Imagine yourself enveloped in warm water with lush green plants around you! A serene, welcoming bathroom with elegance and tranquility. Do not confine yourself to just black and white; add a touch of natural elegance by adding living companions in your bathroom.
In this blog, we will walk you through the best shower plants that can thrive in a humid environment and low sunlight. Beyond the aesthetic appeal and botanical decorations, shower plants offer numerous health benefits that improve both physical and mental health. Shower plants can effortlessly purify the air and absorb humidity in the bathroom while slowly transforming your daily routine into a rejuvenating escape.
Let’s get started on the adventure of lush green shower plants!
1. Golden Pothos
Pothos is a great option for showers as it is an easy-growing plant that can survive with basic care and less watering. Pothos can survive in bright indirect sunlight and in low-light conditions, making it the best plant for your bathroom. Golden Pothos is best known for its air-purifying nature and for absorbing humidity in the bathroom. These plants can be grown in small pots on high shelves or in hanging baskets; either way, they are a beautiful addition to your shower.
Begonias thrive in humid conditions; the humidity and steam produced from the shower area make it easy for Begonias to grow easily. Along with absorbing humidity, begonia is grown as a shower plant for its beautiful and distinct colored foliage, which enhances the overall aesthetics of the bathroom. Begonias produce beautiful flowers when exposed to direct early morning sunlight; if you are growing them just for the leaves, keep them away from direct sunlight.
3. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo is a hardy, fast-growing plant that thrives in moist conditions. The unique structure and green stalks enhance the ambiance of the shower area. Chlorinated and fluoridated water affects the growth of the plant; this makes the leaves turn yellow and brown; Lucky bamboo is not just known for absorbing humidity but is also associated with positive energy and good fortune. In Feng shui culture, it is believed that lucky bamboo promotes harmonious flow.
4. Spider Plant
Spider plant is the most common choice of shower plant. These plants thrive in humid, low-light conditions and require very less attention, making it a great shower plant. These plants grab attention because of their solid green and white colored leaves. Along with this, spider plants are known to filter formaldehyde which is present in households.
5. Aloe Vera
What isn’t great about Aloe Vera? Aloe Vera is known for its exceptional medicinal and moisturizing properties. If you have a big bathroom with windows, then aloe vera is a great pick, as they love direct sunlight and less water. The humidity in the shower area alone can fulfill the water needs of the plant. The unique green foliage adds a natural and refreshing touch to the bathroom.
Orchids are the perfect shower plants, species like Phalaenopsis, Miltonia, and Paphiopedilum; Oncidium thrives best in high humidity and low light. Some orchids produce elegant flowers throughout the year; the bold colors, fragrances, and unique foliage make the shower area lively. Orchids are really great at removing xylene from the air; just make sure you provide indirect sunlight by placing them near a window and watering them whenever needed.
7. Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern is known for their foliage, and they do extremely well as shelf plants or hanging plants. They are native to humid areas in South Africa, so they do well in shower areas. In good conditions, the plants produce small white flowers and berries. All parts of the plant are toxic to humans and pets.
Calathea is known for its dramatic foliage, dark green leaves with light green stripes, and burgundy leaves on the outside. These plants serve as decorative elements while enhancing the interiors of the bathroom. These plants are known to thrive in moist and low light, which makes them the best plants for a shower area. Like any other shower plant, these plants also contribute to purifying air and improving the shower environment.
9. ZZ Plant
ZZ plants are known for their air-purifying nature; they can eliminate toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. They thrive in high-humidity regions, which makes them a perfect shower plant and also helps balance the atmosphere in the bathroom. Whether you choose to have it on the top shelf, near the sink, or in a hanging pot, the dark green foliage of these makes your shower area pleasant and visually aesthetic.
10. Snake Plate
Snake Plants are easy-grown, low-maintenance houseplants that cannot be killed that easily if placed in favorable conditions. If exposed to indirect sunlight and watered at least twice a week, snake plants will do well as a shower plants. Like any other shower plant, Snake plants also have air-purifying qualities and absorb humidity. Place this plant near a window with proper ventilation and loads of indirect sunlight. Snake plants are considered to be toxic for both humans and pets; it is recommended to keep them on top shelves.
11. Dumb Cane
The lush green and variegated leaves of the dumbcane plant make it an excellent shower plant. With proper light and watering habits, dumbcane can thrive well in the shower; make sure not to expose this plant to direct sunlight for a long time. Though they can survive in low and artificial light, their growth may be slowed if there is no direct sunlight. In healthy growing conditions, dumbcane acts as an excellent air- purifier and dehumidifier in the shower area.
12. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen is a low-maintenance house plant that can thrive in low-light and humid conditions. This plant is available in various shades of green with white variegated leaves, which make this beauty a must-have for your shower. Make sure to provide at least 3- 4 hours of direct sunlight to have the best of the Chinese evergreen.
