For enthusiasts on the cutting edge of trendy indoor plants, finding the next stunning specimen is an exciting challenge. Depending on where you live, these can also be outdoor plants and architectural plants for your patio space.
Chasing Aesthetic Room Plants
There are many reasons to collect and care for houseplants, and aesthetics is a big one. Plants in the home can make your air cleaner, boost your mood, and ease stress, but owning plants simply because they look good is valid.
To maintain your stunning collection of aesthetically pleasing houseplants, you need to keep searching. Here are five beautiful plants you might not have considered and that would look good in any home.
Unique and Attractive Plants for Your Collection
This list includes some old favorites many trendy collectors might have forgotten about as well as new specimens you have to see. From tall architectural indoor plants and aesthetic floor plants to something smaller for a desk or countertop, these five plants should be next on your list:
- Japanese Aralia Fatsia japonica, or Japanese aralia is a pretty houseplant or outdoor container plant that likes partial shade. It grows slowly enough to make a good houseplant that won’t quickly outgrow its container. What makes this plant special is its pretty foliage. The unique leaves are large, glossy, green, and deeply lobed, almost hand-shaped. You can find different varieties with varying colors and variegation.
- Asparagus Fern Asparagus densiflorus is an old-school houseplant making a comeback because of its ornamental foliage. This isn’t actually a fern, but the name describes how it looks. The ferny, needle-like leaves create a unique, soft texture that is striking against other plants or a solid-colored indoor wall. Give it a spot with indirect light and take it outdoors in warmer weather for fresh air.
- Peacock Plant The common names say it all for Calathea makoyana. In addition to peacock plant, it also goes by cathedral windows. Native to tropical South America, the leaves of this compact houseplant are so delicately striped, it looks like someone painted on the pattern. This pretty plant thrives in humidity, warmth, and low, indirect light.
- Tiger Aloe Aloe variegata is another foliage stunner. The leaves are the classic, spiky and fleshy leaves of other aloes, but the coloring is completely unique. The variegation ranges from white to yellow and spotty to strictly striped. You’ll also get tall stalks with striking red flowers with this plant. Maintenance is easy with minimal watering needs and its tolerance of partial shade.
- Ponytail Palm This is a great choice for a floor plant. Beaucarnea recurvata is a broadleaf evergreen from southeastern Mexico that can grow up to eight feet (2.4 m) tall with a five-foot (1.5 m) spread. The name ponytail comes from the fact that the thin, straight trunk erupts in an exuberant spray of long leaves that resemble the hairstyle. Give this plant a sunny window and drier conditions for best results.