Time to shed some light on your home’s sunshine conditions: Other than desert cacti and the occasional succulent, few plants tolerate full sun, when rays of light shine directly onto your plant (windows that face south usually get most direct light in Colorado). Lots crave bright, indirect sunlight, which requires pulling the plant back from the window a few feet. Leaves should cast lazy shadows rather than ones with distinct outlines. Certain varieties call for partial sunlight and do best by west or east-facing windows. Finally, a few sprouts want medium light. These growers may skew a touch goth, but their moods will improve considerably if you situate them near a porthole on the north.

Illustration by Gaby D’Alessandro

Good For Beginngers:

Eastern Pricky Pear
Pencil Firestick Plant
Fantasy Venice
Lipstick Vine
Devil’s Ivy/Pothos
Sweetheart Philodendron/Philodendron Brasil
Peace Lily
Chinese Evergreen
Snake Plant
ZZ Plant
Nerve Plant
Swiss Cheese PLant

Requires some skill:

Chinese Money Plant
Rex Begonia
Triostar Stromanthe
String of Turtles
Jade Plant
Rattlesnake Plant
Calidora Elephant’s Ear

Pain in the A**:

Fiddle-Leaf Fig
Blue Star Fern

Angela Ufheil
Angela Ufheil
Angela Ufheil is a Denver-based journalist and 5280's former digital senior associate editor.