12 Pretty Plants for Outside the Home


To pick the perfect outdoor plants for your home, you need to understand which plants will thrive in the environment you can provide.

Depending on the area available, install plants that can grow comfortably in the limited space.

Apart from all this, you also have to consider other factors such as lighting, soil conditions, and the time you can put in.

After this, you need to look for good plants.

The process can be hectic and tiresome. Hence, you might want to contact a plant agency that can give you recommendations. Make use of a rental plant service.

Before that, do your own research. Here are 12 diverse and beautiful plants for your outdoor garden that might be suitable for your growing conditions.

1. Pachysandra terminalis

Also known as the ‘Japanese spurge.’ This plant is perfect if you don’t have much sunlight outdoors as it can thrive in shade.

The plant is slow growing. It can grow upto four to twenty-four inches tall. In spring, you’ll see small white flowers above the green foliage.

In direct sunlight or winter, the leaves may yellow.

2. Succulents

Landscaping? Designing your own garden? Hanging trailing succulents are a game changer.

Their striking green foliage, combined robust leaves and stems, makes them ornamental items.

Place the adorable plants in small containers on table tops, in outdoor dining areas to create a chic look.

Succulents can tolerate conditions of low humidity making it the perfect plant for colder places.

3. Snake Plant

Going for a sleek, modern look?

Thick, upright leaves. A foliage like none other. A snake plant is the way to provide an air of sophistication.

The patterned leaves in shades of green, outlined with yellow makes the snake plant one of a kind.

The small, tubular flowers that the plant bears in large clusters is a cherry on top.

The plant is extremely drought-tolerant. All you need is a well-drained potting mix.

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Occupying the covers of magazines and spaces outside luxurious homes, the fiddle leaf fig is the plant of the decade. Iconic and gorgeous.

The bold, beautiful green leaves are the reason behind this popularity. Moreover, they are easy to maintain.

Give them plenty of indirect bright sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn their leaves.

The plant is considered bigger than its counterparts. However, you can control the size by the pot’s shape.

5. Ficus Robusta

The famous ornamental plant is an excellent plant to put on your patio. It is easy to grow and maintain.

Resembling a small tree, the lush, green foliage creates a sophisticated and classy environment.

Perfect for places whose temperature rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Place it in an area where it can receive bright but indirect sunlight.

6. Ivy Geranium

Looking for a fun, innovative way to incorporate some greenery? Ivy geranium in a hanging planter.

Put it on your patio or porch. The overflowing basket with red flowers is a sight to behold.

The planters are easy to care for and water. You don’t need to do any landscaping.

You must have often seen this on European window boxes, either in real life or movies. This is because these plants are low maintenance and can repel flies.

7. Elephant Ears

An umbrella term for several species in three plant genera – Colocasia, Alocasia, and Xanthosoma.

The most common plant is taro, also known as Colocasia esculenta.

Perfect for impatient homeowners as it grows to its full height within two months, upto 3 feet long.

The dramatic leaves of the plant is what brings its appeal. The huge heart shaped leaves make it an accent item.

Create a tropical themed garden with the lush, green foliage of elephant ears. Combine with other varieties and you can have your own tropical paradise.

8. Bird of Paradise

Unique, tropical and breathtaking.

What makes this plant special is its split leaves. The lateral leaf seams let wind pass by.

Hence, this plant is perfect for windy areas as the stems cannot be snapped in half due to strong wind.

For the plant to thrive, it needs bright, indirect light and a humid environment.

The plant is usually pest-free and easy to maintain.

9. Ajuga

Don’t have much sunlight to offer? Ajuga can thrive in the shadows.

The green and purple foliage can add a splash of color to your landscape.

In the spring, it produces spikes of blue-purple flowers. For the rest of the gardening season, you can enjoy a mat of lush leaves.

You can also look for variegated selections such as ‘Burgundy Glow’. With shades of silver and pink in the foliage it can add a unique appeal to your home.

10. Caladium

Easy to maintain. Hard to kill.

Perfect for bigger home gardens where you can’t devote too much time to one plant.

What makes it a perfect outdoor plant is its eye-catching foliage. The big, beautiful, arrowhead-shaped leaves are available in shades of red, pink and white.

The white variety is what we recommend for shady areas. They seem to glow at dusk as your entire property bathes in the last rays of sunlight. Nothing is more picturesque than this.

Caladium is an annual plant and can be in the ground throughout the year.

11. Agave

If your property is in a bright and dry area, agave should be your pick.

The low-water succulent can thrive in drone prone areas. The green, spiky foliage is attractive and you might even find occasional blooms on the foliage.

Agave is perfect for building a desert based landscape. Pair it with cacti, other succulent plants and aloe plants.

There are many varieties of agave available in the market, so pick wisely.

12. Butterfly Weed

Build a garden that shows that you care.


Step one, plant host plants that support endangered species’ survival.

Butterfly weed is the monarch butterfly host plant.

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the plant’s leaves. This is the monarch caterpillars’ only source of nourishment.

Your garden will not only have vibrant orange blossoms but also butterflies.