Five Hot Houseplants
What’s hot in the houseplant world? Here are five fabulous plants that get high praise from style makers. Take a look.
Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)
Even if you don’t know the name of this plant, you’ve seen Monstera leaves everywhere: at weddings, in ads, in the rooms of the rich and famous. Here’s what a recent article from Racked says:
"'The Monstera is everywhere you turn, and everyone wants one in their space,' says Charlotte Parker, the social manager of Apartment Therapy’s Instagram, who estimates that Monstera leaves are featured in more than 25 percent of interior design content she sees on Instagram."
See the whole article on Racked.
Calathea (Calathea sp.)
“Patterned plants” are the new thing, according to several sources. Calathea features some of the most interesting patterns around.
Also called peacock plant and rattlesnack plant (after a couple of famous “patterned” animals), calathea adds instant color and texture to any room. Design blog Italian Bark says this about using this plant in indoor décor:
"Searches for 'patterned plants' on Pinterest grow up +533% this year. This means that, while plants indoor is still a popular trend, the favourite houseplants have a more vibrant and patterned foliage."
See the whole article from Italian Bark.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
Did you know that your love of your fiddle leaf fig might be thanks to our human mothering/fathering instinct. Here’s what Gardenista has to say:
“Nature has wired us to feel protective of babies, with their oversize, floppy heads. The big, round leaves of a fiddle-leaf fig tree make it the houseplant equivalent of a newborn—and the “it” accessory for a generation of interior designers.”
Read the whole article from Gardenista.
Also this: This stunning indoor plant is a favorite designer pick and for good reason. As Mamie Kostka from Page|Duke Landscape Architects explains, “One of our favorite plants for indoors is the fiddle leaf fig. The interior designers really love them too with their structural shape and dynamic leaf size. They look especially great in pairs and with the more branches they get.”
Read the whole article at Page|Duke.
Pothos has been a favorite for years. And years. But it’s still a top pick because it is beautiful, stylish, and, according to the writeup in Wikipedia, “almost impossible to kill.” “The plant has a multitude of common names including golden pothos, hunter's robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy and taro vine. It is also called devil's vine or devil's ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and it stays green even when kept in the dark.”
Read the whole entry.
And see more -- including top varieties -- in our Guide to Pothos and Philodendron.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
A great starter plant (because it is so low maintenance), snake plant also offers big impact to a room. This plant is ideal for lower-light interiors (and we all have some rooms that are light challenged). They have a striking vertical presence, too. From StyleBlueprint magazine: “With its long and angular striped leaves and deep green color, snake plant is another interior design darling right now.” Read the whole article at StyleBlueprint.