MEET THE 5 NEW 'IT' PLANTS

Move over Fiddle Leaf Fig! There’s a new collection of ‘It’ plants – and that thankfully, are much easier to take care of!

1 SNAKE PLANT

Photography: Hannah Blackmore   /  Styling: Tarina Lyell

Photography: Hannah Blackmore   /  Styling: Tarina Lyell

Sansevieria Trifasciata, also called Snake Plant, Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Saint George’s Sword, adds just the right amount of spikiness and height to a space. It can grow up to 90cm in height, but we think it also looks wonderful on a smaller, less mature scale (like below). This good looker is also a multi-tasker, removing nasty toxins in the air! You’ve got to love that. Just don’t over water it. We think that’s a pretty easy task – got to love a low-maintenance plant.

This image and top image courtesy of The Balcony Garden  /  Photography: Hannah Blackmore

This image and top image courtesy of The Balcony Garden  /  Photography: Hannah Blackmore


2 DEVIL'S IVY

Epipremnum Aureum, commonly known as Golden Pothos, or Devil’s Ivy (among many other names), is almost impossible to kill, making it an ideal choice for any self-confessed black-thumb! This evergreen vine requires very little maintenance – it doesn’t need much light or too much water. Dimly lit rooms – Devil’s Ivy is your go-to plant! Its attractive heart-shaped leaves and lush long draping tendrils make this plant an incredibly popular choice. We think it works well in almost any situation – potted (like the Ivy Muse Calypso pot pictured opposite), sitting on a shelf, in a plant stand, on a console table – heck, anywhere that needs a green facelift!

Its attractive heart-shaped leaves and lush long draping tendrils make this plant an incredibly popular choice.


3 Monstera deliciosa

Artwork: Lamai Anne/  Photography: The Design Villa

Artwork: Lamai Anne/  Photography: The Design Villa

Lovers of lush tropical style, we’ve found the plant for you! Monstera Deliciosa is the perfect plant partner for warmer climates, growing best between 20–30°C. Not only does it look great potted, if you’re growing one outside in your garden, the leaves look fantastic cut and placed in a tall, thin vase. With many people now opting to decorate their interiors with foliage instead of flowers (for both economic and aesthetic reasons), the Monstera leaf adds coastal flavour to any room, and makes quite the statement. Or layer the leaves to create a unique table runner as pictured below.

Image above and right courtesy of Emily Henderson blog. Creative Direction & photography: Andrea Posadas Styling: Amanda Holstein

Image above and right courtesy of Emily Henderson blog.
Creative Direction & photography: Andrea Posadas
Styling: Amanda Holstein


4 ORCHID

Photography: Hannah Blackmore

Photography: Hannah Blackmore

Photography: Jacqui Turk  /  Interior: Steve Cordony Image courtesy of: Interiors Addict blog

Photography: Jacqui Turk  /  Interior: Steve Cordony
Image courtesy of: Interiors Addict blog

Ok, ok so orchids have been around for donkey years, and have always been popular among interior designers. That hasn’t stopped us from loving this elegant flowering plant, and that’s why it has been included in our top 5 list. An orchid can create serious sophistication in a home, and looks great potted en masse (as pictured right).

The orchid represents better value for money than your typical bouquet of flowers with the blossoms lasting a few months. They can take up to a year to re-bloom.

With so many varieties out there, you’ll never tire of this flowering beauty. The most common variety is the Phalaenopsis (pictured) and enjoys windowsill light and consistent moisture (water approximately every 7-10 days).

The orchid represents better value for money than your typical bouquet of flowers with the blossoms lasting a few months.

 

 


5 Rhipsalis

Photo: Annette O'Brien  /  Styling:  Alana Langan for Ivy Muse
Photography: Annette O'Brien  /  Styling: Alana Langan

Photography: Annette O'Brien  /  Styling: Alana Langan

Rhipsalis Baccifera, also known as Mistletoe cactus, is a tropical succulent native to rainforests in warm regions. Surprisingly, growing Rhipsalis requires shade to partial shade, making it perfect for using indoors. Like most cactus though it doesn’t like too much water, so be sure to not over water and keep the soil well-drained. We love Rhipsalis for its draping qualities, its pencil-thin stems make it perfect for a hanging pot (like the Ivy Muse ‘Saturn’ hanger pictured above) or simply place on a shelf to create dimension and add sculptural life to your interior (like opposite).

We love Rhipsalis for its draping qualities, its pencil-thin stems make it perfect for a hanging pot...