Plants are more than Zoom background staging tools… they are an essential part of living well. Plants literally bring life to interior and exterior design and help make a house a home. 

Further, living greenery can help purify the air. Edible plants such as herbs, sprouts, and fruit trees help sustain us. In the pandemic age, plants have even come to provide a sort of emotional support to their owners. 

You may have noticed more people are now growing and propagating plants, selling them online, or hosting plant swaps with other “plant parents.” Even those who aren’t green thumbs by nature are now trying their hand at container gardening through virtual potting and planting workshops. 

 

Consider these tips and trends when greening up your home. 

Give dead spots new life. Look for spaces where plants can brighten up a room. Indoor plants can soften areas of hardscape or excessive angles. Empty corners come alive with plants rather than furniture. 

Accentuate a space with greenery.  Plants can be used for creative expression. The type of plant you choose and where you place it can feel quite personal. While many people stick plants near windows or in windowsills without giving it much thought, common spaces that accommodate plants well from a design perspective include shelves, bookcases, mantles, and tabletops.

Showcase the unexpected. Play with scale and color. Try something like a dwarf fruit tree for a bit of whimsy in a space. Look for textured and patterned foliage. Exposed stems are having a moment. The Money Tree and the Mini Money Tree, with their entwined trunks, have become popular choices. Gorgeous (but difficult!) plants are also on the rise, such as Philodendron varieties.  Experienced owners may also want to investigate the Anthurium hookeri, while others may look into the more hearty black olive. 

Choose a fig that isn’t too basic. After a long run, the Fiddly Leaf Fig’s popularity is now beginning to wane. If you’re looking for something that makes a bold statement yet doesn’t require quite as much care, try the Ficus altissima (lofty fig) and Ficus benghalensis (banyan fig). 

Think pink — and black and neon!  Pink plants, such as calatheas, black plants (or purple-black hues), such as the rare ZZ, and neons (neon pothos, neon cordatum, Dracaena fragrans) are all the rage right now. So don’t limit your thinking to green.  

Eat your garden.  Along those lines, consider if you can eat any of what you’re growing. Edible gardens make us all appreciate farming and food sourcing a bit more. They’re fun and sustainable, all at once.

 

Take your green decor cues from designers. 

Size appropriately. One large plant can really make a statement. Small plants are more versatile and enliven any space. 

Watch out for areas that look like clutter. Every plantophile is a maximalist when it comes to greenery, but take a step back occasionally and see 

Carefully choose a pot that goes with your design. The texture and color of your planters matter, as they do contribute to the overall look and feel of a space. 

So long as you’re thoughtful about your plant selections, mindful of placement, and careful about the overall “look and feel” in your space, it’s hard to go wrong with plants.