Flowering Houseplants for Sunny Spots That Thrive in a Sunny Window

Flowering houseplants for sunny spots

Last Updated on February 19, 2024 by Kimberly Crawford

A sunny window brings blooms to anthurium, lipstick plant, goldfish plant, begonias, peace lily, kalanchoe, and more indoor plants.

Flowering plants bloom best in bright natural light. In a window that receives bright sun all day, however, tender plants may burn. For a window with constant sun through the heat of mid-day, a cactus garden may be the answer.

Many cactus flowers are exquisite. An arrangement of several varieties in a sunny window makes a handsome display.

A bright window with diffused sun or some mid-day shade is ideal for a wide variety of flowering houseplants. Following are flowering plants for bright windows with some protection from blazing sun.

10 Flowering houseplants for sunny spots 

#1 Flamingo Flower (Anthurium)

Flamingo Flower (Anthurium) plant

These striking plants have triangular to heart-shaped leaves on upright stems.

Flowers are composed of a brilliantly colored spathe surrounding a white spike of tiny true flowers.

#2 Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)

Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)

These trailing plants have long been popular for hanging baskets.

They produce a profusion of red flowers at the end of their stems.

They are easy to grow and can last for years.

#3 African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

This is another long-time favorite that can bloom almost continually.

It’s important to water it from the bottom by filling the drip tray and letting it absorb the water.

#4 Begonia (Begoniaceae family)

Begonia (Begoniaceae family)

The Rex Begonia, with its colorful foliage, is one of the most popular indoor plants of this family.

But for flowers, hybrids of the Wax Begonia are a good choice.

The small red and pink flowers will bloom almost continually.

#5 Orchids (Orchidaceae family)

Orchids (Orchidaceae family)

There are hundreds of varieties of orchids in a vast array of colors.

Many are relatively easy to grow, but each has its own growing requirements.

It’s best to ask for exact growing directions from the nursery experts where the orchid is purchased.

#6 Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae family)

Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae family)

These are becoming increasing popular because of their tall, striking central flowers.

The flowers, which are actually composed of colored bracts, can last for a long time.

When they fade, new shoots generally have begun growing and will produce new flowers.

#7 Crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii)

Crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii)

This small plant from Africa blooms in winter with red flowers that look somewhat like tiny poinsettia flowers.

It has thorny stems and bushy foliage.

It likes to stay warm.

#8 Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

White-flag is another name for this handsome plant.

A large white spathe hugging a central spike makes up the flower.

In bright light it can produce numerous flowers.

It can grow quite large with flowers rising on tall stems, like “white flags.”

#9 Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

This plant has fleshy leaves and bunches of small flowers in a variety of colors that rise above the foliage.

It’s a popular indoor plant that can tolerate full sun.

It blooms in winter and spring and sometimes year-round.

#10 Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus gregarious)

Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus gregarious)

This trailing plant is easy to grow and ideal for hanging baskets.

The orange flowers resemble goldfish, giving rise to its name.

Growth slows in winter, and it should be watered sparingly at that time.


Flowering houseplants can offer color, blooms and a bit of nature, even when outdoor gardens have died back for winter.