When recommending the best houseplants for the bedroom, we are going to assume two things. First, that the lighting in the room will be low, medium, or half-day sun. Second, we will assume that since the plant is in the bedroom, something with low maintenance requirements and that does not make a mess – shed leaves, drip sap, etc. – is desired. With this in mind, here is a list of a few of the best “bedroom plants” and types for just about any region.
Pothos – This vine is easy to grow, branches out quickly, and is easy to grow from clippings. Pothos is generally forgiving when it comes to light levels, though it prefers a medium or half-day light. If cared for properly, this plant rarely ever loses leaves. Additionally, it tolerates too much or too little water easier than most plants, giving inattentive plant owners a little bit of room for error.
Fuchsia – This gorgeous flower looks great in hanging baskets and thrives in part sun and shade. The fuchsia requires a little more care than some houseplants as it wants frequent watering and regular fertilizing, but its beauty is worth it. Dark green, glossy leaves are the backdrop for large, long-lasting blooms in a variety of colors. Most varieties have two-toned blossoms that can be chosen to accent nearly any bedroom color.
Coleus – Well-known for its wide variety of colorful foliage, the coleus is exceptionally easy to care for and thrives in the shade. While some people do put coleus in hanging baskets, most will probably prefer to put it on top of a dresser or a shelf near eye level so they can thoroughly appreciate the plant. Coleus requires little water and does not shed leaves. This plant is widely available in greenhouses, but grows easily from seed or clippings.
Lobelia – Colorful, attractively-shaped blossoms can be found in a variety of colors and trail beautifully in hanging baskets. Lobelia do great in medium light or half-day sun, and their large numbers of long-lasting blooms will brighten up any room.
Primroses – Ideal for small shelves or window sills, the primrose can grow to its full size in a small 4″ or 6″ pot and provide bright-colored blooms. Primroses are very forgiving regarding light and tend to do well in just about any kind of filtered sunlight. They like to stay moist, but are generally forgiving for beginners. If primroses are unavailable in your area, African violets are another popular choice for small pots.
Succulents – The type of succulent that will do best for your bedroom will depend on the light levels as some require shade while others require at least some direct light. Generally speaking, though, succulents are relatively low-maintenance and are very forgiving plants. As for shedding bits and pieces around the room, that’s generally not a concern with most succulents.
Begonias – Another great easy keeper for the shade, begonias are very forgiving and have exceptionally long-lasting, vividly-colored blossoms. The non-stop begonias are a favorite for their huge multi-layered blossoms, but wax begonias are gorgeous in hanging baskets as well.
These are just a few of the most common plants that would go great in a bedroom. There are hundreds of plants that are readily available in stores, greenhouses, or online that will look great in the bedroom while requiring relatively little care. Plants can make any room seem more inviting, and they actively work toward making the indoor air healthier. Most plants that do well in containers and part shade will do great indoors, but prospective plant owners should do sufficient research to be assured they know exactly what they’re getting in terms of light and maintenance requirements.