Buying plants online has become an easier (and more curated) experience since we were first introduced to Amazon’s plant store. Whether you’re working from home and looking to spruce up your living/work space, or just live in a concrete jungle and need to see some green, it’s as good a time as any to take up indoor gardening. Hanging plants, succulents, and even herbs can be used to make your home look and feel less sterile, but the benefits don’t stop there. Sharing your space with plants can purify your air, reduce anxiety, and even improve concentration — all welcome antidotes to the stresses of life.
Here, we’ve combed through Amazon’s (continuously growing) selection of indoor plants to find the best in-stock options for plant parents of all gardening levels. We’ve also considered plants that will thrive in many different types of spaces, whether you have high ceilings and lots of light or just a few bare windowsills to fill.
Best floor plants
Despite the tropical look of this palm tree, you won’t have to worry about creating a tropical environment for it to survive in. All it needs is bright light from an east- or west-facing window and water about once a week. The seller says it can grow pretty slowly, but when it arrives, it will already be three feet tall — and still make a stately appearance in an empty corner.
The status plant that started it all and is still a best-seller. Former Strategist writer David Notis was once a fiddle-leaf skeptic but quickly found that among his other plants, this one “is an instant visual impact — a $35 piece of interior design that gets better every day.” Although this fiddle-leaf fig appears to be slightly smaller than the (currently out of stock) two-foot version that Notis bought, the plant grows best in indirect sunlight, meaning it can flourish indoors. Within the first couple of years, Notis’ design-y houseplant grew almost three feet in height.
There are some status-plant runners-up to choose from as well, like the birds-of-paradise, which is perfect for making your apartment look like an East Village cocktail bar. Benito Gonsales, plant buyer at Saifee Hardware & Garden, says the plant is easier to care for than a fiddle-leaf. “Just give it bright light and water it once per week,” he says, adding that you can get it to flower annually “if you take care of it.”
According to visual merchandiser Chikako Ishii Frank, there’s been a “pink plant” trend as of late, to which the pink-toned Chinese evergreen (a.k.a. Aglaonema) fits right in. It comes recommended by two plantfluencers, including Summer Rayne Oakes, author of How to Make a Plant Love You and host of the YouTube series Plant One on Me, who especially recommends the plant for somewhat-experienced plant parents “who can’t grow flowers in their home, because Aglaonema can really give a nice brightness of color.”
Another pink-toned floor plant is the rubber plant. Upon arrival, the shiny, dark, “burgundy” leaves will be smaller than they look in this photo, but they’ll grow super-tall over time.
One of the few houseplants out there to have had its own “day of the week” hashtag on Instagram — “#monsteramondays,” in case you were wondering — the monstera has been on the fiddle-leaf’s tail for years now, and it’s still popular as ever. They can get really big, and they tend to grow out rather than up, so make sure you have a lot of floor space available. The irregularly shaped leaves are part of the charm.
Snake plants make for another great floor plant. They’re very tolerant of low light and infrequent watering, and since they grow straight up, they’re ideal if you want something that doesn’t take up too much air space in your living room. Plus, we’ve said that buying from Amazon is the most convenient and cost-effective way to get this plant.
Best countertop plants
Of the multiple styles of money plants, this one makes one of the biggest statements. Five Pachira plants are braided into one tree, forming an intricate tangled-root design. It’s a great plant to gift someone, as it’s said to bring wealth, good luck, and fortune. And it doesn’t take much maintenance, either: only a half-cup of water every week.
During the day, the leaves on this prayer plant open up to absorb as much light as possible, and then fold up in a resting position at night. Although it’s not a flowering plant, the variegated leaves bring in some color, and it does fine without a lot of light, so you can place it anywhere. And if you have a dog or cat, don’t worry, it’s pet-safe.
No light? No problem. This plant will thrive just about anywhere. Instead of the smooth leaves of most plants, the bird’s-nest fern has crinkly leaves that will add some nice texture to your space. It even works as a natural air purifier. According to the description, “A NASA study identified the fern as one of the top air-purifying plants to remove harmful chemicals from the air in your home.”
If you can’t decide between flowers or plants, this rattlesnake calathea gives you a little of both. In the spring it will bloom yellow and orange flowers, and year-round you’ll be able to enjoy the exotic, multicolored leaves.
The ZZ plant is one of our most stood-behind plant recommendations because it’s one of the heartiest and most foolproof species out there, and it also has a unique, almost Jurassic look. In the “before time,” David bought a ZZ plant while researching office-friendly plants and found that over the course of a year it doubled in size with nothing but overhead fluorescent light and infrequent waterings every week or so from a mugful of office-sink water. This 12-inch version will ship directly from Amazon in a white/natural-toned planter.
The Chinese money plant is also referred to as the “sharing plant,” since it’s known to sprout miniature “baby plants” out of the surrounding soil, which are easy to repot and share with a friend. The Costa Farms version of this plant, complete with a ceramic planter and mid-century-style wooden plant stand, is no longer available, but you can still get those same plant accessories separately on Amazon.