The Chic Houseplants You Should be Buying in 2018 | Domino

Trendy greenery to elevate your living space this year.

 Image by Danae Horst @ Folia Collective

Image by Danae Horst @ Folia Collective

Foliage has skyrocketed from periphery desire to interior mainstay—consider it the latest and greatest accessory for your home. While that status may have been a few years in the making, the thrill of plants in ones home has surfaced questions that otherwise seemed trivial. What plants are best for which climate, how often do they need to be watered, and how big do they grow? Most importantly however, which are the best to buy now? As with many others, we want perfectly designed living spaces, and the cornerstone to that is houseplants. Thanks to our friends at The Sill and Folia Collective, we were able to get expert advice for which are a necessary addition to your roster this year.

Calathea

“We’re seeing a huge spike in patterned plants, particularly the Calathea variety. They are easy to care for—they only need to be checked on about once a week, watered every 1-2 weeks, kept in medium sunlight (great for urban dwellers), and they’re pet friendly. There are also so many different varieties of the Calathea. My personal favorite is the Rattlesnake—they have gorgeous leaves that look like they’ve been painted on top. There’s also a cool factor to them in which they give into this phenomena called nastic movement—their leaves move up and down with the sunlight. It’s great for both plant enthusiasts that want to add something new to their collection, and for those who want it as a design element.”

Aloe Vera

“With companies like Glossier, the beauty industry has really made people more concerned with what they’re putting on their skin and what’s in their beauty products. We’ve seen a huge response to the Aloe Vera plant online and in stores. The Aloe is a great plant because you can honestly use it. During the summer, whenever I’m sunburnt, I just whack off a bottom leaf, push the gel out, and use it. Plants that have other purposes we’ve seen become fairly popular. People are starting to look more for plants that they can use to either cook with, or as natural remedies.” 

Marimo Ball

“The Marimo Ball became really popular overseas, and now it’s come to the US. They’re actually a living green filamentous algae colony; they are slow growing and they live in water, fully submerged. We’re seeing them more as the new pet rock, because while they need a bit more care—the water must be changed every 1-2 weeks, and the Marimo should be taken out and rolled to help keep its shape—it’s a great starter plant. For those who are traveling or busy, it’s a great option for those who want plants in their home, but don’t want to spend the money only for them to die in the end.” 

Hoya Heart

“They are these awesome trailing plants where the leaves are literally heart-shaped. It’s even been nicknamed the Sweetheart Plant. It’s a great plant with succulent qualities and drought tolerant, though it does need a lot of light. We’re doing them as a Valentine’s Day exclusive because they’re difficult to find, but so cute. We think it’s a great swap-out for the usual flowers, because with the right care they will last for years.”

Monsterra Deliciosa

“This one picked up quite a bit of steam in 2017, and is already going strong this year. The Monsterra Deliciosa, also referred to as the Swiss Cheese Plant, has kind of become a darling in the design world and is a plant that we think is quite beautiful. It has a graphic appeal and the shape of the leaves are really interesting. It’s also a plant that’s easy to care for if you have the right spot for it.” 

Friendship Plant

“The Pilea Peperomioides became the darling amongst plant nerds and has now began to cross over to more of the average consumer. It’s very difficult to get in North America, but people love it because it grows in an unusual way and it’s easy to propagate. There’s a kind of folk tradition around it that you’re not actually supposed to buy one, but it’s a plant that you get as a gift because someone gave you a pup off of their plant.” 

Triangle Ficus

“There are a lot of Ficus that are easier than the Fiddle Leaf and that are arguably even more interesting looking. The Ficus Triangularus has these really cool leaves that are smaller and cover more of the whole tree, eventually creating a column. As they grow, they begin to arch over in a beautiful, graceful way. They make a statement, but aren’t quite as particular so it’s a great alternative for those looking for a tree that won’t need extensive maintenance.”

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