By now, we all know that greenery is one of the easiest ways to breathe life into and bring character to a space. No one’s disputing that. But picking the right plant is a whole different ball game—how do you know which one will fare best in your home? Which one will mesh with your design? Which one will forgive your occasional watering neglect, and which one will throw a tantrum and perish on the spot?
If you’re tired of the fiddle-leaf fig and don’t have the allergen resistance necessary for pampas grass, there are other trending options. Take a page from the most popular houseplants in your state or take notes from the experts. We polled plant connoisseurs at Bloomscape, The Sill, Greenery NYC, and Folia Collective to learn more about the houseplants you’ll see everywhere this year. The verdict? Quirkier, more unusual greenery is taking the lead.
Get your terra-cotta pots ready and make space in your window sills: These are the trendiest plants of 2019.
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Dracaena Janet Craig
“The Dracaena Janet Craig is incredibly easy to care for and will adapt to nearly all light conditions. The biggest tip [we have] for keeping this plant healthy is to not overwater it.” — Joyce Mast, Bloomscape
“A beautiful white trunk, velvety green leaves, and a whole lot easier to care for than the fiddle-leaf fig, Ficus Audrey is going to be the It tree of 2019. Fiddle-leaf figs are notoriously hard to care for, despite being ubiquitous in design mags and blogs. The ficus Audrey gives the same impactful presence but is more tolerant of inconsistent watering and doesn’t require as much direct sunlight as fiddle-leaf figs.” — Rebecca Bullene, Greenery NYC
“A tree I’d personally be happy to see overtake the fiddle-leaf fig in popularity, Ficus benghalensis Audrey has these gorgeous silvery-green leaves that have a velvety texture to the underside. Also known as a Banyan Tree (and the national tree of India) Audreys also have a tendency to grow with a more flowing, organic shape if left unpruned. This is one tree we can never keep in stock for long. Like other Ficuses, Audrey does best in bright indirect light. Water when the top 1/4 of the soil is dry, taking care not to overwater.” — Danae Horst, Folia Collective
If you have pets…
These plants won’t harm your furry friends.
“The ‘friendship plant’ is still quite popular; its quirky coin-shaped leaves have kept it a current favorite for both plant collectors and novices alike. The Pilea does best in dappled sunlight (direct to indirect bright light).” — Erin Marino, The Sill
“The Ponytail Palm is also super easy and it’s pet-friendly. This plant likes bright light and needs to be watered only once in a while.” — Joyce Mast
If you need a small space–friendly option…
All the style minus the square-footage hogging.
String of Hearts
“Hanging plants are going to be everywhere, and the String of Hearts will be especially popular—though it looks dainty, it is tough as nails and grows quickly in bright light and even offers the sweetest little purple/pink flowers several times a year. There’s nothing quite as lush and transportive as a vine cascading down a bookshelf, especially in urban areas where floor space is at a premium, hanging plants offer the fully verdant jungle look without sacrificing space.” — Rebecca Bullene
“With leaves that can range from huge, glossy teardrop shapes (Peperomia polybotrya) to rippled heart shapes in a rainbow of colors (Peperomia caperata) and even leaves that look like tiny turtle shells (Peperomia prostrata), Peperomia are also often more compact than other tropical plants, so they make a great stand-alone plant on a desk or side table. Care is fairly easy for most Peperomia—bright to medium indirect light is best, water when the soil has dried out almost all the way, and keep these in a spot that doesn’t get too chilly.” — Danae Horst
If you travel a lot…
Low-maintenance plants that don’t require a ton of water.
“This little guy has been near impossible to keep in stock since we started carrying it this year. It’s not a common plant yet but is highly sought after by those in the know. Expect to see this in the hippest shops and cafes and gracing the desks of designers and trendsetters this year. This plant dates back to the time of dinosaurs; it is strong, versatile, hard to kill, and drop-dead gorgeous.” — Rebecca Bullene
“The ‘succulent’ has created quite a buzz recently, but did you know the term refers to a whole bunch of plants, in fact, many that are not related to one another? Botanically speaking, the term succulent refers to any plant that has evolved adaptations to survive hot arid environments. We recommend grouping a bunch of assorted succulent plants together on a sunny sill for instant desert vibes.” — Erin Marino
If you’re in it for the aesthetics…
Showstoppers at every size.
“This stunner only looks difficult to care for. Give your Alocasia medium to bright indirect light and water about every other week when potting mix is dry (increase watering with increased sun). Its origins remain generally unknown, leading experts to believe it was likely bred in a private collection. But it’s no longer exclusive; this Alocasia is a great pick for a plant novice looking to care for something more exotic-looking.” — Erin Marino
“Plants in the genus Calathea are going to have a big moment in 2019. There are several dozen species, but some of the most popular types are the Calathea Ornata, Calathea Jungle Velvet, and Calathea Beauty Star. These plants have lots of color and an almost painterly quality to the leaves. They aren’t the easiest plants to care for, as they can be unforgiving if not properly watered, but they reward pampering plant parents with truly beautiful and exotic foliage.” — Rebecca Bullene
Red Prayer Plant
“We’re also predicting that colorful plants with hints of red and pink will remain popular; the Red Prayer plant is easy, pet-friendly, and fast growing. It adapts to nearly all light conditions and should be watered when the top one to two inches of soil are dry. I recommend misting your Prayer Plant regularly as well.” — Joyce Mast
Philodendron “Pink Princess” and Monstera Adansonii
“As more and more people become plant people and fill their homes with more and more plants, the rarer (or at least more unusual) plants are what everyone is searching for. From Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ to Monstera Adansonii, these plants with sometimes hard-to-pronounce names can often be even harder to find. The thrill is in the hunt, but these extra-special species can also be a great way to connect with fellow plant people through swapping or even sharing cuttings.” — Danae Horst
If you need a plant that works double duty…
Check out these added benefits.
Philodendron Hope Selloum
“It’s a great air-purifier, removing Xylene and Toluene from the air, and will do best in bright, indirect light. This plant will thrive with regular misting and watering only when the top half of the soil is dry.” — Joyce Mast
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