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Houseplant Planting Guide: What to Plant Where

We have a detailed Houseplant Planting Guide that will give you an idea of what to plant where for the accurate placement of indoor plants.

Not every plant is the same, as each one has a different growing requirement when it comes to sunlight, humidity, and temperature. To make it easy for you, we have an informative Houseplant Planting Guide that will help you a lot.

Confused about which plant for which room? To find out, click here


Low Light Spot

Any area that gets indirect light in the house.

1. Heartleaf Philodendron

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Botanical Name: Philodendron

It can easily adjust to low-light conditions and is a great plant for low-lit rooms. We have an article on its best varieties here.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing Philodendron

2. Cast Iron Plant

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Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior

This plant will thrive in the shaded spot of your room that gets an occasional light. It is also quite easy to grow and survives lots of neglect.

Check out our article on growing Cast Iron Plant here

3. Silver Inch Plant

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Botanical Name: Tradescantia zebrina

This fast-growing plant will amaze you with its green and purple leaves. It trails beautifully in a low-lit room and can be a great addition to hanging baskets too!

Here’s all you need to know about growing wandering jew

4. Orchid

Botanical Name: Orchidaceae

The only con of keeping an orchid plant in low light is it will lose the light green hue of the foliage and will become dark green. Otherwise, it does just fine!

Have a look at the best Orchids here

5. Peacock Plant

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Botanical Name: Calathea makoyana

The beautiful color combination of the peacock plant makes it one of the best indoor plants you can grow. It likes moist soil but water the plant according to the temperature and light conditions.

Note: Calathea is a bit demanding; it needs a minimum temperature of 55 F (13 C).

6. Creeping Fig

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Botanical Name: Ficus pumila

This beautiful, slow-growing creeper thrives well in low light and looks great with its small, leathery white-green foliage. Make sure not to overwater the plant.

7. Japanese Sedge

Botanical Name: Carex morrowii

This shade-loving ornamental grass grows well indoors. If you want the best foliage color, keep it at a spot where it gets bright, indirect light.

8. Snake Plant

Botanical Name: Dracaena trifasciata

One of the best plants for shady spots of your home, you can grow it for its looks, air-purifying abilities, and low maintenance nature!

Here’s everything you need to know about growing Snake Plant


Sunny Spot

Any room with a sunny window that gets 3-4 hours of direct sunlight. 

8. Kalanchoe

Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

The only way to make this drought-tolerant plant look more beautiful is to provide plenty of sun. An east-facing window in summer and a south-facing window in winter is the ideal location.

Check out the best Kalanchoe pictures on Instagram here

9. Dwarf Citrus

Botanical Name: Citrus spp

Dwarf citrus plants offer mesmerizing fragrances and fruits! Their compact size means you can grow them in tight spaces, and they are happy with 4-5 hours of sun every day.

Here are the best citrus trees for containers 

10. Umbrella Papyrus

Botanical Name: Cyperus alternifolius

This plant is a great addition to well-lit windows where it adds a beautiful green appeal indoors. Just keep the soil moist and watch it thrive!

11. Sago Palm

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Botanical Name: Cycas revoluta

This slow-growing specimen goes well with the modern rooms. The only catch of growing this beautiful plant is its poisonous nature, so keep it away from pets and children.

Here’s everything you need to know about growing Sago Palm

12. Gardenia

Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides

The stunning flowers of this plant add a scent indoors. If you have a vacant west and south-facing window, it will be more than happy to grow there.

Check out our article on growing Gardenia here.

13. Geranium

Botanical Name: Pelargonium

The aromatic leaves and beautiful blooms of geranium look best on a sunny window. A west or south-facing window would be an excellent spot for it.

Here’s all you need to know about growing Geraniums

14. Cyclamen

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Botanical Name: Cyclamen persicum

A bright and sunny window is an ideal spot for the gorgeous flowers of cyclamen with equally attractive foliage. Avoid exposing the plant to the harsh afternoon sun.


Dry Air

A room with an air conditioner is perfect for these plants.

15. Wax Plant

Botanical Name: Hoya carnosa

The thick and waxy leaves of the hoya have the ability to store water, which makes them one of the best plants to grow in the dry air areas of the home.

16. Spineless Yucca

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Botanical Name: Yucca elephantipes

As yucca plants struggle to survive in humidity that’s anywhere near higher than 28%, it makes them perfect for dry air.

