The Best Large House Plants

Plants add style and life to an interior room and the larger the plant, the bigger the impression. Large house plants are used extensively by interior designers--amateur and professional--as a finishing touch when designing or redecorating an interior space.


Available in a wide range of sizes with varying cultural requirements, palms are one of the easiest large house plants to grow. Most varieties require only bright, indirect light, making them perfect for decorating--they do not need to be placed directly in front of a window. Extremely forgiving of neglect, palms are relatively slow growing and will happily grow in the same pot for four to five years.

Dracaena 'Marginata'

A favorite of decorators because of its sculptural quality, Dracaena "Marginata" grows up to 12 feet tall under ideal growing conditions. In the home environment it usually reaches 6 to 8 feet high. The spiked leaves form a rosette at the end of its many branches. The branches have an unusual growth habit of curling upward from their point of origin on the trunk. This variety is named "Marginata" because of the tiny red stripe at the edge of the dark green lancelike leaves.

Norfolk Island Pine

A tender tropical tree, the Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) looks similar to a temperate pine tree, but lacks the classic pyramidal shape of pines. The branches of Norfolk Island pine trees grow almost perfectly horizontally from the main trunk and its needles are soft to the touch, unlike hardier pine varieties. A set of three to five branches will emerge from the top of the trunk, growing longer horizontally until they are only slightly shorter than the set of branches directly beneath them. Grow them in indirect light in an east- or west-facing window. Avoid placing them in the strong direct sunlight of a south-facing window.

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