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14 Plants That Will Thrive On a Shelf

There are many ways to transform your room into something unique. Those options include adding handmade furniture, LED lights, or other decorations. However, if you really want to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere, you have to incorporate some greenery into your interior. 

Indoor plants can not only make you feel more relaxed, but they also purify the air, which positively affects your health. However, we realize that not everybody here is an avid gardener. That’s why we prepared a list of indoor plants that are easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. 

Discover below 14 plants that will thrive on your shelf and find something beautiful for yourself!


Potted succulent plant
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Succulents have been one of the most popular plants to grow recently. It happens because they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, from green to purple, and are almost impossible to kill since they can tolerate low water levels and dry climates. If you don’t want to spend hours taking care of your plant, succulents are your best choice.

Lady Palm

Potted Palm
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If you really want to feel like you were living in the jungle, a Lady Palm in your room will make your dream come true. This beautiful plant will grow tall, so if you are unsure about the durability of your shelf, just place it on the floor. It also doesn’t require a lot of water and only a little bit of indirect sun to bloom.

ZZ Plant 

ZZ Plant in White Flower Pot
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ZZ Plant is one of the most popular plants you can see on social media when people share their interior designs. This plant has become so famous for a few reasons. First, it has beautiful dark green leaves that immediately catch the eye. Secondly, it tolerates tough and low-light conditions, and it is also a great air purifier that can remove plenty of toxins, such as xylene, toluene, and benzene.


Peperomia on wooden background
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Peperomia is another great plant you can grow in your room. It has unique leaves that can bloom in many colors, depending on the species. It doesn’t require a lot of watering since it can hold water in its stems and leaves, which makes it a perfect plant for everybody who tends to forget about this chore. However, when watering, always make sure the soil is completely dry.  

African Violet

African violets
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That’s probably one of the cutest plants on this list, and it is not difficult to guess why. Its violet flowers and green leaves will make you feel like you were in the middle of a meadow during a warm summer day. What’s best is that it can bloom under bright indirect light, meaning it is super easy to take care of it. 


Golden pothos in the basket on wood
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For anyone looking for a plant whose leaves will fall freely, Pothos is a perfect choice. This vine is also often called a Devil’s Ivy. It owes its nickname because it can grow almost in total darkness and doesn’t mind being under or overwatered. It means that you can basically forget about taking care of it for months, and she will pay you back with beautiful leaves anyway.

Juniper Bonsai

Juniper Bonsai
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Thanks to its extraordinary shape Juniper Bonsai is the plant that will make your bedroom stand out. There are plenty of unique options to choose from, so we are confident that anybody can find something that will match the style of their interior. They are also super easy to take care of since they don’t need a lot of watering or sunlight. 

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema plant Chinese evergreen
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Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen is another perfect addition to your room. Its leaves come in a variety of colors, such as green, pink, white, and red. It doesn’t only look beautiful but can also withstand a big excess of water. So if you don’t want to spend hours thinking about the ideal amount of water that has to be added, this plant is your go-to.

Citrus Tree

Tangerine Tree
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Is there anybody who wouldn’t like to have some fresh citrus in their home? Having a citrus tree will easily change your interior into an exotic place. Imagine having fresh oranges or mandarines without even leaving your bed all year long. Just be careful because it can grow big. That’s why once you see it is getting heavier just place it on the floor. 

String of Pearls

String of pearls succulent plant
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String of Pearls is an outstanding plant that will add some glamour to your room with ease. We recommend you place it in a hanging pot so its beautiful vines can cascade over the sides. To get long strings quickly, make sure it has access to bright indirect light as well as enough water to keep the soil moist. 


Potted Yucca
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It is difficult not to enjoy growing Yucca inside due to its beautiful long green leaves and woody stem. However, to look its best, this plant needs a lot of sunlight. What is also crucial to keep in mind is that once it is fully grown, it becomes very heavy. That’s why it is best to place it in a deep container on the floor or a very durable shelf. 


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Pilea is a perfect plant for those who prefer small and delicate plants that won’t take up too much space. Its leaves resemble water lilies, so it will make you feel like relaxing near the lake. When you water it, make sure that the soil is always dry. Since it is very lightweight, you can place it on any shelf you have without being worried about breaking it. 


Anthurium in flower
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Most people won’t be able to pass by Anthurium without noticing its beautiful red and heart-shaped flowers. It’s a perfect plant if you want to create a loving atmosphere in your place. Keep in mind that it requires watering every one to two weeks as well as occasional fertilizing. Because of that, it isn’t as low maintenance plant as others you can find in this list. 

Snake Plant 

A snake plant on a table beside a window
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The person who invented a nickname for a Snake Plant must have had a bizarre relationship with his mother-in-law since he called it a Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. Nevertheless, the snake plant is one of the most typical choices when picking an indoor plant. It only requires a bit of indirect sun to grow and occasional watering once the soil is fully dried.  

To Sum Up

As you can see, transforming your room into a natural oasis isn’t as complicated as people tend to think. You don’t need to be a gardening expert to have a couple of gorgeous plants that will make you feel closer to nature and purify the air you are breathing at home. We recommend you choose more than one plant to make your interior look even better!

Let us know which plant you like the most, and as always, please share!