Even the novice indoor gardener can successfully grow indoor plants. The key is to pick varieties that are easy to care for and not too fussy about the amount of light and water they receive. Start with one or two of these and you will soon be growing exotic indoor plants even if they have more exacting cultural requirements.
One of the easiest to grow indoor plants, the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is either solid medium green or variegated with white stripes. Spider plants grow from a central rosette, sending up long, lance-shaped leaves that arch over the side of the pot. Eventually they send up a flower stalk that also arches over the side of the pot. The flowers are small, star-shaped and insignificant. At the ends and along the length of the flower stalk, tiny miniature spider plants grow. These can be detached and rooted to form new plants. Because of their arching habit and long flower stalk, spider plants are often grown as hanging plants or placed on a plant stand.
The heart-shaped, dark green leaves of philodendron (Philodendron spp.) grow along stems that show a hint of red when grown in bright light. Philodendron are vining plants well-suited to growing as indoor topiary, accent tabletop plants or massed together as a "ground cover" on the soil of large indoor potted trees. They grow well in any light level except full sun and should be watered when the soil is dry on the surface.
Available in floor or tabletop sized varieties, scheffleras (Schefflera actinophylla) are tough, resilient indoor plants. Their leaves can be light green or variegated light green and chartreuse. The leaves are palmate--divided into "fingers" so the whole leaf resembles an outstretched human hand. Also called the umbrella tree, scheffleras are a forgiving houseplant and will withstand neglect quite well. Water when the soil is slightly dried out and place in bright light away from direct sunlight, which will cause the leaves to fade.