The ideal complement to modern interiors, a well-placed pop of green can really make your home sing.
The mother-in-law’s tongue has become popular with home owners. Picture: Getty Images
Yet the most challenging part of choosing indoor plants for the home is knowing which ones are best suited to certain rooms.
There are lots of specialist indoor plant shops popping up across the country, and there are even ‘plant consultants’ who will visit your home to discuss which plants will work within.
But for those who would rather DIY, here is a list of the best indoor plants that are trending right now divided into two categories – plants that thrive in bright, filtered light and plants that will survive in almost any condition.
Rooms with bright, filtered light
There are plenty of great plant options around if your room has lots of bright, filtered light.
Fiddle leaf fig
You would have to have been living under a rock to have not seen one of these in the last few years.
Their popularity has exploded and for good reason – they can grow up to two metres when in a pot and lend a fabulous, sculptural quality to the indoors.
The fiddle leaf fig plant is best placed near a window that gives them access to bright filtered light – direct sun can burn their leaves.
These little guys have been popping up in hospitality venues and on design blogs for a while now and, contrary to popular thought, they do actually require more than air to survive.
They will need a regular water misting with a spray bottle and a room with bright, filtered light. Place them in a glass vessel and hang them from the ceiling for an unique take on the indoor plant trend.
Another plant variety that thrives on bright, indirect light, the zizi plant is exceptionally hardy though it is slow growing – something to be mindful of if you’re after a larger plant.
Hardy and relatively fast growing, these trees thrive inside given the right conditions.
They can also grow to rather epic proportions which makes them perfect for a large empty space longing for a dose of dense foliage.
The best thing about this variety is how tall they can grow. An established umbrella tree can look super cool in the right pot and thrives in indirect sunlight and humid environs.
Low light rooms
Plants that work in low light are definitely harder to come by but these two varieties should tolerate dim-lit spaces better than most.
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria)
This plant’s moniker is a reference to its long, sharp leaves and while it prefers bright light, it’s incredibly robust and can tolerate most conditions.
They’ve had a recent resurgence due to their architectural lines making them a lovely complement to modern spaces.
This trailing plant can grow to ten metres in length and looks great when planted in a hanging pot or plant on a stand – the trailing vine makes quite a statement.
This variety can tolerate low light too, making it a good option for that dark corner in your lounge room.
Date: 23rd August 2016
Author: Naomi Findlay