We all feel it coming, the nights are getting longer and we’ll slowly begin to retreat to the great indoors as an unseasonably warm October fades into a blustery November.   Before you “plant” yourself in front of Netflix with a warm cup of hot cocoa for the next four months or so, think about some ways to make your indoor space a little brighter, a little warmer, and a whole lot more comfy. These are the best indoor plants to brighten your space and improve air quality, plus they also make great housewarming gifts for anyone on a budget.

Best Plants for Low Light 

Don’t have a window with good light nearby?  Or live in a basement apartment?  No problem, these plants do best in the shade.  Try any of these:

  • ZZ Plant
  • Snake Plant
  • Ivy (it’s not just for fancy academics anymore)
  • Ferns
  • Calathea (for a flowering option, but note the lesser the light, the rarer a flower will be)
  • Bamboo
  • Peace Lily

Best Plants to Improve Air Quality

Feeling stuffy, maybe it’s time to add some foliage to up the air quality.  Consider these breath-giving options for a literal breath of fresh air:

  • Aloe (added bonus it’s a good topical hack for cuts and burns)
  • Spider Plants
  • Gerber Daisies (but remember, they’ll need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Weeping Fig (fantastic focal point for your living room)
  • English Ivy
  • Peace Lily (for those who have low light and want better air quality)

Best Plants for a Sunny Window Sill

Sunny spot, no problem, try these options:

  • Ficus
  • Desert Cacti
  • Butterfly Palm
  • Jasmine
  • Croton

Best Plants for those with a brown thumb (low maintenance)

These are the pants that can survive, even if you don’t give them quite as much TLC as maybe you should.

  • Jade
  • Rubber plant
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Heart leaf philodendron
  • Peperomia
  • Fiddle-Leaf Fig