Biophilia has come back in a big way in 2019 and even just a cursory look at the tea leaves suggests this trend is only going to get bigger in 2020. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more plants into your home, but are stumped about where to start, this is our list of the lowest maintenance, best value, and – importantly – most uniquely beautiful plants to liven up your home.
And once you’ve got them, if you need further tips on caring for these unkillable plants, be sure to check out our tried-and-tested guide!
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(Citrus × meyeri)
We love the fresh smell of citrus. These lemon trees are low maintenance and have regular, lemon scented blossoms before bearing bright yellow fruit. Pick up a dwarf or mid-sized plant and – with just moderate light – they can be bring the perfect addition; lush greens, fresh scents and a pop of colour. Perfect.
The beautiful, large fanned leaves bring such character.
(Fidel Ficus Lyrata)
The rich dark green of the fiddle-leaf fig has been almost unavoidable in recent years, and with good reason! These hardy plants can withstand your worst mistreatment.
The clean lines of the rubber plant’s profile, matched with the rich dark greens of the leaves and stem, make this a beautiful option for a low maintenance plant.
Got a bookshelf in a dark corner? Try draping a Devil’s ivy from it and you can instantly bring it to life.
The pop of colour that a bromeliad can bring an exciting touch of drama.
These jungle plants have only recently started to appear in interior designs and aren’t they amazing. Get a touch of the rain forest in your own home!
That 70s Fern! The Boston Fern is still an easy to maintain option for anyone looking for a touch of green (and a hint of retro cool).
Living up to it’s name, the Neon Pothos can bring an intense alternative colour to your palette. These colours may not work in every room, but when they do they’re out of this world.
If you like your greens with a blushing pink, then the Tricolor Stromanthe is for you!
We love the piles of green that the Philodendron Xanadu brings to a room.
If you’re looking for something other than green, the False Shamrock is a fantastic alternative. Striking, rich purple variations are an amazing feature to bring a pop of colour.
Rich greens with shocks of white and yellow
Orchids are famously temperamental, so can they really earn their place on a list of “unkillable” plants?
Introducing, the moth orchid, a variety that can handle the dry warmth of central heating without giving up the ghost.
(Aloe barbadensis miller)
Not just handy for burns
If you like plants with bite, maybe try a Giant Fly Trap. Their beautiful reds and greens make them colourful additions to a room, and their ability to help out with your insect problem makes them almost more like a pet than a plant.
You’ve probably spotted Lucky Bamboo in all sorts of florists lately, and why not? These plants can last!
Olive trees are not only long-living survivors, when grown for indoors, they can bring an elegance that is really exquisite.
Banana plants are having a moment. Their grandeur can be a spectacular statement in a room, and their hardy nature means that, while they may be expensive, they’re likely to last.
Everyone thinks of succulents when they’re looking for plants that are hard to kill, but for many, succulents start and stop with cacti, but succulents don’t have to be spiny. The blue prince not only doesn’t bite, it also flowers in gorgeous, contrasting pinks and oranges.