Reach out to our sales team to get your next project solved!

    indoor atrium garden design

    Incorporating the right plants into your indoor atrium garden design can take quite a bit of planning. Be it your office, hotel lobby, mall, or any commercial space, here’s a roundup of 15 plants that can bedazzle your indoor atrium garden.

    But before that, let’s dive into some…

    Indoor atrium garden design considerations

    Before you determine which plants are appropriate for your atrium landscape, examine the light and temperature patterns of your atrium and understand which areas have sunlight and shade. 

    While choosing your indoor atrium plants, consider the following requirements:





    Need some professional help to develop your indoor atrium? Hire an indoor atrium garden design consultant

    Moderate to low light-loving plants

    Place these plants near north-facing windows or other areas where light is blocked by bigger plants.


    With their large, glossy green leaves and delicate flowers, Philodendrons add a truly tropical flair to your indoor atrium garden.

    They prefer loamy, well-drained soil. Water them every 1 to 2 weeks.

    ZZ plant

    Commonly known as the Zanzibar Gem, the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia plant has glossy, feather-like, oval leaves.

    The ZZ plant appreciates moist soil and needs to be watered only when the soil is completely dry.

    Peace Lily

    White lily-like flowers, gleaming dark green foliage – Peace Lilies planted in lobby planters are the perfect way to liven up your hotel lobby.

    They love well-draining, peat-based potting soil. Water your Peace Lilies once or twice a week during the growing season and summers, and once every 2 weeks in the winters.

    Golden Pothos

    Waxy, heart-shaped, green foliage with smacks of yellow– the Golden Pothos a.k.a. the Devil’s Ivy - can add great interest in low-light areas.

    Choose a well-draining potting mix; water your Pothos once a week in the summers and once in 2 weeks in the winters. 

    Chinese evergreen

    Adorned with dark green, silver-marbled leathery leaves, the Chinese evergreen is a good-looking yet resilient plant.

    They require well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Allow the soil to fully dry before you water it again.


    The Calathea plant’s striking foliage come in all shapes – ridged, pointy, oval-shaped, and patterns – striped, flame-patterned, and more.

    They prefer well-draining moist soil, so water them every one to two weeks.

    Dragon Tree

    The Dragon tree a.k.a. Dracaena Marginata boasts of green, sword-like, red-edged leaves and a lithe gray stem.

    These drought-tolerant plants thrive in loamy, well-drained soil. Water them once in 3 weeks or so.

    Bird’s Nest Fern

    Bird’s Nest Ferns feature long, crinkled, vibrant-green fronds that rise from a central rosette.

    They love loose well-draining soil and need to be watered once a week, normally.

    Sun-loving plants

    Situate these plants in sunny spaces including directly under a skylight or next to south-facing windows.

    Weeping Fig 

    The Weeping Fig tree, a.k.a. Ficus Benjamina, has smooth, gray bark and leathery, oval, vibrant green leaves. 

    They love fast-draining, acidic soil. Water them when the top surface of the soil feels dry. 


    These evergreen shrubs adorned with bright bushy foliage with hues ranging from green, yellow, red, to pink, orange, yellow, or purple are a must-have in your indoor atrium garden design.

    Crotons thrive in humus-rich, well-draining soil and need about one inch of water per week.

    Indoor atrium trees

    Here’s our top pick of trees for atriums with high ceilings.

    Fiddle leaf fig

    The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree with its large, heavily-veined, fiddle-shaped leaves can grow up to 6 feet tall.

    These trees prefer loamy, well-draining soil. Water them moderately during the spring and fall and sparingly during winter.

    Black Olive

    The Black Olive tree, or the Shady Lady as it is popularly known, offers a stunning display of leathery, bluish-green leaves.

    They prefer any well-drained soil type and have to be watered once a week. 

    Banana Leaf Fig

    The Banana leaf Fig tree or the Ficus Alii is a handsome palm-like tree with long, slender leaves. 

    These trees require evenly moist soil. Water it whenever the top 1 inch of the soil feels dry.


    If the air inside your indoor atrium is warm and dry, try planting these succulents.

    Jade plant

    The Jade plant features thick, woody stems, and fleshy round or oval leaves that are dark-green, or blue-gray.

    They prefer loose, rocky, well-draining soil. Water them once every 2 to 3 weeks.

    Snake plant

    Nicknamed mother-in-law's tongue, this tenacious plant displays stiff, sword-like, yellow-striped leaves and minuscule light green flowers. It is also one of the best air-purifying plants around.

    Snake plants appreciate a free-draining soil mix and need to be watered only when their soil is almost completely dry. So, what plants are you going to incorporate into your indoor atrium garden design? Any of these 15 will be suitable; call us today, tell us what you want for your atrium, and we’ll be happy to advise.