Sure, we all know home trends may come and go, but did you realize that plants can also be just as trendy? Even the greenery in your home may be in one day – and out the next. So to keep you up to date, our plant expert Nick is back this week, and sharing what plants are totally in – and will also look amazing in your home. Take it away, Nick!
Let’s be clear about one thing: Plant trends definitely come and go. What’s “in” now may not be popular next year, and just because something is considered “rare” doesn’t make it more special than any other plant in your collection. In fact, rare plants are often dictated by industry demand more than anything else, and no matter how common or “basic” your plant collection might be, it doesn’t detract from the quality of your plant parenting.
Of course, there are the classic “it” plants that have been popular for years, like monsteras, philodendrons, and anthuriums (personally I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Philodendron vericosum), but these beauties can sometimes be quite pricey. That’s why I put together this list of trendy plants that won’t break the bank. Many belong to classic plant families you’re probably familiar with but have a modern twist that makes them stand out.
While there here are endless “it” plants to choose from, here are the species I’ve been most excited about lately. And be sure to check out my post 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Taking Care Of Plants for even more plant parent info!
Discover A Different Ficus
Sorry Bobby, but the classic Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) is a no for me. Sure, it is stunningly beautiful when healthy, but they are notoriously fickle and cause more than their fair share of heartache for plant parents. That said, the ficus family in general is very diverse and has a slew of more resilient species that will perform inside your living room. Ficus Altissima has large oval leaves with a lemon-lime variegation, Ficus Audrey’s smaller green leaves are soft and almost fuzzy to the touch and Ficus elastica comes in all kinds of colors. The Ficus Elastica Tineke is a personal favorite because of its creamy brush-stroked leaf coloration, but the ruby is a close second that will add a pop of color to your greenery.
Come To The Dark Side
Most indoor jungles are obviously filled with bright green colors, but what if you want to bring a moodier, darker aesthetic into your space? Believe it or not, many traditional plants have a “dark side” with nearly black foliage like the Zz Raven (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia ‘Dowon’). People have been sleeping on the Zz plant for a while (pun intended) but this black variety is shocking to see and a sturdy, low-maintenance addition to your plant family. Alocasia Regal Shield is another show stopper, and its soft black leaves with brighter green stems is a remarkable combo. If black isn’t your thing, look for deeper reds like the Rex Begonia.
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Pull The Strings
Why does pothos get all the credit and attention when looking for a trailing plant? Don’t get me wrong, I love a lush, fast-growing Pothos, but there are an increasing number of trailing options that can cascade over your plant shelf. The “string” plants (string of pearls, string of hooks, string of dolphins, string of turtles, etc.) are highly underrated but are starting to grow in popularity. Many of these species are in the succulent family and do not require much water, and their small leaves are ideal for narrower spaces. My String of Turtles (Peperomia prostrata) is my favorite plant in my collection, and it doesn’t take up much space.