These plants can withstand warm temperatures from the sun and fit neatly onto a window ledge.
When growing houseplants on a windowsill, there are a few factors to contemplate as not all plants will thrive here. For one, you need to consider the bright, direct from the sun - this can scorch the leaves of some plants - so make sure your greenery doesn't have delicate leaves if you want to home it on a windowsill. Secondly, this area will experience an influx of temperatures more intensely due to the sun rising in the morning, and then going down of an evening, therefore you'll need a plant that isn't phased by such. Finally, size is another important factor. Windowsills aren't the most spacious, so you will want greenery that is fairly compact, too. Read on to find some of our favourite suggestions for plants that grow well in this spot.
Frequently seen in Scandinavian interiors, The Chinese Money Plant was first bought back to Europe by a Norwegian missionary and is native to the Yunnan province of China. It is occasionally referred to as the Pancake Plant due to its distinctive, shiny and round leaves. It responds quickly to sunlight, so it is worth rotating regularly to ensure even growth. Too low light will result in pale leaves.
A succulent is always a good choice for a windowsill as they hail from warm, desert climates. Plus, they're super easy to care for. Echeveria, in particular, are perfect plants for beginners - they can still thrive even if you neglect them a little. They grow in a rosette shape and are native to Mexico and central and southern America.
Cacti are another obvious choice for a windowsill plant. You can get small varieties, they're slow-growing - so won't take over - and love basking in sunshine. The Golden Barrel Cactus is native to Mexico, globe-shaped, and as the name suggests, they are perfectly round when young. They have deep ribs that bear long, cream coloured spikes and, with the right care, you may even be rewarded with yellow flowers as the plant matures.
Add some trailing vines to your windowsill with this unusual succulent. Its tightly stacked leaves and rose coloured edges make for a real point of interest. Native to South Africa and Mozambique, the Crassula Marneriana can even produce small, star-shaped flowers during the colder months.
Native to Eastern Asia and Australia, the Hoya Linearis is perfect for a windowsill location as it will appreciate the direct sun in the morning and late afternoon. With the right exposure to light this plant will reward you with clusters of cream flowers during spring and summer, which some say have a lemon scent to them.