Discover which plants will tolerate shade and thrive inside your house, including figs, ferns, and palms
The bushy Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens) creates a statement with its feathery fronds. For best growth, place it in a bright room with indirect sunlight.
With their tough deep green leaves, rubber plants (Ficus elastica) grow to be majestic indoor trees. Keep them in a small pot and prune off the top to create a shorter, fuller look.
A tropical native, the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) has graceful drooping fronds and doubles as a superb air purifier. Keep the soil moist as this plant loves a good drink.
Calatheas provide great joy with leaves that sport a deep purple underside. A remarkably mobile plant, calathea leaves will unfurl during the day and curl back up at night.
The evergreen mountain palm (Chamaedorea) delights with its slender stems and pinnate leaves. Wipe the leaves occasionally with a wet cloth to prevent dust buildup.
If you’re looking to infuse your home with colour, look no further than the garden croton (Codiaeum variegatum). Keep them at their most vibrant by placing in dappled sunlight and evenly moist soil.
One of the easiest plants to grow, dieffenbachia (dumb cane) provides excellent colour and lush leaves. Avoid ingesting this plant as the leaves contain a toxic sap.
A tree in miniature, the weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) has a stately presence. Keep this popular houseplant away from cool drafts, as it does not tolerate low temperatures.
Virtually indestructible, peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are a top choice as houseplants. Peace lilies prefer medium to low light, with greater light resulting in more white blooms. They also purify the air.
Swiss cheese plant
Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) delights with its unique architectural foliage. It grows fairly high making it perfect for a large hall, reception area, or conservatory. This plant has aerial roots hanging from the stem, so you will often see it growing along a moss stick.
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