Indoor plants have been around forever, some would say as long as the world has been turning there have been indoor plants (I’m sure moss could be described as an indoor plant if you found it in a cave… maybe, don’t quote me on that), and it seems that lately the trend is turning living rooms into jungles.

Luckily, if you’re wanting to get on board this indoor plant freight trend (like what I did there?), it’s proven to have some amazing health benefits. NASA’s Clean Air Study researched ways to clean the air in space stations, the results showed that plants were a natural way of removing toxins from the air.

In Australia, we spend almost 90% of our time inside! It makes sense in a world full of technology and high density living to fill our indoors with the outdoors – indoor plants liven up a space, add some style and flair, improve air quality and are all round GOOD for us.

If you’re anything like me you’re keen to add some indoor plant goodness to your space, but may not know where to start – well, never fear, I have done some research for you and even those of us WITHOUT a green thumb can keep most of these beautiful plants alive.

Here are some of the BEST indoor plants to freshen up your home:

1. Succulents

Succulents are lovely and hardy plants that add a lush pop of greenery throughout the house. There are many varieties to choose from and you’ll easily pick a few up from your local garden centre!

2. String Of Hearts

This gorgeous little plant is durable and similar to a succulent in regards to it’s care requirements.

3. Cacti

Cacti are wonderfully hardy, and you might be wondering if they’re succulents. They are succulents, though to be labelled a ‘cacti’ they must have areoles (or, plant hairs).

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Welcoming a new opuntia to the gang that I’ve been eying for a while. Found three of them tightly potted together so I separated them and gave one to my dad for Father’s Day since he likes to believe he’s the primary care taker of my parents giant African milk tree ???? #opuntiaviolacea #opuntiacactus

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4. Monstera Siltepecana

These indoor plants like indirect light and well drained soil, with the right conditions it will grow very quickly! 

5. Cast Iron Plant

This plant has beautiful deep green foliage and will add a touch of style to any space.

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3 cast iron varieties, 1 north window [green leaf, galaxy variegation, & traditional striped variegation]

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6. Long Leaf Fig

This indoor plant is set to be even more popular than it’s cousin, the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

 7. Maidenhair Fern

The Maidenhair Fern is the most loved fern of the fern family, it has soft and delicate leaves which adds a touch of beauty to your space, whilst being nice and easy to grow.

8. Mother-In-Laws Tongue

One of the easiest plants you can grow is the Mother-In-Laws Tongue. It can grow in direct sunlight, indirect light and doesn’t require much watering, in fact, it would rather be too dry than have too much water! Perfect for the not so green thumbs.

9. Peace Lily

This indoor plant doesn’t like direct sunlight, pop it in an area with indirect light and keep the soil moist.

10. Cobra Fern  

The Cobra Fern is a great air purifier, it’s hardy and prefers low light. It’s a unique fern that will add an interesting touch to your space.

Do you have a favourite indoor plant? SHARE with us in the comments below.

  • Love my plants


  • Love plants and good selection of the leafy ones and the cobra fern is totally new to me.


  • I need more plants!


  • Lovely pictures of really healthy plants I love indoor plants but have had to move outside as not looking too well. I just need to warn that some plants are very dangerous to have inside and outside Pointsettia is bad, so you need to check this out before you buy as they can kill children and animals.


  • Great read unfortunately with my 2 brown thumbs I kill everything that I plant


  • Ooh, thank you so much for this list. I do not have a green thumb. I kill everything. However, we have just moved seaside and I want many indoor plants. I am desperately going to try not to kill them. And funnily enough, I have been gifted 3x indoor plants that I have managed to keep alive so far. I love the look of them, and what they do for the space. I’m determined to keep them alive.


  • Indoors, outdoors, they all die once I get them home! Any plant that survives is considered immortal, or a one off miracle


  • Great choice if all you want is hardiness, but to get good value from your indoor plants you have to have those that help keep your air clean and removes some of the toxins from your household or office that come out of the furniture and material coverings. Many plants are very good at this.


  • Thanks for sharing, so many beautiful indoor plants ! Not suitable in our household though.


  • I have an orchid, a peace lily and a hanging Ivy. I would love more. I especially liked the look of the cobra fern.


  • Love the peace lily, I have one !


  • I was given a poinsettia about 5 years ago. It is still doing beautifully in my light filled laundry.


  • Beautiful variety of plants.But i love cactus variety so easy to maintain.


  • There some nice plants there. Some I’ve never heard of. I love my peace lily I have as water plant and snake plants are so easy to grow live on being neglected


  • Fortunately all my indoor plants are hardy and look great.


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