Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), is one of the best plants for beginners (or folks too busy to keep most houseplants alive). This sturdy plant is wonderfully easy to grow; it tolerates just about every indoor condition. While it’s one of the toughest plants, it’s also beautiful. Most varieties have rich green leaves attractively patterned with silver. It also has cute, calla-lily-like blooms in spots where it gets enough light.
One of the most used interior landscape plants is the Aglaonema or, as it is more commonly called, the Chinese Evergreen. It is easy to care for and can be maintained at the lower light levels often found in the home or office environment.
THE AGLAONEMA SIAM is just one of many varieties of Chinese Evergreens and is not one of the more common Aglaonemas. An attractive, easy to care for plant, it is on just about everyones list of best houseplants. Aglaonemas can be maintained at the lower light levels often found in the home or office. Although there are many varieties of this plant, the care for all Aglaonemas is very similar.
Aglaonema silver bay
Silver Bay Chinese Evergreen is a clump-forming tropical perennial prized for its uniquely patterned foliage. The leaves are lance-shaped, broad, glossy and colored a pale, silvery green between the veins. The edge of the leaves is dark green with silver markings. This tropical does bloom and produces small, rather uninspiring white spathes among or just below the foliage.
Arborcola Golden Capella
The Arboricola Gold Capella is a variegated style of the Arboricola. It is a common foundation plant often pruned to use as a hedge. The shrub is moderately salt-tolerant and very drought-tolerant with beautiful gold and green foliage. This shrub usually grows 3-8 feet high and 3-4 feet wide. The plant can tolerate some frost to temperatures in the upper 20’s making it a dependable evergreen plant.
Schefflera arboricola, commonly called umbrella plant or dwarf schefflera, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows in tropical climates to 10-25′ tall. It is native to Taiwan. In the wild, it sometimes grows on other trees as an epiphyte. It is widely grown in temperate climates as a much smaller ornamental foliage houseplant rising to 3-6′ tall on upright stems clad with glossy, slender-stalked, compound, palmate, evergreen leaves. Each leaf has 7-9 obovate-oblong to elliptic leaflets (to 4-6″ long) arranged in a circle on leafstalks to 6″ long. Tiny red flowers in compound panicles bloom in summer. Flowers are followed by round orange drupes (to 1/4″) which mature to black. Indoor plants rarely flower.
A bold and beautiful houseplant, calathea looks good even without flowers. There are lots of varieties of calathea, but one of the most common has luscious, dark green leaves that have scalloped edges and silver brushmarks on the top of the leaves. Underneath, the leaves are a lovely shade of burgundy purple. Each one is a living work of art.
Calatheas, also called zebra plants, are tropical plants that consist of about 300 different species. Grown as houseplants in most regions, calathea plants are prized for their variegated, colorful foliage and reach a height of 6 to 36 inches at most. The calathea medallion variety has dark-purple foliage with a prominent silver-colored midrib, or central leaf vein, on the round to oblong leaves. Calathea medallion plants enjoy lower light levels, high humidity and moderate soil moisture.
Calathea Ornata is a plant that is native to South America and seen in many tropical climates such as Thailand. There are several members of the same family and they are all known for their large leaves, all of which have patterns that are extremely noticeable whilst their colors are stunning.
Croton “Gold Dust”
Croton “Gold Dust” plants are found in landscapes and indoors as houseplants solely for their good looks. The plants grow to a maximum height of about 3 feet, although other members of the Croton family grow up to 6 feet, with a spread only about 2 feet wide. Their wide, gold-flecked leaves are a deep green color, but this beautiful appearance is reliant on you caring for your plant properly. For example, if the gold dust does not receive enough light, its characteristic yellow spots will fade. Take proper care of your plant to ensure its good looks for years to come.
This easy-care shrub features color and low-maintenance for any size yard.
They feature many leaf types and sizes – swirly, narrow ribbons to wide, flat leaves.
Some have fun names like Dreadlocks and Sloppy Painter. Others are more dignified such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
We’ve included all varieties in the Small Shrubs section because most can be kept at 3 feet…though you can let them grow larger if you prefer.
Dieffenbachia is a tropical is a tropical flowering plant that is noted for their patterned leaves. They are very popular houseplants because of their tolerance of shade. Dieffenbachia can be grown inside but does require moist soil and some sunlight, filtered light through a window is usually sufficient.
