Having a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom is key to being able to fall asleep quicker, sleep longer, and wake up feeling more rested and ready to take on the day. While it’s true that the color scheme can play a role in the room’s overall feel, adding a few indoor bedroom plants can’t hurt. In fact, some plants can even help you fall asleep because they release a soothing fragrance. Certain bedroom plants can also clean the air to make it healthier to breathe, and this can make you sleep better. I’ve picked out 35 of the best bedroom plants to help you get a good night’s sleep below, and you can add one or two to your own bedroom to help you drift off.
The best bedroom plants look nice, add a calming element to your room, and clean your air to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. They come in all sizes and colors, and they can add texture too.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is a natural way to soothe sunburn and minor scraps, but it’s also very effective for cleaning your air. This makes it an excellent bedroom plant to have around, and it can tolerate lower lighting. However, it does like bright light too so set it by a window if you have one in your bedroom. You should deeply water it once every two weeks and let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions to prevent root rot. It grows fleshy leaves in well-draining soil, and it’s very easy to propagate through cuttings to create new plants.
2. Areca Palm
If you want to bring a touch of the tropics into your room, the Areca Palm is a great bedroom plant to have on-hand. This is a low-light, larger plant that has long leaves in a deep green that resemble palm fronds on a thicker stalk. If you have sinus issues, this is an ideal plant. Since it is a tropical plant, it will need a lot of water, and it likes to stay consistently moist with a slightly higher humidity. Plant it in a large container will well-draining soil and water it once a week.
3. Bamboo Palm
The Bamboo Palm is another large bedroom plant that acts like a living decor piece, and it can create a clean and warm feeling in your bedroom. It can absorb several toxins to make your air cleaner and help your sinuses, and you should set it by a window to let the large leaves absorb the sun. It needs a moderate amount of water, but you should be careful so you don’t overwater it. You’ll want to have it in a well-draining soil, and you want to add fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer months to encourage healthy growth.
4. Boston Fern
Boston Ferns are one of the more finicky bedroom plants to have, but you can hang them in peat pots or put them in traditional pots. They require higher humidity levels, so you may have to set the pot into a shallow pan of water on top of pebbles to increase the direct humidity around the plant. It doesn’t need a lot of fertilizer, and they need a cool place to sit or hang with a decent amount of direct light. You’ll get deep green elongated leaves that trail down the pot if you get the growing conditions correct.
5. Broadleaf Lady Palm
Broadleaf Lady Palms are one bedroom plants that do better in shade than they do in light, and it’ll turn a deeper green with more pronounced stripes in the shade. They grow between 8 and 12 inches a year, and you want to thin out the leaves to remove dead or dying ones to keep the plant healthy. It can do well in full sun as well as shade, and you need a well-draining soil to prevent rot. You can’t propagate this plant until it’s around seven years old, and you need a male and female plant to achieve it.
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This unique bedroom plant has a waxy appearance on the leaves, and it can grow a rigid, large flower in the middle of the plant in orange, red, maroon, or yellow. You need indirect light, and it needs slightly higher humidity levels. The soil should stay moist but not soggy, and you want to keep the air moving around the plant. It should drain well between watering sessions, but you don’t have to fertilize it often to keep it happy. It’ll pull several toxins out of the air to help you breathe better while you sleep.
Also known as Japanese Sweet Flag, this bedroom plant is a pretty ornamental grass that is very slow growing. It’ll get to a maximum width of two feet, and it emits a spicy and sweet smell when you crush it. It can tolerate full sun or light shade, and this plant cannot tolerate dry soil. Keep it moist but not soaked, and you want to divide it every three or four years to keep it healthy. You could easily set this plant by a sunny spot in your bedroom and it’ll clear out toxins from your indoor air.
