Plants for Dark Areas of Your Home – 10 Smart Choices

Plants for Dark Areas of Your Home

Plants for dark areas do exist. In fact, they are more common than you might think. Still, many people assume they can only grow plants indoors if placed in bright, sunny spaces. However, this isn’t the case. There are some plants that will thrive in the dark corners of your home. Here, we highlight 10 such plants for dark areas. Anyone can grow these beautiful plants, even if the sun isn’t always pouring in.

Easy-Care Plants for Dark Areas

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants thrives in low light. And they don’t need much attention, apart from occasional watering when their soil feels dry. It develops long, thin leaves with tiny white flowers that fall down to the edge of its container. For this reason, spider plants are the ideal choice for your indoor hanging baskets.

Spider Plant for dark areas

Aglaonema modestum plant for dark areas

2. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

The Chinese Evergreen comes in a variety of colors, ranging from pink and red, to green, and yellow. You can place this plant in any space of your home in need of color, without buying flowers. They also thrive in areas of low-light and are highly tolerant against drought. So, even if you forget to water them every now and then, they will keep going. This plant is also a perfect choice for anyone wanting to grow houseplants for the first time.

When choosing a Chinese evergreen, pay attention to the color of its leaves. The older hybrids will display a green color. These will grow well even with low light. But the more colorful hybrids will need to get medium light. These will fare better in a west or east window. Colorful types will lose their coloration as a result of being placed in an area with low light.

3. Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

In the market for a plant for dark areas that you can put in a hanging basket? This is a good choice. Devil’s Ivy can be planted in a basket or even placed on a pedestal. Watch as its green leaves start to hang down and provide you with a beautiful and elegant display. 

4. Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans)

The corn plant is a low-maintenance houseplant that looks like a miniature tropical palm tree. Corn plants bring them a ray of sunshine into an otherwise dim area that needs a touch of life. This plant can be placed in an area that doesn’t get direct sunlight, and it only needs watering occasionally. Note:  corn plants are toxic to dogs and cats. So, if you have pets at home, this one shouldn’t be on your list.

More great plants for dark areas

5. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Looking for a plant to bring a pop of color into the dark corners of your home? Then consider the moth orchid. They are easy to maintain and are a great plant for dark areas. Simply plant them in an orchid mix without any soil and they will happily bloom. But, make sure to water them regularly and use a humidity tray. Moth orchids come in colors ranging from purple and pink, to yellow and white. These exotic beauties also have interesting blotched or speckled patterns, sure to brighten up any space in your home.

6. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Ferns are originally from humid forests and swamps. So, this plant (a kind of sword fern) is best grown in a cool, low-light spot in the home. As a matter of fact, you can even keep it in a dark garage, a shed, or a basement. Just be sure to water it once a month to keep it from drying out. During spring, you can cut back its dead foliage. Just make sure to keep the trimmed fern well-watered to allow the plant to regenerate.  

7. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

The Prayer Plant is an ideal choice of plant for dark areas in your home. Even so, these plants have bright foliage. In fact, their leaves will add rich colors of purple, green, red, and yellow to any dark space in your house. 

However, for its leaves to stay colorful and vibrant, this houseplant will need to stay out of direct sunlight. It will also help if you plant it in good-draining soil while misting its leaves on a regular basis. When grown properly, its leaves will point up every night, as if they were hands in prayer, hence its name.    

Peace Lily plants for dark areas

8. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

With its lush, green leaves, the Peace Lily is a beautiful houseplant that is as pretty as it is practical. Its delicate white flowers add brightness into any room. Also, the plant itself works hard to clean the air and keep your home healthy. To keep your peace lily strong, keep it moist inside a humid room. So, make sure to water it regularly and mist it to help it bloom.

One indication that your plant isn’t getting enough love and care is when its leaves droop. But there’s no need to worry if you see this. Just give it lots of water and you’ll see it spring back in no time. This plant also takes well to propagation, which means that you can divide them to get more plants. Perfect for filling other areas around your home.

9. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Next up, ZZ Plants are probably the most popular plant for dark areas. The ZZ Plant has two benefits: 1. It is so low maintenance that it can be left alone with zero attention for extended periods. 2. It also grows happily in dim areas of the home. This means, you can go on vacation without worries about it being dead when you come back. In addition, it has bright green, glossy leaves that add an eye-catching pop to dark spaces in your home.

ZZ Plants for dark areas of your home
Snake plants for dark areas

10. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake plants have a reputation for being hard to kill. This makes them the perfect companion for anyone who doesn’t consider themselves a “green thumb.” They are well suited for stairways, bathrooms, or bedroom corners. And, because the Snake Plant is a succulent, it has the ability to retain water in its leaves. So, it won’t need too much watering. That means you’ll only need to water it every three weeks or when its soil feels dry. 

Plants for dark areas – the wrap-up

And there you go – 10 Plants for Dark Areas of Your Home. These are easy to care for, so they’re great, whether you’re a seasoned indoor gardener or new to indoor gardening. Additionally, some of the plants in this list can literally survive for weeks or months without much care. This makes them very low-maintenance and perfect for busy plant parents. 


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