10 Statement Houseplants for a Gorgeous Indoor Garden

What creates statement plants? Leaf colour, blooms, or size? Could it be because it stands out among plants? One feature must stand out to make a statement. Wendy Moulton, a horticulturist, lists the most beautiful houseplants.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Recently, fiddle leaf figs (Ficus lyrata) have become iconic. This plant's durability and 50-foot reach in antique gardens intrigue. Large, dark green fiddle-shaped leaves on 10-foot stalks help in containers. It fits an indirect sunlight-lit corner.

2. Monstera ‘Albo’

This plant is on the list for its statement plant features. Hereditary chlorophyll mutation turns leaves cream or white. It's amazing that leaves sprout mutations in unexpected ways. 

3. Polka Dot Begonia

Another newbie joins for its attractive silver-spotted leaves. Begonia maculata's long heart-shaped leaves with deep burgundy undersides stand out in begonias' vibrant foliage. July brings white or pink blossoms.

4. Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Whipped Cream’

ZZ plants enjoy neglect. Look for ‘Whipped Cream’ for long, curving stems with dark green leaves. The foliage, from full green to creamy yellow and mixes in between, is the most magnificent.

5. Philodendron ‘Autumn’

Burgundy red stems and dark green, brown-tinged leaves, yet its distinctive new leaves explode from the core. Red, orange, copper, brown, or dark pink young leaves contrast with the plant's dreary background. 

6. Bamboo Palm

Although outdated, this item nevertheless has a place in the home. Bamboo palms (Chamaedorea seifrizii) can reach 20 feet in the wild. They grow as high as the container allows and are great indoor plants.

7. Alocasia ‘Dragon Scale Black’

Alocasia baginda is a dramatic statement plant. This wonderful plant has long, floating stems with dark, gloomy heart-shaped leaves. It will stand out on a colourful or black wall.

8. Elephant’s Toothpick

Sansevieria cylindrica, or elephant's toothpick, is a robust succulent with a strong showing. The cylindrical rigid leaves can grow to 7 feet tall and rise straight up from the container to fill a limited space.  

9. Bird’s Nest Fern

Long, arching leaves curve outward from this plant's base. It can grow large in the correct container, creating a statement.  Modern hybrids with crinkly leaves make this old-fashioned plant more popular.

10. Anthurium luxurians

These houseplants have waxy, colourful bracts and spathes, but the hybrid Anthurium luxurians has a unique dark green, deeply veined leaf and brighter green underside. This plant is prized for its sturdy leaves, cream-colored spathes, and green spadix.

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