The Best Houseplants for Your Interior Design Theme
A stunning houseplant can elevate an interior design plan and spark conversation. Here are some of the best houseplants to help you create an interior aesthetic that’s Instagram-worthy.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)
Laden with wide, imposing leaves, staghorn ferns really compel the eye without overwhelming a room. Each leaf has a distinctive shape reminiscent of deer antlers, which is how the houseplant attained its name. In the wild, these plants grow atop other vegetation, so at home they need to be grown from hanging baskets or mounted on boards. Although they can be a little difficult to grow, staghorn ferns are worth the effort if you’re looking for a uniquely attractive plant that can double as a conversation starter.
The Adanson’s Monstera
Also known as the five holes plant, The Adanson’s Monstera (Monstera Adansonii) is a flowering species from the Araceae family that grows all over much of Central America and South America. It can also be found in the West Indies islands and is quite common near river valleys at lower elevations. Often called the Swiss cheese plant, Adansonii has photogenic lacy leaves and trailing vines, which make it ideal for a hanging basket. It’s a great choice for pots that sit up on a high shelf or bookcase, where a little pop of warmth and color can make all the difference.
One of the most interesting indoor plants, Rex Begonias are favorites among plant breeders. Despite the plant’s exotic appearance, it’s actually quite easy to grow. Since it’s a relatively diminutive houseplant, Rex Begonia is perfect for tabletops and desks where its variegated, wildly colorful foliage creates a compelling contrast against other houseplants. To make your Rex Begonia even more eye-catching, you can dress it up by growing it in a pot that complements colors in the foliage, whether its red, pink, purple or even black.
With some of the most exotic leaves you will ever see, caladiums are one of the most Instagram-worthy indoor plants around. Much like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Each plant develops stunning foliage with colorful patterns that vary from leaf to leaf. Some of the most attractive options, such as the White Queen and Candida, are almost completely white with bold pink or green veins. These beautiful tropical shade dwellers are a breathtaking choice for contemporary interior designs in need of a little sleek, understated color.
Named for Bartolomeo Maranta, a celebrated Italian botanist and physician of the sixteenth century, this unique plant is known for its strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves. Also known as the prayer plant, Maranta gets this moniker because its leaves remain flat during the day and fold up like praying hands when the sun sets. The popular tricolor Maranta has velvety, deep green leaves with arching red veins and yellowish splotches. A mature plant will have expansive leaves that drape down from a short center stem, which allows it to fill out an interior planter quite nicely.
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