Bringing greenery in the bathroom in the form of indoor plants purifies the air, softens the lines of hard surfaces, and provides a welcome burst of nature in a space that is often wanting of texture and warmth. But not all indoor plants thrive in humid rooms that don’t receive a lot of sunlight.
If you want to include an indoor plant or two in your bathroom, these six plants will work best! And if you prefer to have your plants shipped, Plants.com delivers house plants right to your door (plus they’re having a 20 percent off sale on office plants right now — use code OFFICE20!).
Possibly the easiest plant to grow indoors, the hardy Zanzibar Gem will tolerate low light, so doesn’t even need to sit near your bathroom window. Try this ‘ZZ Plant’ (starting at $54.99) from plants.com, or this large ZZ Plant from The Sill ($65).
Schlumbergera bridgesii is hard to say but easy to look at. Zygocactus look lovely all year round draping down from a window or high shelf and will even give a lovely burst of color in autumn and winter when flowering. Take care not to put them in a place where they’ll be knocked, as the stems tend to break easily.
Another lover of indirect sunlight, an orchid loves a high humidity environment so does well in a bathroom with only a little natural light. Very low maintenance, orchids virtually thrive on neglect. Sit one on your vanity for a touch of elegance or group a few together in a rustic container. Keep the roots damp but not wet. Try this pretty pink orchid (starting at $64.99) from plants.com. Don’t have a green thumb? Try this gorgeous faux orchid phalaenopsis from The Sill ($75)!
In terms of hanging plants, this is a low-maintenance wonder! Perfect in every kind of pot – from a hanging basket to a large pot stand — this feathery fern drapes beautifully and is one of the best plants to bring into your humid bathroom, as it loves a little misting and needs minimal care. Try an oversized specimen in a small bathroom for maximum va-va-voom! Try this hanging Boston fern (starting at $59.99) from plants.com.
Another indoor plant that’s practically impossible to kill, the peace lily thrives in indirect light and, due to its generous wide leaves, works hard at air-purifying while looking lush and fabulous. The ultimate chameleon, the peace lily is equally at home potted in a blue and white chinoiserie ceramic pot or as part of a display of other tropical plants. Try this Peace Lily plant (starting at $54.99) from plants.com.
Lovely for a little texture and color, peperomia is easy to grow indoors, depending on the light levels. Away from direct sunlight, they fare well, though don’t like to be too wet so work best in a well-ventilated bathroom. Look for plants with deep green or even red foliage to mix up the color display in your bathroom. Try this Teardrop Peperomia Plant (starting at $49.99) from plants.com, or this Peperomia Obtusfolia from The Sill ($58).
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