The Summer Edit: Low Maintenance Houseplants That Like the Sun
Hands up who loves summer! Even though there’s an odd rainy day to contend with, summer’s the perfect season for our sun-loving houseplants. We’ve selected our fave drought-loving plants for our Summer Edit, including a selection of super low maintenance plants that can cope even if you’re taking a little holiday this summer. Take a browse through our edit to find the best plants that love the sun almost as much as we do.
How Often Should You Water Plants That Like Full Sun?
Plants that like direct sunlight need more water than other plants to prevent them from drying out. While each plant has slightly different water requirements, rehydrating them once or twice a week is an excellent starting point, keeping them happy, healthy and beautifully hydrated.
When it comes to watering plants in summer, you’ll need to increase the amount you give your plant. That’s because the heat pulls moisture from the soil more quickly, drying it out. However, it’s also much easier to overwater plants in summer, causing the roots and leaves to rot. This is something to be careful of whenever you think your plant needs a drink.
Here are our top tips for watering sun-loving plants:
- Water your plant in the morning while it’s still slightly cool. This will give your water the greatest chance of seeping through to the roots.
- Instead of watering your plant at the surface, soak it in a sink for 10 minutes to saturate the soil without overwatering.
- Succulents and cacti are slightly different, as they can tolerate draughts more than other plants. Water them infrequently once the top two inches of soil feels dry.
Read up as much as you can about your chosen houseplants (or find out more below) to discover just how much water your drought-loving plants need to keep them happy in the sun.
Where Should You Put Your Sun-Loving Plants?
Even though plants love sunlight, they can’t tolerate being in the sun’s full, unfiltered glare. That’s because the sun scorches the leaves, turning them brown and crispy. Drought-loving plants need plenty of light to thrive, so a south-facing windowsill is a perfect place to give them all the sunshine they crave.
Ensure the windowsill is in filtered sunlight to protect the leaves, flowers and blooms (if your plant has any) from turning brown, which is basically the same thing as sunburn. Bright conservatories are also an excellent spot for plants that can’t get enough sunshine.
Keep an eye on them to ensure they’re not in the complete direction of the sun’s bright rays and move your plant if it seems a little sun-scorched.
Which Plant Pot Colours Are Best For Summer?
When choosing the perfect houseplant pot for summer, go for neutral shades and light greys. Opting for neutrals means they fit into all indoor interior schemes. White marble teamed with greenery is another gorgeous option, creating a stunning summer colour palette in your home.
Get the look with our houseplants in almond stoneware, succulents in grey and copper or concrete pots and our trailing plants in our white marble plant stand. Not only are these plants bang on trend for the neutral shades, but they’ll cope with the heat of the summer months too.
Low Maintenance Plants That Like the Sun
If you’re looking for plants that like a lot of sun but are super easy to care for, check out some of our favourites below. All are unique and interesting to look at but only need a little TLC to thrive. Which ones are you going to pick?
Also known as the Sweetheart Plant, the Philodendron is a fast-growing green beauty with gorgeous heart-shaped leaves. The yellow variegation almost makes it look stripey – perfect for adding a pop of sunshine to your home this summer.
Philodendron care is simple – the plant thrives with sunlight, water and a generic houseplant fertiliser every 6-8 weeks. It also likes to be watered once a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. You can check by inserting your finger into the top layer to see how moist it is.
For the Philodendron, sunlight is essential. Position your plant in a sunny location with plenty of indirect sunlight, as this will encourage your plant to thrive. It’s normal for older leaves to yellow, but it’s also an indication that it’s getting too much light. Keep an eye on how much sunlight hits your plant, just in case you need to move it slightly.
Why I’m so great: The Philodendron is perfect for trailing and a wonderful houseplant for creating a stylish plant shelfie. Take lots of snaps for Instagram!
Our favourite plants: Philodendron Brasil in Copper House.
The Monstera is a highly sought-after, must-have plant. It features glossy green leaves that almost look like big, beautiful hearts. The plant’s in high demand and short supply, so move fast if you want one.
