Interior decoration: plants that do not need sun

Interior decoration: plants that do not need sun
Robert Rivera

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Have you ever thought about adding more green to your home? And we are not talking about painting, but about including a small plant in your decoration! This is a very simple and pleasant way to offer more warmth, energy, and fresh air to the environment without major investments, regardless of whether your corner is a large house or a small apartment.

There are those who say that watering, pruning, and fertilizing your plant is an excellent therapy, and even if you have a busy routine, you can choose a species that requires little care.

Homes with large spaces can use and abuse of pots of different sizes scattered around the rooms. Apartments with more limited space can gain a beautiful vertical garden, or simply add a unique but very special pot. Below you will learn about the right species to include in your interior decoration, and with comments from architect and landscape designer Stella Pongiluppi,will learn how to take care of each of them, and which is the right place to keep them in the house.


"More commonly known as cafe-de-salão, it reaches 40 centimeters and needs soil rich in organic matter and always very well irrigated. It does not support cold weather. Inflorescence without ornamental importance, however the fruits are showy and decorative."

1. that special corner of the house

2. adding several species and equal vases makes the decoration more organized

The window is the ideal place to leave your Aglaonema on cool days

4. its foliage is gorgeous!

5. even the home office gets a new look


"Originally from Colombia, its size ranges from 30 centimeters to 1 meter in height. It does not tolerate very cold temperatures. The most common flowers are white, red, and pink in color. It develops best in warm and humid regions."

6. anthuriums look wonderful in glass vases

7. and are widely used for making beautiful arrangements

8. its red flowers are perfect for Christmas arrangements too!

9. always protect them from the cold

10. the more, the better!

Happiness Tree

"The happiness tree is a woody shrub. The female, with thin leaves, can reach 2.50 meters high, while the male, with oval leaves, grows to 5 meters. It rarely blooms in Brazil. The species can receive regular pruning to contain the foliage, great for half-shaded beds. It needs fertile soil and medium irrigation."

11. next to the balcony is the best place

12. a small branch can be included in the terrarium

13. choose your cachepô

14. make use of every space in the room

15- Its sprouts make beautiful arrangements


"The azalea must be cultivated in places with plenty of light, the ideal is to receive a little direct sunlight every day, so they are perfect for balconies facing North. Their flowers appear in autumn-winter, in a wide variety of colors and textures (flat and folded). Still in winter, it loses its foliage (deciduous plants do this to reduce water loss). Pruningcan only be done after the flowering period and is important for the renewal of the foliage and formation of new shoots. The ideal type of soil is acid, well fertilized and with regular watering. It is a toxic species, not indicated for houses and apartments with animals".

16. when the stem is beautiful even without flowers

17. but its flowers make any house more cheerful

18. two colors in one vase

19. the corner table became much more charming

20. how can you not love this super different unique daughter?

Lucky Bamboo

"The herbaceous plant can reach up to 1.5 meters tall. Originally from Africa, it has leaves with white or yellow margins. It can be grown in either full sun or half shade and although it is called lucky bamboo, it is not an actual bamboo. The soil must be well drained, fertilized and watered regularly. It can also be grown in water, hydroponically."

21. include the plant above a piece of furniture that highlights the green

22. or a very charming warm direct lighting

Its stem can be woven together to make it look even more elegant.

24. your pruning can be highly handcrafted and fun


"Begonias can grow up to 30 centimeters, bloom all year round and have different colors of flowers (red, yellow, pink, salmon, white). The succulent foliage, can be green or reddish. Cultivation should be done in permeable soil and constantly irrigated."

25. to add color to the room

26. pink flowers are super delicate

27. even without blooming, the begonia can surprise you

28. and when they bloom, they form this spectacle

Begonias are synonymous with youthfulness and fertility


"When grown in pots, the soil must be well drained to avoid water accumulation at the plant's roots. For indoor areas, good options are:

- Gusmania ( Guzmania ligulata The inflorescence happens in summer, with small white flowers, surrounded by the bracts of the bromeliad, which can be red, pink, or even green.

