The Best Plants for Apartments: Choosing the Right Plant for Your Space

June 21, 2023

One of the best quality-of-life adjustments you can make is getting a house plant. Thanks to their unique leaves, plants can add a lot of interesting texture and color to your decor while brightening your space.

The best plants for apartments are the ones that you own and care for! But if you’re new to the plant world, our list can help you get started!

We’ve talked extensively about the benefits of plants before. Now, let’s focus on beginner-friendly apartment plants to help maximize your renter experience.

We’ll go over:

  • Large low-light indoor plants for apartments
  • Pet-safe plants for cats & dogs
  • Plants that help with anxiety
  • Choose an Apartment Plant for Your Space

Already have plants but need an apartment? Reach out to an Autumn Park at Medford rep to see available floor plans!


All plants require light to photosynthesize. While apartment plants generally prefer more light than we might give them indoors, some plants can adapt well to low-light conditions (e.g., indirect sunlight near a window).

All of this is to say that you can still have a dramatic statement plant in your home, even if your lighting conditions aren’t ideal!

Popular large low-light indoor plants for apartments include:

  • Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) – One of the hardiest plants available, snake plants are popular with renters because they are nearly indestructible. They tolerate low light well and grow upward with tall, charming leaves. Place a collection of them in a large planter to add vertical sight lines to your decor.
  • ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) – Similar to the snake plant, ZZ plants are hard to kill and can grow in a wide range of light conditions. Their almond-shaped leaves have a distinctive silhouette, which contrasts well with softer decor pieces or stark shapes. They’re slow growers, so you should buy them when they’re large.
  • Triostar (Stromanthe sanguinea) – Triostar plants bring drama with their size and bright color! Renters collect triostar plants for their signature pink accent. Because they grow in the understory of rainforests, they do well in moderate to low light.

When considering what big plants do well in low light, you should also factor in how much care you’re willing to give as well as if you have pets. Low-light pet-friendly plants make for the best of both worlds.


If you own a dog or a cat, it’s important to avoid plants that are toxic to your pets. Some of the most common plants that aren’t suitable for pets include aloe vera, peace lilies, and azaleas. Before purchasing a plant, check its toxicity. Some plants are only mildly toxic, but it’s best to stay prepared.

New pet owners can rest assured with these pet-safe plants won’t harm your cats and dogs if accidentally ingested:

  • Peperomia rubella – Peperomia plants as a whole are typically considered non-toxic to animals. They’re compact plants that prefer medium-light and well-draining soil. We love peperomia rubella for its gorgeous red underleaf and succulent-like leaves.
  • Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) – On that note, a Chinese money plant (also known as a UFO plant) has similar growing needs to a peperomia but with a unique look. These plants have iconic coin-shaped leaves perched on thin stalks. They do best in moderate to bright light but can tolerate indirect light.
  • Baby Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) – Baby tears take things personally, hence the name. When thirsty, they wilt dramatically only to come back with a good dousing. They have small, tender leaves and do well as ground cover. Keep baby tears in moist soil to avoid their antics!

Our pet-safe plants are compact and do well on desks, side tables, and window sills. Their diverse textures make them adaptable to any style, and they do best in moderate light!


Horticultural therapy is a therapy technique that helps those afflicted with mental health issues alleviate their symptoms.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many renters relied on apartment plants that help with anxiety. Some found the process of caring for plants to be soothing—in particular, there were clear wellness benefits in reducing stressors.

Check out these plants for anxiety relief:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia– Lavender is known for its vibrant purple color and attractive scent. Lavender oil also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular choice.
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) – Also known as the marble queen, this particular variety of pothos tends to vine and has heart-shaped leaves. Its color can change depending on how much light it gets. At its best, you’ll see marbled white and green leaves.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – Chamomile is an edible flowering plant. It’s often consumed as an herbal tea. When ingested, it can have a calming effect, and some researchers have noticed that camomile has a positive effect in reducing anxiety symptoms.

Ultimately, growing plants is not a sufficient treatment for mental health. However, you may find that tending to plants for anxiety can be a beneficial addition to your routine.


It’s hard to say what’s the best plant for apartments given individual preferences. Choosing an apartment plant means thinking through your apartment conditions and your personal needs. If you only have access to low light, need to have pet-safe plants, or want to take care of plants for anxiety relief, our picks are sure to fit the bill while still having a high visual impact!

Curious to see how we decorate with plants at our apartments? Check out our available floor plans online or schedule a tour with one of our reps.