Before You Begin
Different plants will be more at home in certain bathrooms than others. Lighting, humidity and temperature play big roles in the thriving of your botanicals, so take a moment to evaluate your bathroom decor, and then determine which plants will work best for you.
Lighting: A bright, sun-drenched bathroom with at least one large window is ideal for almost any plant, but there are plenty of varieties that will live comfortably in low-light environments as well.
Tip: As a rule, south- and east-facing windows bring in the most light, while west- and north-pointing windows let in the least.
Humidity: While not always a concern, high humidity is important to some plants.
Temperature: Most houseplants and many low-maintenance flowers can thrive in a variety of temperatures, ranging from 12 to 29 C (55 F to 85 F), with 18 to 23 C (65 F to 75 F) being an ideal climate.
Pick a Plant
Although some factors in your bathroom may vary, you want to select a low-maintenance plant that can handle the environment in your bathroom (humidity, moisture, temperature, etc.) The following are good starter plants:
- ZZ Plant
- Spider plant
- Jade plant
Tip: No green thumb? No problem! Check out our list of five houseplants that are almost impossible to kill.
Discover the Perfect Display Spot
A windowsill, a shelf, even atop the toilet or medicine cabinet — your bathroom is filled with lots of small nooks, perfect for perching a potted plant or flower. Whether your bathroom is big or small, get clues on how to spot the perfect space for all of your new plants.
For a Small Bathroom: When space is limited, utilize every inch. Place plants on the back of the toilet tank or along a windowsill. Don’t forget to look up, too: you may have a ledge on top of a cabinet or vanity that could easily house a small plant.
For a Spacious Bathroom: In a large bathroom, bring in an elegant metal plant stand, small side table or bookshelf to display your plants. If you have a large counter, create a small plant display in a corner.