28 Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

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Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Don’t have a lot of space to grow your garden indoors?

Fear not!

Here are the best indoor plants for small spaces.

They’re perfect for apartments, condo units and homes that don’t have a lot of extra room.

The best thing about them is that you don’t need to sacrifice beauty just because you’re opting for smaller plants.

Check them out and decide for yourself.



Herbs are not doubt, at the very top of this list.

They’re the best kind of plants you can grow in small spaces.

The biggest reason is that you can use them to cook and flavor your food.

And, herbs are very small. As such, they don’t take up a lot of room.

Better yet, you don’t always need to grow them on the tabletop. You can hang them up vertically, be it against the wall or window.

Of course, you do get your pick of herbs to grow. Ideally, you want to choose those that you enjoy cooking or using as garnish.

This saves you from having to buy them from the store.

Air Plant

Air Plant


Air plants are unique in that they’re tiny, don’t need soil and get their nutrients from the air.

That’s makes them very different from most other houseplants.

Of course, they’re lovely to look at as well.

Otherwise, it won’t make sense to have them in your home.

Their features make them perfect if you don’t want to deal with soil or the mess they can make.

I’ve found that they work great in terrariums and other kinds of glass bowl shaped containers. This allows you to showcase the plant itself.

Whether you put them on the table, in a shelf or hang them up, they look great.



Bromeliads are perfect for tabletops.

That’s because of their gorgeous colors. And, the fact that they last for many weeks to months.

This allows you showcase them without having to keep changing too often.

The trick is to figure out how to give them enough light that they want.

Bromeliads like a lot of light. But, they prefer indirect to direct light.

The good news is that they somewhat drought tolerant. You only need to water them once monthly. And, it’s okay if you forget to water them.

All in all, they’re great houseplants because they look great, are easy to grow and even clean the air.




One of the best known plants around, cacti are perfect if you want something minimalist.

They’re lovely to look at.

And, they don’t require a lot of care.

In fact, contrary to what most people think, cacti don’t always need a lot of light. While they prefer bright environments, they can tolerate less than ideal situations as well.

Of course, you probably already know that they don’t need a lot of watering.

One thing that not many people know is that there are many different species of cacti available. This lets you grow them in small containers together for variety.



You’re probably already familiar with the this plant.

It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that combines both beauty and fragrance.

But, it’s benefits don’t stop there.

Lavender helps you relax and calm down as well. That makes it perfect for when you come home after a stressful day at work.

And, it’s been known to soothe some health issues like anxiety and insomnia as well.

That said, there’s one reason why lavender is often grown outdoors. It likes the sun.

So, indoors, you’ll want to set it somewhere facing the south. This gives it bright, direct sunshine that will make it happy.

Don’t forget to rotate the plant every so often.

This way all sides get ample amount of sunlight in order to grow evenly.

String of Pearls

String of Pearls


The string of pearls is perfect if you’re looking for plants to hang up in baskets or containers. You can also place it in a shelf or your windowsill for the best effect.

They’ll surely give your home’s interior a different look.

That’s because of their unique foliage.

Instead of leaves, this succulent has multiple strings of pearls, which look like peas dangling downwards. Thus, it’s sure to make people notice.

But, the pearls aren’t just there for their looks. They serve a function as well.

The plant uses them to store water.

As such, it doesn’t need a lot of watering.

African Violet

African Violet

Contrary to its name, this flower comes in a variety of colors.

You’ll find them in purple, blue, pink, red and white varieties.

That said, their bright, vibrant hues make them a crowd pleaser.

Plus, their lovely round-shaped foliage complement the flowers very well.

However, their beauty does come at a price.

And, with plants, that often means higher maintenance.

African violets enjoy moist soil.

They aren’t happy when the soil gets dry. But, you need to be careful not to get it soggy either.

Additionally, they enjoy water that’s at room temperature.

All said, the slightly extra work is well worth it when your guests compliment you for them.

Aloe Vera

aloe vera

The Aloe Vera is one of the most popular houseplants.

In part, it’s because it’s beautiful and very easy to care for.

But, I also believe that it’s popularity is in part due to the fact that people are familiar with it.

This is because it’s often an ingredient in many skin care products.

That said, the aloe vera plant is a succulent.

This means it likes full-sun. And, it doesn’t need a lot of water.

