Summer is a beautiful season for growing all sorts of plants. From towering trees to adorable flowers, summer is a great time to practice growing your indoor garden. With this list, you can see some of the best indoor summer plants. There are different plants in this list for everyone: whether you’re a skittish overwaterer or slightly neglectful. These are 20 plants that will thrive inside your home.
Chinese Evergreens are great for any beginner with a green thumb. They prefer average room temperatures and slight humidity but can survive if it’s a bit on the cooler side, too. Indirect sunlight, medium light, and low light conditions are all great. Chinese Evergreens also love getting watered. These plants are super easy to care for, they’re very hearty, and they can last for many years.
Yes, it’s true. You can grow amazing coffee beans from the comfort of your own home. Keep in mind that coffee plants grow slowly: so you won’t be making caramel macchiatos from scratch at home every day. But if you’re patient and want the internal satisfaction of roasting your homegrown beans, a coffee plant might just suit you. These plants love warmth, humidity, and lots of water. If your coffee plant is happy, it will easily grow upwards of six feet tall. Consider getting an indoor plant stand to make sure your growth stays even.
Fiddle-leaf figs are usually the first thing you notice when you walk into a room. They’re big, bright green, and really stand out. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Wow, a tree would look great next to my corner loveseat,” then the fiddle-leaf fig is for you. They’re very hearty and will grow as long as they’re happy. This isn’t too difficult, considering they love indirect light and lots of humidity. It’s skinny trunk and floppy leaves will keep in perfect asymmetrical balance while the tree grows. But if the fiddle-leaf fig grows quite large (as trees have been known to do), you may want to have a yard or balcony waiting at the ready.
String of Pearls
There is something so romantic about watching moonlight shine through wavy vines. For the string of pearls plant, you’ll immediately begin to notice the soft green leaves cascading over the pot. For best results, hang this indoor summer plant from your ceiling near an indirect but bright light. The string of pearls is a member of the cacti family: meaning it loves dry soil with good drainage. Generally, the plant just grows soft, green pearls. But in winter under the right conditions, the pearls bloom into small, white flowers. Remember to keep the tendrils trimmed if your house has kids or dogs: it can be toxic if eaten.
African violets are also a very common houseplant. And they’re popular for a reason! These plants give a great burst of purple, pink, or white. The flowers will bloom in low light or medium indirect light. Always remember to keep the soil lightly moist and use room temperature water. Be careful to avoid overwatering: these plants are sensitive to rot under too much moisture. African violets are small but make a perfect little addition to any window sill. There are hundreds of varieties and hybrids of African violets to choose from, some even look like miniature rosebushes!
As we mentioned in an earlier post, snake plants are great and easy to manage. Snake plants help purify the air and have such a unique look. They’re also super tough, with the ability to withstand harsh weather changes. To keep your snake plant looking as fresh as possible, keep it in free-draining soil. This will minimize your chance of root rot: the true enemy of plants everywhere. In fact, underwatering your snake plant is probably best. They thrive under indirect sunlight and don’t mind getting a little dry between waterings.
If there was an award for colour versatility among plants, begonias would be a top contender. You could grow about a hundred different varieties of begonias and still be amazed at all the different leaf patterns, flower petals, and colours they produce. Overall, begonias life evenly moist, well-draining soil. Depending on the variety, your begonias can thrive in sunny or shady conditions. They can make perfect desk-top house plants. It’s also quite common to start with begonias as a house plant, then to be transplanted into a backyard garden. No matter where you keep them, begonias are always pleasing to the eye.
Air plants are a great indoor summer plant to impress your friends with. Is it magic that allows these plants to thrive without soil or water? Nope, but it might as well be. Air plants (properly named tillandsia plants) are perfect for the summer. They love heat and humidity. They look great hanging from the ceiling in a glass terrarium and love soaking up indirect sunlight. About once a week, soak the bottom on your air plants in water for 10 minutes. Yes, it’s that easy to have Instagram-perfect plants. They’re surprisingly low maintenance and produce beautiful green foliage.
The great thing about a philodendron plant is it adds a touch of jungle texture to any indoor setting. In the wild, these plants can grow up to eight feet tall. But if you’re keeping your philodendron indoors, you don’t have to worry about that. Philodendrons make great hanging plants, too. No matter what variety you’re growing, the waxy green foliage is very tough. These aren’t plants that will die easily: they lots humidity, heat, moisture, and insects tend to stay away. They can survive indefinitely in light shade. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times.