- Aequimea ( Aechmea fasciata ), can reach up to 40 centimeters, with green rosette leaves or even in a marbled shade of green and gray. The pinkish bracts are durable and the small, blue inflorescence appears in its corners.

30. bromeliads are super-adaptable to any environment

31 For better development, leave it in an environment with indirect light

32. water it weekly, or when you notice that your soil is dry

33. but be careful! don't let the pot get soaked!

Sprinkle a little water on your foliage in the summer


The cactus needs full sun, except for the mini-cactus ( Mammillaria SP ) that can be planted indoors, without direct sunlight, but with good ambient light. Watering should be done once a week or every other week, or whenever the soil is dry. Because it is rustic, it requires little care.

35. and mini cacti do well in any room of the house

36. they like little water, so water them sparingly

37. you can find cacti of many different sizes

38. ... but they grow more if you leave them in the sun


"There are several types of calatheas or Marantas, almost all of which are for half-shade and warm, humid locations. The best known and easiest to find on the market are:

- Silver Maranta ( Calathea picturata ), grows between 15 and 30 centimeters, should be cultivated in pots in half shade, with soil rich in organic matter, well permeable and always moist. Generally its leaves are predominantly green with silver spots in the center and on the edges.

- Zebra Marant ( Calathea zebrina ), is a larger species that can reach 80 centimeters in height. Its leaves are large, oval and velvety, with purple flowers, but not very important ornamentally. It is sensitive to direct sunlight, frost and lack of moisture in the soil.

39 The colors of some species of Calatheas resemble a watermelon

40. they love half shade, ideal to be close to a window

41. its vast foliage is ideal for lining the ground

42 - Water your Maranta every other day

43 This type of foliage likes moist soil, not waterlogged soil


"It is a palm with thin stems and up to 2 meters high. It does not tolerate cold nor direct sunlight. It is ideal for pots in winter gardens or indoor areas. Watering should be done weekly, always with well-drained soil".

44 This palm tree looks amazing next to a nice armchair

45. when still young, they live perfectly in small pots

46 - The bathroom gains a new life with little plants in the decoration


"Also known as Mapuá, this bush is curly, native to the Amazon and can reach 1.80 meters. If confined in a pot, it develops less, so the ideal is to plant it directly in the ground. The soil must be constantly moist, permeable, and well fertilized. The species does not tolerate very cold regions and frost.

47. the cycling corners should be protected from winter, in closed balconies

48. ... or in that perfect corner of the room

49. if you lack space, create a vertical garden in the hallway


"This small herbaceous plant, 15 to 20 centimeters tall, has dark green foliage, or in the variety with variegation, it will have green leaves with white or yellowish stripes. Its flowers are white and small, appearing in summer. The soil, rich in organic matter, must always be kept moist. The species tolerates low temperatures.

50 - You can grow a Chlorophyte either in a planter or in its own pot

51: This species can even withstand air-conditioned environments!

52. ... and is among the 10 easiest plants in the world to care for

53. you should only water it when the soil is completely dry


"Herbaceous with pendulous foliage, native to Brazil. Its leaves are small, dark green and shiny. And the flowering occurs in spring, with small and long red flowers, attracting hummingbirds. The species is not recommended for cold regions."

54: Spray water on your Beehive instead of wetting its root

55 - Its flowers look like little fishes, which is why they received the nickname

56. find an environment for it that has moderate heat

57 You can bet this little beauty will bring nothing but good energy

58. and they will give much more warmth to the environment


"A semiligneous shrub that reaches 3 meters in height if planted in the ground. Its leaves are very showy because of their colors and shape. The species should not be pruned so as not to harm its shape. It requires good soil drainage and is not indicated for homes that have animals, because it is a toxic species."

