Plant trends—like fashion trends—change from year to year.
But, unlike fashion, we don’t always discard our houseplants when they are no longer in-style. Incorporating new plants into our home décor, however, is always a great idea.
The Flower Council has created a 2018 “Houseplant of the Month” guide which includes plants we already know and plants we should get to know. A few of them, we tend to think of only as outdoor plants but will thrive indoors with a bit of care.
Much like a painting, a houseplant can transform any room.
Unlike a painting, a houseplant can make our indoor air quality better. Décor-wise, houseplants are a win-win.
So, say it out loud, “Who has two green thumbs and knows the latest plant trends? Me!”
Dracaena is an understandable plant trend because it’s considered an easy-care plant. Just plop one on the floor in front of a sunny window and let Mother Nature do all the work.
Dracaena was popular in the 1960’s so it’s an appropriate plant for mid-century modern décor such as a Saarinen chair.
Technically, Primrose isn’t an indoor plant, but you can plant them outdoors after they’re done flowering.
Primrose comes in a variety of colors so it’s easy to find the right pop of color to match your décor rather than buying new accessories to match your plants.
Primrose are small, so they are perfect for bookshelves or small tables.
Muscari—better known as Grape Hyacinth—will need 10 weeks of cold to force the bulbs. After planting the bulbs, keep them in a cold space starting in early fall for winter blooms.
This plant trend is particularly timely since purple is the “in” color this year.
Blooming Muscari on a springtime flowered table cloth will chase away the winter blues.
Hydrangeas are thirsty, so expect to water them daily. Your hard work will be rewarded with stunning, large blooms.
Like Primrose, Hydrangea is a temporary houseplant. If you have guests visiting, place a Hydrangea plant on the dresser for a classic B&B feel.
The Ficus Bonsai is the easiest of these Zen plants to grow indoors, so it’s a good plant trend to follow if you’re a beginner gardener.
Bonsai plants are associated with Asia, so they work well with Asian décor and the color red. They also are the perfect plant for an office because of their Zen-like quality.
Chrysanthemums are often thought of as outdoor plants, but they will bloom indoors for 3-4 weeks.
Three small Chrysanthemums in different colored pots would be pretty on a small table. A flowered pillow in a nearby chair would pull the look together.
Succulents are difficult to kill, so they’re a convenient and practical plant trend and always in vogue. Just make sure you let them dry out completely before watering again.
Succulents have a desert feel so they look great with any Southwest décor.
Devil’s Ivy is poisonous to cats so only get one if you’re a dog person.
This plant works well in a hanging basket so it’s perfect next to a window with sheer curtains.
They can grow more than 8-ft. so you can train them to grow around your window negating the need for a valance or any additional window treatment.
Orchids look great on a windowsill, so curtain tiebacks or a simple valance are essential.
They are perfect for a sunroom or a sitting room which has a somewhat tropical feel. Orchids are spectacular when grouped together.
You can’t always protect your plants from your pets, but you can protect your pets from your plants.
A pet-friendly plant trend is one all pet-lovers can get behind.
Prayer plants, Boston ferns, Bamboo and Spider plants are all non-toxic to cats and dogs, but nevertheless, always do research before bringing a plant into a pet-friendly home.
Don’t put these plants into an expensive container—or near a white couch-- if your cats love to knock them over. Try to place your plants where your pets can’t do harm.
Rhipsalis sounds like a cholesterol drug.
Fortunately, it’s better known as Mistletoe Cactus. This plant can become 6-ft. tall (or is it long?) if not pruned properly.
The sheer size of the plant would work well in a great room or a sunny foyer because it makes such a statement.
Also known as Anthurium, the Flamingo Flower is a real plant that looks completely fake.
The tropical flower would look great in a tiki room with Hawaiian touches. If you want to say, “Mele Kalikimaka” instead of “Merry Christmas” adopt this plant trend for Christmas.
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