Houseplants that Like Sun

Looking to add an injection of colour to a large window in your home or apartment? A plant can be the perfect option, although choosing the right plant is a must when copious amounts of sunlight are involved. So if you’re keen to add new life into your kitchen or reinvigorate your bedroom space, you’ll want to know what to look for.

Which houseplants that like sun to purchase

Below we’ve listed the plants you should gravitate towards when looking for houseplants that like the sun…

All of the above houseplants that like sun require different levels of care and attention, so we’ve also shared our top tips on lighting conditions, watering needs, size, colour and whether they flower or not, meaning you can pick a plant perfectly suited to your tastes. Here are just a few of the options, many of which are available for next day delivery when ordered from an online florist.


This stunning plant, known as the codiaeum variegatum or garden croton, makes a great statement for your home. It’s the amazing blend of colours on the leaves – from shades of green through to bright yellow, blazing red, orange, and purple – that make it so popular.

It’s relatively straightforward to take care of this plant. Place it where the light is best – a windowsill is good for this sun-loving plant. Six to eight hours of bright sunlight encourages the leaves to achieve their bright colours, and if the leaves remain green it means it hasn’t had enough light. Don’t allow the soil to dry out either, as the croton is a thirsty plant.

String of Pearls

It is easy to see why String of Pearls (botanical name Senecio Rowleyanus) has its name, as the leaves represent pearls – only they’re green, not white. Originally found in southwest Africa, it is a succulent vine that needs strong sunlight and therefore falls into the category of plants that like sun. These plants thrive in dry environments, and in the wild, the vines can stretch a long way from their roots.

When potting this plant, it’s important to use a good compost or a cactus mix and to choose a container that allows for good drainage. Soak the top of soil when watering and when it dries out, it’s time to water again. It thrives best in the afternoon sunlight, so it’s wise to find a place in your home where it can happily grow. Hanging baskets are a great option, as they give the pearl-like leaves plenty of opportunities to dangle.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree

With the botanical name Schefflera arborcicola, this is a well talked about plant and a member of the araliaceae family. It is called the ‘Dwarf’ Umbrella Tree as its Australian counterpart is a far larger tree. This houseplant enjoys direct sunlight but avoid the really hot sun as its delicate light green leaves can burn.


There are many attractive plants around but not so many that smell as delightful as jasmine. When it comes to choosing houseplants that like sunlight, this pretty bloom, with its delicate white flowers, promises to enhance any room.

Originally grown in very hot places, such as Australasia and Eurasia, it’s certainly a shrub that appreciates being placed where there are at least six hours of sunlight per day. In order to ensure the delicate white flowers, some of which boast vibrant orange centers, retain their beauty, it’s important to water your jasmine plant at least once a week.


This well-loved plant is a popular flower to place in baskets and pots as it instantly adds an injection of colour to homes and gardens. This plant comes from the geraniacea family and boasts petals of many hues, including everything from vivid reds to soft pinks, through to purples. It’s an easy plant to grow – it needs good light and not a lot of fertilizer.

For best results, don’t overwater either. Once you have its care in place (test the topsoil to see it’s not too dry) the flowers should bloom constantly. This plant certainly gives value for money and you can even order it online from an online florist, choose next day delivery and have it delivered directly to your door!

Areca palm

This sun-loving plant is a native of south India and often goes by the name ‘yellow palm’, ‘golden cane’ or ‘butterfly palm’. Dipsis luscens (its botanical name) is one of many palms, although this version has luscious long leaves in a gorgeous green shade, meaning it fills a place in your house with high impact.

If possible, face it west or south, as the light will bring out its yellow colouring, making a change from your usual green plants. To keep it healthy during the winter months it can be allowed to dry out, but in the summer months, it’s important to water this shrub more regularly.


There are thousands of species of cactus, many of which come in the strangest of shapes and in various sizes. This succulent gets its name from the Greek word ‘kaktos’ meaning spiny. Choosing a type that flowers are a great way to inject colour into your home. Make sure it’s placed where it will have light for four hours per day, preferably in a south-facing position.


This lovely tropical plant boasts a very sweet nickname, the rosemallow. This is down to this gorgeous flower being part of the Malvaceae family, which includes other mallows in the form of more than 100 species. They grow best in tropical and subtropical environments, hence they’re certainly houseplants that like the sun.

Hibiscus flowers come in a whole range of hues, including pink, red, and yellow. For best results, ensure they have at least two hours of sunlight per day and enjoy a regular watering schedule.

Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm goes by the scientific name Beaucarnea recurvata and grows natively in certain parts of Mexico. It is part of the Asparagaceae family and is not in fact a real palm tree. They still grow like a palm would, and enjoy the brightness of direct sunlight.

While indirect sunlight is not detrimental to them, you may notice a lower growth rate compared to when placing a ponytail palm in full sunlight.


Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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