Dieffenbachias consists of about 30 tropical perennials native to Costa Rica, Columbia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the West Indies. Dieffenbachias are easy houseplants that tolerate a wide range of conditions. These plants are popular in homes and offices for their colorful, large leaves.They have a large, white-variegated leaves carried on upright stems brighten this rather soft plant.
Dieffenbachia is one of the easiest indoor houseplants to grow — and one of the most common indoor plants. This tropical shrub shows off lush leaves that are usually marked in shades of cream, yellow, or white, making dieffenbachia a top pick for brightening dim corners indoors. Dieffenbachia adds fun color and texture without flowers.
Because it grows upright, it’s an excellent choice to grow along an empty wall or near a large piece of furniture. It adds flair and drama to bedrooms, dens, offices, and other rooms.
“Warneckii” dracaena (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckii”) is a green dracaena cultivar with white stripes along the edges of its leaves. It is a shorter dracaena that matures to a height of only 4 feet tall. While its low light requirements make it easy to grow indoors, it can also be grown in shady sites outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b and 11. Other cultural requirements for “Warneckii” are also fairly easy to meet. When these requirements are not met, or if it is exposed to a common chemical, the leaves tend to develop unsightly brown tips.
The plant world is bursting with surprises. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have considered planting a privet in my garden. But, ‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum is nothing like the unruly privets of old! Altogether different, ‘Sunshine’ is compact in size and flowerless, making it sterile and allergen-free. Sunshine’s appeal is simple – it offers brilliant golden foliage all year long. What more can a gardener desire than a constant source of color with which to design?
Lemon Lime Warnekii
The Dracaena Lemon Lime has 12”-24” long sword shaped leaves with bright green and yellow stripes. Like other Dracaena plants, the leaves of a Dracaena Lemon Lime are arranged in a rosette and grow off a very thick stem. A Dracaena Lemon Lime is very easy to care for and can easily reach a height of 5-7ft.
Mass cane (Dracaena fragransMassangeana, or Dracaena massangeana), also called “corn plant,” is a very widely used interior plant. It is one of several popular varieties of Dracaena, including Dracaena lisa, Dracaena marginata, and Dracaena compacta.
There are a number of reasons why mass cane is so popular. Mass cane is tolerant of most indoor lighting conditions. It is inexpensive. It’s usually the cheapest Dracaena, and very inexpensive compared to other house plants. Slow growth means mass cane will fit a particular space for a long time with little maintenance. Long strap-like leaves make the plant easy to clean.
KANGAROO PAW FERN
Kangaroo Paw Ferns, native to Australia and and some parts of New Zealand, are epiphyticevergreens with firm leathery fronds that are oddly shaped and vary in size. It’s an example of a rhizomatous fern. The Kangaroo Paw Fern only grows to be about a foot tall but can spread out to 2-3 feet in width. I really like how different this easy care plant is and think it looks very attractive in a hanging basket or set on a table in a pretty pot.
Kimberly Queen Fern
Bold and beautiful, Kimberly queen fern (also called sword fern because the fronds are straight and narrow) is easy to grow. The dark green fronds are perfect for adding tropical texture to shaded decks, patios, and other outdoor living areas. It’s particularly striking in large containers as a specimen plant, but also plays well with other shade-loving tropicals including gingers, heliconias, and caladiums.Or, pair it with traditional shade-loving annuals such as New Guinea impatiens, golden sweet potato vine, or begonias.
Low-maintenance Kimberly Queen fern grows well both in containers and planted in the ground. It grows 3 feet tall and the mature fronds develop attractive spots (spores) on the undersides of each leaf. Hardy from zones 9-11.
Lemon Butter Wood fern
Lemon buttons fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia “Lemon Buttons”) is a kind of Southern sword fern, a wood fern that thrives in shady woodland areas. Growing to only 12 inches tall, lemon buttons fern is named for its demure size and rounded leaflets. It also is called fishbone fern. It is suitable for growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10. Lemon buttons ferns thrive in moist, well-drained, acidic soil with a pH of 4 to 7. This adaptable plant tolerates sea air and salty soil.
