The Best Indoor Plants As Seen In Scandinavian Homes

, , , , , , By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design

We do not all have a balcony or patio to enjoy the outdoors this summer, but bringing nature inside is the next best thing. Plus, you can enjoy it all year round!

Plants improve the air quality of your home, lower blood pressure, and even encourage more restful sleep. They also instantly make a room look fresh and welcoming, and literally inject life into a space.

I took inspiration from interiors featured on Nordic Design over the years and gathered seven of the most frequently seen/used plants in Scandinavian homes (thanks to the image gallery for making this task possible). And after reading about their care requirements, it turns out they all are fairly easy to keep alive, even if you don’t have a green thumb and live in a home with limited natural light – Perfect for me, and maybe for you, too.

So here they are!


Ficus elastica

Also known as ‘rubber plant’ or ‘rubber tree’. Easy to care for. Has glossy, burgundy-colored and dark green leaves. Loves bright, filtered light, and moist soil. Thrives with consistent humidity and temperature. Water and gently dust leaves regularly. Mist occasionally during summer. Click here for more information.


Philodendron selloum

Easy-cre, self-heading plant that takes up a lot of space, often spreading 5ft/1.5m or more. Has large, drooping, dark green, and shiny leaves, and grows a trunk as it matures. Should be kept away from pets and children. Read more here.


Ficus lyrata

Most commonly called ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’. Features big waxy leaves and can grow quite large. Enjoys bright, indirect light, but quite resilient and can survive inconsistent watering. Requires drainage. Rotate the pot to ensure straight, upward growth. For more planting and care information, click here.


Monstera deliciosa

Known as the Split-leaf philodendron or “Swiss cheese plant” because of its beautiful big perforated leaves. Keep in a well-lit spot and out of direct sunlight. Water only when the top layer of soil is dry to the touch. Help your plant climb and guide large stems upwards by tying a dowel rod or trellis. Requires pot with drainage holes. A great pick for a bathroom, since it loves humidity. Click here for more information.


Fig tree

Makes beautiful patio plant, and easily grows indoors too. Usually produces fruits within five years of planting. Can survive cold down to -4F ( -20C). Drops its leaves in the fall, so don’t be surprised if you end up with a “naked stick” for a while. Can easily be propagated. Might require pollination to produce fruit based on your location. Read more info here.


Olea europaea

Olive tree or shrub found traditionally in the Mediterranean Basin. Easy to care for. Loves direct sunlight and a large container with drainage holes. Tolerates warm, dry air easily, and should be washed every few months – Great plant to leave out on your balcony or patio in summer. Choose a dwarf variety for indoors, and prune every four months. Click here for more information.


Howea forsteriana

Commonly known as the Kentia palm and native of Australia. Fairly easy to take care of and forgiving. Can grow up to 10ft/3m so they need space. Slow growers and do not need or like re-potting. Click here for more information.


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First photo: Johanna Bradford

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