House plants are becoming very popular with millennials, and it’s easy to see why. Following the trend of coziness in interior design, plants are an easy way to spruce up any space in a flash.

To get you started on your plant parent journey, here’s a list of the seven most popular house plants that can fit into any room you choose.

 1. Roses

Roses are the most popular flower types,. Their history is very colorful.

A flower that’s been popular since ancient times, roses come in over 300 species. The Romans used the rose plant as room decorations or jewelry, and it’s one of only three flowers mentioned in the Bible. Roses are the ultimate symbol of love and come in a variety of colors with different meanings, so you’ll never get bored of them in your space!

Loves: Moist soil, mulch, Epsom salts, and banana peels in fertilizer 

Avoids: Shallow watering, over-enthusiastic pruning 

popular house plants with Classic Budding Rose

Classic Budding Rose 

The rose bush brings the beauty of the outdoors in easily thanks to its small size. Roses are a colorful choice for any room, and they add a bit of romance to any atmosphere. Pink roses represent femininity and sweetness, making the pink rose bush a delicate touch in minimalist interiors. 

popular house plants with Charming Rose Garden

Charming Rose Garden

Can’t get enough of the rose? Double the fun with our Charming Rose Garden! It features both pink and yellow roses for a fresh variety. Roses are often thought of as an outside plant, but the cute picket fence planter allows you to bring that rustic look indoors.

2. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a bubbly bloom that always covets attention in its flowering months. They grow in large globes and can reach up to 15 feet in height once planted. There are four types of hydrangeas grown in the US: oakleaf, bigleaf, panicle, and smooth. Hydrangeas range in color from blue to purple to pink, depending on the pH level of the soil in which it’s planted. 

Loves: Consistent moisture and mulch 

Avoids: Direct sun and intense heat 

popular house plants with Majestic Mosaic Hydrangea

Majestic Mosaic Hydrangea

Hydrangeas can be sensitive to sunlight and heat, so why not bring them inside? Your guests will be delighted to find this popular house plant in your home rather than outside in a garden, where it more commonly resides. This hydrangea plant comes in both purple and white to complement any interior design aesthetic. Plus, it arrives in a timeless glass mosaic planter, making it an instant pick-me-up for any space.  

3. Dish gardens 

popular house plants with dish garden

Dish gardens are a fun way to present a variety of plants at once. The garden bowl or dish is usually a mini ecosystem with compatible plant types. The plants in dish gardens typically do not grow very quickly, so they need minimal care. Dish gardens make a big statement with very little effort, so they’re great gifts for even the most black-thumbed friends and family.  

Loves: Sand, pebbles, gravel, drainage 

Avoids: Over-watering 

popular house plants with Rustic Wooden Succulent Garden

Rustic Wooden Succulent Garden

Succulent dish gardens have that rustic look that’s trending in interior design. Succulents are high indirect light, low water plants, so they’re very forgiving if you go on vacation or simply forget about them. This succulent dish garden features a variety of succulents nestled in a reclaimed wood container.

popular house plants with Bloom Dish Garden

Bloom Dish Garden

This blooming dish garden will inject your home with life and vibrancy. The fresh foliage comes in a wooden window sky box with “bloom” stencil-cut into the façade. This dish garden makes a lovely windowsill addition, especially in the kitchen.

4. Bonsai

Bonsai is a horticulture art form developed in Japan, dating back to the 14th century, that trains trees to grow in an older, aesthetic style. Bonsai trees are miniature enough to fit in a basin, their name literally translating to “tree in tray.” They are not genetically enhanced to be small, so any plant can become a bonsai if cultivated correctly. This centuries-old practice may seem intimidating, but have no fear — you can buy these trees full grown, so you just need to care and maintain the plant.

Loves: Regular root trimmings, humidity  

Avoids: Dry or hot conditions 

popular house plants with Azalea Bonsai

Azalea Bonsai

This Satsuki azalea bonsai plant has green, glossy leaves and will bloom with vibrant pink flowers from May to June. While you won’t have the flowers all year long, the leaves are evergreen, and it will flourish all year long with the right care. The azalea bonsai needs a slightly acidic soil and sunny spot to live. You should avoid hard tap water and instead use rainwater or filtered water. Prune your bonsai at the base more frequently than the top for the correct shrub shape

popular house plants with Gardenia Bonsai

Gardenia Bonsai

Our gardenia bonsai features green, waxy leaves and creamy, white flowers. Gardenias prefer to be kept in humid settings with a temperature between 60 and 74 degrees. Gardenia bonsai trees require more frequent watering than other varieties, such as the azalea, so this isn’t a plant for someone who travels often. 

5. Orchids 

Orchids, a popular flower type, are among the oldest flowers known to man.

Orchids are an extremely old flower type, with fossils containing evidence of the flowering plant dating back 100 million years. It makes sense, then, that orchids are part of the largest family of flowering plants, with  more than 25,000 species documented around the world, and on every continent. The flowers of the orchid can survive anywhere from a few hours to six months, depending on the species. With plenty of options to choose from, the orchid is a versatile option for your house or apartment. 

Loves: 50-70% humidity, well-draining soil, shallow planting 

Avoids: Direct full light, over watering 

popular house plants with Elegant Orchid

Elegant Orchid

This orchid plant comes in both purple and white, with wing-shaped blooms. True to its name, the Elegant Orchid adds serenity and a sophisticated touch wherever it’s grown. Place your orchid near an east-to-south-facing window for best flowering results.

6. Bamboo

popular house plants with lucky bamboo

Did you know that bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on the planet? In the right conditions, it can grow up to three feet in 24 hours. Bamboo reaches maturity after only three to five years, so you don’t need to worry about constant maintenance. Bamboo is especially good for air flow indoors; the plant releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants. We recommend this popular house plant for anyone with asthma or similar conditions.

Loves: Water once a week, indirect sunlight 

Avoids: Over fertilization, cold temperatures 

popular house plants with Sweet Heart Bamboo

Sweet Heart Bamboo

Bamboo typically grows straight up, so why not stand out with an interesting shape? This heart-shaped bamboo plant will leave the recipient feeling lucky to be loved. Since bamboo only needs indirect light, it makes an excellent desk plant. The zen aesthetic quality of this popular house plant could also help with all that extra stress from work! The Sweet Heart Bamboo plant comes in a single, double, and triple heart design so you can express yourself to your heart’s content.

7. Gardenias 

Gardenias, a popular flower type, are pictured here. They're most famous for their scented white flowers.

Gardenias are known for their powerful scent. These flowering plants have a waxy leaf texture and prefer tropical conditions since they are native to Asia and Africa. Gardenias symbolized purity and sweetness, as well as a secret love. They usually flower mid-spring to mid-summer, but, when properly cared for, the waxy leaves are evergreen.

Loves: High humidity, all types of light, acidic fertilizer 

Avoids: Aphids, over-watering  

popular house plants with Grand Gardenia

Grand Gardenia

The Grand Gardenia is a wonderful addition to humid spaces, such as bathrooms with showers. The flowers have a strong scent, so anyone with a particularly sensitive nose should be aware. This popular exotic flower is shy to the touch (excessive touching of its petals will lead to bruising) and will deteriorate much faster if the flowers are cut. We recommend wetting your hands before touching.


Fiona is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University, where she studied marketing and art history, and a former intern. She enjoys Irish dancing, volunteering at coffee houses, and going to museums. Her favorite flowers are peonies.

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