15 Best Plants for Your Bathroom

Mood-boosting plants can turn your bathroom into a personal sanctuary.

One of the benefits of houseplants is their ability to liven up your mood and environment by making any space more comfy and inviting. Try bringing in mood-boosting plants to transform your bathroom into a personal sanctuary.

The bathroom is a personal space. For most, it's the first room you visit when starting your day and your last stop at the end of the night. That means it needs to inspire both vibrant beginnings and peaceful solitude. The best way to do that? Add plants. Known to improve health and well-being, houseplants give this small sanctuary the decor it deserves.

There are some key elements to consider before you buy houseplants online. When using plants to style a self-care paradise, remember that bathrooms come with variables like high humidity and fluctuating temps. Here are the factors to keep in mind when adding touches of living design to your space by picking plants that thrive in bathrooms.

Bathroom Conditions for Plants


Bathrooms naturally get a lot of moisture from the mist coming off a shower or bath. That means the best plants for any spa-like atmosphere are ones that enjoy high-humidity climates. Think tropical plants that thrive in balmy conditions.

Low Lighting

We can’t always count on large, south-facing windows in our bathrooms. More likely than not, a bathroom is going to have a small window that’s higher than normal to preserve privacy. If that’s the case, plants in this space will have to cope with low lighting. Plants from tropical habitats are perfectly suited since they've acclimated to growing under the shade of a tree canopy.

Range of Temperatures

Often covered in tile, bathrooms take on outside temperatures. When it’s hot out, the bathroom gets hot. When it’s cold, the bathroom gets cold. Not to mention the heat they may get from a hot shower or a blow dryer happening in this small space. Plants that reside here can't be too temperamental about temperature.

Best Plants for the Bathroom

Now that we've covered all the ways bathrooms can be tricky for growing plants, let's discuss all the plants that are up for the challenge. The best plants that thrive in bathrooms include:

  • Boston Ferns - Ferns tend to do well in bathrooms, and the Boston Fern is no exception. It loves the humidity and looks even better as a hanging plant
  • Orchids - Since orchids are native to tropical climates, they tend to love warm and humid environments. Orchids also bring life to small bathrooms with their vibrant colors and beautiful blooms.
  • Spider Plants - With their thin, pretty white and green leaves, Spider plants are a popular indoor plant that loves moisture and thrive in bright, indirect sunlight.
  • English Ivies - English Ivies love low-light conditions so they will grow even in a bathroom without much direct light.
  • Snake Plants - Snake plants are the easiest to care for and propagate. They love the humid environment of bathrooms and don't need a lot of natural light.
  • Peace Lilies - A great indoor plant to bring into the bathroom, peace lilies with their graceful white flowers and deep green leaves add a touch of elegance to any space. It's also easy to care for and thrives in high humidity.
  • Philodendrons - These look great as hanging plants in a bathroom and thrive in high-humidity and low-light environments.
  • Golden Pothos - This popular indoor plant for beginners does well in the bathroom's low-light conditions. Its glossy leaves of vibrant emerald and flecks of golden yellow instantly perk up a room.
  • Chinese Evergreen - This hardy plant is adaptive to any environment you put it in but prefers low or indirect light.
  • Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is known for its healing and hydrating properties. It can survive in high or low light conditions, and is good at absorbing moisture which allows it to do well in bathroom environments.
  • Maidenhair Fern - The Maidenhair Fern is a bit more high maintenance than the rest on this list, but its beauty is truly worth all the effort. With its tiny circular leaves and small fronds, they have this delicate lace-like look to them. They tend to thrive in a moist environment and with little or no light.
  • Asparagus Fern - While it may look quite fern-like, the Asparagus Fern is not actually a part of the fern family. This lily family member thrives in humid environments and does well in bright light, so it's ideal to house them near a window
  • Blue Star Fern - The Blue Star Fern thrives in low-light conditions and moist soil. Its dusky bluish green leaves add an exciting pop of color to a simple bathroom
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig - Fiddle Leaf Fig is a large plant, so it'll look beautiful standing as a focal point in your bathroom decor. They need bright light and fast-draining soil and also enjoy heat and humidity.
  • ZZ Plant - The ZZ Plant is a slow-grower but loves humid conditions and thrives in lower light. Its rich green and waxy foliage add vibrancy to a small bathroom.

3 Ways to Style

Ideally, bathrooms would have enough space for a chair, vanity, steam room, and plenty of shelves. In reality, it’s a struggle to fit everything into the cabinets you do have. So how do you add plants to the equation? Well, you get creative! Here are 3 ways to display plants in the bathroom.

1. Shelf Plants

The bathroom has a surprising amount of spaces that can be dressed up with plants. Consider elevating that unused corner of the tub, sink, or shelf with a plant. Even small plants can make big impressions when implemented in unconventional ways.

Our Pick: Snake Plants

Snake Plants are great plants for the bathroom because they can sit on the floor or a shelf and make your space feel more alive both in color and with the height of their unique foliage.

2. Hanging Plants

Hanging plants are a great way to utilize space in a dynamic fashion. If a ceiling hook isn’t available to drape plants from, consider devoting one towel hook to a hanging plant. There are all kinds of styles for plant hangers, like macrame for a bohemian look, or leather straps to go for a rustic or industrial design.

Our Pick: Spider Plants

Spider Plants work well in bathroom environments because they require little effort to create a bold statement with a sense of movement in every direction.

3. Window Sill Propagators

The great thing about propagating plants is that it only requires a small amount of space. This technique allows us to highlight growing vines in small vases. Simply find a vine that is ready for a trim, and snip off a section with a few leaves. Set the vine in a propagation vase filled with water, and it will continue to grow on the window sill. Our Propagation Glasses are made with glass and have beautiful brass necks that add a pop of color. Change out the water every three to five days to keep it fresh.

Our Pick: Pothos

We love pothos because one plant can easily become many through propagation of their vines. And since it copes well with humidity and low lighting, the pothos is an ideal plant for the bathroom.

Caring for Your Plants

Plants need TLC, so regular watering, pruning, and even cleaning will keep them healthier in the long run.

How Often Should You Mist Houseplants?

It depends on what plant you choose to get. Some, like the snake plant, need to be watered only every 2 weeks. Cleaning your houseplants is also important as dirt and dust can block out light and air. Pruning dead leaves and cleaning the surrounding soil will help to maintain your healthy plant and keep it thriving.

What to Do If You Still Have Questions

Our team of plant gurus is here for you if you need some advice. We have an array of beautiful plants for delivery waiting for new homes. Visit our website, email at [email protected], or chat live with a Greendigs representative to get all growing questions answered.


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