The Best Plants for Small Places and Busy People

Don't let your busy schedule stop you from gardening! Here's how to cultivate a small space, even when you are constantly on the go. For people who travel or don't have time to take care of plants, this one's for you.

Many houseplants can be tricky to keep up, especially if you are busy. The key is to choose easy-care houseplants for your small space. Succulents are a classic household favorite when it comes to simple, drought-tolerant plants (that are oh-so cute!). Check out our tips for including plants in every room of your apartment or home.

Balcony

Brighten up your small balcony or rooftop with low-maintenance plants. The plants listed below suit a balcony because they love sunshine and are drought tolerant. Another huge advantage to balcony plants is that unwanted pests and bugs are less numerous, compared to traditional in-ground gardens.

These balcony and rooftop garden designs will make your neighbors jealous.

Hens and Chicks

Qualities

Hens and chicks is a low-maintenance sun-loving perennial. This succulent is known for its tolerance to extremely dry conditions, so it's a great option for a plant-it-and-forget-it plant.

Why It's Best Here

These beautiful succulents are the perfect addition to any balcony because they depend on the bright sun and outdoor weather to survive. Hens and chicks are small and versatile, so they make a great centerpiece on a patio table or a wonderful addition to any container.

Asparagus Fern

Qualities

The asparagus fern actually isn't a fern at all. It's part of the Liliaceae family, making it more closely related to lilies than ferns. Asparagus fern has a feathery, frilly foliage that may look soft to the touch, but don't let that fool you—the leaves on this plant are actually thorny. Asparagus fern is also technically considered a houseplant, but it survives well outdoors.

Why It's Best Here

Decorate your balcony with a fluffy bundle of joy. Asparagus fern looks wonderful in a hanging basket or window box. Their favorite spots are in part-sun to shady areas, so a corner of a balcony works well for these plants. Just be sure to bring your asparagus fern inside during the cold winter months—cold is one of the few things that this plant doesn't tolerate.

Bedroom

Add touches of green to your bedroom with easy-to-care-for plants. Plants that love colder, indoor temperatures and need little watering grow best in the bedroom. Brighten up your desk or nightstand with one of these bedroom-perfect plants.

Jade Plant

Qualities

The jade plant is tough and adapts well to almost any condition. It tolerates dry soil and loves the sun. This succulent likes temperatures as low as 55 degrees, which promotes its blooming cycle.

Why It's Best Here

Because the bedroom is usually the coldest room in the house, the jade plant will thrive in this room. Keep it on a windowsill to absorb bright light during the day, or on a desk or bedside table next to a window.

English Ivy

Qualities

English ivy is an all-time-favorite household plant because of its elegant vines. It's an easy-to-care-for plant everyone will enjoy, even though it does prefer moist soil. While it rarely needs to be trimmed, English ivy is simple to pinch back when needed. Make sure your ivy is out of reach for pets and children—it is poisonous if ingested.

Why It's Best Here

This is a wonderful plant for adding charm to your bedroom. English ivy loves cool indoor temperatures with medium light, which many bedrooms offer. Place this foliage on a shelf or other high-up place where the vines can trail.

Bathroom

Bring beauty into your bathroom with these plants that are easy to care for. All of these plants have one thing in common—they grow best in hot, humid climates (exactly what a bathroom can provide).

Moth Orchid

Qualities

One of the showiest houseplants, moth orchids are incredibly easy to grow—especially in your bathroom. This popular houseplant grows best in medium to bright light. Moth orchids need to be watered weekly in spring and summertime, but they need less water in fall and winter.

Why It's Best Here

Moth orchids thrive in humidity, so taking that extra-long shower will make your orchid oh-so-happy. Your orchid will flourish in the tropical conditions. Place your plant on the shelf of a toilet or next to your sink. See more tips on growing orchids inside.

Aloe Vera

Qualities

Aloe vera is a houseplant, succulent, and herb all in one. It contains a gel-like substance that treats sunburn and acne and can be used as a skin moisturizer. Aloe makes a great container plant, as long as the soil is well drained.

Why It's Best Here

Your bathroom's heat and humidity provides the ideal growing conditions for aloe. Plus, if you need a quick-fix beauty treatment, your aloe plant is conveniently right there with you in your bathroom.

Living Room

Make your living room even more homey by adding eye-catching leaf love. Plants in the living room must be able to adapt to changing light conditions, as every living room is different. Some people like to keep their living room bright and sunny, while others prefer the privacy of blinds. Pot your beauties on the floor or as a coffee table centerpiece.

Snake Plant

Qualities

Considered a succulent, the snake plant is one of the most popular houseplants to grow because you literally cannot kill it. Snake plant's rubber-like foliage holds in the nutrients it needs to survive in harsh conditions. Along with that, the plant holds water for extended periods of time, which takes away worries of the forgetful gardener. Snake plant will grow in low light but thrives in medium to bright light. See more hardy houseplants.

Why It's Best Here

Its adaptability to all sorts of light makes the snake plant a perfect addition to a living room. There are several different varieties and sizes availbale for snake plant—a large variety can be potted for the floor, while a smaller version of the plant can be set on a coffee table or side table.

Philodendron

Qualities

Although philodendron translates to "tree-lover" due to its vines that love to wrap around tree trunks, this plant is primarily a houseplant. Philodendron grows best in any indoor light condition and at room temperature. Watering is only required when soil becomes dry.

Why It's Best Here

Philodendron's light adaptability and love of the indoors makes it a perfect living room houseplant. Add it to a side table or perch on a bookshelf. Its beautiful vines will spread, so try growing it against a plant pole for upward reach.

Kitchen

Who says a kitchen is not a place for plants? Spice up your kitchen with a few easy-care houseplants. We've got a few options of green friends to grow in your kitchen, whether the plant's purpose is for cooking or just decorative enjoyment.

Tillandsia

Qualities

This urban air plant is an epiphyte, or a plant that grows without soil. Sounds futuristic, right? A tillandsia is a type of bromeliad, mostly found in tropical areas. This tropical plant likes bright light and lots of humidity, as it derives from the rain forest.

Why It's Best Here

Because of its soilless trait, this plant can be put anywhere—and we mean anywhere. Place it on a bright windowsill, fix a couple on the walls, or hang them from the ceiling. Because it loves humidity, an air plant also will grow well an enclosed glass container. Tillandsia is perfect for your small-space kitchen as it stays out of the way and organically decorates your cooking area.

See more ways to decorate with air plants.

Herbs

Qualities

Basil, oregano, cilantro, and rosemary are perfect for an indoor herb garden. These herbs love bright light and don't require too much care—just be sure to water when soil feels dry an inch below the surface. Looking for more variety? See more easy-to-grow herbs.

Why It's Best Here

Herbs are a perfect kitchen plant because they fit well on a windowsill, which makes them easily accesible when cooking. Simply clip off your desired herb, wash, prepare, and enjoy! If you don't have a sunny windowsill in your kitchen, invest in an indoor plant light.

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