59. keep your Croton out of your pet's reach

60 The care of this type of plant is very simple

61 In spite of its flowers, what calls the most attention in this species are its leaves

62. crótons don't like cold and love half light or full light

63. wipe the dust off your foliage with a damp cloth, and do it very gently

Sword of St. George

"Herbaceous plant that can reach 90 centimeters in height. With thick leaves and cultivated in two best-known varieties, with yellowish margins on its dark green leaves or light green transverse spots."

64 If planted correctly, it adapts to any type of environment

65. if the root starts to break the pot, repot it

66. keep an eye on your soil and wet it when it is dry

boa constrictor

"With pendulous, variegated yellow or white foliage and large leaves at adulthood. When young, the leaves are small and green. It develops well in shaded areas and requires little care other than regular watering. It can also be grown in water."

67. use the growth of this little plant to your advantage

68 This type of climber likes heat and water

69. or grow it in a glass vase with water

Licuala - Fan Palm

"It reaches 2 to 3 meters high, although its growth is very slow. Its pleated fan-shaped leaves are dark green and shiny. Because the leaves are wide, it must be protected from the wind, so that the foliage does not tear. Its fruits grow in small reddish clusters, seen only on older plants. The soil must always be kept moist and well fertilized, the species is ideal forindoor environments".

70: Licuala loves a little morning sun

71. but avoid direct sunlight, protecting it with thin curtains

72. strong winds should be avoided so its foliage does not tear

73- Choose a pot with a wide mouth and that doesn't overturn easily for your cultivation

74 The decorative effect of its foliage is charming

Peace Lilies

"A 30 centimeter tall herbaceous plant, with long, shiny and very ornamental leaves. Flowering occurs in spring-summer, with a white, unscented spathe. It must be watered with a high frequency, but the soil must be well drained and fertilized."

75. but they bend if left in the shade all day

76 Therefore, leave them in a place where the sun shines in the morning

77. avoid water accumulation in the retention plate

78. water them only when the soil dries out


"Its rosette-like leaves can be dark green, or with white streaks. The flowers are small and bluish, without ornamental value, and appear in summer. The soil must always be kept moist, with good permeability and drainage."

Always keep your Neoregelia well fertilized

80. they are easy to care for and very resistant

81. this is a species of the Bromeliad family


The orchids like cool places, protected from direct light. They do very well with the morning rays, but nothing more than that. Their watering must be done in a balanced way, so as not to overwater and not to dehydrate them. The soil must always be humid, in summer two to three times a week, depending on the humidity of the air, and in winter, one to two times.

82. orchids in the center of the table are always luxurious

83 Its colors can be of the most varied

84. and there are several kinds of flowers too

85. ... that make the decoration much more delicate

86. this species does not like to be moved around a lot

87. so be careful where you put your vase

88. and don't forget to water it with moderation

Water stick

"Pau d'água is a medium-sized shrub, reaching 3 meters in height, it can be kept indoors, in pots, but it develops best in open areas, in full sun."

89. a relaxing corner with fresh air

90. choose a strategic place to receive your plant...

91, because they can reach up to 2 meters in height!

92. spray its leaves with water two to three times a week


"There are several types of peperomias, almost all for half-shade and warm, humid locations. The best known and easiest to find on the market are:

- Peperomia argyreia The watermelon peperomia, with a size of 25 centimeters, its leaves are large, shiny, oval, and with silvery stripes standing out from the dark green. Well-fertilized and permeable soil.

- Peperomia serpens It has small leaves and is usually light green or variegated, with well fertilized and permeable soil.

93. leave your vase where the sun shines from time to time

94. protect your background with pebbles or a non-woven blanket

95. ... and ensure drainage with some sand

96. leave the sprouts in small pots and only change them when they grow

97 Its foliage is beautiful, and super easy to care for.

98 - See what a wonderful effect it offers in minimalist decorations


"Pleomele is a semiligneous shrub up to 3 meters high, if planted in the ground. In pots, it develops less but requires a large pot, reaching up to 2 meters. Plants with dark green foliage should be kept in areas well protected from the sun, otherwise the foliage will burn. However, the variegated - with yellowish-white leaves and green stripes -, withstands the sun well for a few hours forIt should be planted in fertile soil and irrigated less frequently.