There is a wide range of Philodendron species that you can choose from; some do really great in a shower atmosphere. The lush green heart-shaped leaves add a visually appealing, vibrant look to the shower; if you are someone who would like to fill the bathroom with these plants, some philodendrons produce veins and trails which can grow up to 20 ft long. Like any other shower plant, Philodendron is good at purifying air and absorbing humidity in the shower.
14. Peace lilies
Peace lilies are hardy, low – maintenance indoor flowering plants with long, glossy, and oval-shaped leaves. Peace lilies thrive in well-drained, moist soil and indirect sunlight; they appreciate frequent feeding and rich soil for timely blooming. Peace lilies are good at absorbing humidity, which helps reduce the growth of mold and mildew in the bathroom.
Bromeliads are known for their beautiful foliage and colorful flowers. There are varieties of Bromeliads you can choose from to make your shower area look vibrant and stand out from the bathroom. These plants thrive in humid and moist soil under indirect sunlight, which makes this the perfect choice for the shower. Most of the Bromeliads are placed in a central vase filled with water which needs changing every 2 months.
16. Boston Fern
Boston fern is the most common indoor plant known for its bushy leaves and rich green foliage. These plants thrive in humid and low-light places, which is a perfect fit for shower areas. If you are someone who loves quiet and peaceful showers, then Boston is for you, as the leaves have a natural ability to reduce and muffle background noises. Strategically place the plants in the corners, or you can hang them in baskets near windows to create a modern and chic look in the shower.
17. English Ivy
The dark green, glossy arrowhead leaves of English Ivy enhance the overall aesthetics of the bathroom. If you have a shower area with poor ventilation, the English Ivy is for you as it helps improve the air quality. It is important to note that these plants are invasive in nature; if you choose to have one in your shower, then do not forget to prune regularly.
18. Air Plant
Air plants are the best shower plants, irrespective of their size. They do come in different sizes, shapes, and colors and are incredibly low maintenance as the leaves absorb moisture directly from the air to help the plants grow. There is no fuss about the soil, watering, and space issues in the bathroom. Whether you place the pots on top shelves or hang them to ceilings, placing them in their counterparts or in decorative jars, air plants will grow effortlessly with almost no intervention. They may not be as effective as big plants, but they still contribute to cleansing air and absorbing humidity.
Cactus is a well-known drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plant that can thrive in low-light and heat conditions. There are a wide variety of cacti you can choose from dwarf to large size that best suits your bathroom. Keep the cactus away from the shower area, if possible, near a window with proper ventilation. It is noteworthy that not all cacti are suitable for the bathroom environment; there are very few, like Prickly pear cactus, Echinopsis, Mammillaria, Barrel cactus, etc.
20. Bird’s Nest Fern
Bird’s Nest Fern is a famous indoor plant that thrives in high humidity and indirect sunlight. If your bathroom lacks humidity, place a tray of water under the pot to keep the soil moist and avoid direct sunlight. With proper care, like pruning, fertilizing, and deadheading, this plant will do well in a bathroom environment. As with any other shower plant, bird’s nest fern also helps purify the air and dehumidifies the shower.
21. Red Anthurium
As the name suggests, this plant produces red colored vibrant flowers that enhance the beauty of the shower. This plant can grow up to only 45 cm, which makes it easy to place in any corner or in counterparts. This plant thrives in humidity, moist, well-drained soil, and in filtered light. Though it is a low- maintenance plant, it is important to keep an eye on it for pests and dead leaves.
22. Dancing Bone Cactus
The dancing Bone cactus is a pot-grown cactus plant that produces yellow plants; the flowers add a pop of color to bone/skeleton-shaped leaves and stem. These plants can survive in warm and humid environments under indirect sunlight and rich soil. These plants are toxic to plants; make sure to keep them out of reach from your pets.
23. Weeping Fig
The weeping Fig is a fast-growing, low- maintenance plant that thrives in humidity, making them ideal shower plant. With variegated glossy foliage and elegant branches makes, this plant a beautiful addition to the bathroom and creates a spa-like ambiance. These plants can purify the air by removing toxins like benzene and xylene produced by the chemical products used in bathrooms. These plants are short-grown in pots and can thrive in high humidity levels and well-drained soil.
The large, lush green foliage with very intricate detailing will make the heads turn every time you enter the bathroom. These plants thrive in high humidity levels and require well-drained soil and bright indirect light to grow well. If you are planning to keep it in the shower area, do not forget to clean those enormous leaves once in a while to avoid damage.
In our day-to-day busy lives, our daily showers are the only place for solace and relaxation. Not only do these shower plants add natural beauty to the bathroom, but they also rejuvenate your overall health.
You have a wide range of elegant plants you can choose from. Vibrant foliage of the Chinese Evergreen plant to Alocasia and the unique flowers of Red Anthurium to the Dancing Bone cactus, there is a whole world of green for you. The mere presence of these plants is absolutely soothing and has a calming effect on the mind.
Now that you know how showers are a better place with shower plants, why not bring in those beauties now?