In fact, overwatering it is just as harmful as not letting it get enough sun. The excess moisture can cause to root to rot.

Due to its size, these plants look great on tabletops. You can likewise set them down on the ground.



Pothos are vine plants whose foliage grows out of their containers.

This makes them beautiful to look at indoors because of the leaves will dangle downwards from pots.

This particular feature makes them perfect for positioning in somewhat higher places.

You can set them in hanging pots or baskets. And, place them on windowsills or shelves as well.

Because they’re very good at purifying the air, they’re perfect for the living room.

Pothos are fairly small indoor plants, at least in the beginning.

But, they can keep growing.

The good news is you can easily prune them to the size and shape that you want.

Chinese Money Plant

chinese money plant


Small and lovely.

These features make the Chinese money plant perfect if you live in an apartment or condo unit. It also works well if you don’t have a lot of extra space.

The plant is believed to bring good luck in Chinese culture. As such, it’s something good to have.

But, the problem is it isn’t always the easiest to find.

That said, it’s beautiful round leaves make it very attractive to look at.

Their shape is also why they’re often referred to as the pancake plant or “UFO” plant.

Chinese money plants like partial shade. As such, indirect sun is in order.

It’s also important that their container drains excess water thoroughly.

Spider Plant

spider plant

Spider plants are very distinctive because of their long, slim, curving striped leaves. This makes them ideal for containers and hanging baskets since it allows the leaves to hang out to the sides.

In addition to this, it’s great for indoors because it doesn’t require a lot of light.

Also, you only need to fertilize it once every 2-4 weeks.

This makes it fairly low maintenance despite being very lovely looking.

Snake Plant

snake plant

The snake plant is a great choice if you’re tight on space because it grows vertically.

Many plants take up little room. But, when their leaves spread out, they increase the coverage area.

That’s not the case here.

This makes it easy to position the snake plant on the floor against the walls or even in corners.

They’re flame-shaped foliage makes them well-suited for modern looking homes.

Probably the best thing about them is that they’re so easy to care for.

They survive even in low light conditions. And, you only need to water them once a month or so.



Also known as the flamingo flower, the anthurium plant is perfect if you want to add color to any room.

They come in bright colors including red, yellow, green, purple and pink.

Additionally, what makes them very attractive are its large heart-shaped flowers and unique protruding stamen.

However, these beautiful flowers aren’t the easiest to take care. While far from being the hardest to care for you do need to water them regularly and fertilize them once in a while.

As such, you do need to watch over them a little more than some of the other plants in this list.

That said, with proper care, indirect sunlight and well-drained soil, they’ll become an attractive part of your home.



Chrysanthemums, or mums, are one of the most beautiful flowering plants around.

They’re perfect for brightening up any space at home.

And, they don’t take up a lot of room.

What’s great about them is that they come in many colors, shapes and sizes.

In fact, you get to pick from over 100 different kinds around.

Among the most gorgeous colors include pink, purple, orange, white and green.

Even better, they’re easy to care for.

All you need to do is provide them with a good amount of sunlight and they’ll be happy. As such, it’s a good idea to position them beside a window.

Watering isn’t much of a problem since you only need to do so when they feel dry.

Last but not least, they also purify toxins from the air.

What more can you ask for?

Baby Toes

Baby Toes


Just by looking at them, you can probably guess how they got their name.

Baby toes are cute and small. This makes them perfect if you’re short on space but want to add some plants indoors.

They’re succulents which means they don’t require a lot of watering or maintenance.

As long as they get a lot of sunlight, they’ll be happy.

They’re not too fussy about soil either. That’s because they’ve learned to survive on less than ideal nutritional soil. But, do make sure that the soil you grow them on drains well.

Due to their size, they’re perfect for tabletops.

And, in all likelihood, they’ll be amazing conversation starters.





Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

ZZ Plant 

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Polka Dot Plant

polka dot plant


Coffee Plant

coffee plant




peacock plant





Peace Lily

peace lily

Lucky Bamboo

lucky bamboo


Jade Plant

jade plant


Just because you don’t have a lot of room doesn’t mean you need to give up on growing your own garden indoors.

Hopefully, the different plants above help inspire you to invite the beauty of nature indoors.

After all, many of them are perfect even if you don’t have any experience or find yourself being busy all the time.

Which plants are your favorite ones?


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