Introducing houseplants to your décor is a great way of adding a touch of nature. Having houseplants in your bathroom will add an exotic edge to your space and transform your room into a tropical sanctuary.
You can fill your home with plants, but each room has a different environments. Your porch or conservatory will have different temperatures and humidity levels compared to your kitchen or bathroom.
There are plenty of ways to get creative with how to display your bathroom plants. Position them in hanging baskets or ceramic pots suspended from the ceiling. Alternatively, some of the plants like air plants can be tied together to create a unique hanging plant in a chandelier style.
There are options for bathrooms with or without windows, so whatever your set up, there’s a plant that can thrive in your space.
So, here are a few houseplants for your bathroom:
1. Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant)
Firstly, the iconic leaves of the Swiss cheese plant are a must-have, and they can thrive in a variety of different environments. Although they prefer bright, indirect light, they can tolerate low levels of light as well as any humidity level.
But, bear in mind that they’ll need a lot of space and will be sure to make a statement in your bathroom.
2. Air plants
These plants get their nutrients from the air as their name suggests, but they do still need watering by submerging them in water. Air plants thrive in high or moderate humidity, and they can be displayed in really imaginative ways to have a great impact.
They do need plenty of air though, so a bathroom with a window available for these plants to position near is perfect.
3. Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo)
Low maintenance and looks marvellous, this pick with transform your bathroom to a spa-like environment. Lucky bamboo can survive without a lot of light, so it’s perfect for a bathroom spot which doesn’t get loads of sun.
They can be grown in water, with small stones in which looks fantastic, but if they are growing in water ensure you change the water every 2-4 weeks.
4. Epipremnum aureum (golden pothos or devil’s ivy)
Next is another favourite which thrives in a humid environment, because if they don’t get the right levels of humidity then the ends of the leaves will turn brown.
They grow best in bright but indirect light, and variegated varieties can lose their different colours if they don’t get enough sunlight.
5. Tradescantia zebrina (silver inch plant)
Alternatively, bring some dramatic colour to a corner in your bathroom with the purple and silver-striped leaves of Tradescantia zebrina. The trailing habit will help to add height and texture to the room.
Originating from Mexico and Central America, they are happy in temperatures from 10-24°C, so will be happy in your bathroom.
6. Sansevieria trifasciata (snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue)
Mother-in-law’s tongue is a hardy and easy to care for plant that is great for beginners. It’s architectural appearance from its upright sword-like leaves can be found in sizes from 6 inches to 12ft tall, so you’re bound to find one to suit your bathroom.
It is also a good pick for the bathroom because they are not fussy about humidity levels and can even thrive in low or bright indirect light.
7. Dracaena fragrans (corn plant)
These make great bathroom plants and would look great in a clean, cut contemporary bathroom style because of their striking straight leaves. They like high humidity, so the bathroom is very fitting, although they do best with medium to bright indirect light.
8. Anthurium (flamingo flower)
The waxy leaves of this plant will add a sophisticated and exotic edge to your bathroom. In a spot with bright, indirect light this plant will flourish. Native to tropical climates, Anthurium are well suited to a room with high humidity levels.
Orchids are tropical plants, so will appreciate the humidity. In the wild, orchids grow as epiphytes, clinging to trees or rocks, using their roots as anchors and getting their moisture from the air. In your home, they can tolerate low light, although they prefer bright indirect light.
10. Boston fern
Finally, Boston ferns are a perfect pick for your bathroom because their feathery fronds suit the warm and wet environment. However, they do need a good amount of indirect light to thrive.
They look great in a hanging basket, to add some height to your bathroom, and they can even be positioned in the shower itself!
For plenty more ideas and houseplant inspiration, check out my new book My Houseplant Changed My Life, where you can find 50 of my favourite houseplants and why they are unique. You can pre-order your copy here.
So, add some greenery to your bathroom with these top picks and you’ll convert your bathroom into a spa-like retreat.
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
Leave A Comment