• UO Guide: Hip Houseplants

    Because we’re ready to add some plants to our space that aren’t fiddle leaf figs, succulents, or cacti…read on to learn about the next wave of “it” houseplants, thanks to the guidance of Australian plant guru Kara Riley.
    Photos and text by Kara Riley

    We've all seen the "cool" plants — on Pinterest boards everywhere, in blogger bedrooms, and in any cool coffee shop you frequent. But what about when you're ready to mix it up? For the next wave of houseplants, Kara suggests that the next big thing will be more "independent plants," bits of nature that are less likely to make us feel bad about our abilities to keep them alive and easier to sustain and thrive in your space. 

    Here are some of her recent favorites:
    Devil's Ivy
    The lovely, trailing devil’s ivy/pothos promises to look pretty and requires little attention. This is the plant you have seen hanging from hangers and climbing along door frames in cute dwellings everywhere—think 1970s macrame. Other favorites in the category of trailing hanging plants are ferns, palms, and philodendrons of any sort — Kara's favorites are the monstera deliciousa or the swiss cheese plant. 

    The Snake Plant/Mother in Law’s tongue
    Less vicious than her name suggests, the Snake Plant is a natural air purifier, making it the perfect choice for your bedroom or a living space. It also basically refuses to die, so win-win for a new plant friend. 

    Rubber plants
    Why not make friends with a rubber plant, in particular the ficus tricolour whose stunning pink leaves look individually hand-painted. It's best to purchase rubber plants when they are small and cultivate them based on the light and air in your space — makes it easier for them to adapt and thrive. 

    Artful houseplants
    If you like the beauty of the rubber plant but still want more options, some other naturally stunning options Kara is loving are the Prayer Plant, Zebra Plant, Dumb Cane, or any variety of Calathea, whose leaves all resemble works of art. 

    Get growing! Let us know what plants you are bringing into your space (and share them with the #UOHome hashtag on Instagram). 

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