Liven Up Your Home With These 9 Plants That Don’t Require (Much) Sunlight

One of the easiest ways to spruce up the décor of your home is to add some greenery to it. Studies have shown over and over again that having houseplants comes with numerous benefits:

Plants make a home feel more welcoming and warm, they add a splash of colour, and are an affordable way to decorate. Do you need any more reasons to go out and buy a houseplant or are you convinced? However, before you run to the nearest plant store, finish reading this article. We have prepared a list of houseplants that don’t require much sunlight, because, let’s be honest, we don’t live in the sunniest part of the world. You don’t want to buy hibiscus – a stunning plant with bright flowers – only to have it die two weeks later.

1. Dracaena

While there are over 50 different types of dracaena, Dracaena reflexa is one of the most popular among homeowners. It is easy to care for, can withstand a bit of neglect, and, like the rest of the plants on this list, does not require much sun exposure. In fact, it’s best not to place it under direct sunlight as that will damage its foliage.

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2. Calathea Makoyana

Also known as a peacock plant, calathea features colourful, patterned leaves, making it a beautiful addition to an indoor space. This plant loves humidity and should be placed in moderate to low light.

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3. Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair fern is a beautiful plant that features delicate foliage. While it doesn’t require much sunlight, it does need more time and attention than the rest of the houseplants on this list. More specifically, maidenhair fern requires a significant amount of moisture. Bathrooms with window access are typically the best option for this plant.

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4. Snake Plant

Cheekily known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue, the snake plant is amazing when it comes to thriving without much exposure to sunlight. It’s easy to maintain as it doesn’t require much moisture, looks fantastic as an element of interior décor, and is highly durable. What’s not to love?

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5. Peperomia

There are over 1,000 types of peperomias, so they come in many different shapes. This small plant doesn’t require much sun or water. In fact, you should allow the soil to partially dry in between waterings. Due to its size, it will look great on a bookshelf or a desk of your home office.

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6. Peace Lily

There’s a reason why peace lilies are one of the most popular indoor plants. All it needs is a warm house, some indirect sunlight, and moderate watering (approximately once a week). The flowers, which re-bloom several times a year, are guaranteed to liven up a space, making this plant a perfect addition to any interior design.

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7. Aglaonema

This Chinese evergreen comes in different colour options – dark greens, silver, and even hints of red. The darker green ones can easily grow in shade, making them ideal houseplants. They like warm, humid environments, so water them regularly and keep away from drafty areas of the house.

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8. Devil’s Ivy

Often referred to as a money plant, devil’s ivy is a fast-growing vine. When regularly exposed to sunlight, its foliage develops yellow patterns. However, it is perfectly adaptable to environments with little sun exposure, in which case the leaves develop more of a consistent green colour.

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9. Monstera

Last but not least, we have monstera, also known as the Swiss cheese plant. If you want to add a touch of tropical paradise to your home without having to put much effort into it, this is it. All this houseplant needs is the right soil.

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One of the best things about decorating with plants is the variety of options. Whether you like smaller plants, evergreens, succulents, want to hang them on the walls, place on bookshelves, or use them to brighten up a corner of a room – you can easily find the right plant.

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