Best Big Foliage Houseplants that make a Statement
Who doesn't love having a luscious, green plant as the focal point of a room? And when it comes to houseplants, bigger can definitely be better! Not only are they beautiful statement pieces but they can fill up blank spaces, awkward corners, and bring some life into an otherwise lacklustre room. Turn your home into an indoor jungle oasis with these impressive big foliage houseplants.
Giant Bird of Paradise- Strelitzia
This plant is famous for its round palm-like leaves and its brightly-coloured architectural flowers that bloom to look like tropical birds – earning the strelitzia the household name of ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant. This evergreen tropical plant creates a dramatic impact with its relatively hardy foliage and its adaptability to a wide spectrum of light conditions from direct sun to low, indirect light, making it a perfect addition as an indoor houseplant.
Swiss Cheese Plant- Monstera deliciosa
Native to the rainforests of Central America, the big, bold Monstera deliciosa plant is also known as the "split-leaf philodendron." This easy-to-grow climbing evergreen can be found in many designer spaces for its "wow" factor. With naturally large glossy heart-shaped leaves suspended on thick vines create an extravagant foliage display in your home.
FUN FACT: The holes in a Monstera leaf have a function. By developing holes in its leaves, the large Monstera leaves are better suited to withstand heavy rainfall and wind as they let the elements pass through the holes.
Kentia Palm- Howea forsterianaLooking to create a tropical oasis, then look no further than the Kentia Palm. This Lord Howe Island native became the quintessential 'parlor palm' beginning in the 1870s due to its capabilities to thrive in interiors where low light, low humidity, poor air quality and cool temperatures made palms otherwise impossible to grow. With a slender trunk and a graceful crown of dark green drooping fronds, the kentia palm is one of the most durable and resilient plants in the palm family, making them easy to care for and easy to adapt to new environments.
Elephant Ear- Colocasia
With its evergreen jumbo heart-shaped leaves and thick spongy stalk, its no wonder the Colocasia is known as the Elephant Ear plant. These beauties thrive in tropical conditions and can grow up to 2 metres in height making them a magnificent showstopper plant for your home. Elephant Ear stalks are used as a Vietnamese herb which is first peeled, cut and cooked. It is a popular addition to stir-frys and soups, however be cautious as the Elephant Ear can be poisonous to kids and pets if not cooked.
FUN FACT: If your Elephant Ear plant gets too much water, it will let you know by “weeping” or dripping water from the tip of the leaf.
Dwarf Umbrella Tree- Schefflera Arboricola
The dazzling structure of the Umbrella tree is composed of a number of leaflets, all set in a circle around a central stem and stretching out horizontally, like the ribs of an umbrella. Each rich glossy leaflet stem creates a firework of greenery as they overhang aloft on one or two thin smooth grey trunks. These low maintenance and easy to care for plants are great for indoor pots to create a lush focal point.
Ruffled Fan Palm- Licuala Grandis
The Ruffled Fan Palm is a stunning glossy green, pleated fan-like plant that brings a dainty elegance with colour and texture to your indoor living areas. Ideal in a large pot where there is plenty of filtered light, these tropical plants will be a spectacular addition to your home.
Fiddle Leaf Fig- Ficus Lyrata
This list would not be complete without mentioning the Fiddle leaf fig!
This tree has become a popular plant to own among houseplant enthusiasts and is the renowned ‘IT’ plant of the design world for its style and popularity. Known for their beautiful, large green leaves, reputation for specific care and maintenance, fiddle leaf figs can thrive in your home to create a welcoming statement centrepiece in any home.