The Best Indoor Flowering Plants + Low-Light Options

The Best Indoor Flowering Plants + Low-Light Options

Flowering indoor plants liven up any indoor space. Easy and beautiful flowers don’t need a lot of coaxing to bloom. Even better is that some of these plants flower when color is most needed, such as in the dead of winter. With minimal water, fertilizer during the growing season, and proper light, indoor flowering plants can stay beautiful and provide enjoyment all year long.

List of the Best Indoor Flowering Plants

Hydrangeas (Low Maintenance and Low-Light)

Potted Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are easy to care for and a low maintenance popular houseplant. The low-maintenance plant is native to Eastern Asia. The plant is a compact shrub with many branches. The maximum height and width of the hydrangea are 2 feet. The green leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges.

The flower buds grow in large clusters of colors in purple, white, red, and pink. The plant favors cool temperatures but will tolerate warmer areas indoors.

Quick Care: Hydrangeas prefer filtered low-light conditions but will tolerate full sun. During the growing season (summer and warm-weather), add a low-nitrogen fertilizer every two weeks. Avoid letting the soil dry out by watering regularly to keep this flowering houseplant happy during the growing season.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily, one of the best indoor flowering plants
Potted Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is one of the most popular houseplants. You can typically find these are every garden center and even local grocery stores. These plants are easy to care for, have air cleaning properties and product beautiful blooms.

Their flowers are white curled flowers that can grow quite large with up to 3 feet tall and wide. They can bloom year round but are typically most active in the summer months.

Quick Care Tips: These plants are poisonous to be consumed, bright indirect light, balanced fertilizer biweekly.

Anthurium (Long Lasting Flowers)

Potted Anthurium

The Anthurium is a beautiful plant that creates vibrant red, white, pink or purple flowers. The flowers last a long time after being cut which makes it perfect for gifting or adding to counter top bouquets.

These are intermediate level plants to grow and require ideal conditions to thrive. They can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. They bloom year round in intervals lasting 6-8 weeks.

Quick Care Tips: They are poisonous if consumed, bright indirect light and feed biweekly with a high-potash fertilizer.

Kalanchoe (Beautiful Blooms)

Potted Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe, also called coral bells, are native to Madagascar. Classified as a succulent, the Kalanchoe can tolerate forgetful watering habits which makes it a great low-maintenance option. There are several different cultivars with flowers ranging from white, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple.

“Wendy” has large, purple tubular flowers. “Mirabella” has small tubular flowers. The plant blooms during the winter, according to “Spectacular Container Plants” by Byron E. Martin and Laurelynn G. Martin but with the right conditions (warmth and light) can bloom all year round. After the plant blooms, it must be pruned immediately to ensure next cycles flowers. During the plant’s rapid growth cycle during the summer, Kalanchoe should be watered and fertilized regularly for winter blooming. The minimum temperature range the plant can tolerate is 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Quick Care Guide: Bright indirect light, sandy soil, balanced fertilizer and light watering


Potted Fuchia

This is one of my favorite flowering plants. They produce beautiful unique blooms and can grow well indoors. They will bloom soon after planting typically starting in the spring until the late fall.

Fuchsias are one of the best indoor flowering plants because of their beautiful blooms and size. The flowering ornamental plant averages grows 1 to 2 feet tall with an upright to trailing growth habit. There are many different cultivars of fuchsias varying in size, shape, and flower color.

The minimum temperature the plant can tolerate is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to prune the plant in the late winter or early spring before the growing season. Keep the soil continuously moist during the growing season, tapering off during the winter but not letting the soil dry out completely.

Quick Care Tips: Intermediate level of care, bright indirect light, regular pruning, high humidity

Bleeding Heart (Low-Light Option)

Potted Bleeding Heart Plant

The Bleeding Heart plant has some of the most beautiful unique flowers around. The flowers resemble a pink or white heart that has drops of blood hanging from it. Bleeding hearts are perennials that grow well in shade and low-light environments. These plants usually grow to about 2 feet tall in rounded clumps.

The foliage is bluish-green and the leaves are small. The flowers bloom in late spring or early summer and will last until the first frost. Bleeding hearts will tolerate sun if the soil is moist enough, but they do best in shade with moist, well-drained soil.

Most people use bleeding hearts as borders in flower gardens and rock gardens but they do well potted indoors. Since they prefer partial shade you’ll want to put them in a bright indirect light.