17. Ox Tongue

Botanical Name: Gasteria spp

This one is quite easy to grow and maintain. It looks attractive with its slender foliage and does well in rooms where dry air is a problem.

18. Silver Squill

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Botanical Name: Ledebouria socialis

As long as you are not keeping it near an air conditioning vent, this plant will do wonderfully well in a dry air atmosphere.

19. Arrowhead Vine

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Botanical Name: Syngonium spp

The glossy green foliage of this plant resembles the head of an arrow. It thrives in a dry air environment and is one of the best plants to grow indoors too!

Here are the best Arrowhead Vine varieties you can grow

20. Cacti

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Cacti will be a great addition to a dry room. They come in various varieties, and you can also grow flowering ones!


High Humidity

A high humidity area like a washroom will be a great spot to grow these plants.

21. Watermelon Peperomia

Botanical Name: Peperomia argyreia

This stubby plant is in love with plenty of moisture and will look great on a bathroom window. We have a great article on growing it here.

Have a look at the most amazing Peperomia varieties here

22. Bird’s Nest Fern

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Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus

The plant does best in both low light and humidity areas. It also looks great in hanging baskets and looks great with its wavy foliage!

23. Chinese Evergreen

Botanical Name: Aglaonema

The plant does well in both well-lit and low-light areas. Where it really thrives well is a humid location, like a bathroom. Check out our article on growing it here.

Here are the most stunning aglaonemas you can grow

24. Peace Lily

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Botanical Name: Spathiphyllum

This high humidity-loving houseplant is also potent in cleaning indoor air and looks stunning with its colorful spathes.

Check out our article on growing Peace Lily here.

25. Grape Ivy

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Botanical Name: Cissus rhombifolia

It loves humid conditions of up to near 40-60% and can tolerate low light as well. Just avoid overwatering and watch this vine thrive happily.

26. Staghorn Fern

Botanical Name: Platycerium

This epiphytic fern loves an area with high humidity and good air circulation. A bathroom would be a great place to grow this plant.


Cool Spot

Any room with insufficient air-flow is good for these plants.

27. Bush Lily

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Botanical Name: Clivia miniata

This plant prefers a cool temperature that also helps it to bloom. The colorful flowers and contrasting green foliage will surely brighten up a chilly space.

28. Christmas Cactus

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Botanical Name: Schlumbergera bridgesii

The fact that it blooms during the winter Christmas time makes it an ideal candidate for cold rooms. It is also easy to grow and low maintenance.

Here’s how you can make Christmas Cactus bloom easily

29. Lemon Cypress

Botanical Name: Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’

The spiky light green foliage of the plant will add a dash of colors to cool rooms. It is quite a hardy plant and will survive cold temperatures indoors easily!

30. English Ivy

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Botanical Name: Hedera helix

It is one of the most cold-hardy plants you can grow that also looks fabulous in hanging baskets! Check out its best varieties here.

Have a look at our article on growing English Ivy here

31. Maidenhair Fern

Botanical Name: Adiantum

As long as you will provide dappled light and mist the foliage regularly, it will easily thrive in cold temperatures while looking beautiful with its lacy leaves.

32. Creeping Inch Plant

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Botanical Name: Callisia repens

This semi-succulent plant looks beautiful in hanging planters and small pots. It can tolerate cool-moist conditions and withstand drought as well.


Versatile Houseplants

These plants can thrive in a variety of environments and do well in low and well-lit spot.

33. Rubber Plant

Botanical Name: Ficus elastica

Popular for its glossy and large leaves, the plant achieves good height indoors and also offers many benefits that you can check out here.

Check out our article on growing rubber plants here

34. Pothos

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

The trailing foliage of pothos looks spectacular in hanging baskets and shelves. This low-maintenance plant also has many benefits on offer!

Here are the different types of pothos you can grow

35. Lucky Bamboo

Botanical Name: Dracaena sanderiana

One of the most resilient plants, you can grow it in both soil and water. It looks great on tabletops and offers a green look year-round.

36. Dracaena

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Botanical Name: Dracaena

The old long and sword-shaped foliage of the plant looks appealing in rooms. What makes them so popular is that they don’t require much watering and are adaptable to low-light conditions.

Check out some awesome benefits of growing Dracaena here

37. Umbrella Plant

Botanical Name: Schefflera

The lush, glossy foliage and low maintenance nature of the plant make it a top pick for many people. It is also quite effective in removing toxins from the indoor air. Here’s everything you need to know about growing the Umbrella plant.

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