Nothing says welcome to my home quite like a beautiful plant in the foyer. If you’re looking for the best indoor plants for the entryway, you’ve come to the right place. While you can put any plant you want in the entryway, there are some that do better based on their looks and their care needs. Some plants won’t do well in a drafty area. Some plants won’t do well if your entryway doesn’t have enough light coming through. These are just some of the things to consider.
As far as aesthetics go, there are many plants that can look nice in the opening of your home. In general, the best plants for entryways are those that stand tall or have a tree-like appearance. However, you can also use tables and plant stands in your entryway to put shorter plants.
Best Indoor Plants for Entryway
When choosing plants for your entryway, consider how much lighting they will need and also how big they can get. While you can always move them later, it may not be ideal to choose plants that will get so big they start to crowd your door and get in the way.
1. Fiddle-Leaf fig tree (Ficus lyrata)
This plant is infamous in the houseplant groups because of its unique look. It’s a shrub that can grow very tall like a tree and has a long, elegant stem and big, broad leaves with a leather-like feel to them.
The fiddle-leaf fig does very well next to a window or under a skylight. When placed in an entryway that has glass panels or windows on the sides, it will get all the light it needs to thrive. This plant needs to be watered about once a week, and more frequently in winter or if you have dry air in your home.
2. String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
This beautiful succulent is striking in appearance and sure to get a lot of attention. It looks like a string of green pearls hanging down and can be placed in a variety of decorative pots or hung from baskets. It likes indirect light and only occasional watering. Allow the soil to dry out before watering so you don’t overwater it.
This plat looks great in a baby Groot flower pot!
3. Split-Leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
The split-leaf philo is well known for its “swiss cheese” leaves. This plant is pretty easy to care for, just be sure not to overwater. You can mist the leaves if you have dry air, and it’s very easy to propagate because you can cut the top off and as long as it has air roots attached, it will grow into another new plant for you.
4. Croton plant (Codiaeum variegatum pictum)
Available in a variety of colors and patterns, the croton is another great entry choice. Different varieties have big, bright leaves of yellow, orange, pink, red, and green. They like indirect light and high humidity. May need misting in dry seasons. Be careful not to overwater and have a good draining pot.
5. Peruvian apple cactus (Cereus peruvianus)
Cacti are great for entryways, but the Peruvian apple cactus has a unique look to it. It has an upright design that elongates it and makes it taller than many other cacti and it can bring an oasis feel to your home.
It only needs to be watered about once a month. As it grows, it will shift toward the light so unless you have a skylight in the entryway, we recommend rotating it to keep it growing balanced.
6. Meyer lemon tree (Citrus X meyeri)
A fruit-bearing tree with beautiful leaves and a nice, citrus smell, this is a great choice for greeting people into your home. The fruits are called Meyer lemons, believed to be a hybrid between lemons and mandarins and they are sweeter than regular lemons. This plant loves lots of sun so an entryway with lots of bright light will be perfect.
7. Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)
Palms are always a great choice for the entrance to your home but this one grows tall and large with big fronds that provide ground cover underneath. They can grow up to 10 feet with a broad reach. This isn’t an ideal choice for a small entryway. They need to be watered weekly and like medium to bright light.
8. Castiron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
The castiron plant is known for its foliage. It creates a nice, lush green feel to the space. It does well in medium to low light and creates a very welcoming and warm ambiance. It’s easy to care for and is tolerant of neglect so it won’t die quickly if you forget to water it now and again. For best results, water every 1-2 weeks.
9. Winterbourn (Philodendron Xanadu)
Here’s a plant that can give you a tropical feel to your home but is fairly easy to care for. It’s important not to overwater it. If the soil has gone dry on top, it’s safe to water it again. If you see leaves starting to yellow, they should be removed right away. This plant grows to about three to four feet tall, making it great for the doorway or foyer of your home if you have enough space.
10. Amazon lily (Eucharis amazonica)
The Amazon lily is also a dark green plant but this one has beautiful flowers that bloom in winter and also in early spring. It does well in medium light and can be watered about once a week. Allow the soil to dry between watering. If you see the leaves wilting, it’s thirsty.
11. Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana)
The corn plant is actually a type of dracaena but gets its name from its look. It has nice, striped leaves and is so low maintenance, you won’t have to worry about it much. It prefers filtered sunlight to direct light and it can be watered every 7-10 days. It will grow tall and treelike, making it great for the entryway.
12. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
The infamous snake plant you see on nearly every list is here because it grows tall and looks great in an entryway, is adaptive to nearly any climate, and requires little care. You can almost just “set it and forget it”. Let the soil dry completely before watering. It also helps purify the air in the home.
13. Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis)
Here’s another cactus that is nice for the front of your home. It’s a sturdy plant that does best in indirect light. It can survive in low-light areas, but you need to move it to light every so often to keep it thriving. It can be watered about once a week, and if the tendrils start to droop. They look great in the middle of other plants or group a few of them together.
14. African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica)
The African spear plant is named for its spear-like shape to the leaves that are a bit similar to the aloe, but they typically spread out more. It can be placed in any lighting you choose and needs watering only every few weeks. This makes it incredibly low maintenance and it looks cool, too. Guests will be asking what it is and where you got it.
15. Asparagus fern (Asparagus plumosa)
Ferns are always a great choice for the home, but the asparagus fern is a great choice for the entryway because it handles partial to full sunlight and is flexible with watering. It should be kept lightly moist but can typically manage if you forget a watering here or there. You can allow the fronds to grow big and wild or prune them back. It’s all a matter of personal preference and how much space you have.
Conclusion of Best Indoor Plants for Entryway
Now that you have this list of great plants for your entryway, you can start planning your own. You may have some of these houseplants already, or you can buy them from your favorite nursery. This is not an exhaustive list and at the end of the day, if you think it looks good there and it makes you happy, any plant can go there.
But if you want your entryway plants to thrive, take into consideration the elements they may be exposed to and plan accordingly. That way you can enjoy them all for a very, very long time.