Any plant has the power to add a little mystery and magic to your space, but only a really really big plant can create the impression that your living room is an enchanted forest that just happens to have a little furniture in it. I've always appreciated the power of a single piece that makes a bold statement, and these larger-than-life houseplants are one of my favorite trends from the past year. They may represent a little more initial investment and subsequent care, but just one is all you need.
New Zealand Laurel
The New Zealand laurel has beautiful foliage and can be grown indoors. (It's considered invasive in Hawaii, so make sure to keep your houseplants inside.)
Plain old fig trees can also be grown inside, provided you have enough sunlight. The flowers do not need to be pollinated, so you may even see fruit.
The fishtail palm, like a lot of palm trees, can be grown indoors. The uniquely shaped leaves of this particular variety make it especially appealing.
Unlike many of the other plants on this list, the money tree will tolerate low light. In the wild they can grow up to 60 feet tall, but in your living room, they'll probably only get to 6 or 7.
Olive trees, with their muted foliage, are a particularly lovely choice for growing indoors.
A rubber plant, with its beautiful, shiny foliage, ease of care, and major drama is a great choice. Here's seven reasons we know this plant is the new fiddleleaf fig.
Bird of Paradise
This tropical charmer is a bird of paradise plant, which can grow quite large indoors and, if you're very patient, reward you with stunning blooms within 3 - 4 years.
Schefflera, also known as an umbrella plant, is a popular houseplant that can grow quite tall.
Yes, you can grow citrus indoors! Make sure your citrus tree has a spot where it gets lots and lots of light. If you take the time to pollinate the flowers, it will reward you with fruit, and no matter what it will smell fantastic.
Re-edited from a post originally published 11.29.16