Zinnias are part of the annual family: meaning they’ll grow wonderfully for one season and produce seeds for the next. If you have a window box, you’ll want a zinnia. These plants thrive in full sunlight, warmth, and soil rich in organic matter. They’re like bright cotton balls of colour and will stand out in any room. If you decide to put your zinnias outside once they’ve reached full maturity, great! These plants will bring tons of butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
Most people think of snapdragons as outdoor flowers, but they can bloom beautifully as an indoor summer plant, too. They’re sensitive to cold, so keep your snapdragons in bright sun with lots of warmth. Water regularly and you’ll have tall, beautiful flowers in no time. Something awesome about snapdragons is that they’re known as a “self-seeding” annual. This means as the flowers die off and drop down, the seeds will sow themselves into the dirt, survive the winter, and pop back up again once spring starts. Isn’t nature cool?
Devil’s ivy (also commonly known as Golden Pothos), is arguably one of the easiest indoor summer plants to grow. Much like the English ivy, Devil’s ivy is great for purifying your air. Devil’s ivy is like English ivy’s taller cousin. Devil’s ivy can grow straight up and curl around any wooden post. If you prefer hanging plants, then Devil’s ivy will also do well in a ceiling planter. They flourish in ordinary potting soil and bright, indirect sunlight. These plants are also prone to root-rot, so make sure soil is completely dry between waterings. The tendrils can also be toxic to pets and small children if ingested.
So what’s the story with morning glory? Well, there are over a thousand species of flowers in this family, all of which are relatively low maintenance. To keep it as an indoor summer plant, you’ll need to prune regularly. When left to their own devices, morning glories can get very large and bushy. They’ll need to be watered during dry periods and should always be in a sunny spot. Keep these plants happy and you’ll have quite the oasis of colour.
Bromeliads look quite impressive, growing in a natural rosette shape. The surrounding thick foliage can give the appearance of a high maintenance plant, but don’t be fooled. It’s pretty easy to care for and makes a great indoor summer plant. They offer a wide range of colourful foliage and can even flower under the right conditions. In general, bromeliads prefer bright light and fast-draining potting soil. They’re sturdy and tolerant in ranging temperatures. They’ll last in drought soil just as well as they do in humidity. However, they should never ever be kept in resting water. Bromeliads are so adaptable that some people swear they’re a type of air plant.
These adorable little daisy-like flowers are perfect as any indoor summer plant not just for their changing colours, but because of how resilient they are. They love full sun but don’t mind the shade either. If kept outside, these annuals will continue to bloom well into the fall. Pests and other insects also tend to stay away from cosmos plants. As for soil, medium moisture is best. Cosmos will bloom in nearly any humidity level, too. Warm or hot weather is always best for this plant.
Most people grow lavender outside. But don’t be fooled by big bushels you see online: English lavender makes a great indoor summer plant. While French lavender tends to grow large and tall, English lavender favours staying small and compact. In short, English lavender makes for a perfect pop of colour and aroma to any room. Ideal growing conditions are full sun, medium-dry soil, and general warmth. Keep your lavender happy, and your house will smell amazing all year long.
Much like the fiddle-leaf fig, an umbrella tree is usually an outdoor plant that can grow immensely tall. But keeping an umbrella tree as an indoor summer plant isn’t impossible. When kept in a pot, it won’t grow as fast as its outdoor counterparts. Good conditions include bright indirect light or direct indoor lights. Average spring/summer temperatures are perfect for umbrella trees. Humidity is rarely a concern for these trees. But like nearly all houseplants, root-rot is all too common if you don’t have well-draining soil. A peat-moss-based potting mix is perfect and only needs repotting every few years.
Peace lilies are very common for home offices. The contrasting white and dark green leaves are sure to brighten up any space. Peace lilies also prefer to be on the dry side, so be cautious of overwatering. These plants do best in medium to low light with slightly dry soil. Peace lilies are actually part of the spathiphyllum family, meaning they aren’t true lilies. But still be cautious if this plant is in a room with pets of small children, as the leaves are slightly toxic and can cause vomiting.
If you have a bright sunny window, you’ll want to put a bearded iris there right away. These make great indoor summer plants because they love soaking up as much direct sunlight as possible! These flowers are beautiful and very eyecatching. They naturally bloom in many different colours and gradients. They are lightly aromatic and will bloom year after year. Always keep the soil well-drained. If it grows too tall, the bearded iris can easily be propagated into a new pot.
In nature, creeping jennies can easily appear to be twisting weeds, winding through the grass and other ground-covering plants. But indoors, creeping jennies are beautiful in a hanging planter. The long tendrils drape over the sides and produce adorable little yellow flowers. It’s very fast growing and changes colour depending on the lighting. Lots of sunlight will turn the leaves a soft green, lots of shade will shift the leaves into a dark, foresty colour. Creeping jenny is also happiest when soil is not soggy, but definitely moist. Trim regularly to avoid the tendrils from growing into another nearby pot.
Growing your indoor summer plants can be challenging. But hopefully with this list, you’ll feel inspired to grow something new! If you’re a beginner gardener, check out these tips on the most common indoor gardening mistakes (and how to avoid them). If you’d like to freshen up your home, take a look at these great air-purifying plants.