The Best Indoor Plants in Australia

Indoor plants in Australia are a great way to make your home or office more beautiful and lush. They can help you de-stress and add life and freshness to your living space.
You want indoor plants that can give you the same benefits as an outdoor garden, such as improved air quality, mood, and beautiful aesthetics. It is a good idea to choose houseplants that require very little maintenance (perennial) or those that only need watering every now and then like succulents.

The good news is that there are many different household plants that are suitable for the Australian climate. Plus, many of the best indoor plants are inexpensive, easy to maintain and make for a great addition to any living space.
We've curated a list of the most popular Australian house plants to make it easy for you at Switchapot.

Popular Indoor Plants in Australia:

1. Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese or fruit salad plant, is a tropical vine from the arum family that has grown in popularity as an indoor plant. Originally from Central America, this lush indoor plant is popular due to its durability, attractiveness, and ease of care. Plus, this plant is very tolerant of shade. The leaves are large and can grow up to 4 feet long.

monstera deliciosa thai constellationMonstera Deliciosa -Thai Constellation.

2. Philodendron

If you want to spruce up your living room or bedroom with something unique, consider adding a philodendron. It is one of Australia's most popular household plants due to its versatility, resilience, and abundance of benefits. 
Most varieties of philodendron do not need much light or water, so it won't be hard to keep them alive indoors. Also, they don't have any special requirements for potting mix or watering. The leather-textured, heart-shaped leaves can grow to be quite large.

Philodendron Birkin paired with our Lucy Planter in white.

3. Schefflera/Umbrella Tree

Schefflera, also known as the Umbrella Tree is a group of evergreen tropical and subtropical plants in the Araliaceae family. They are native to the rainforests and wet forests of Asia, Australasia and North and South America. A popular houseplant, the Schefflera, has a variety of benefits. For starters, it is a drought-tolerant plant. Plus, it thrives in low light and can help filter toxins from the air.

Schefflera/Umbrella Tree
Umbrella Plant paired with our Terrazzo Planter in charcoal.

4. Paddle Plant

Want to add some colour to your home but don't want to worry about watering? Consider a paddle plant! Native to South Africa, this plant is a tough little guy that grows both in low light and bright places. This low-maintenance plant is known for its long and narrow leaves. It needs watering once every two weeks, so it won't dry out quickly like other popular houseplants!

5. Peperomia

If you live in a small space and still want plants around, peperomia might be perfect for your home. They require very little maintenance and can be used as either indoor or outdoor plants. These plants add the beauty of nature to your home with a pack of punch (and without taking a lot of space).

Peperomia Argyreia/Watermelon Peperomia paired with our Pedestal Planter in soft pink.

6. Lady Palm

Lady palms are an excellent choice for indoor plants because they are adaptable to almost any environment. They are easy to care for and available in small or large sizes. The best part is that these are among the few household plants that can survive without direct sunlight, making them perfect for those living in homes with little or no sun exposure.

7. Pothos

Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy, don't require direct sunlight and are easy to grow. They don't like too much water and they grow without any special care, making them perfect for people with busy lives or who don't have much time to spend tending to plants. Pothos also come with the added benefit of being a good air purifier. They remove common environmental toxins, such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Pothos Marbles and Jade
Pothos Marbles & Jade with our plastic 118mm pot

8. Jade Plant

The jade plant is a succulent and a popular indoor plant. It's tough and resilient, so you can rest assured it can thrive without much care or frequent watering. The Jade plant is also one of the more inexpensive plants you can buy. Plus, the lovely foliage and beautiful backdrop features of this plant can be a great addition to your home or office.

Jade Plant

9. Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica or rubber plant is one of the best indoor plants because it is easy going and likes indirect light and dry air. Unlike many other common houseplants, rubber plants don't require much upkeep. But you must have them sit in well-draining soil. They grow well in rooms with window shades that block out most sunlight.

Rubber Tree FicusSource: wrosliny on Instagram.

10. Chinese Money Plant

The Chinese Money Plant, also known as Pilea Peperomioides, is a tropical plant native to Southern China. It's been used as a houseplant for centuries because of its tolerance to low light or low water. These easy plants require little maintenance and thrive in warm, humid environments.  

Pilea paired with our Lucy planter in dark olive.