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4 Best Plants to Grow Indoors

Liven up your space and help purify the air at home with these lovely must-haves

Original Article: Reggie Rodrigo Photography: Mark Francis Jesalva (Main Photo)

Maintaining an indoor garden or choosing to decorate your space with plants can be challenging since you need to make sure that they can thrive. To help you get started on your dream oasis, here are easy-to-care-for plants that you may want to consider for your space.

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Plants that thrive under the shade

Before buying a plant for your kitchen or bathroom, make sure that it can thrive in very low-light conditions. Philodendrons, Syngoniums, Dieffenbachias, Aglonoemas, and Ferns—are just some of the plants that are known to thrive indoors.

Use it as décor: Arrange these plants inside low terracotta pots then place it in an empty corner in the living area. You may also place a pot in one corner of the kitchen.


Orchids can add an elegant and classic vibe to any room. These plants are delicate so make sure you don't expose them to too much sunlight. 

Use it as décor: Ground your orchid pot with a nostalgic doily that will also protect your night table from soil and scratches.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Architectural Plants

Palms, Ficu, and bamboo can complete your space. These help fill empty walls and lower ceilings at home. To avoid the sudden yellowing of their leaves, gradually move these plants in shady areas then wait for a few weeks before moving them indoors.

Use it as décor: Bamboo is a decorative plant that will work well in tropical-inspired interiors. You may use it to liven up a plain area or to spruce up a lanai.


Succulents can be used as charming décor pieces indoors because they are very easy to care for. Place it by a windowsill so it can receive ample sunlight. Click here for more tips on how to care for your succulents.

Use it as décor: To make a stylish centerpiece at home, group succulents together in a big bowl. Create a unique look by adding interesting pieces like rocks and pebbles. Ready to repot your succulents? Click here for the complete guide.

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