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Houseplants are still having a moment in home decor right now. Just take a look at any interior designer’s Instagram page, and you’ll see more than a few plants featured in their own homes and professional projects. In fact, Instagram is a great place to check out the hottest up-and-coming houseplants and get some inspiration for your own indoor jungle. Whether you’re a pandemic plant parent or have been keeping a houseplant collection alive for years, these five trendy houseplants are ones to keep an eye out for throughout the rest of 2022.
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If 2020 was the year of the Monstera deliciosa, then 2022 is the year of the olive tree (Olea europaea). Practically unseen as a houseplant before this year, olive trees have exploded in popularity and can now be spotted in the background of many different home decor accounts across Instagram. Their light and airy foliage adds a pop of texture and color to any space, and given you can provide them with adequate light, they’re pretty easy to maintain indoors. However, don’t expect to be harvesting olives from your olive tree anytime soon. When grown indoors, it’s pretty rare that these fruit trees will actually bear any fruit.
A slightly smaller but equally gorgeous relative of the popular fiddle leaf fig, the Ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis) is another indoor tree stealing hearts and Instagram likes in 2022. Technically, this plant started gaining some recognition back in 2020, but it’s only grown in popularity over the past two years. Its light-colored bark and small, sage green leaves are sure to add some interest and contrast to your space. Not only is this species equally as beautiful as the fiddle leaf fig, but it’s known for being easier to care for, too.
Another member of the Ficus family, rubber plants (Ficus elastica) have been popular as houseplants for awhile, but are really having their moment right now. Characterized by their medium-sized thick, waxy leaves, rubber plants come in a few different colors and leaf patterns. You can find them in a range of sizes, from small plants to large trees, too. Plus, they’re pretty easy to keep happy indoors. Need I say more?
As their common name suggests, these palm plants are practically made for indoor growing. Popular in Victorian-era homes, parlor palms (Chamaedorea elegans) have made the comeback of the century (pun intended!), thanks to their light, feathery foliage, ease of care, and compactness that makes them extremely small space-friendly. Mature parlor palms make ideal floor plants, but you can also purchase younger plants if you’re looking for something a little smaller.
Looking for a large-leafed statement plant? Look no further than the bird of paradise (Strelitzia). Beloved for their large leaves and impressive stature, these striking tropical houseplants can be found gracing the Instagram pages of some of the most popular home decor accounts in 2022. The best part about these plants? Keep them happy enough, and they will reward you with a stunning display of colorful, bird-shaped blooms in the spring and summer months.