Finding the perfect plants to compliment the style of your home can be quite a challenge. Just like furniture and interiors, plants have specific aesthetics that may or may not flatter your home. Besides identifying the style of plant you'd like, a decorator must consider the care needs of a specific plant as well. Whether your space is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, there is a plant out there that will perfectly suit your lifestyle!
This collection of plants with bold textures and shapes compliment a classic interior. A mix of low and higher maintenance is required for this crew. The soft, structural needles of Norfolk Pine add a layer of texture to a room. They do best in a environment with high humidity in a light soil mixture. A bright room with indirect light is perfect for this specimen.
The Curly Lipstick plant also does well in a bright room away from the windows. This variety of Lipstick plant has curly, trailing foliage and is perfect for a coffee table or a plant hanger. Also good for a plant hanger is the Brazil Philodendron. The leaves are a mix of dark and light greenery and produce an attractive pattern. This plant can tolerate lower light levels and might be a good option for an office setting with low light.
Air Plants continue to be a favorite since they are very low maintenance and they do not require soil so they can be displayed in a variety of ways. They require bright, indirect light. To water, simply give them a quick bath for a few minutes, shake them dry and set them back intheir vessel.
With the exception of the Hoya, this selection of plants is for someone who is very knowledgable in plant care. These plants will be best for a room with indirect light. Maidenhair Ferns, while one of our favorites for their delicate, graceful foliage, are the trickiest of all ferns to keep alive. They require high levels of humidity and very consistent watering. They are not forgiving if you forget to water. If you do not have the time for plant maintenance, but love the idea of ferns, try a Bird's Nest Fern.
Fiddle Leaf Ficus are another trending plant that can cause some anxiety for their owners. Like the ferns, they need consistent watering. Like with other ficus, the shock of being moved around can cause them to drop leaves. But hang in there! Once you understand their natural characteristics and give them they care they need you will get along just fine!
Hoya are the easiest of this bunch. Part of the succulent family, they could take the most direct sunlight of this grouping. Although a little rare, they have been known to produce delicate, sweet smelling flowers.
Groupings of smaller plants in interesting vessels are perfect for small spaces. Here, we are featuring a couple of our favorite vessels with companion plants. Baby Tears are delicate trailing plants that are relatively easy to care for. Since their foliage is so dainty, it’s best to water the soil directly.
Phalaenopsis Orchids have a bit of a reputation for being high maintenance, but they are really quite easy to care for as long as you know a couple of key characteristics about these sophisticated bloomers. They do not like to sit in water, so it is best to keep them in their grower’s pot masked by a decorative container so you can take them out to water them and let the water drain through. In nature, these plants grow on trees, not in soil, so their roots need to have water pass through their potting material rather than soak. Some people are able to get them to rebloom with ease, and others aren’t so lucky. It can take a while for them to rebloom (months - to a year), so if you are on the less patient side this might not be something you are able to do.
Uncommon varieties of favorite houseplants, these plants are noteworthy for their uniqueness. Both enjoy a good dose of sunlight and are perfect for open concept floor plans with a lot of windows. Aptly named, the vining Swiss Cheese Monstera climbs up a pole and is good for a bright corner with it’s tall and narrow shape. This plant is grows rather quickly compared to others. Cuttings from this plant can be rooted and shared with friends to grow their very own. With a lot of blush-toned trends in interiors right now, the Ficus Ruby is a perfect household accessory. Both of these plants are easy-going and require basic plant maintenance.
Modern ease is the theme with this trio. Each of them can tolerate a variety of light conditions, which make them popular for sun-lit lofts or semi-dreary office buildings. The Zamioculas (or ZZ) plant is a favorite with people who consider themselves to be “black thumbs”. They are tolerant of sporadic watering cycles. These plants prefer to be rootbound, so it’s best to keep it in it’s grower’s pot until it’s bursting.
Sansevieria are perfect for a modern setting and are narrow enough for corners or clustered in a grouping. The typical coloring is green and white or green and yellow, but there are some interesting varieties such as “Bantels Sensation” with a grey-ish green and white pattern. Like the ZZ, this plant is very easy to care for and tolerates a range of conditions. To pop in a little color, the Bromeliads are making a comeback. With centers bursting in pinks, reds, oranges or yellows, you can make a splash in a modern room with this plant.