Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

You may never have looked at it this way, but our bathroom can be a place of retreat and an opportunity to reduce stress. No phones, no faxes, no conversation, just peace and quite (hopefully you didn’t take your smart phone or tablet in the bathroom with you). We need time to ourselves. Time away from the endless noise and daily distractions. We need solitude, if only for a few minutes.

So, if our bathroom is a place to escape, our decorating should promote relaxation and peace. We can accomplish this in many ways. We can use color, art, lighting, texture, and nature. All of these elements can help to lower our blood pressure, slow our breathing, and change our focus. But the element that can have the greatest impact is nature itself.

Plants are often used by designers to add color, texture, and form to a space. Adding a plant (or plants) to a room brings the outdoors inside and gives us a sense of serenity and calmness. Plants have the power to take us back to nature and improve the quality of our lives. Also, plants can purify indoor air better than any machine.

It’s no secret that plants have a psychological effect on us humans. But the effect may be more than we realize.

According to several studies, here’s just a few examples of how plants can affect our physical and emotional well being.

• Lower blood pressure
• Increase attentiveness
• Improve well-being
• Reduce levels of anxiety

According to Virginia Lohr, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University, indoor plants offer better air quality, reduced stress, increased productivity, calmness, and better tolerance to pain.

What are the best kind of plants for your bathroom?

So, if we are going to put plants in our bathroom, which plants work best? Most bathrooms have limited light, but a generous amount of humidity. Which plants will thrive in this environment?

Bathroom plants love low light high humidity environments. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Philodendrons

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2) Snake Plant (Sansievera)
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3) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidstra Elatior)
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4) Ferns

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5) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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6) Prayer Plants

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7) Aloe vera

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8) Bamboo

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9) Dieffenbachia
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10) Begonias

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These plants are easy to care for and will thrive in the bathroom. Check with your local nursery to see which plants have the greatest success in your area.

You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow these plants. Your local nursery can give you a few tips on planting and care. You may be surprised how much enjoyment you get from nurturing a few plants. It’s the simple things in life that give us the greatest pleasures.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”-David Hobson

Give it a shot. Buy a plant or two for your bathroom and enjoy your own private oasis.