A plant can really transform an indoor space, but in order for the plant to truly flourish, it needs to be the right plant for the space you have. How do you pick the right plant for your space? Here’s everything you need to know…

How Much Light Does Your Space Have?

Just about every plant needs a certain amount of light in order to survive, but some can tolerate much more shade than others. When choosing a plant for an indoor space, one of the first things you need to consider is how much sunlight your space receives. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How many hours of light does the space receive?
  • Is the light direct or indirect?
  • Is your space brighter in the morning or the afternoon?

Some plants, such as the ZZ Plant, do best in low light conditions, while others, such as the Stromanthe Triostar, prefer bright, but indirect, sunlight. Most plants do not actually do very well in bright, direct light, as this can often lead to leaf scorch, although the Fiddle Leaf Fig is one that appreciates as much direct light as it can get during the day.

How Much Space Do You Have?

Every plant needs a certain amount of space in order to thrive. Some plants, like the Spider Plant, grow quite quickly. If you place a Spider Plant in a hanging basket, it won’t be long before it reaches two or three feet in length. While this may be too much for some, it’s a great way to add some greenery to a space that is too small for a standing potted plant.

Other plants, such as the Marble Queen Pothos, are much slower-growing, and won’t get too large. This makes them perfect for spaces where you only have room for a small potted plant. However, if you are going for a floor plant, then it’s usually best for these to be on the larger side. This not only makes them more visible, but also means that they can access more light.

How Much Care Are You Able to Provide Your Plant?


Some plants don’t require much attention at all, making them perfect for those who don’t have the time to frequently tend to a plant, such as those seeking a plant for an office space. The Jade Pothos is the perfect example - you only need to water it every one to two weeks, and it’s extremely tolerant of a variety of conditions.

However, for those who want a plant that requires more time and attention, the Calathea Medallion can be slightly trickier to care for, but more than makes up for this with its beauty.

Use the Tools on Our Website

Choosing the perfect houseplant for a specific space can sometimes be a challenge, which is why the Modern Garden website has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. Use the filters on the online shop to set your specific requirements, whether this may be an easy-to-care-for plant that thrives in low light and provides air-purifying benefits, or a fussier plant that needs a large amount of bright light each day.

You will also find special collections put together to make the plants easier to browse, such as the Pet-Friendly collection and the Best for Beginners range. If you’re still confused, try taking the Perfect Plant Quiz for a greenery plan that’s tailored to your space and needs.

Every space provides its own unique habitat and ecosystem, meaning that the plants you choose for that space need to be able to tolerate those specific conditions. The right plant will be able to properly flourish, bringing you years and years of beauty and happiness.

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