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The Best Indoor Plants for Your Windowsill

Flowers for the windowsill

Just about any space with a windowsill can be instantly brightened up by introducing a few plants. A small collection adds a splash of color and offers several other benefits, like purifying the air and even reducing stress! But your options narrow down a bit based on which plants can thrive indoors.

In case you’re unsure where to start, we’re here to explore which kinds of plants do best inside and even discuss factors to consider when choosing plants to bring home.

Choosing the Best Plants for Your Space

Before you start shopping for windowsill plants, it’s important to think about a few key factors that will help you choose the best options for your space.

  • Light Exposure: Assess the amount of natural light your windowsill receives. Some plants need direct sunlight, while others thrive in indirect light or shaded areas.
  • Space Constraints: Measure your windowsill to choose plants that won’t outgrow the space.
  • Climate Conditions: Account for the temperature and humidity levels of the room, as different plants have varying needs.
  • Aesthetic Preferences: Select plants that complement your interior design and create the desired atmosphere in your home.
Various plants that work well on windowsills indoors

Popular Plants for Indoor Windowsills

Once you have an idea of the light and space available, selecting the best plants becomes a bit less intimidating. Here are a few options for various windowsill conditions:

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in just about any light condition, the Snake Plant is for you. Its tall, upright leaves make it a perfect fit for narrow windowsills. Even better, it doesn’t need very frequent watering and its bold, striped foliage adds a modern flair to your décor.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy is a classic choice for windowsills. It brings unique elegance thanks to its trailing vines that drape over the edge of a pot or hanging basket. This plant loves bright, indirect light and has the added bonus of helping to purify the air in your home.

Succulents (e.g., Aloe vera, Echeveria, Jade Plant)

If you’re a fan of almost push-button plants with a unique look, succulents are the way to go. These hardy plants come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can tolerate a bit of neglect. Just make sure to give them plenty of bright, direct light to keep them happy and healthy.

African Violets (Saintpaulia)

For those desiring a burst of color, African Violets are an excellent choice. They flourish in bright, indirect light and require consistent moisture with good drainage, preferring environments with higher humidity. Their vibrant blooms in purple, pink, or white can brighten any space.

Herbs (e.g., Basil, Thyme, Rosemary)

Finally, why not add some functionality to your windowsill garden by growing herbs? They smell amazing and you can also snip off a few leaves to add fresh flavor to your favorite dishes. Most herbs need around 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, so they’re perfect for sunny windowsills.

African violets make perfect windowsill plants.

African violet plants on windowsill with proper pots and drainage conditions.

Recommended Maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your windowsill and plant containers can help prevent pesky issues like pest infestations, mold growth, and water damage.

To keep your space looking fresh and tidy, periodically wipe down your windowsill and the area around your plants, removing any debris, dust, or dead leaves. This not only keeps things looking neat but also helps prevent the spread of any unwanted critters or diseases.

When it comes to plant containers, proper drainage is key to avoiding overwatering and root rot. Make sure those drainage holes are clear and any excess water can easily escape. If you spot any mineral buildup or algae growth on your pots, give them a good scrub with a soft brush and mild soap.

As your plants grow and thrive, they may eventually need a bigger home. Signs that a plant has outgrown its current digs include roots poking out of the drainage holes, soil that dries out super quickly, or a plant that looks a bit top-heavy and wobbly. When it’s time to repot, choose a container that’s just a smidge larger and has good drainage. 

When to Call a Professional

  • Structural Concerns: For issues like cracks or water damage around your windowsill, consult a home inspector or contractor.
  • Plant Care: For specialized care of rare or finicky plants, or persistent pest problems, a plant expert or horticulturist can provide guidance.
  • Custom Installations: If you’re considering enhancements like custom shelving, a skilled carpenter or contractor can ensure a functional and aesthetically pleasing setup.


Creating a custom collection of plants for your windowsill is a great way to add to any space if you know the right plants to look for. Even if you’re new to plant parenthood, don’t be afraid to dive in and have fun with your windowsill garden.

With a little love and care, you’ll soon develop a green thumb and a collection of plants that perfectly match your style and your home. For an expert’s opinion on any windowsill concerns or other home components, call Ace Preferred Inspections in Charleston, SC.