Adding a leafy green house plant to a corner, shelf or window ledge is one of the easiest ways to bring some colour and interest into your home – and give you something new to post on Insta, too. Introducing a bit of nature into your living space can have mood-boosting benefits as well. Studies have shown that a bit of indoor greenery can help decrease anxiety levels and promote feelings of wellbeing (which is especially important while we're all stuck at home a bit more). Certain varieties like snake plants, Pothos and Monsteras, for example, can also help to improve the air quality in your home. Basically, they're an all-round healthy addition to your space, so it's not surprising there's nearly six million posts in the #houseplants tag on Instagram.
How to care for your house plants
Have you ever brought a new plant home, popped it on your bedroom windowsill (where it looks beautiful – to begin with) only for it to go crisp and brown within weeks? Unfortunately, being a good plant parent requires thinking about more than aesthetics if you want to ensure they'll thrive for years to come. Before making your purchase, assess the size, light quality and humidity level of the area you want your new plant to sit and check the care instructions on anything you're tempted by to ensure it's a good match.
High humidity plants like Boston ferns, spider plants and Aloe vera will suit bathrooms; even those smaller shower rooms where there might be little to no natural light. For those rooms that get drenched in direct sunlight throughout the day, opt for a palm variety, a climbing plant like a string of pearls, or even a cactus. Most other house plants, such as rubber plants, Monsteras and the like, prefer not to be blasted with direct sun, so their leaves don't crisp up and burn. Whichever selection you make, make sure to read the care instructions, so you aren't faced with horticultural heartbreak down the line.
So, if you're now suitably tempted to start your own indoor garden, here are some of our picks of the best house plants to deck out every room of your house.
40 Best House Plants
When in bloom, this plant features stunning orange flowers for maximum impact in your living room – and it'll happily grow to at least two metres without need for repotting. We're in love.
Here's a smaller Bird Of Paradise, perfect for your side table or shelving unit.
This is a great price for three plants, especially as it comes with the pots as well. Pop on your coffee table to instantly lift your space.
Need something to jazz up your small folding desk during these ongoing WFH days? This pretty red plant will do just that.
Stick these on your windowsill and know you're doing your bit to improve your home's air quality.
Who wouldn't want to receive this lovely gift when they're done with the faff of moving home?
This selection has been carefully chosen as it likes to be kept humid, making it ideal for adding some colour and charm to your bathroom windowsill.
Most large house plants are on the pricier side but this Ficus tree is just under £55 for a 1m+ tree. We think that's a bit of a bargain.
I have this and I love it. It's super easy to care for and its chunky, glossy leaves have some serious wow factor. It looks good when paired with a plant stand too. Recommended.
So, I've got one of these and trust, it's got some serious wow-factor. It's HUGE and so reasonably priced. One of my favourite house plants I own. It looks lovely when paired with some neutrals (brown/tan tones, creamy cushions and throws, etc). Just be careful not to prick yourself – he's sharp!
A moss pole helps your Monstera grow to new, dizzy heights. When it's outgrown its current one, switch it for a new one to encourage it to get even taller.
Another good one for a bathroom here – ferns love tropical, humid environments. Give it a spritz with a mister if kept in your living room to keep it happy.
With its bright, almost lime green leaves, this will add a real pop of colour to a shelf or cabinet. Pair with a contrasting colourful pot for max effect.
These always look lovely perched on a top shelf of a unit or hanging from a hook near a window. They grow super quickly too – you'll be surprised!
Like surprises? This brand will send you a selection of random cacti from its collection. Price is dependent on how many you choose.
Erm, how gorge is this? We've never seen a plant so vibrant before. Love.
This is called a 'String of Tortoises' which is SO cute and you can definitely see why. It's a great succulent to keep in terrariums – but don't overwater it.
If you're looking for an easy-to-care for house plant to brighten up a bare corner, a large leafy palm is a go-to choice.
This one's a similar size, but comes without the belly basket, if you'd prefer a plain white pot. It's a little cheaper, too.
Looking for a quick way to revamp your drab, beige bathroom? Add this set of three little plants to your windowsill for some instant jungly vibes (and a splash of colour).
Larger open-plan spaces need bigger plants to adorn them. We'd pop one of these Fiddle Leaf Figs next to our sofa, the littler Monstera on the side table and the Yucca plant next to our WFH desk setup. An instant improvement!
Bring some tropical vibes home with this banana plant – keep it warm and eventually, it could grow to three metres tall. Impressive.
For your fireplace and bookcases, hanging plants will add some more interest.
If you haven't got a Monstera plant yet, why not? This is a good one to start off your collection.
It's nearly Christmas! This adorable (and unusual) Milk Tree has been adorned with a string of lights, so will add some festive charm to your room.
Here's another good bathroom plant (but at this size, it's best for bigger rooms) – as it acts as a natural humidifier, which is handy for damp spaces. The striped leaves are very striking, too.
This one is slow-growing and on the smaller side, while still providing a fancy focal point. Put it on your kitchen worktop or a small side table for a pop of green without it getting in the way.
For teeny tiny spaces, this is the one to go for. Don't put it in direct sunlight though – its little leaves will wilt.
How unusual is this? This dotty, very Insta-friendly plant would work well on your bedside table or smaller shelves – and it would make a good Christmas gift, too.
Another one for your larger living areas – spruce up your living or dining space with this impressive tall plant.
If you're looking for something a little more unusual, this one's a good choice. It's also handy for squeezing in tighter gaps while still adding a healthy bit of drama. The leaves bunch tightly around a stalk, rather than fanning out like a Monstera, for example, so it looks full without taking up too much space.
Spider plants love humid, moist environments, so keep it in your bathroom where it will be happiest.
If you've gone full house plant obsessed, then an entire wall of greenery is the way to go. Just remember to top up the water trough every week and you can get to enjoying living in a literal jungle (basically).
These are basically unkillable, so they're a good choice for rookies and the lesser green-fingered among us. They're fast-growing, too – pop it in the sun and you should see a new leaf unravelling every few weeks in the warmer months.
Pretty and delicate, this sweet little trailing plant will add some charm to bookshelves or fireplaces. Keep them high off the ground to stop the leaves from trailing on the floor – they grow quickly!
Succulents look lovely on a desk or smaller windowsills and they're really inexpensive, so they're perfect for mixing-and-matching (or as a go-to secret Santa gift).
When in bloom, this glossy green plant has pretty white Jasmine-scented flowers that will fill your room. Add a climbing support for the leaves for maximum effect as it grows.
Chic and stylish, Fiddle Leaf Figs are pricey, but we think it's worth it for the glamour they bring.
Steer clear of this if you have cats, though – lilies are deadly toxic to them.
So, this isn't really a house plant per se, but it's still beautiful and will create a dramatic statement in your home. Plus, it's literally impossible to kill it, so we're considering it a win win.