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Our Favorite Medium-Light Houseplants



With an unobstructed east or west facing window you can create an indoor garden with houseplants. Both blooming and foliage plants can mingle together with different shapes and colors to dazzle your senses daily!

Alocasias (Elephant Ears)


With arrow or shield- shaped leaves growing 12 to 16 inches long, Alocasias bring a tropical look to your home. Some leaves look metallic, while others look like African masks. Some grow 3 to 5 feet tall; others stay small. They like it warm and humid. During growth, keep evenly moist. Water very little in winter. Fertilize lightly every two weeks during growth.. Mist regularly.

Photo of Alocasia by Huy Phan from Pexels
Calathea Ornata Image by David Mark from Pixabay


One of the prettiest foliage plants around, Calathea grow about 8 to 10 inches with the exception of Lancifolia or Rattlesnake Plant, whose leaves grow up to 20 inches. With stripes, spots, short, long, narrow, oval, green or deep purple leaves, they need ample water in summer and biweekly feeding. Reduce water in winter. Make sure not to keep these plants in direct sun as it will burn the leaves. Mist often.



Philodendrons climb and grow upright. They have aerial roots and beautiful shiny dark green or purple leaves. Leaves vary in size from small to large, arrow -like to heart -shaped, red underneath to deeply separated such as Monstera Deliciosa. They can create a jungle feeling in your home. Keep them moist without drowning or drying out. Feed fast growing plants weekly spring to fall. Philodendrons tolerate pruning, but never cut the aerial roots.

Monstera Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels