The Best Sun Loving Houseplants

Every houseplant has its own light, watering and humidity needs. Before bringing any plant into your home you must first check that your home can provide the right conditions and meet the needs of that particular plant. For more information check out light, watering, and humidity blogs. 

Most indoor plants should be kept away from bright or direct light due to their fragile and delicate foliage. This can be a bit of a bummer if you have a sunny, south facing window which you’re dying to fill up with leafy foliage. It can be a struggle to find any plant that can tolerate such sunshine. Luckily we have picked out our top 5 sun-loving plants ideal for any sunny windowsill, bright conservatory or south facing room. 

Sasha the Strelitzia nicolai and Roger the Strelitzia reginae

Nothing says summer like these beauties. The bird of paradise is the first houseplant we think of when it’s summer. Their fan-like foliage has the tropical feels that we're all desperate for this summer. They are also a dream to care for and aren’t just exclusively for the hotter months either; they can be enjoyed all year round. They will grow plenty of new growth in the sunshine and will go into dormancy over the winter ready for the next Spring. The only difference between Sasha and Roger is the colour of their flowers. Given enough summer sunshine Sasha will produce white flowers and Roger - orange. It all depends on which colour you’d prefer.

The lemon tree 

As soon as Spring hits our orange, citrus and lemon trees sell out fast! These mediterranean stunners are perfect for a south-facing window or a semi-shady garden. During the months of June, July and August you can place your citrus tree in the garden and if you don’t have a garden then they will look spectacular in the sunniest room in your home. Citrus trees very commonly drop their foliage late Summer as they prepare for dormancy. Don’t worry about keeping your lemon tree warm over the cooler months. A cooler resting period can encourage a more fruitful Spring and Summer. 

Alex the Aloe vera and Susan the variegated Aloe vera

A perfect compact houseplant that is exactly what your windowsill is crying out for. The Aloe vera plant is particularly popular if you have a bright or south-facing window. It's always handy to have Alex the Aloe vera nearby to help ease any unexpected,painful burns. As far as easy houseplants go, he’s certainly one we recommend to complete beginners. He won’t even mind his soil drying out even in the summer months. As Alex and Susan are a type of succulent, they will hold water in their stems for a long time so don’t feel guilty about going on holiday for a few weeks. He won’t mind his soil drying out even in the summer months.

Phillipa aka the pineapple plant

If you’ve never owned a pineapple plant then you’re missing out on tropical bliss. Phillipa can be placed in your garden in June, July and August but be sure to slowly let it acclimate  to direct sunlight. Place her in a shady part of your garden at first then slowly move her into the sunnier parts of the garden to help her adjust. If you don’t have a garden then she’s ideal for a south-facing window or bright conservatory.

The fabulous succulent and cacti range

Cacti and succulents are famously known for loving the spotlight. Jade the Jade plant, Boris the euphorbia cristata are both sun loving, easy care and drought tolerant plants. Be careful not to overwater in the winter months when cacti and succulents only need a small drink every few months. The Jade plant and euphorbia cristata should ideally be placed in a conservatory or in your sunniest windowsill. In the hottest months they can even be placed outside provided the plants are gradually introduced to direct light over a few weeks. Start them out in a shady part of your garden to begin with. Once the summer draws to a close make sure to bring your Jade plant and euphorbia cristata inside in late September.

If you have any questions regarding houseplant placement please DM us on Instagram. If you’re interested in learning about some general care tips please check out our general plant care tips blog.

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