Macho fern comes by its name honestly. This big, brawny fern sports bright green fronds with bold, broad leaves and makes its relatives, Boston fern and Kimberly Queen fern, look little by comparison. Macho fern is ideal for large urns or planters where it has room to flex its graceful 3- to 4-foot-long fronds. It’s ideal for decorating shaded or partly shaded front porches, patios, and other outdoor living areas. In the fall, you can bring your macho fern indoors and place it a bright spot out of direct sun to grow as a houseplant.
The Cat Palm, also called the Cascade or Cataract Palm is native to Southeastern Mexico and resembles the inexpensive Areca Palm and the very pricey Kentia Palm. Indoors the plant grows slowly, eventually reaching a height of 4-6ft. Although this plant looks beautiful in the plant nursery, it often deteriorates once you bring it home. It requires a very tropical environment; bright indirect light and plenty of water. This is a very attractive plant that produces glossy, dark green leaves on thin shoots, but it is a challenging plant that needs attention.
The Majesty Palm is a popular house plant. It is a great floor plant that can quickly grow to 10 feet tall. The tall green fronds of foliage make this plant a great addition to any room. With proper care, the Majesty Palm will flourish in your home. Palms are grown for their exotic and textured foliage. Palms give a wonderful tropical feeling to the outside garden as well as indoors. Palms exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. Besides being morphologically diverse, palms also inhabit nearly every type of habitat, from rainforests to deserts.
The Phoenix roebelenii, also known as the Pygmy Date Palm is one of the smaller palms we grow. Don’t let that fool you though; this palm packs a big punch!
The Pygmy Date palm is native to Southeastern Asia. The Phoenix roebelenii can be used outdoors in a variety of settings such as parks, gardens, and in a container on a deck or in an entryway. It is a great palm for shopping centers and restaurants.
Pony Tail Palm
The most striking feature of the Ponytail Palm is the swollen base of the trunk. The texture of the trunk looks and feels scaly like the foot of an elephant and is also known as Elephants Foot. The extraordinary thickening of the trunk serves as a water reservoir against dry spells, allowing the tree to go up to four weeks without water and causing no ill effects. Excellent in low or higher lighting conditions. The Ponytail is an excellent choice for home, office or anywhere.
Sago Palm Plant Features
Sago palm is one of the easiest houseplants you can grow, and it’s no wonder. This plant is a living fossil, dating back to prehistoric times. If sago palm has survived thousands of years relatively unchanged in nature, it should be a good candidate for your living room!
Showing off dark green leaves that look feathery, the fronds top a swollen stem that almost looks like a scaled bulb. Sago palm is perfect for adding a touch of the tropics, but also looks right at home with contemporary, country, and other home design styles.
Sansevieria ”Black Coral”
A tall, narrow leaf cultivar with gray-green wavy lines over a dark green background that appears almost black.All are easy-to-grow, double-duty (indoors or outdoors), exotic-looking plants that thrive on neglect. Sansevierias can be used with equal effectiveness as an accent plant or in mass in planters or beds. If there was ever a bulletproof plant, this is it. Can be grown in high light, deep shade, and everywhere in between. Tolerates low humidity. Tolerates low water and low feeding. Tolerates being root bound. Few if any plants are as foolproof to grow.
Sansevieria Black Gold
|Sansevieria ‘Black Gold” – All are easy-to-grow, double-duty (indoors or outdoors), exotic-looking plants that thrive on neglect. Sansevierias can be used with equal effectiveness as an accent plant or in mass in planters or beds. If there was ever a bulletproof plant, this is it. Can be grown in high light, deep shade, and everywhere in between. Tolerates low humidity. Tolerates low water and low feeding. Tolerates being root bound. Few if any plants are as foolproof to grow.|
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ is the leading commercial variety of Sansevieria, grown for the hemp-like fiber in the leaves. They are an attractive plant for pot culture and are very durable to a wide range of condition. The growth of Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii is relatively slow and plants last for many years.
