7 Lovely Houseplants That Do Well in Direct Sunlight

If you’ve got a window that gets beautiful sun and you imagine that it should just be full of all of the plants because ALL.THAT.SUN!

Just hold on for a minute.

Because many, many plants do not like direct sunlight. It can actually give them a sunburn.

But, don’t worry, you are lucky because there are houseplants that do well in direct sunlight, and not every home can accommodate the ones that really need all that sun.

What is Direct Sunlight Exactly?

Light and how it is often described when it comes to plants can be really confusing.

Direct Sunlight is a very specific kind of light. Direct sunlight means that your plant isn’t just getting light, it means your plant is in the path of the sun.

If you were at the level of your plant, you would be able to see the sun itself. This is as opposed to “indirect” sunlight, where there is light coming in the window and it is from the sun, but you can’t actually see the sun from the view point of your plant.

It’s important to understand the difference because many (most, even) plants do not like direct sunlight.

It can cause sunburn on their leaves.

But there are some plants that will be perfectly happy in direct sunlight.

What if I Have Direct Sunlight But I Have Plants That Don’t Want It??

Now, were going to get to the plants that love direct sunlight, but if you’ve just finished reading how lots of plants actually really don’t like direct sunlight and you’ve got some of those easier care houseplants that don’t need or want a TON of light, here’s what you can do.

If you put a sheer curtain or some blinds on the window that is getting direct light, your “bright indirect” light plants, should do just fine.

Or, you can make your life even easier and just move the plants away from the direct sunlight.

A different spot in the room that still gets light, but where you can’t actually see the sun from the view point of the plant should do the trick.

7 Houseplants That Do Well In Direct Sunlight

Now, these 7 houseplants will be more than happy to sit right in your window with all of that southern facing light.

And they are quite lovely, so you’ll have a beautiful window display!

#1. Aloe Vera

If you were guessing that succulents would love the sun and be happy in Direct light, you were right!

Aloe Vera is a good example. It will soak up all of the light that you can give it.

Light: Bright, direct sunlight

Water: Allow the first inch of soil to dry out between waterings.

#2. Kalanchoe

Houseplants that do well in direct sunlight

Kalanchoe is a really pretty little flowering plant. My mother-in-law gave me one once a long time ago and I promptly handed it over to my mother because I knew it would be in better hands with her.

But, now that I know that Kalanchoe just needs some Direct sunlight, I would be much more confident taking care of one.

Light: Bright, direct Sunlight

Water: Allow top two inches of soil to dry out between waterings

#3. Jade Plant

A Jade plant is actually a succulent which is why it will be perfectly happy in bright direct sunlight. It’s very used to living in sunny, dry places.

Those pretty dark leaves will actually hold water so if you have a sunny window and you tend to forget to water, this might be the perfect plant for you!

Light: Bright, direct sunlight

Water: Allow top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings

#4. Geranium

I would never have thought about bringing a Geranium indoors. I’ve always associated it with outdoors, but in the right light, Geranium can bloom indoors, too.

This is a really pretty way to bring some natural color inside the house.

Light: Bright, Direct sunlight

Water: Allow to almost completely dry out between waterings

#5. Dwarf Citrus

If you have the right light, you can actually grow a Dwarf Lemon Tree right inside your home.

You’re going to need a LOT of bright, direct light and a lot of patience, but it can be done. Pretty cool, right?

Light: Bright, direct sunlight

Water: Don’t overwater or underwater. Water when the soil is dry to the touch.

#6. Garden Croton

That’s one good looking plant, isn’t it? I mean, it is quite remarkable. It’s making me wonder if I could get away with one of these in my dining room.

Maybe if I finally cut down all of the pine trees in the yard there will be enough light.

Almost always (maybe always) when you see that kind of variegation and color in a houseplant, it’s going to need quite a bit of light.

Light: Bright, direct sunlight

Water: Water when the soil is dry to the touch

#7. Tropical Hibiscus

This is one of my absolute favorite flowering houseplants. The hibiscus is such a pretty, delicate flower.

It almost makes sense that a plant this pretty would need the hard to find circumstances of bright sunlight, doesn’t it?

Light: Bright, direct sunlight

Water: Water when the soil is dry to the touch, but be sure that the soil is draining well!

And Your Favorite of the Houseplants That Do Well in Direct Sunlight?

It was the hibiscus, wasn’t it?

I love it, too.

And if you’re sad because you don’t have the light for any of these, you can always consider some grow lights!