The favourite houseplants of top designers

Being a plant parent can be a big commitment. Especially if, like me, you don’t have the best track record when it comes to keeping these green family members alive.


Nevertheless, indoor plants have been growing in popularity over the past decade. More people are now embracing the benefits of having greenery indoors, from purifying your indoor air to bringing a bit of life into a forgotten corner of a room.


Whether you’re ready to invest in a large mature tree or just looking for a new shrub to nurture, these houseplants chosen by interior designers will show you how to elevate your interior.


1. Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

This oversized money tree fits perfectly within the bay window of the Paris-based atelier of architectural firm Laplace. It’s placed in front of a large window to draw connections with the trees outside, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor.. The best part is they’re fairly easy to care for, and are the happiest in bright indirect sun. They enjoy humidity so a bathroom would be a great place for them too.


2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

The must-have plant of late, the Fiddle Leaf fig tree, is one of the most popular choices for home interiors. They’re loved for their extra large fiddle-shaped leaves and can reach over 6 feet tall. It's easy to care for and likes a spot with a nice medium level of light. Their big leaves like humidity, so give it a good spray with a mister every few days.


3. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica melany)

A sister plant to the Fiddle Leaf fig, the gorgeous rubber plant gets its name from the white sap coursing through its veins, which was once used to make rubber. It grows in a range of colours from bronze to dark inky black and has lustrous shiny leaves. It. It’s another one that’s easy to maintain and can grow up to 6-8 feet tall.


4. Parlour & Kentia Palms

The Palm tree has been used as an indoor plant for centuries, bringing. T a great exotic warmth to any indoor space. Highly fashionable since the Victorian era they were often found in the parlour where you’d greet your guests - the parlour. They’re really low maintenance and can live in low light with infrequent watering, but as with any plant, you’ll get better results if you treat them well.


5. Umbrella Plant (Schefflera)

The umbrella plant is known for its beautiful fan-shaped cluster of leaves, which grow in a round natural umbrella shape. Native to Taiwan the plant can now be found all over the world, as seen in this Milanese interior. They’re fairly easy to care for, and are the happiest in medium amounts of sunlight, so bright indirect sun is best. They enjoy humidity so work well in the bathroom, or just remember to mist them frequently.


6. Olive Tree

Can't get to the Med this summer? Bring some to you with an olive tree. They’re not normally an indoor plant, but they can flourish if looked after correctly for a good few years. They’re most comfortable in warmer climates so keep them near a window, but they don’t fare well in direct sunlight, so a shaded spot is perfect. As they prefer a drier climate, just water them once a month or so to keep them happy.