8. California Poppy
The California Poppy is a happy, sun-loving bedroom plant that boasts an array of cheerful colors. It can grow up to 12-inches high, and it’ll need at least six hours of direct sunlight. It can do well in poor soil conditions, but it likes sandy or rocky soil. As it needs very little water, this is a good plant to try if you forget to water your plants routinely. They need slightly cooler temperatures to trigger their germination and growth periods, and you don’t have to fertilize them. They have sedative properties and a pleasant scent when they bloom.
Chamomile has a long history of use for its sedative properties. It’s popular in teas, and it works well as a companion plant. You should start them from seed if you want to grow them indoors as a bedroom plant, and all you have to do is lightly press them into the soil before watering them. Grow them four to eight inches apart, and they need full sun to grow. They should have a well-drained potting soil mix, and you should regularly deadhead the plants to keep them healthy and growing all spring and summer long.
10. Chinese Evergreen
This bedroom plant won’t tolerate dry air well, but it grows stunning deep green with light green mottled leaves, or you can get it in shades of red, purple, and more. Water them enough to keep the soil moist, but let them dry out between deep watering to prevent fungal infections. They like partial sunlight without direct light, and they should be in a peat-based potting soil. Fertilize them with 20-20-20 fertilizer every three weeks during the active growing season and cut back in the winter months. You can separate basal shoots with three or four leaves on it to propagate new plants.
11. Easter Lily
The Easter Lily works very well to clean the air, and this makes it a good bedroom plant. It’s also pleasant to look at with deep green leaves and white flowers. It has a pleasant scent, and it likes bright but indirect lighting in a cool area. Water your plant sparingly when the soil is dry to the touch, and avoid overwatering. If you see any dead or dying flowers or leaves, prune them away to encourage new growth. Fertilize the plant in the during the colder months,
Elecampane is a herb that makes a nice addition to your bedroom plants, and it has a long history of medicinal use as a sedative. It has long leaves that can grow up to two feet long in a deep green color. It has bright yellow flowers with black eyes, and it requires bright sunlight to grow. It’ll do well in a variety of soils as long as they drain well, it needs the pH to range between 6.5 and 7.5. It usually won’t bloom the first year after you plant it, and the roots form strong runners in sandy soil.
13. English Ivy
English Ivy is a type of hanging bedroom plant that works well to purify the air by removing toxins. You can grow it in a traditional pot or a peat pot, and it likes a very wet environment. They prefer bright filtered to low lighting conditions, and they like a steady temperature range without any large fluctuations. Add a 20-20-20 fertilizer once a month to encourage growth, and you want to spray the play weekly using soft water to help avoid developing spider mites. The plant will trail down the sides of the pot.
14. Ficus Benjamina
This bedroom plant likes a lot of bright but indirect sunlight, and you should only water it when the top layer of soil dries out. Use filtered or purified water because it’s sensitive to the fluoride in tap water. It has bright green leaves with a woody stalk that looks attractive on your floor.The temperature should stay above 60-degrees F to keep the plant happy, and avoid any cold drafts. You’ll want to mist around the plant to increase the humidity levels, and try not to move it a lot once you get it in place.
Gardenia shrubs are bedroom plants that require the equivalent of one inch of rain per week to do well indoors, and they like full sun to partial shade. You’ll get fragrant white flowers and deep green waxy leaves that flower all summer long. It’s a good idea to put a two to four-inch layer of mulch in the pot to help keep the soil cool and retain water, and the pH should range between 5 and 6. They need high humidity to thrive, but they like slightly colder temperatures at night around 60-degrees F.
16. Gerbera Daisy
These bright and happy daisies can add a pop of color to your bedroom while cleaning the air to make it easier to sleep. This bedroom plant likes a good watering once per week, and you should set them in a spot that gets full, direct sunlight for at least six hours a day. Incorporate a micronutrient-rich plant fertilizer into the pot, and trim the plant when the bloom starts to wilt to encourage new growth. Once your plant starts to outgrow the pot, repot it into one a size or two bigger.
