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8 Best Plants for the Bathroom 2022 | UK Interior Designer Reviewed

Plants and flowers are a great way to liven up any indoor living space, but when it comes to houseplants, the bathroom is often overlooked. Bathrooms tend to be darker and damper than other rooms in the house, which is less than ideal for some types of flora. However, it actually provides the perfect environment for certain potted or hanging species, if you know what to look for!


There are some important things to consider when selecting a plant that'll thrive in a bathroom, especially one with no or low light. That's why we've put together this buying guide to help simplify the decision-making process, and if, after reading you're still in need of a little inspiration, we've even ranked our top 8 favourites from Amazon and Waitrose. Moreover, we partnered with interior designer Belen Dakak to review and fact-check the article to deliver the best information.

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  • Last updated: 24-08-2022
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Fact-Checked & Approved by Interior Designer Belen Dakak

Fact-Checked & Approved by Interior Designer Belen Dakak

Belen is an interior designer (residential and retail design), having worked for top retail brands including Estee Lauder, Seasalt and John Lewis, as well as working with private clients on residential projects and RoomLab, an online interior design platform.


Belen is also a landscape garden designer with an RHS Level 2 in Principles and Practical Horticulture.

How to Choose a Plant for the Bathroom in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose a Plant Size That Is Appropriate for Your Space
  2. Select Plants That Are Adaptable to Humidity and Temperature Fluctuation
  3. Try Aloe Vera or Croton if Your Bathroom Has Direct Sunlight or Cast-Iron Plants if It Has Limited Sunlight
  4. Go For a Plant That Is Appropriate for Your Lifestyle and Level of Plant Care
  5. If You Have Pets or Children, Ensure That the Plant Is Safe for Them

1. Select a Size to Suit Your Space: Small Plants Work Great on Windowsills, Larger Sit Comfortably On the Floor

1. Select a Size to Suit Your Space: Small Plants Work Great on Windowsills, Larger Sit Comfortably On the Floor

Are you looking for a large pot plant to help transform your bathroom into a jungle, or would you prefer something small to accent the sink or line the windowsill? When shopping for plants you need to take the size of your bathroom and desired placement into account, and always check the dimensions of the plant first to ensure a perfect fit.


Remember that some plants will start off small, but can grow quite big over the years. Some grow upright, while others have bushy branches and leaves. If you're pushed for space, opt for a hanging plant that can be suspended from a hook or the ceiling, such as a spider plant or an ivy.


Don't just stop at the bathroom, get a bunch of air-purifying plants to beautify and purify your space.

2. Choose Humidity Loving Plants That Can Withstand Temperature Fluctuation

2. Choose Humidity Loving Plants That Can Withstand Temperature Fluctuation

Bathrooms can get pretty humid with rising steam from the shower or bath. Moreover, running hot water causes the bathroom to warm up and cool down during the day, so you'll need to ensure whichever plant you pick can withstand temperature fluctuation


Certain plant species, such as ferns and Devil's Ivy, both best displayed in a hanging basket, love soaking up moisture and can even help purify the air! While succulents may seem a good idea, they are probably best avoided – these plants thrive in dry deserts, so keeping them in damp conditions could lead to mould and root rot. 


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3. Consider Plants Such as Aloe Vera or Croton if Your Bathroom Receives Bright Sunlight, and Cast-Iron for Low Light

3. Consider Plants Such as Aloe Vera or Croton if Your Bathroom Receives Bright Sunlight, and Cast-Iron for Low Light

Plants get energy from sunlight through a process called photosynthesis. However, the amount of light plants needs will vary depending on the type – some plants require a large amount of direct sunlight, whereas others prefer shadier locations. 


You should therefore select a plant that's suitable for the amount of natural sunlight your bathroom receives during the day. For example, aloe vera and croton plants require bright, indirect sunlight so should ideally be placed a few feet from a south- or west-facing window. 


Airplants are also great for bathrooms with plenty of sunlight as well as the Chinese money plant, which likes direct sun or light shade. For bathrooms with low light, you'll maybe want to try a cast-iron plant instead.

4. Make Sure the Plant You Pick Is Suitable for Your Lifestyle and Level of Plant Care

4. Make Sure the Plant You Pick Is Suitable for Your Lifestyle and Level of Plant Care

Different plant species require varying levels of care in order for them to thrive. This includes tasks such as watering, pruning, repotting, fertilising, misting and dusting, all of which take time and a certain amount of skill.


Not all of us are green-fingered, so if you are somewhat botanically challenged you'll want a hardier, low-maintenance plant species such as the spider plant. These plants are also ideal for people with busy schedules or those who travel often as they won't wilt after a day of forgotten watering.


More advanced gardeners will be comfortable handling more involved medium- to high-maintenance plants, such as crotons or certain species of ferns. These are great for hobbyists and those who are able to devote larger quantities of time caring for their plants. 

5. If You Have Pets or Children, Check if It's Safe for Them

5. If You Have Pets or Children, Check if It's Safe for Them

If there's one thing that kids and pets have in common, it's that when left to their own devices, they'll find a way to get into everything. And that new addition to your bathroom may prove too tempting for little hands to play with, or for Fido to chew.