Quick Care Tips: Bright indirect light or low-indirect light, water often, fertilize monthly


Potted Impatiens

Impatiens are one of the most popular garden plants because of their ease of growing. This evergreen perennial grows in mounds up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Flower colors include salmon, white, orange, pink, red, striped, speckled, and two-toned. The foliage is bright green and the leaves are small.

Plant these flowers in well-drained, moist soil in the shade or bright indirect light. These plants will also do okay in part sun, but full sun will burn the flowers. Impatiens will die at the first sign of frost.

Quick Care Tips: Bright indirect light or low-indirect light, mist leaves and flowers regularly, water weekly


Potted Periwinkle Plant

Periwinkle plants grow well in the various light conditions like shade, low or little light and full sun. The low-light houseplants forms a long, thick green mat, and is extremely hardy; it will grow in almost any type of soil. The foliage is a bluish-green color and the plant can reach a height of about 6 inches tall.

Periwinkles produce small purple and pink flowers in the spring. These plants grow well in the shade and moist soil. The plants also grow well in sandy soil and rock gardens. However, due to their invasive nature, periwinkles may not be legal in your state.

Quick Care Tips: Bright direct light, fertilizer bimonthly, water regularly

Hosta (Super Easy Plant to Grow)

Potted Hosta with Flowers

Hostas are easy-to-grow and shade-tolerant plants. The plants have beautiful foliage and colorful flowers, which ranges in color, texture, size, and shape. The colors of the foliage are gold, white, blue, and green.

The blue-leafed hostas prefer more shade than any of the other varieties of hostas. Most hostas grow rounded and some can reach up to 8 feet in width without proper pruning. The white, fragrant flowers grow in 6-inch clusters and bloom in the summer. These small plants grow best in rich, well-drained soil.

Quick Care Tips: Bright indirect light, fertilize monthly, water regularly

General Guidelines for Caring for Indoor Flowering Plants

How To Care for Indoor Flowering Plants

Indoor flowering plants are a beautiful addition to any home or workspace. They bring some of the beauty of the natural world inside the house, making it more pleasant to live in. It can also be a necessity to bring plants in during the winter which is another win to keep them thriving and enjoy their beauty.

Growing plants is a wonderful hobby and caring for them is quite easy. Following are a few things to consider when caring for your gorgeous plants.


Bright Indirect Light Vs. Direct Light graphic

There are different types of indoor flowering plants and each has its specific lighting requirements. Some plants need to be put right next to a large window to ensure maximum natural light at all times. Others may require low light conditions.

Other plants do not require much light and can survive and thrive in a completely shaded area in the deep end of your dark rooms or any other living space that gets minimum to no sunlight.

If you’re unsure of the light requirements a good guess is bright indirect light, adjust if the plant appears stressed or not growing.


Water is the most essential ingredient in maintaining the health of your indoor flowering plants. Make sure to see if the new plants need water, otherwise, too much water can damage the plant and can even cause it to die.

On the other hand, very little water can dehydrate the plant. You can always use the old method of the finger test by simply putting your finger in the point up to the first joint of the finger and if it feels dry you can go ahead and water. If not, then don’t water.

You also have to consider the type of plant you are caring for so that you know its needs. Just as is the case with sunlight, some plants require more water than others. Some plants can grow and live only in water as opposed to soil.

Fertilizer And A Little Care

Plants need to be fed when they are most active. The level of activity for each plant is determined by its type and the seasons it follows. Indoor-flowing plants generally require a good amount of K20. Slow-release fertilizer can be mixed with compost and fed to the plant. This will ensure a good amount of nitrogen depending on each plant.

High Humidity & Temperature

Many indoor flowering plants need to be in humid temperatures at all times. You can achieve this by spraying them with a mist of water often or just simply placing the pot with the plant in a larger empty pot and filling the outside pot with stones and compost.

Another idea is to group certain plants as they will create an environment for themselves that is rich in humidity. Most plants do well in a normal temperature ranging from about 55-75F or 15-25C. However, many plants cannot take drastic temperature changes.


Some indoor flowering plants might also require re-potting. The is an easiest way to check if your plant does require re-potting is to tap the plant to slightly release it from the pot. Next look at the bottom to check if you see any roots. If you see roots there, it is time to re-pot and move the plant to a bigger pot.

Indoor flowering plants are delicate living creatures and if cared for properly they can bloom and love you just like you showed them love and respect by taking care of them.

What indoor plants are you planning on growing indoors this year? I’ve had great success with my peace lily, and hostas but am wanting to try the Fuchsias next!

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