When I embarked on my plant parenthood journey, I recall feeling overwhelmed by the vast array of houseplants available. I decided to opt for a common plant that was easy to care for over something more exotic looking that I didn’t know much about. Although I still cherish my pothos plants, and have even added many different types of pothos to my collection, I have discovered several other houseplants that are easy to maintain and just as enjoyable to care for.

Here are my top five favorite houseplants that are, for the most part, low maintenance…and a ton of fun to grow!

monstera adansonii vining plant featuring beautiful green perforated leaves

Monstera adansonii

From the moment I laid eyes on it, I was smitten. The Monstera adansonii, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, immediately captured my heart with its lush, deep green leaves, which are shaped like hearts and covered in mesmerizing perforations. And the icing on the cake? This tropical houseplant boasts aerial roots that cascade down the stem, allowing it to grow in a vine-like fashion. But don’t be fooled by its stunning looks – the Monstera is actually a breeze to care for, making it the perfect addition to any plant lover’s collection.

pilea plant with babies growing from it

Pilea peperomioides

Have you heard of the “Chinese money plant”? This unique plant is scientifically known as Pilea peperomioides, and is characterized by its flat, circular leaves that resemble shiny coins. Its fast growth and effortless propagation have made it a crowd-pleaser among plant enthusiasts. I was lucky enough to receive my own Pilea from a generous colleague, who gifted me one of the “baby” plants produced by her own thriving specimen. It’s incredible how kind and giving the plant community can be!

string of pearl houseplant cascading from a planter

Senecio rowleyanus

Meet the gorgeous “String of Pearls” – a houseplant known for its striking resemblance to a string of shiny, perfectly-formed pearls. Despite being a native ground cover, S rowleyanus looks absolutely stunning when allowed to cascade from a hanging planter. The best part? Propagating it is a breeze – simply snip off a few stems and lay them over soil. But beware – this beauty is a succulent, so she craves lots of indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. Wet and soggy roots are a major no-no for her. Keep these tips in mind and your String of Pearls will thrive!

Elephant ear plant with dark green heart shaped leaves and contrasting white veins

Alocasia ‘Polly’

Take a moment to appreciate the stunning foliage of the Alocasia – a plant that’s truly all about the leaves. The dark green, heart-shaped leaves are simply breathtaking, with striking white veins that add a touch of drama. Often referred to as an Elephant’s ear plant, this beauty thrives in bright, indirect light and needs plenty of humidity to keep those leaves looking their best. But beware – I learned the hard way that Alocasias are susceptible to spider mites. Fortunately, with a bit of vigilance and some quick action, you can easily combat these pests and keep your Alocasia flourishing.

two houseplants with dark leaves contrast against a white wall

Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’

Let me introduce you to the ultimate low-maintenance plant: the ZZ plant. This hardy guy is practically indestructible, and could probably survive for weeks without so much as a drop of water. Talk about a strong will to live! While some may find the ZZ’s appearance a bit lackluster, there’s a variety out there that’s sure to catch your eye – the ‘Raven’ ZZ. Its leaves are thick, rubbery, and almost black, making for an incredibly unique and dramatic look. And as if that weren’t enough, the new growth is a bright, cheerful green that gradually transforms into that striking black hue. It’s the perfect plant for anyone who wants a touch of mystery and drama in their home.

I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting houseplants to add to my collection! If you’ve got a favorite plant that didn’t make my list, I’d love to hear all about it. Don’t hold back – my wishlist can never be too long! Whether it’s a rare gem or a tried-and-true classic, tell me why you love it and what makes it so special. Who knows – your recommendation might just become my new favorite plant!