Indestructible indoor gems to brighten up the home
From old-fashioned favourites to new classics, Perth green thumbs share their favourite plants to tap into the growing trend.
1. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
“If you are a novice gardener, have low light levels and kill most indoor plants, this is the plant for you,” says The West Australian gardening columnist Sabrina Hahn.
Known as devil’s ivy “because it is almost impossible to kill”, it offers lovely foliage and is great for trailing, climbing and creeping.
“I love the variegated leaves and the fact that you can make it funky by training it up or along any object,” Ms Hahn says.
Its wax-like flowers and beautiful foliage have helped bring the classic hoya back into fashion, according to Morag Barron of Little Leaf Co in Booragoon.
“Hoyas have made a huge comeback and are one of our best sellers,” she says.
“While most of our hoyas are used as hanging plants, they also love to climb and cling.”
3. African milk tree (Euphorbia trigona)
Landscape designer Ascher Smith, of SolScapes, names this euphorbia as one of her favourite indoor plants.
“They are drought-tolerant, which is perfect for indoor plants when you go away on holiday.”
They are also easy to grow.
4. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Habitat gardening columnist Deryn Thorpe says the ZZ plant is ideal for black-thumbs.
“Its fleshy branches look like tall feathers but are actually leaves,” she says.
“It is indestructible if you don’t overwater.”
5. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)
For a plant with character, you can’t go past the monstera.
“It really is a climbing monster full of character and charm,” Ms Smith says. “Cut an older large leaf off lower down the stem for an instant feature in a vase,” she says.
6. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria)
Another old favourite, mother-in-law’s tongue is great for non-gardeners.
“It’s also one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality,” says Tim Parker, of Dawson’s Garden World.
Little Leaf Co’s Rosie Ainslie agrees.
“It can tolerate any light conditions and will thrive on absolute neglect,” she says.
7. Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
One of the stars of the indoor plant revival, fiddle leaf figs thrive on neglect, according to Waldecks’ David Underwood.
“We love the height these plants (reaching 2m plus) give to any room and the large glossy green leaves that are the size of dinner plates,” he says.
8. Cissus rhombifolia Ellen Danica
Ideal as a hanging or climbing plant, Cissus rhombifolia is another of Ms Hahn’s favourite indoor varieties.
“(It) is one of the best climbing plants for indoors,” she says.
A feature leaf from a Monstera.