99 - These cuties thrive best in warm, humid climates

100. and they can fill their green corner with lovely foliage like this

101. pleomele is perfect for winter gardens

102 Its watering should be done every other day

103. when new, can serve very well as a table arrangement


"It is a clumped palm tree, which reaches 3 meters high. Its dark green and pleated leaves form a very ornamental fan. Ideal for indoor pots, it is a rustic species that requires little care. Pruning must be done carefully so as not to deform the plant".

104 You have surely seen a vase like this in some decoration

106. they love wide pots and a nice umbrella

107. avoid air conditioning to keep your foliage that way, very green

108. water it every 15 days in the heat and once a month in the winter


"Herbaceous that grows from 40 to 70 centimeters, its foliage is pendulous and long. The ideal soil for fern should be fertilized with humus and always moist, with constant irrigation. It should not receive direct sunlight, for the best development."

110. it is super versatile and goes well with any kind of decoration

111. always leave them in a place in the middle shade and preferably humid

112. never forget to drain the water from the dish after watering it


"The species has dark green or variegated foliage, in white on its veins. Its roots are invasive and so it must be planted in a pot, to delimit its space. It is a very rustic plant and does not require much care."

113 These cuties are super adaptable to any location

114. so much that they work in pots...

115. ... and also as a lining plant and even as a climbing vine

116. their leaves can change shape when they reach maturity

117. but they do not lose their beauty at any stage of life

Soleirolia (Baby Tears)

"With tiny leaves, it reaches 15 centimeters in height. Its growth is practically horizontal, forming a green carpet. The flowers are white and appear in the summer, but are of no ornamental importance. The species is best used as vase liner, and should not be planted in the ground, as it is not resistant to trampling. It does well in humid soils and with little natural light."

118 - How can you not fall in love with these little green girls?

119 - Because they spread, this is the perfect species to plant in terrariums

120. soleirolias are edible and taste like watercress

121. use this species as a background for other plants

122. or leave it as a small bush in the vase


"The pot should have holes for drainage, and the ideal is to make a mixture of soil and sand to facilitate this drainage. The soil should be kept moist, but never soaked, and the amount of watering varies during the seasons. In winter it needs little water, i.e., every fifteen days; while in summer, the ideal is to water aonce a week or whenever the soil is dry".

123. having succulents at home is a bit addictive

124. it seems that it is never enough to have only one in the decoration

125. and the more different, the better!

126. they can be grown in pots, planters or terrariums

127. and develop best when they are illuminated


"With dark green and shiny leaves, Zamioculca is ideal for planting indoors, always in half shade. The soil should be kept moist and well fertilized. It prefers warm regions and does not tolerate cold. Its creamy-white inflorescence is of no ornamental importance.

128 - If your routine is hectic, adopt a Zamioculca

129 This species requires little care in its maintenance

130. and any corner in the house is great for them

131 Its growth is slow, ideal for small environments

132. water it once or twice a week, without soaking the soil

Now that you know which species are suitable for indoors, just choose which one you like best to adopt and love. For sure your room will be even more special!

Robert Rivera
Robert Rivera
Robert Rivera is a seasoned interior designer and home decor expert with over a decade of experience in the industry. Born and raised in California, he has always had a passion for design and art, which eventually led him to pursue a degree in interior design from a prestigious design school. With a keen eye for color, texture, and proportion, Robert effortlessly blends different styles and aesthetics to create unique and beautiful living spaces. He is highly knowledgeable in the latest design trends and techniques, and is constantly experimenting with new ideas and concepts to bring life to his clients' homes. As the author of a popular blog on home decor and design, Robert shares his expertise and insights with a large audience of design enthusiasts. His writing is engaging, informative, and easy to follow, making his blog an invaluable resource for anyone looking to spruce up their living space. Whether you're seeking advice on color schemes, furniture arrangement, or DIY home projects, Robert has the tips and tricks you need to create a stylish, welcoming home.