Give life (literally) to a bare wall, empty table or dull corner in your home. Easy to care for houseplants are the most stylish home accessory splashed across pages of design publications, blogs and Pinterest! Forget the dusty, artificial Ficus tree or droopy hanging plant at grandma’s house. Houseplants are on trend and an easy way to add high style to your home. We love this quote from Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow, whose design aesthetic and lifestyle blog centers around houseplants and living arrangements.
Here are our top 5 favorite stylish houseplants.
Succulents are everywhere! They are easy to care for and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Succulents are the perfect introduction to gardening for those who feel a bit intimidated keeping something alive. Succulents have fleshy leaves that store water. Give Succulents the same care as you would cacti (cacti are a distinct group of succulents). The social news site Buzzfeed thinks succulents are the “best plants ever” and has some great ideas for how to use them.
Most succulents have a rosette shape while others can be trailing or upright. With age, the stems may become woody. Succulents can be grown indoor in a high light area and then moved outside in late spring through the summer. From modern arrangement to tablescapes to living walls, succulents provide a wide range of options for interior design. Elle Decor uses succulents, cacti and Air Plants to perfectly style a coffee table.
4. Snake Plant
Often called the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, this plant (Sanseveria) comes in fantastic shades of greens, whites, yellows and blues. It’s thick, upright leaves and rigid structure provide great textural interest indoors. The Snake Plant is easy to care for and is great for improving indoor air quality. Design blog and magazine, Domaine Home, call the Snake Plant an interior design “up and comer”.
The Snake Plant can tolerate from low to bright light. Water the plant moderately from spring to autumn but allow it to dry out between waterings. The Snake Plant may be pruned to soil level to keep the foliage looking fresh.
Ferns are not just for front porches. From Rabbit’s Foot and Bird’ Nests to Staghorn and Elkhorn varieties, ferns can add whimsical interest to a coffee table, gallery wall or fireplace mantle.
The design website Apartment Therapy says a “Confident Focal Point” is something all “impossibly chic people have”. They use this image of a hanging Staghorn Fern to illustrate that point:
Ferns can be modern and stylish but a fern is nothing if not traditional as shown in this parlor entrance in New England Home Magazine.
Care for ferns varies greatly depending on variety. Give us a call or stop by our greenhouse for detailed care instructions for your favorite fern.
Palm trees don’t have to stay in the tropics or deep south, they can make the perfect addition to a nook that needs height. Boho chic, Feng Shui or Traditional; a Palm is the a great touch for any aesthetic. Palms for indoor, like many other houseplants, come in many different varieties.(from Lonny Magazine)
Majesty, Umbrella, Fishtail, Neanthe Bella, Fan and Kentia are all popular and easy varieties to care for in the home. Care and light exposure depend on the variety that you choose. Be sure you choose the correct palm for the correct space, taking note of the mature height of the plant. Don’t forget to think outside of the box when choosing a houseplant location. Check out this potted palm in an all white bathroom found in Traditional Home.
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig may be one of the most stylish and popular houseplants. You would be hard pressed to flip through the pages of a great design magazine and not see at least one room with a Fiddle Leaf Fig tucked in the corner or acting as an anchor to a room’s look and feel. Here’s what we mean:
Fiddle Leaf Figs are the largest leaved variety of Ficus that will produce a handsome tree for your indoor garden. They can slowly grow up to 10 feet tall, prefer indirect or bright light and average house temperature. It is best to allow the soil to dry out between watering.
This is a short list of our most popular houseplant varieties. The possibilities of decorating your home with living greenery are endless. Check out our Pinterest Page for more green design inspiration.