Sansevieria Superba – A medium-tall cultivar that resembles a cross between the standard Laurentii and Dwarf Laurentii. It is as wide as Dwarf Laurentii but is much taller. Truly a superb plant.All are easy-to-grow, double-duty, exotic-looking plants that thrive on neglect. Sansevierias can be used with equal effectiveness as an accent plant or in mass in planters or beds. If there was ever a bulletproof plant, this is it. Can be grown in high light, deep shade, and everywhere in between. Tolerates low humidity. Tolerates low water and feeding. Tolerates being root bound. Few if any plants are as foolproof to grow.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’ (Silver Snakeplant) – This beautiful plant has broad 3 to 4 inch wide by 2 foot long leaves that are a light silvery-green color with faint longitudinal lines and a narrow dark green margin. This may be the same plant as those sold as ‘Moonshine’ or ‘Moonglow’ but our plant came from noted Sansevieria collector Alice Waidhofer tagged as Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura’ (Silver Offset) but note that this plant is more commonly sold as ‘Moonshine’ and we offer it now under this name.
Sansevieria ‘Zeylanica’ – One of the tallest cultivars with outstanding markings of dark, wavy, green lines crossing in a green-gray background.All are easy-to-grow, double-duty (indoors or outdoors), exotic-looking plants that thrive on neglect. Sansevierias can be used with equal effectiveness as an accent plant or in mass in planters or beds. If there was ever a bulletproof plant, this is it. Can be grown in high light, deep shade, and everywhere in between. Tolerates low humidity. Tolerates low water and feeding. Tolerates being root bound. Few if any plants are as foolproof to grow.
The leaf colors of the cordyline or Hawaiian Ti plant range from glossy green to reddish purple to a combo of colors (red, purple, white, or yellow). The plant can produce red or yellowish flowers that put off a sweet fragrance. Cordyline plants are woody monocotyledonous flowering plants.
Add a formal touch to porches and patios with topiary eugenia. This evergreen shrub is generally only available in topiary forms that are sheared into almost any shape such as cones, spirals, or balls. Grow the plants in containers so you can move them indoors when frost threatens. Topiary eugenia can be overwintered indoors as an elegant houseplant.
Golden Pothos is an evergreen vine that adheres to surfaces as it grows. The Leaves are known because of the heart shape when the plant is young and then pinnatifid once the plant matures. The Golden Pothos makes a wonderful decorative house or office plant largely because it required little care and is attractively leafy. Golden Pothos is one of the Top 10 air purifying plants!
Juncus is an unusual houseplant, annual, or perennial that has wonderful, gray-green textural leaves. Some varieties have extra interest because their leaves twist and curl as they grows, making them look like living sculptures. While these exotic plants look hard to grow, they’re actually easy indoors and out!
Indoors, use juncus to add flair to your desk at work or school, or as a dramatic accent in your kitchen, living room, or den. Its gray-green leaves are a lovely neutral color, making it work with just about any interior color scheme — and any type of pot (especially the warm, earthy tones of the classic clay container).
Norfolk Island pine
Araucaria heterophylla is a vascular plant in the ancient and now disjointly distributed conifer family Araucariaceae. As its vernacular name Norfolk Island pine implies, the tree is endemic to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia, about 1440 km east of Sydney, Australia. The genus Araucaria occurs across the South Pacific, especially concentrated in New Caledonia (about 700 km due north of Norfolk Island) where 13 closely related and similar-appearing species are found. It is sometimes called a star pine, triangle tree or living Christmas tree, due to its symmetrical shape as a sapling, although it is not a true pine.
Yucca Cane Plant Features
An old-fashioned houseplant that’s just as common now as it was a generation ago, yucca cane is wonderfully easy to grow and an excellent choice if you’re just starting out with houseplants. It shows off clusters of rich green sword-like leaves on thick, woody trunks. The upright habit and spiky texture make it a fantastic complement to other traditional houseplants such as dieffenbachia and palms.
Over time, yucca cane develops into a bold tree that can reach several feet tall, making it a dramatic houseplant to add life and color to a blank wall, empty corners of a room, or act as a bold architectural accent.
Looking for an easy-to-grow houseplant? Check out ZZ plant — it’s truly one of the toughest around, making it a perfect choice to add to your home or office. Whether you’re able to give it steady care, travel a lot, or just get distracted by all the stresses of daily life, ZZ plant survives it all. Plus, it looks good: The plant features shiny, dark green leaves that look waxy (some people even think they’re plastic).
Haven’t heard of ZZ plant? You’re not alone; it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. It was discovered in Eastern Africa in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it really took off as a houseplant. While ZZ plant isn’t exactly rare, it’s still catching on — so grow ZZ plant and you can be ahead of the trend.