When it comes to Monstera plant care, you only need to provide it with a little TLC to keep it happy. It likes to be in a bright spot and will even grow towards the light if it’s not getting enough. Pop it in your living room or kitchen, where it gets lots of natural light and it’ll grow big and bright. Giving your Monstera too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, so avoid hours of direct sunshine as best as you can.
Water your Monstera once a week from the base, popping it in the sink with water and allowing it to soak for 20 minutes. Let the soil dry out a little if the soil looks too damp.
Why I’m so great: The Monstera is the King of the Houseplants! Watch it grow up to 20cm right before your very eyes.
The Devil’s Ivy is one of the toughest houseplants and is perfect for plant newbies. It’s actually known as the Devil’s Ivy because it’s so hard to kill. With a little know-how, Devil’s Ivy plant care is plain and simple – promise!
While Devil’s Ivy plants don’t like direct strong sunlight for several hours a day, they’re happy in a bright, sunny spot. They also like to be kept warm and toasty, so a sunny window in a room the retains lots of heat, such as a living room, is perfect.
Give your plant a little bit of water once every 1-2 weeks. . When watering your plant, you can water it from the base by popping it in a sink with some water for 10 minutes. This will allow the plant to soak up the water slowly. However, if you notice your Devil’s Ivy has yellow leaves, you’ve given it too much to drink. Drain the excess moisture and leave your plant to dry out a little.
Why I’m so great: The Devil’s Ivy grows towards the direction of the sunlight and trails down beautifully from a high spot. Pop it on a shelf and watch it grow.
Our favourite plants: Devil’s Ivy in Marble Planter with Stand.
Also commonly known as the ZZ and Zamio plant, the Zamioculcas is a dark green indoor plant with lots of shiny leaves. They’ll happily grow and fill any corner of your home, allowing you to admire your plant throughout summer and beyond.
Trust us when we say Zamioculcas care couldn’t be easier. That’s because you only need to water your Zamio once every 21 days once the top layer of soil’s dry. Overwatering can turn the leaves yellow, so always check the soil before giving your plant something to drink.
When it comes to ZZ plant sunlight, Zamios grow best in bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Like most other plants, direct sunlight causes leave scorch. If you find your ZZ plant not growing as fast as you’d expect it to, try giving it a generic houseplant fertiliser to help boost its growing power.
Why I’m so great: ZZ plants can last for many weeks without water, meaning you can go on holiday without worrying about the condition of your Zamio.
There are many different types of Sansevieria, including the Snake plant, Punk and Spikey. All are famous for their funky leaves, adding colour and texture to any home. They’re some of our all-time favourite plants, and we’re sure you’ll love them just as much too.
Sansevieria plant care is easy – it only needs watering once every few weeks. Give it a little water when it’s dry to touch, do not rewater if the soil is damp. With this guy you just need to be careful to prevent overwatering, which is the Sansevieria’s kryptonite (especially the Snake plant). Pop them in a sink with a few inches of water for larger Sansevierias and allow them to soak for 5 minutes. This will allow your plant to take up the water it needs.
Sansevierias grow best in bright, filtered sunlight. Unlike other plants, however, Sansevierias are highly adaptable to sunlight and can tolerate direct sunlight as well as low light. This means you can go on holiday and your plant will be in one piece when you return.
Why I’m so great: Sansevierias are the perfect plants for self-confessed “plant killers”. They’re THAT easy to care for.
Creating an indoor urban jungle couldn’t be easier with our big, leafy Dracaena. It isn’t just gorgeous to look at, but it’s super easy to care for and will transform your summer space in an instant.
If you’re wondering about Dracaena light requirements, the plant is happiest in a medium lit spot in your home. Positioning it somewhere with plenty of filtered sunlight, such as in front of a sheer curtain or sunny window, ensures quick and healthy growth. Look out for brown spots or pale, bleached leaves, which are signs that your plant’s getting too much sun.