17. Golden Pothos
Also known as Devil’s Ivy, the Golden Pothos is a very hardy bedroom plant that is one of the top plants for cleaning your air and making it easier to sleep. It does well in bright but indirect sunlight, and you want to keep the soil moist without soaking it. This plant is very forgiving, and it’ll tolerate a slight drought if you forget to water it once or twice. It forms larger mottled green leaves that trail down the pot toward the floor, and you can put it in a traditional pot or in a hanging one.
Hops is an odd bedroom plant that works well to clean the air, and it is a very leggy plant that grows on tall stems. Hops is the main ingredient in beer, so it’s popular to grow for home brewers. Your Hops will require six to eight hours of direct sunlight every day, and the plant will climb. This means you’ll need a trellis or twine set up for them to go upwards. You want to water the plant to keep the soil lightly moist, and you can dry them at the end of the growing season.
Jasmine is a very fragrant plant that has strong sedative properties to help you fall asleep, and it has attractive decorative flowers all year-round. These bedroom plants really like water, and the soil should always be slightly moist but not soaked. Fertilize your plant twice a year, and make a point to prune it regularly to stop it from growing out of control or taking over. Pruning it will also help to encourage new growth, and this plant is very easy to propagate. Repot it in the springtime when it starts to outgrow its current pot.
Lavender forms beautiful purple flowers with silvery-hued leaves, and it’s easy to convert into a fragrant bedroom plant that promotes relaxation and sleep. Let your lavender’s soil dry out before watering it deeply, every other week or so. It loves full sun with a rich soil, and you should prune it back every year after it blooms. You’ll need very little or no fertilizer with this plant, and it can last for up to 12 years before you’ll want to invest in a new plant. As a bonus, it’s easy to dry the lavender flowers to preserve the soothing scent at the end of the growing season.
21. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm cleans the air, but it also releases a fresh lemon scent when you crush the leaves, and this makes it an excellent bedroom plant. They like sandy loam that drains well, but it’ll grow in almost any soil as long as it isn’t soaked. The pH should range between 6.8 and 7.3, and you want to set your plant in a location where it’ll get plenty of indirect sunlight to encourage strong growth without burning the leaves.
Orchids are slightly more finicky bedroom plants, but they’re worth it because they’ll clean toxins from your indoor air. This plant usually doesn’t grow in soil, so it needs ample watering to keep the roots moist. The humidity level should range between 50 and 70% at all times, and you can add a tray of water under the plant’s pot to increase the direct humidity. Bright but indirect light will encourage it to grow and bloom over and over throughout the year.
23. Painter’s Palette
More commonly known as Anthurium andraeanum, this bedroom plant has larger waxy light green leaves with bright pink waxy flowers. It should go in a well-lit, warm spot in your bedroom, and it’ll produce more flowers with higher amounts of light. From March to September, keep the soil lightly moist before cutting back in the winter. It likes a mix of potting soil and orchid-specific potting soil that drains well.
24. Passion Flower
No matter what growing zone you live in, it’s possible to grow a Passion Flower as an indoor bedroom plant. This is a beautiful, ornamental plant that adds pops of colors into your room. Add a well-draining soil into your plant’s pot and put it in a space that will get full but indirect sunlight for at least six hours a day. They’re a very fragrant flower that can help you sleep, but they can grow very large at 15 to 30-feet high by 6 to 8-feet wide. Prune them annually to keep the growth in check.
Roses are a favorite bedroom plant because they can set a romantic atmosphere and they have a very light fragrance. You can place them in a south or west facing window and rotate your plants once a week to ensure it grows evenly. Water your plant until water flows out of the bottom of the container when the soil feels dry to the touch, and add a fertilizer once or twice a year to encourage growth. Roses like a rich, well-draining soil.