With this in mind, it's wise to stay vigilant, as some plants can be toxic (and even deadly) if ingested by animals and/or humans. While others may not be fatal, certain plants can also cause nasty reactions on the skin. 


Before buying, check to see if your chosen plant is safe for animals and children, and perhaps yourself if you have sensitivities. Luckily, there are plenty of suitable options to choose from that everyone in the family can enjoy.


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Compare the Best Plants for the Bathroom

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Best for areas with little or no natural light - Botanicly/Perfect Plants, Cast-Iron Plant
  2. Best for small or narrow bathrooms - Garden Market Place, Spider Plant
  3. Best for humid areas - GardenersDream, Maidenhair Fern
  4. Best for pet owners - LUFFY, Marimo Moss Balls
  5. Best for humid areas - GardenersDream, Laceleaf

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 8 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of plants for the bathroom available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Botanicly/Perfect Plants Cast-Iron Plant 1

Botanicly/Perfect Plants

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 Garden Market Place Spider Plant 1

Garden Market Place

3
GardenersDream Maidenhair Fern 1

GardenersDream

4
LUFFY/K2Aqua/Waitrose Marimo Moss Balls  1

LUFFY/K2Aqua/Waitrose

5
GardenersDream Laceleaf  1

GardenersDream

6
GardenersDream Aloe Vera 1

GardenersDream

7
THOMPSON & MORGAN Snake Plant  1

THOMPSON & MORGAN

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GardenersDream Croton 1

GardenersDream

Name

Cast-Iron Plant

Spider Plant

Maidenhair Fern

Marimo Moss Balls

Laceleaf

Aloe Vera

Snake Plant

Croton

Features

The Perfect Plant for Bathrooms With Low Light

A Practically Indestructible Plant for the Bathroom

Brighten up Your Bathroom With Beautiful Green Foliage

Fluffy Balls of Japanese Aquatic Moss

A Showstopper With Crimson Red Flowers

Top Choice for Those Who Forget to Water Their Plants

Best Bathroom Plant for Beginners

Tiger Striped Leaves to Add Vibrancy to Your Bathroom

Price£23.99£8.50£12.89£10.95£17.99£12.89£20.99£12.99
Size30 cm and up15 - 30 cm20 - 30 cmVariable15 - 60 cm15 - 30 cm30 - 60 cm25 - 183 cm
LightLow lightMedium, indirect sunlightMedium lightLow light, medium indirect sunlightMedium, indirect sunlightBright, indirect sunlightAll light conditionsBright, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceLow to medium humidityMedium to high humidityHigh humidityAquatic plantHigh humidityMedium humidity and dry conditionsMedium humidityHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 7 - 29 °C12 - 18 °C18 - 24 ºCUp to 25 °C18 - 25 °C18 - 29 °C16 - 24 °C18 - 27 °C
Plant CareLow maintenanceLow maintenanceMedium to high maintenanceLow maintenanceLow maintenanceLow maintenanceLow maintenanceHigh maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Best forAreas with little or no natural lightSmall or narrow bathroomsHumid areas Pet ownersHumid areasThose who prefer low maintenance BeginnersAdding more colours to your room
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8 Best Plants for the Bathroom in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

Botanicly/Perfect PlantsCast-Iron Plant

Aspidistra elatior

£23.99

Size30 cm and up
LightLow light
Humidity PreferenceLow to medium humidity
Optimal Temperature 7 - 29 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
Best forAreas with little or no natural light
2

Garden Market PlaceSpider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

£8.50

Size15 - 30 cm
LightMedium, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceMedium to high humidity
Optimal Temperature 12 - 18 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
Best forSmall or narrow bathrooms
3

GardenersDreamMaidenhair Fern

Adiantum raddianum

£12.89

Size20 - 30 cm
LightMedium light
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 24 ºC
Plant CareMedium to high maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
Best forHumid areas
4

LUFFY/K2Aqua/WaitroseMarimo Moss Balls

Aegagropila linnaei

£10.95

SizeVariable
LightLow light, medium indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceAquatic plant
Optimal Temperature Up to 25 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeYes
Best forPet owners
5

GardenersDreamLaceleaf

Anthurium andraeanum

£17.99

Size15 - 60 cm
LightMedium, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 25 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
Best forHumid areas
6

GardenersDreamAloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis

£12.89

Size15 - 30 cm
LightBright, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceMedium humidity and dry conditions
Optimal Temperature 18 - 29 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
Best forThose who prefer low maintenance
7

THOMPSON & MORGANSnake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata

£20.99

Size30 - 60 cm
LightAll light conditions
Humidity PreferenceMedium humidity
Optimal Temperature 16 - 24 °C
Plant CareLow maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
Best forBeginners
8

GardenersDreamCroton

Codiaeum variegatum

£12.99

Size25 - 183 cm
LightBright, indirect sunlight
Humidity PreferenceHigh humidity
Optimal Temperature 18 - 27 °C
Plant CareHigh maintenance
Pet/Child SafeNo
Best forAdding more colours to your room

Written and researched by Wren Mann

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