16 Houseplants for Small Spaces
If you are limited in space for your houseplants, these small-sized houeplants are perfect for the small spaces. These are plants that can be grown on a table-top, on a plant shelf or stand, on a windowsill, in a hanging basket or any other place where space is limited.
- Nerve Plant (Fittonia spp)
- Golden Pothos - Devil's Ivy (Scindapsus sp)
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema sp)
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp)
- Heartleaf Plant (Philodendron scandens)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
- Spider Plants  (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Corn Palm (Dracaena fragrans massangeana)
- Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)
- Desert Cacti
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
- String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
- Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
- African Violet (Saintpaulia)
- Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
Nerve plant are low growing plants with a minimal outward spread. Due to their high humidity requirement, they are suitable for a humid bathroom, a bottle garden or a terrarium. The attractive feature of Nerve Plants is the easily recognisable network of white, pink or red veins.
Golden Pothos are easy to grow and propagate. They are very colorful and very versatile houseplants. This coupled with their air cleaning properties make these plants excellent choice for hassle-free houseplants. If kept away from draughts, direct sunlight and with moderate watering, these plants will thrive. Pothos can be treated as a trailer in a hanging basket or as a climber on a moss-stick, a trellis or a wall or as a table-top plant.
Chinese Evergreens are small-sized houseplants which bear spear-shaped leaves on short stems. They grow with a minimum outward spread which makes them excellent for small spaces. These plants are also a good air cleaners and remove benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air. Aglaonemas are easy to grow and care for and adapt well to varying light levels; they will even thrive in the poorly lit spots.
Snake plant bears long upright and beautifully colored foliage with a minimum outward spread which makes it suitable for limited spaces. The sword-shaped leaves gives Snake Plant an architectural look which making them suitable room dividers. This plant is slow growing, low maintenance and extremely hardy (almost indestructible). Snake Plants can withstand low light, dry air, draughts and periods of dryness. Snake Plants have also been found to effective in cleaning indoor air of various indoor air pollutants.
Heartleaf Plants also called Sweetheart Plants are popular houseplants for small spaces. They are suitable for hanging baskets, as climbers on a wall, trellis or moss-stick or as a table-top houseplant. These plants are also good indoor air cleaners removing trichloethylene.Heartleaf Plant is easy to care for due to its ability to withstand neglect and poor conditions.
Peace Lily grows with dark green glossy leaves which grow with a minimum outward spread which makes it suitable for small spaces and as a table-top houseplant. Apart from its beauty, Peace Lily is also a good air cleaner. It is easy to grow and care for and does not mind being neglected for short periods of time. Keep Peace Lily away from direct sunlight, protect it from cold draughts and it will thrive.
Spider Plants are popular houseplants for a hanging basket. They are fast growing and easy to care for and propagate, and are good air cleaners. These plants are beautiful and extremely adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Spider Plants will grow in hot or cool rooms, in sun or shade and will withstand dry air.
Corn Palm grows with a minimal outward spread which saves on space making them perfect for small spaces. The brightly colored foliage will add a splash of color to any space. They can be grown as a stand alone houseplant to provide a bold and attractive focal point. Corn Palms are easy to care for but the leaves may die if exposed to direct sunlight. Light shade is the best position but it will grow in shade.
Asparagus fern is ideal for a hanging basket or as a table-top houseplant. The beautiful, feathery, needle-like branches droop gracefully on the sides of a pot. Asparagus Fern is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide variation in light, heat and frequency of watering; it can withstand some level of neglect.
The Desert Cacti are excellent houseplants for the small spaces. Their growth habits and forms occupy very little space. The trailing types can be grown in a hanging basket and the ball-like can be grown as a table-top plant while the columnar types can be grown as stand alone plants. They are hardy plants which easily withstand a high level of neglect. Desert Cacti hate to be waterlogged; monthly or fortnightly watering depending on existing temperatures is perfect for them.
English Ivy is suitable for a hanging basket or can be grown as a climber. Its small size makes it suitable for a table-top houseplant. It is also known be a good air cleaner. This plant is easy to grow and adapts easily to a wide growing conditions. The attractive English Ivy is a hardy plant that will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and will not die from a few days neglect.
Jade Plant grows upright with minimal outward spread which makes it suitable for small spaces. It can be grown as a table-top plant,on a shelf or a windowsill. The plant is a popular succulent plant and also a good air cleaner. Jade Plant is easy to grow and will tolerate some level of neglect going for a considerably long period without water.
The cascading thread-like stems of String of Pearls also called String of Beads make it an excellent houseplant for a hanging basket, a table-top or on a shelf. String of Pearls Plant is easy to grow and propagate and can survive a considerably long period without water.
Chinese Money Plant is a low growing houseplant with a minimal outward spread which makes it suitable for small spaces. It is perfect to grow as a table-top houseplant, on a shelf or on a windowsill. Chinese Money Plant is easy to grow and propagate which makes it easy to share with friends and hence the name Friendship Plant.
African Violet is a low-growing houseplant with a minimal outward spread which makes it perfect for the table-top, a plant shelf or a windowsill. It is easy to grow and comes in many varieties and different flower colors from which to choose from. The attractive feature in African Violet is the ability to flower almost any time of the year.
Parlour Plam produces a dense, deep green, feathery foliage on arching branches. It grows slowly with a minimal outward growth which make it suitable for small spaces. It is suitable for a bottle garden or a terrarium. Parlour Palm is easy to grow with a high tolerance to low light conditions and is also a good air cleaner.