Safety tip: Always check the plant’s label to make sure it’s safe to have in a home with children or pets, as some plants can be toxic if ingested. If you have any questions, please speak with one of our Team Members in-store.
This long-lived evergreen is virtually indestructible, requiring minimal maintenance. It is beloved for its striking look: spear-like, stiff leaves in dark greens, some with yellow strips on the edge. (These leaves can be sharp, so keep out-of-reach of young hands!) Along with creating an architectural statement in your home, this plant is also a fantastic air-purifier, absorbing toxins. (Check out our guide to the best indoor plants for health.)
Calathea are some of the most mesmerising plants found in nature. Their foliage comes in a range of eye-popping patterns and colours – even the undersides of the leaves are works of art. These tropical plants can be a bit particular about the care they receive, preferring indirect light. However, once you get the hang of looking after them, they reward you with beauty and leaves that open and close at different times of the day. They are also non-toxic, making them an ideal plant for homes with children or pets. (Take a look at our guide to five pet-friendly indoor plants.)
Tip: If plants aren’t doing well in one location, move them around until you find a place they thrive.
The peace lily is one of the most recognisable indoor plants, with emerald-green foliage crowned by snow-white flowers in eye-pleasing ovals. (This flower form is known as a ‘spadix’.) These popular plants come in several different varieties, including large foliaged forms. They are beautiful, hardy, and easy to grow (just avoid direct sunlight and keep the water up to avoid them drooping). Like sansevieria, spathiphyllum is also a natural air-purifier.
Zanzibar gems (also known as ZZ plants) are slow-growing, low-maintenance lovelies. Their long stems are lush with shiny, waxy, oval-shaped leaves, giving them an exotic air, guaranteed to brighten any corner. (They prefer indirect light.) These plants are perfect for people who want a hardy plant that is a little something different.
Phalaenopsis orchids are popular indoor plants due to their tropical flair and colourful blooms, which range from shell-pink to cerise to speckled yellow. Their flowers can last for up to three months from the bud, and you can coax them to flower again if you are patient. Despite their delicate appearance and hothouse, exotic vibe, these orchids are easy to grow. (They prefer a bright area not in direct sunlight; avoid overwatering.)
These showy, sturdy plants are highly prized additions in homes and offices. They have large, ornate leaves in greens, whites and creams, providing a lush vibe. Dieffenbachias are fast-growing, reaching heights of .6 metres within a year of planting, and commonly growing to 1.5 metres in size. (Avoid overwatering.)
Tip: Sometimes it helps to turn plant pots around, in order to allow for light variations.
Fiddle leaf figs have lustrous, wide, violin-shaped leaves in a verdant green. They are ideal for creating a backdrop of luxurious fresh foliage in your home and are favourites with interior designers. Fiddle leaf figs grow upright, reaching heights of three to four metres in height. (They therefore need large pots to accommodate them.)
Also known as elephant’s ear, Alocasia has large, eye-catching leaves shaped like hearts or arrows. These textured leaves make this plant an ideal choice for the centrepiece of a room, as it adds immediate style and charm. Alocasia is fast-growing, often producing a new leaf every week during the warm summer months. (It naturally goes dormant during colder, drier months, waiting for the next growing season.) Under the right conditions, it will even bloom!
Monstera has large and unusually segmented leaves, which makes this popular, glossy green plant easily identifiable. Monstera is the plant you want if you’re looking for a rainforest feel in your home. In its natural habitat, this climbing evergreen can reach up to 20 metres, but as an indoor potted plant it grows to around two metres tall and one metre wide.
Syngonium, also known as arrowhead vines, is a bushy and versatile plant with a big personality. It is popular for a couple of reasons. For starters, it’s easy to care for, which makes it especially well-suited to brand new plant owners. It also comes in a wide variety of colours, from strawberry-pink to green to variegated white-and-green. Although this plant starts off compact, it is fast-growing and quickly spreads out, unfurling large, arrowhead-shaped leaves. Don’t be afraid to start pruning, as they’ll grow back fuller, creating a lush look that’s perfect for a bookcase or side-table.
Check out this guide for keeping your potted plants healthy year-round.
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