plant, it’s best to start with a 30 cm plant, which will cost you £12 from Amazon.
With markings reminiscent of an animal print, it’s obvious where the Calathea leopardina gets its name! It’s bold and distinctive yet a compact and pretty plant. So it’s ideal as a house plant.
Originating from tropical regions, they thrive best in temperatures above 15°C and a bight position that’s not directly in the sunlight. In the summer, keep it well watered, although you can cut back in winter.
You’ll want to feed regularly with a liquid house plant fertiliser, during the growing season. As a tropical plant, they thrive in high humidity, and so are best to grow in a kitchen or bathroom.
The RHS sells 40cm tall Calathea Leopardina for £13.
As another fantastic focal point, the Yucca Elephantipes is ideal as a house plant as it requires little maintenance. Yuccas produce sword-shaped foliage which is stiff and is multiple shades of green.
These leaves grow from the rough, woody stem. Most Yucca plants have multiple stems and so create a superb visual effect. New leaves form on the top of the stem and the older foliage yellows before falling off.
Native to Mexico and Central America, Yucca likes a sunny, bright position. It can handle most temperatures from 7°C and up. You’ll need to water it more in the summer than winter.
A 95cm tall specimen will set you back £30 from Amazon.
Beaucarnea recurvata or Ponytail palm originates from Mexico and grows there ‘rain or shine’ on rock faces and mountains. The wild green crown provides interest against the rough bark of the stem.
It stores water in its stem just like cactuses and succulents. As it’s used to hot dry heat, you can grow the Beaucarnea in full sun. Also, it’s hardy and doesn’t might winter temperatures of 5°C.
In terms of care, it just needs some liquid fertiliser and watering a few times in spring and summer. If it grows too large, just saw off the trunk and watch it regrow.
As tall indoor plants go, the Ponytail palm always looks vibrant and majestic. So is perfect for living rooms, dining rooms or hallways.
You can buy an 80 cm tall version this natural air purifier from Amazon for £39.
Phalaenopsis ‘White Willd Orchid’
Phalaenopsis ‘White Willd Orchid’, sometimes known as moth orchid is a fantastic, affordable way to add colour to any room, all year round.
While the flowers of this orchid may be small, there are plenty of them. And more are always on the way! Impressively, this orchid continues to flower virtually non-stop all year round.
Ideal as a house plant and a gift, they are relatively easy to grow and will survive some neglect yet will continue to produce flowers!
Fantastic for kitchen or bathroom as they love humidity and only need the occasional watering. Also, as we’re potting, it’s best to grow in a specialist orchid compost.
Crocus carries a superb range of Phalaenopsis ‘White Willd Orchid’, including a 30 cm tall plant for £25.
Schlumbergera is commonly known as Christmas cactus. It gets its name because they flower from late November to late January, and so look superb over the Christmas period. Also, they’re ideal as a Christmas gift.
As an evergreen, the Christmas cactus produces lush and in
Even though a member of the cacti family, Schlumbergera prefer a semi-shade situation. Ideally, you’d place them in a well-lit, humid atmosphere, which is out of direct sunlight.
Readily available, you can purchase a 20 cm tall Schlumbergera ‘Red’ Christmas cactus for £18 from the RHS shop.
Sansevaria, often known by the much more interesting name Mother in Law’s Tongue is An ideal plant for the home or office that is very easy to keep.
It’s long wavy leaves are plentiful and look like tongues, hence the name! They will survive in the shade but prefer bright light with some sun.
Very low maintenance, they require only a small feed between spring and autumn. You’ll want to water moderately, but ensure the compost dries out between waterings.
Affordable, you can buy a 30 cm plant for around £10 from Amazon.
Ficus Bonsai Tree
Ficus Bonsai Tree is a fantastic decorative interior shrub, with Asian roots (sorry!). It’s green, lush look and small stature are just a few reasons why ficus is one of the world’s most popular evergreen indoor plants.
The Ficus prefers a bright or half-bright location, but not direct sunlight. They like a lot of water and can handle watering twice a week. Of course, they’ll need more water in the summer than winter.
Ideally, find a good spot and try not to move the plant again. Moving costs the plant a lot of energy as it has to adapt to a new location. If the Ficus is growing too much in one direction, then rotate it little by little until a new site is showing.
A Ficus Bonsai Tree is pricey as a 70 cm plant will cost £49 (buy at Amazon).
Add some easy to grow houseplants
Bring nature inside with houseplants. Adding a few easy to grow houseplants is a ideal way to add some lush colours while purifying your home’s air. They are a superb finishing touch to add to a room.