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6 Apartment-Friendly Plants for Low-Maintenance Decor

6 Apartment-Friendly Plants for Low-Maintenance Decor

Living in an apartment doesn't mean missing out on the joys of gardening. Incorporating apartment-friendly plants into your living space can transform your apartment into a lush, green oasis. These plants are hardy, low-maintenance, and perfect for novice home horticulturalists. Bring the great outdoors indoors with our picks for the most apartment-friendly plants. 

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are super resilient and a popular choice for first-time plant parents. They're non-toxic and safe for apartments with pets. These spindly houseplants produce tiny white flowers on their long stems and only need to be repotted every other year. Spider plants thrive in indirect sunlight, making them perfect for spaces with limited natural light. They also love humidity, so you add them to your bathroom decor for a touch of greenery. With arching foliage and air-purifying capabilities, spider plants will brighten your apartment while reducing indoor pollutants.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Also known as Mother-in-law's tongue, the snake plant is another low-maintenance gem. They don't require direct sunlight and can survive in shady corners of your apartment. Snake plants can grow up to two feet tall, so they're perfect for dressing up an empty corner of the room. Their tall, elegant leaves come in various patterns and shades, adding a touch of sophistication to any living space. While snake plants are an excellent choice for many renters, they are toxic to pets, so leave this one out of your decor if you have a four-legged friend. 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are famous for their stunning white flowers and their air-purifying qualities. These beautiful plants thrive in low to medium light and are excellent at removing harmful indoor air pollutants, making them a refreshing addition to any apartment. Peace lilies noticeably droop when thirsty, so it's hard to forget when to water them. Their white flowering blooms appear every spring, and exceptionally taken care of plants may bloom again in the fall. Like all lilies, peace lilies are toxic to animals. 

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos, also known as Devil's Ivy, are incredibly adaptable and resilient. This tropical vine is fast-growing, and its heart-shaped green leaves look gorgeous when trailing off the edges of bookshelves, desks, and other surfaces. Pothos can live for many years and thrive with minimal attention. While they prefer a healthy diet of indirect light, they can also survive in low-light conditions. However, it's important to note that Pothos are toxic to pets and shouldn't be grown if you have dogs or cats. 

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ plant is practically indestructible, making it a fantastic choice if you don't have much of a green thumb. This hardy plant can survive in low or no light and requires minimal watering. In fact, ZZ plants are highly drought-tolerant, thanks to their thick rhizomes that store water under the soil. Their glossy, waxy leaves add a touch of elegance to any space and make the ZZ plant a popular interior decoration. While the ZZ plant is a great choice for most beginner gardeners, it is toxic to pets (and humans), so be sure and cultivate with care. 

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)

Known for its healing properties, aloe vera also acts as an air purifier, removing potentially harmful pollutants from the air. Additionally, it's easy to care for, requiring only occasional watering. Aloe vera prefers indirect light, so you can plop them on your kitchen counter, desk, bookshelf, and virtually anywhere else. The plant also has medicinal uses and is often used to treat burns, so your aloe vera offers double the benefits of style and functionality. 


Whether you're a seasoned plant lover or just starting to flex your green thumb, these plants are excellent choices for renters. If you're looking for a new home for your budding indoor garden, contact us today and learn about all the perks of life in a Highland Residential community.