House plants for a sunny spot

Eight house plants for a sunny spot

We've picked eight of the best sun-loving house plants to grow indoors.

The key to success with house plants is to match the right plant to the right spot, and to provide appropriate growing conditions.

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A bright sunnny windowsill, porch or conservatory is perfect spot for desert cacti and succulents. They thrive in dry air and can cope with direct sunlight – conditions that wouldn’t suit many house plants.

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Browse our list of the best plants for a dry, sunny spot, below.


1

Red desert rose

House plants for a sunny spot - red desert rose
House plants for a sunny spot – red desert rose

Commonly known as the desert rose, Adenium obesum is native to many countries south of the Sahel, which spans Africa from Mauritania in the west, to Eritrea in the east. A popular bonsai plant, water it as you would cacti.

Height x Spread: 1m x 1m


2

Aeonium

House plants for a sunny spot - Aeonium 'Zwartkop'
House plants for a sunny spot – Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

The best aeoniums to grow in direct sun are the darker cultivars, such as ‘Zwartkop’. Don’t discount the greener varieties altogether, though. They prefer a bit more shade, so are useful for growing in areas that don’t receive full sun all day.

H x S: 60cm x 60cm


3

Aloes

House plants for a sunny spot - Aloe 'Bill Baker'
House plants for a sunny spot – Aloe ‘Bill Baker’

While most of us are familiar with Aloe vera, it’s far from being the only aloe to grow indoors. ‘Bill Baker’  (pictured), a gasteraloe (Aloe x pachyveria), is just one of the aloe hybrids you could grow, on top of other species aloes like Aloe aristata and Aloe rauhii.

H x S: 30cm x 30cm


4

Cacti

House plants for a sunny spot - Rebutia krainziana
House plants for a sunny spot – Rebutia krainziana

Diverse and easy-to-grow, cacti are some of the best house plants for sunny spots. There are many varieties to choose from, including Rebutia, Mammillaria, Echinocactus and Cereus species. Plus, most will produce beautiful blooms without much effort.

H x S: 30cm x 30cm


5

Crassulas

House plants for a sunny spot - Crassula 'Budda's Temple'
House plants for a sunny spot – Crassula ‘Budda’s Temple’

This group includes long time house plant favourite, Crassula ovata, or the jade tree. Popular Crassula cultivars to grow include ‘Hobbit’, ‘Gollum’ and ‘Buddha’s Temple’ (pictured). Grow them in cactus compost and water sparingly.

H x S: 35cm x 20cm


6

Echeverias

House plants for a sunny spot - Echeveria
House plants for a sunny spot – Echeveria

These pretty succulents form neat rosettes of fleshy leaves, in frosty blues, pretty pinks and fresh greens. Echeverias are simple to propagate from leaf cuttings, too, so you’re assured a steady supply of new plants.

H x S: 25cm x 25cm


7

Haworthias

House plants for a sunny spot - Haworthia truncata
House plants for a sunny spot – Haworthia truncata

If you’re after something truly curious, the Haworthia genus deserves some attention. Some of the more unique haworthias to grow include Haworthia truncata (pictured) and Haworthia cooperi, which has pretty, translucent leaf windows.

H x S: 35cm x 35cm


8

Pachyphytums

House plants for a sunny spot - Pachyphytum viride
House plants for a sunny spot – Pachyphytum viride

Pachyphytums are largely similar to echeverias in that they also form rosettes of succulent leaves. There are numerous Pachyphytum hybrids to grow, too.

H x S: 50cm x 30cm

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Succulent hybrids to grow

  • Graptoveria
  • Sedeveria
  • Pachyveria
  • Gasteraloe
  • Graptosedum