The Perfect Houseplants For Every Spot In Your Home

Fill all those awkward, empty spaces.

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Not all houseplants are made equally. Some require more sun, more water, more warmth, and so on. If you're struggling to figure out the perfect variety to fill an empty spot in your home, use this guide to pick from all our favorite indoor plants.

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Bromeliad
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Bromeliad

Care level: Easy

This tropical plants will forgive you if you forget to water it, since it's . It's perfect for a sunroom, but you can also use one to add life to the living or family room.

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Aloe

Care level: Easy

Aloe has a striking, sculptural presence and can soothe your skin. It also needs very little care, and can even thrive on . We heart one for a master bathroom.

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Ikonica
Kalanchoe

Care level: Easy

A perfect mood booster in the kitchen, low humidity is a friend of this plant, which will even bloom in the wintertime. Water thoroughly, then leave it .


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Dorling Kindersley
Snake Plant

Care level: Easy

Also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue, this plant doesn't need much attention to look lovely. (And you can stick one anywhere!) The hardy leaves store water, so you don't need to water it often.


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Lynne Brotchie
Begonias

Care level: Easy

Like the aloe and the kalanchoe plants, begonias need their soil to dry out completely between waterings. Oddly enough, this plant even responds well to , so you can even stick this one in the office.

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peace lily
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Peace Lily

Care level: Intermediate

These white flower producing plants are ideal for bedrooms, as they only require indirect sunlight so they won't die while your curtains are drawn. Water them daily during the summer and weekly during the winter to keep them alive.

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Margrethe Myhrer
Kentia Palm

Care level: Intermediate

Sunlight and regular waterings keep indoor palms happy. While many other require high humidity (impractical as far as the indoors go), the kentia is relatively low-maintenance. It adds major drama to a dining room.

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Philodendron

Care level: Intermediate

The leaves will tell you how to care for this go-anywhere indoor plant (which needs indirect light and moderate waterings). If the leaves turn yellow, it's getting too much light; if they are sparse, it's getting too little light. If they droop, you're giving it too much (or not enough) water. Over time, you'll learn what your plant needs.


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weeping fig
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Weeping Fig

Care level: Intermediate

Bright but indirect light is best for this plant, which people often put in common spaces of their homes, like the living room. Water it every few days to keep the soil moist at all times.


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Verity Welstead
Spider Plant

Care level: Intermediate

While we love these in any room and they're relatively simple to care for, the plant is picky about what it drinks. Its leaves can get brown at the edges if you give it a drink with (as in, most tap water). Try distilled instead.

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Peter Anderson
Croton

Care level: Expert

The painterly leaves are a treat for the eyes, but such a display takes time — and patience. The temperamental plant craves constant, even moisture and lots of light, so a kitchen or room with big windows is ideal. Note that it can be toxic to pets and humans, so keep furry friends and curious toddlers away.


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Jonelle Weaver
Gardenia

Care level: Expert

There's nothing quite like the intoxicating scent of gardenia flowers, but special attention is required to get blooms to appear. It needs 6-8 hours of (and growing lights won't do) but what a lovely choice for a foyer!

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5 Plants That Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

We'll take a lovely lavender bush over an ugly bug zapper any day.

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