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7 Houseplant Trends for 2020

7 Houseplant Trends for 2020
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Using houseplants to bring a splash of color and nature into your home has been a trend for many years, and it’s not going anywhere in 2020 either. So if you’re considering making some changes to your home’s atmosphere and design, going green should definitely be on your to-do list this year. But what are the trends for 2020 and the houseplant market? Read on to find out more.

Lashes of variegation

We all take pride in the unique decor of our home, and nothing adds to that one-of-a-kind look quite like variegated houseplants. Variegation is rare in nature, and it is usually caused by cell mutation that results in plants displaying colored areas on flowers and foliage, typically white or cream. Due to its rarity, variegation has grown to be a very coveted trait, and plant lovers are spoiled for choice in terms of available cultivars. From spectacular Monstera Deliciosa var Albo Variegata, trailing Philodendron silver and variegated wax plants, to the small yet equally stunning Pinpoint agave, these plants will be a unique addition to your home in the new year.

Vibrant Calatheas

After taking the houseplant market by storm, the Calathea clan is here to stay. These tropical plants are well-loved not just for their vibrant foliage, but also the fact that their leaves fold up during the night, earning them the nickname of ‘prayer plants’. With over 100 cultivars easily available throughout any garden center, you’re bound to find the one that best fits with the color scheme in your home. The pink and cream streaks of Calathea triostar, the vivid fuchsia of Calathea roseoptica, or the dark green and bright, orange flowers of the Calathea crocata will make even the most demurely decorated home pop with color.

Hanging succulents

Out with the old, prickly cactuses, and in with their trailing cousins. If you’re of the opinion that succulents don’t make for the most exciting houseplants, then 2020 will be the year you change your mind. String of Hearts, String of Dolphins, Burro’s Tail, Trailing Jade — the list is endless, much like the vines of these unique plants. The best part about hanging succulents? They don’t need as much light as regular cacti and can thrive in areas with bright, indirect light, leaving your windowsill open for more leafy additions.

Hydroponic planters

Hydroponics is a gardening technique that involves growing plants in a solution of water and nutrients, instead of soil. It is also a gardening technique that has really picked up in recent years, and for good reason: plants grow faster this way, they require less space, and you don’t need to worry about all the messy hassle that comes with repotting. If this is something you’re considering in 2020, the best plants to try it on are Clusia, Pothos varieties, or Arthurium. Or, if you have a more practical streak, you can even use hydroponics for herbs, such as basil and mint, peppers, and even strawberries.


Bulky furniture items are last century’s trend, yet perhaps you’re among those who don’t feel quite at home with minimalist decor. Luckily, houseplants can provide an excellent common ground, and 2020 will see you contemplate supersizing: using large plants to both fill in the gaps, as well as give your house a modern yet cozy vibe. Some of the most popular choices include the Rubber Tree, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and Bird of Paradise, but even a Boston Fern perched up on a stool and allowed to spread out will make any corner of your room come to life.

Low maintenance

Let’s face it: houseplants can be daunting for beginners, especially if you’re not sure how to properly care for them. Yet that shouldn’t put you off, especially with low maintenance plants being one of this year’s trends. From your bedroom and living room to your bathroom, there’s something for every corner of your house: Peperomia, Spider plants, Peace Lily, ZZ Plants, Aloe — these are just some of the plants that are guaranteed to not die on you. And because they require so little attention, you can even use them to spruce up your office desk.

Rare gems

If you’re a hardened gardener hosting sprawls of planters, grow lights and humidifiers in your home, then perhaps it’s time to take on a bit of treasure hunting in 2020. Rare houseplants are very much a trend this year, so keep an eye out for elusive beasts such as Anthurium Veitchii, Stephania pierrei, Monstera obliqua, or the Philodendron Black Gold.

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