Your bedroom should be an oasis that promotes rest and relaxation. In addition to choosing a comfortable mattress, plush linens, fluffy pillows and soothing colors for your walls, adding some botanical goodness to your space is also a good idea. Plants provide oxygen and cleanse the air of impurities. These are eight of the best plants to include in your bedroom.
1. Peace Lily
Peace lily plants belong to the genus Spathiphyllum. It’s a low-maintenance plant that accepts low to high lighting conditions and a range of soil moisture levels. If placed in a sunny spot, the tips of its leaves develop attractive ivory flower-like spathes.
2. Parlor Palm
Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) does well with little to no natural light. It prefers high humidity levels, so you could keep it in a bedroom with just one north-facing window or in a bathroom with no windows.
3. English Ivy
Known by the scientific name Hedera helix, English ivy is known for spreading far and wide outdoors. If you grow it in your bedroom, you could incorporate it into the canopy of a bed, a trellis or a wire frame and grow your own work of art. It tolerates all lighting levels and does fine if you forget to water it for a week.
4. Snake Plant
Also called “mother-in-law’s tongue,” snake plant belongs to the genus Sanseviera. It has leathery, thick leaves that withstand extremely dry conditions and poor soil quality. If you travel or sometimes forget to water houseplants, this is a good option. It prefers dry soil and grows slowly.
5. Corn Plant
Dracaena fragrans, commonly called the corn plant, looks like a tree. Its base forms a bark-like texture that visually anchors the room. The long, slender leaves mimic those of a palm tree. The corn plant does alright in a shady bedroom, but if you have an east- or south-facing window, it might reward you with some dainty white flowers.
6. Gerber Daisy
The Gerber daisy, part of the Gerbera genus, adds a burst of tropical color to your bedroom. These plants are not as long-lived as the others on this list. Think of the Gerber daisies as a long-lasting floral arrangement rather than a houseplant. They prefer plentiful light, average to slightly above-average soil moisture and plenty of warmth. If your bedroom is like a greenhouse, a Gerber daisy will thrive.
7. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ficus lyrata, or the fiddle leaf fig, is a trendy houseplant. Its large, deep green leaves serve as a focal point. This plant prefers indirect light, ideally from an east-facing window. These plants are large, and they do best when set up on a base of pebbles for proper drainage.
8. Spider Plant
The spider plant, known by its scientific name of Chlorophytum comosum, is a good choice for people with “brown” thumbs. If you don’t usually have success with houseplants or are new to caring for plants, a spider plant is a good place to start. It gets its name from the long tendrils that drop down and produce baby plants, which look like dangling spiders. They grow quickly and prefer average moisture. They thrive in any lighting conditions.