Best plants for low light conditions
Indoor plants are all the rage in interior design at the moment and will continue to be an important element due to their aesthetics and ability to soften spaces. But unfortunately, indoor plants don’t all have the same requirements. So popping any plant in a dark corner and making sure you keep up the right water requirements, isn’t always going to work, unless it will tolerate low light conditions.
For this reason we have compiled a list of some of our top picks for plants that you can pop in a low light room and not just hope for the best. Fortunately, low light plants are also some of the easiest and hardiest plants to care for.
Epipremnum (Pothos), aka Devils ivy (our cover photo) is a fantastic low light plant that is ridiculously easy to care for. If you have a dark bathroom, this trailing plant will love the humid environment. Place it in any area for a lift of colour and to make it even more versatile it can be left as a trailing plant to hang down or across shelves but it can also be trained up a totem if you are looking for something with a bit of height.
Peace Lily’s are hardy, low maintenance plants that also tick the low light box. These fantastic air purifiers work well in tall planters, side tables and shelves. They produce white spathe flowers that really add a beautiful contrast to their dark greenery. They come in quite a large range of varieties, one of our favourites would have to be the giant peace lily (spathiphyllum sensation) for its large dark green leaves which add such lush element to the home.
Zanzibar Gem, the ZZ plant is popular for thriving on neglect. So if you believe you can’t keep any indoor plant alive, I challenge you to give this one a try. It is a compact plant that produces thick stems with hardy, glossy green leaves. It definitely tolerates low light but can also survive a long time without water, I know this for a fact as it was one of my first ever indoor plants. I am sure it went more than 2 months without a single water and didn’t suffer at all.
Sansevieria, aka Mother in law’s tongue or snake plant are so hardy that they will grow in full sun and in low light, yes you heard that right. How versatile and adaptable are these amazing plants. They are also great air purifiers so make a great addition to have in your home.
Aspidistra Elatior are also commonly known as a cast iron plant and are resilient and make a perfect low light plant. For those darker areas the rare variegated variety will surely add a pop of interest and lift that dark space in the home. They are slower growing plants but their wide and long green leaves look lovely and instantly create a tropical feel.
We give these five, the big thumbs up for low light plants. We would love to hear your experiences with these plants and happy to help with care tips.