Known for its waxy, heart-shaped flowers with a prominent stamen in the center, this plant needs to be watered every one to two with occasional fertilizing, so they’re not low maintenance, but not high maintenance, either.
Chinese Money Plants
Bright, indirect sun is ideal for this plant, but be careful with waterings: It requires a “drench and dry” approach (water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out) along with weekly mistings. The unusual round leaves make a dramatic impression, so it’s best to keep the pot simple, like this display from The Joy of Plants.
Plant expert Jen Stearns calls the alocasia plant a “really showy” option that features defined stems with one leaf on each stem, but has a lot of variations (some leaves have thick, white veins, while others look like sting rays!) They like to dry out between waterings, and require some misting, too.
These plants belong on the wall. Take a look at Vitamini Handmade’s tutorial to find out how she created this vertical display.
A small arabica coffee plant won’t be able to cover your coffee habit, but coffee plants are beautiful and simple to take care of, and you might just obtain enough beans every once in a while to roast and brew your own cup. If they get too dry, they’ll let you know—you’ll see the leaves get super droopy, but they’ll go back to normal once you give them a good water. Coffee plants also like medium indirect light.
Place it in an elevated planter to add interest to an empty corner in your hall, as seen here at A House in the Hills.
Bright but indirect light is best for this plant, which people often put in common spaces of their homes, like the living room. Water it every few days to keep the soil moist at all times. Since this plant is full and features many leaves, opt for a simple, white pot.
The crocodile fern appropriately gets its name from the crocodile-skin like texture of its leaves, giving it a more interesting look than your typical fern. It’s not hard to take care of, per se, but it does require frequent care, making it a better option for someone who has the time to really nurture their plants.
These plants thrive in natural light and only have to be watered once a week during the spring and summer and every three weeks during the fall and winter. Buy one big cactus, or buy a variety of small ones and plant them together in a colorful terrarium to create a simple centerpiece.
Go with indirect sunlight (too direct and the leaf color will fade) and evenly moist soil that’s not wet or dry. To show off the colorful leaves, choose a white pot for this plant.
Aloe loves the sun and only requires water once a week, allowing the soil to dry completely in between. Put your plant in a tall pot that keeps the leaves off the table. If you’re feeling extra creative, paint a rounded pot like a pineapple before adding the aloe like Lines Across.
Spiky leaves that grow upwards and have a red outline makes the name of this plantabsolutely perfect. But direct sunlight could damage them—so give this guy some sun and some shade. The statement-making leaves pair perfectly with a modern pot.
These plants only require medium light for a few hours every day and waterings every few days after the soil has completely dried. To help the deep green leaves with red tips on this plant pop, put it in a pot that’s just as vibrant and striking.
This plant requires medium to low light and only needs to be watered when the top of the soil is dry. Juxtapose the organic shape of the leaves with a modern planter like this DIY option from Pretty Nice.
Fiddle Leaf Figs
Bright, indirect light is ideal. Only water this plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. Place it in a corner to create a dramatic focal point, like in this apartment over at Design*Sponge.
Put your plant in a pot that gives it room to grow or train it around a sculptural form to create a topiary, like All Things Heart and Home.
Care for the pothos with bright, indirect light and moderate waterings (never allowing the soil to become water-logged). Blogger Little White Whaleupgraded a standard terra cotta pot into a charming sculpture, which brings more impact to the leafy plant.
Bright, indirect light and occasional waterings make the spider plant one of the easiest to care for. Show off the curved leaves with a hanging planter for even more drama.
Indirect light is best and you should also give them plenty of water, being careful not to over-saturate the soil. Hang the pot from a modern macrame holder or plant it in a woven basket for a boho feel.
String of Pearls
You’ll quickly have lengthy strands of pearls by leaving the plant in bright, indirect light with enough water to keep the soil steadily moist. Put yours in a hanging pot that allows the plant to cascade over the sides.