Love Monty Don's dreamy houseplant-filled shed? Here's how to recreate it

These are the best houseplants for your shed, if you want a lush garden hideaway to rival Monty Don's

Monty Don pictured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where they discussed their autobiographical story entitled 'The Jewel Garden' which describes their struggle against business failure and subsequent success.
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Desperately wondering where to find the best houseplants for your shed? You're not alone, and it's all because of Monty Don. (Isn't it always?).

The gardening guru might be famed for his more practical garden ideas (such as his tips on how to ripen green tomatoes and the best time to cut hedges), but he recently shared a photo of his houseplant-laden shed on Instagram.

Naturally, the pretty white room, with its whitewashed walls and bevy of indoor plants, has left his fans craving their own 'calm green space in the busy noisy world'.

Best houseplants for your shed

Filled to the brim with perfectly arranged succulents, monstera, spider plants, and more enviably healthy-looking house plants, Monty Don's shed has been branded 'heaven' and the 'perfect space' by fans on Instagram.

Usually, we'd call hyperbole – but check it out for yourself:

What did we tell you, eh? It's beautiful.

Still, before you empty your own shed of garden tools and start moving all of your favourite house plants in, there's more than a few things to consider first. Such as, for example, whether they'll actually survive in their new home.

'Before filling a space with plants you'll need to think first and foremost about the amount of natural light the plants will receive,' advise the experts at green rooms

'Many houseplants are native to jungles so are used to dappled light, meaning they will thrive in 'indirect light' (a bright position, avoiding direct sunlight which can burn their leaves).'

A selection of houseplants and water plants in glass jars positioned on a shelving unit inside a shed

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If your shed is on the sunnier side (and lucky you, if so), don't worry: you can still make it work as a houseplant-filled oasis. 'Cacti and succulents will enjoy a sunny spot where they are bathed in sunlight,' explain the green rooms team. 

'Other plants such as ferns, calathea, aspidistra will be happy with lower light levels. And it's also worth thinking about the temperature of your outdoor room, as most houseplants want a temperate of 12-18 degrees.'

Basically, yes, this means that you might want to take a lesson or two from the Swedish garden trend of pelargonsjuka and consider bringing your houseplants back inside when temperatures dip over the winter months.

The 7 best houseplants for your shed or summer house

A painted shed filled with and surrounded by house plants

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Ready to make like Monty Don and transform your shed into an indoor jungle?

Follow our lead, and make these hardy houseplants the stars of the show...

1. Marble queen pothos

A marble queen pothos - aka one of the best houseplants for a shed - up close

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A marble queen pothos is an 'easy-going climber, perfect for growing around the inside of a summer house,' promises the team at green rooms. 

Give this gorgeous plant plenty of natural light, and some fishing wire to climb along, and soon enough you'll have a jungle feel to your outdoor space.

2. Jade plant

A money plant sat by a window on the wooden shelf of a shed

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A jade plant is easily one of the best houseplants for your shed, largely because it can tolerate temperature variations. So, yes, you better believe that this succulent can even thrive beside an open window in the winter... just don't forget to water it every once in a while, OK? 

3. ZZ plant

A zz plant sitting in a wooden structure similar to a shed

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A ZZ plant doesn't just have one of the coolest names of all time: it also provides instant impact to a low-lit corner of your garden room. 'It can withstand drought and a draught and looks great in a contemporary style pot,' promise the experts at green rooms. 

4. Monstera

Monstera houseplant on a console table against a wood-panelled wall

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Extremely hardy and beautiful? No wonder the monstera rules supreme as one of the best houseplants for your shed (and has such a prominent position in Monty Don's garden hideaway, too). 

Fair warning, though: your monstera will die if temperatures dip below 15C, so be prepared to give them a place to stay when winter rolls around.

5. Cast iron plant

A cast iron plant in a wicker basket against a brown backdrop

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If you're working with low lighting in your shed, you need this houseplant in your life.

'The indestructible cast iron plant adds a luscious leafiness without needing lots of attention,' explain the experts at green rooms. 

Which basically means this: if you're prone to killing plants, this one's for you. 

6. Chinese evergreen

A chinese evergreen houseplant in a white pot

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Your houseplant wishes it were as low maintenance as the Chinese evergreen, quite frankly. It only needs watering every 5 to 10 days (ideal if you don't plan on nipping out to the shed every day) and it thrives best in low to bright indirect sunlight. Plus, you can get a pretty pastel pink variety over at Crocus for just £19.99...

7. A cacti collection

A collection of cacti in a shed filled with houseplants

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If you, like this writer, are fond of the very prickliest plants, then you will undoubtedly have already considered popping a cacti in your shed.

'For a sunny shed windowsill, you can't go wrong with a cacti collection,' explain the green rooms team. 'They'll thrive on neglect as long as they're in a sunny spot and are left to completely dry out before being watered.'

Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Blue Myrtle Cactus) and Echinopsis Subdenudata make a lovely pairing, if you're wondering.

And just like that, we have everything we need to transform our shed or summer house into a Monty Don-inspired oasis. Meet you in the garden with a cuppa, OK?

Can houseplants be kept outside in a shed?

'Before deciding which houseplants to go for in sheds and summer houses, consider how much sunlight you get in these areas,' says Chris Bonnett at, noting that this is the best way to decide what plants will thrive in them. 

'Spider plants, peace lilies and calathea ornata are some of our top picks to brighten up the spaces and will look great on display,' he contines.

'And, if your summer house is in partial shade then peace lilies are a great option as they thrive in low light. Spider plants and Calathea Ornata on the other hand will require more exposure to indirect sun.'


Can I put potted plants in shed for winter?

If your shed benefits from lots of light, it can be a good place to overwinter potted plants and houseplants during the colder months. However, if you're not blessed with natural light in your garden room, there is a solution if you have an electricity supply, as a grow light can be set on a timer to mimic natural light. 

'These grow lights from Grow Gang are so simple to set up, clip on to a handy shelf and can even be controlled with an app on your phone,' promises the team at green rooms.

Kayleigh Dray
Acting Content Editor

Kayleigh Dray became Ideal Home’s Acting Content Editor in the spring of 2023, and is very excited to get to work. She joins the team after a decade-long career working as a journalist and editor across a number of leading lifestyle brands, both in-house and as a freelancer.