A question we’re often asked is, ‘how often to water dracaena?’ Well, it actually requires less water than other plants and only needs hydrating once the soil’s dry every few weeks. Misting it throughout the hot summer months will also keep it nicely hydrated.
Why I’m so great: Dracaena care is a breeze. It has a tropical look and feel, bringing warm summer vibes into any home.
Our favourite plants: Large Dracaena in Ceramic.
More commonly known as the Rubber Plant, the Ficus Elastica is a green beauty to be admired. We love the smooth, shiny leaves, which add a tropical touch to any indoor urban jungle.
The Rubber Plant doesn’t cope well in low light conditions. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight best. The ideal temperature for the plant ranges from 16-24°C, meaning a sunny window or bright kitchen’s an excellent spot for it.
Don’t worry if you notice your Rubber Plant leaves dropping. This is normal between summer and autumn when light levels change. If it happens too frequently, it could be caused by:
- Cold shocks
Once you’ve found a good spot for your plant, leave it where it is so it can acclimatise. The Rubber Plant isn’t a fan of change.
Water your plant every week throughout the summer, but only if the top 3-4 inches are dry. In the winter, you can water it less frequently.
Why I’m so great: I’m perfect for making a real statement in your home, adding colour and character to any room. It also helps that I’m super easy to keep alive.
Our favourite plants: XL Ficus Elastic in Belly Basket.
Bird of Paradise
Take a look at the Strelitzia’s big, bold and beautiful leaves – aren’t they amazing?! The plant’s more commonly known as the Bird of Paradise because it produces orange crane-liked flowers that look like birds of paradise. Here’s another fun fact for you – it’s also a cousin of the banana.
Because it’s native to South Africa, the plant likes being as warm as possible. The ideal temperature range for it is between 18°C-30°C, which is why it’s drawn to the sun. It can’t tolerate low light conditions – bright indirect light is best for your plant at first, but as soon as it’s acclimatised to its environment, you can place it in full sunlight. This makes it one of the best plants for a south-facing window.
Bird of paradise watering requirements are also simple, as it only needs watering every 1-2 weeks. Wait until your bird of paradise soil’s dried out before giving your plant another drink.
Why I’m so great: The Bird of Paradise has a fab tropical vibe, creating a great statement inside your home throughout the year.
Our favourite plants: XL Strelitzia Bird of Paradise in Belly Basket.
The cactus is one of the best plants for summer. It’s small but mighty and only needs a little TLC to thrive. As long as you position your cactus in the right spot, you can go and have some summer fun without worrying about caring for your plant.
Cacti benefit from around six hours of sunlight a day. They don’t survive in low light or shade, so place your succulent in a very bright, well-lit room near a window but away from a radiator to prevent it from drying out.
You only need to water your cactus when the soil’s completely dry. Aim to rehydrate your plant once every 3-4 weeks, but make sure the soil’s not moist first. Try to check it a little more frequently in the summery, as your cactus may need slightly more water.
Why I’m so great: You can leave your cactus for a few weeks, and it’ll still be happy, leaving you free to go out and make some fun plans this summer.
Our favourite plants: Mini Cactus Plant Family.
If you have a bright and sunny room, or you’re running out of space and are looking for the perfect accessory to show off your plants in style, hang them in our Natural Macrame Plant Hanger for everyone to see them. Available in small or medium, it’s handwoven by artisans using sustainable cotton. Hang it from your ceiling to add gorgeous texture and detail to your home.
If you’re not sure which plants to pick, our Easy-Care Plant Basket Bundle comes with the ZZ Plant and the Dracaena – two of our favourite sun-loving houseplants. They also purify your home, leaving you with a cleaner, more productive environment to live in.
Now that you know about the plants that like lots of sun and heat, we’d love to see them in your home. Take a peek at how the @thelittlelookout has styled their Airbnb with gorgeous neutrals and our stunning greenery.
Share your plant styling with us on Instagram, tag us and we’ll share your beautiful homes. If you’d like to learn more about any of the plants on our list or have any questions, get in touch with us at [email protected].
Lots of love,
Team TLB xx