Saffron is a herb that is popular in Asian-style cuisine, especially seafood. They start as bulbs, but they grow brilliant purple flowers that release a soothing fragrance to help you sleep. This bedroom plant needs full sun with very little shade, a commercial-grade potting mix, and moderate amounts of water. They bloom in the fall, and you should plant them two or three inches apart to give them room to grow and spread out as they mature. You can trim the stamens to dry or cook with at a later date.
Sage is another popular Mediterranean herb that you can use in cooking, and it has a deep, earthy scent that can help you sleep and fight insomnia. You could put it on any windowsill that gets a lot of sun, and it needs well-draining soil that you will let dry between watering. The soil should stay between 60 and 70-degrees F, and you want to prune the heavier plants every spring to encourage new growth.
28. Snake Plant
Better known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is a popular bedroom plant because it’s one of the most efficient plants for cleaning the air. Put your plant in indirect lighting and water it carefully while making sure you don’t get water on the leaves. Fertilize it once a month with an all-purpose blend during the spring and summer months before tapering off in the winter.
29. Spider Plant
You can grow this bedroom plant by itself, but it also does wonderfully as a companion plant. It can take a lot of abuse without a problem, and this makes it a popular choice for beginners. Give your plant bright but indirect light and well-drained potting soil. Keep the moist but not soggy, and keep your temperatures slightly on the cooler side at 55 to 65-degrees F. They like to be semi-potbound, so keep them in a slightly smaller container when you repot them.
30. St. John’s Wort
This herb makes a nice bedroom plant with its bright yellow coloring and the ability to clean the air. It likes full sun to partial shade, and you should put well-draining soil into the pot. Water it sparingly, and it can grow up to three feet tall and two feet wide. A single plant can produce 100,000 seeds every year, and the seeds are viable for up to a decade.
This bedroom plant can grow from 2 to 3 ½-feet tall from seed, and it releases a pleasant vanilla-cherry scent that can lull you to sleep. They grow well in a broad soil range, but they do prefer a loamy soil that you keep moist. You’ll have to put it in a space that gets partial shade and indirect sunlight, and it can grow between four and six feet high. It grows clusters of tiny whitish-pink flowers at the top of a long stem, so it is a leggy plant.
This bedroom plant requires much less water than the majority of indoor plants, but it’s very good at cleaning toxins out to help you sleep. You want to water this plant slowly with purified water before tipping out the excess, and it will do well with a medium amount of natural light. It doesn’t tolerate humidity well, and the preferred temperature range falls between 60 and 77-degrees F. It has deep green leaves with light green edges, and you should repot it every two or three years.
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33. Weeping Fig
It’s very easy to overwater this bedroom plant, so water it thoroughly and leave it alone until the two two or three inches of the soil dry out. Use a watering can to keep the stem dry. It has a bark-like stem with green leaves that hang down slightly, and it won’t handle sudden temperature shifts. Fertilize with half-strength fertilizer once a month during the growing season, and use a well-draining soil.
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The wintergreen is a festive little bedroom plant that does very well indoors. Give it bright but indirect sunlight, and it likes lightly cooler temperatures around 65-degrees F. Keep the soil slightly moist, but don’t water it until the top ½-inch of the soil dries out. Fertilize once or twice a year at the most, and prune it back in the spring to encourage new, healthy growth.
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You can start a Wisteria indoors as a bedroom plant, but it will eventually grow too large. It comes in a range of stunning colors like blue and purple, and it has very fragrant flowers to help you sleep. It grows nicely by ponds or water gardens too. It needs full sun with fertile, well-draining, but moist soil. It’ll grow in most soils, but it likes compost mixed in. It can take over any plants in the direct area, and it has called lectin and wisterin in it that are toxic to pets and people.
These 35 bedroom plants can add pops of color to your bedroom, soothe you to sleep, and help clean your air to make it easier for you to breathe. You can mix and match bedroom plants that look nice with ones that smell nice, and they can decorate everything from your bedroom floor to your nightstand.
Jen is a master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert. She has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.