Ideas for Indoor Ledge Plants

Indoor window ledges are a perfect place for growing a variety of plants. Everything from edibles to bloomers to miniature trees can be grown on a bright windowsill. Dressing up your window ledges with plants uses otherwise wasted space to bring a little bit of nature into your living space.


Growing herbs on a window ledge is handy for cooks who want fresh herbs for their dishes. Herbs that do well in 4-inch pots in a sunny window include oregano, globe basil, cilantro and parsley. If you have a wider window ledge that can hold 6-inch pots, try rosemary and Italian basil.

African Violets

African violet is the most popular houseplant in the world. There are several different sizes from micro-mini to large. Miniatures and semi-miniatures are especially suited for windowsill growing, as they are comfortable growing in 2- to 3-inch pots.

Miniature Gesneriads

The gesneriad family includes several genera of blooming plants, including Streptocarpus, Chirita, Sinningia and Episcia. Miniature varieties of these plants make wonderful additions to a window ledge garden.


Many small succulents are comfortable in 4- to 6-inch pots, and don't require much sunlight to thrive. Sedums are especially popular as windowsill plants, due to their diminutive size and easy care requirements.

Miniature Ficus

Developments in foliage have brought tiny ficus, such as Too Little onto the market, making it possible for windowsill gardeners to add foliage plants to their collections. Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) is a vining variety that can easily be constrained to a 4- to 6-inch pot.

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