Published on January 10, 2022
HOUSEPLANT 2022 TRENDS | houseplant ins and outs you need to know ASAP
It’s been a couple of years since turning our homes into a potted-plant jungle became a thing. When the pandemic drove us indoors, we filled our living spaces with trendy fiddle-leaf figs, straight-outta-the-70s spider plants, and easy-care snake plants. These houseplants reminded us of simpler times in the past, or exciting places we couldn’t travel to right then. With the pandemic dragging on, we’re still turning to that indoor jungle to provide comfort, beauty, and even a sense of companionship.
“After two years of living in a pandemic, with canceled trips and overall burnout, creating a sanctuary in your own home is more important than ever,” says Jarema Osofsky, plant stylist, landscape designer, and owner of Dirt Queen NYC. Here’s what she and fellow plant experts Hilton Carter and Maryah Greene see trending with houseplants in 2022.
1. Oversized Statement Plants
Delicate little succulents in elf-size pots are cute, but this is the year for great big plants that make a bold botanical statement. We’re talking 8-foot-tall potted palms, 6-foot-tall bird of paradise, and Ficus Audrey that can grow into towering indoor trees. The reason for the big plant binge? We’re a few years into the houseplant trend, and we’ve gotten more confident about our plant-care skills, says Greene, a plant doctor, consultant, and founder of Brooklyn-based plant care and styling business Greene Piece. “There’s plenty of information out there and lots of experts to ask for help, so people aren’t shying away from big species,” she says. Big plants are also a fast way to transform your space. “An oversized cactus or bird of paradise with broad, arching leaves that span from floor to ceiling has far more impact than several desktop-size plants,” Osofsky says.
2. Blooming Plants
We’ve got roomfuls of leafy-green tropicals. Now we’re adding in flowering plants, so we get more color. “Blooming plants tie us to nature, and we need that connection,” says Carter, who’s an author, plant specialist, stylist, and owner of a home filled with more than 300 plants. The blooming houseplant of 2022, he says, is hoya, and his favorite is variegated Hoya carnosa. Cue your ’70s nostalgia, when hoyas were a staple houseplant, often dangling from a macrame plant hanger. Osofsky says orchids and anthuriums will join hoyas as the blooming stars of our houseplant collections. “They will bring our indoor gardens to the next level,” she says. Because nothing says “mission accomplished” to a gardener like getting a plant to bloom. “Seeing your plant flower, and knowing you had a small part to play in that, is one of the greatest joys for a plant parent,” Osofsky says.
3. Plants with Colorful Leaves
Flowers aren’t the only way we’ll add color. We’re also going to be into fancy foliage, so plants with colorful leaves or textures will be hot commodities. Expect polka dot begonias to be a big deal, says Carter, and anything with variegated leaves. Watermelon peperomia will be a plant to have this year, he says, as well as ‘Birkin’ and ‘Congo Rojo’ philodendrons. Greene says rex begonias, darlings of the Victorian era, will be popular this year too, because their purple, pink, and chartreuse leaves add so much color and texture. She sees calatheas having a moment too. There’s design theory behind this desire for more colors. Putting splashes of color from flowers and variegated leaves against a backdrop of greenery adds sophisticated layers of color and texture to a room. Layering, the art of making multiple finishes, textures, and colors work together, makes a room look like it was pulled together by a design pro. Adding blooms and patterned leaves to your plant collection will up the design IQ of your indoor jungle.
4. Fabulous Ferns
Ferns have had fans from the Gilded Age to the Disco Era, so it’s no surprise they’re still a must-have plant in 2022. These nostalgic, textual plants are perfect for mixing into your grandmillennial decor scheme. Fern love will expand this year as we embrace more exotic varieties. “Staghorn ferns are very popular right now,” Carter says. “I’m hearing from a lot of people who want to know how to take care of them.” He recommends mounting staghorn ferns on a board and hanging them on a wall to take your indoor jungle vertical. Australian tree fernand maidenhair ferns will also be popular choices for their delicate fronds and graceful appearance. Ferns are versatile and can be placed in hanging baskets, terrariums, or as floor plants, making them an excellent addition to any plant collection.
5. Rare and Unusual Plants
As the houseplant trend continues to grow, plant enthusiasts are seeking out unique and hard-to-find varieties to add to their collections. Rare and unusual plants are becoming highly sought after, and plant collectors are willing to go the extra mile to find them. “People are looking for plants that you can’t just find at your local big-box store,” says Osofsky. Plants like variegated monstera, pink princess philodendron, and string of hearts are just a few examples of rare and visually striking plants that have gained popularity. These plants not only add visual interest but also become conversation starters and statement pieces in your home.
6. Vertical Gardens
With limited floor space in many homes, vertical gardens are becoming a popular solution for plant lovers. These gardens utilize wall space to create a lush and vibrant display of hanging plants, mounted plants, and climbing vines. “Vertical gardens are perfect for small spaces or anyone looking to maximize their indoor jungle,” says Greene. You can create your own vertical garden by installing floating shelves, hanging planters, or wall-mounted planters. This trend allows you to transform blank walls into living art and brings greenery to eye level, adding depth and dimension to your space.
7. Sustainable Plant Practices
As environmental concerns continue to grow, so does the emphasis on sustainable plant practices. Plant owners are becoming more conscious of their plant choices and how they care for them. The use of organic fertilizers and pest control methods, water conservation, and recycling plant materials are becoming key focuses for plant enthusiasts. “People are seeking out eco-friendly and sustainable options for their plants, such as using compost and natural pest control methods,” says Carter. Choosing locally sourced plants and supporting nurseries that prioritize sustainable practices are also ways to contribute to a greener plant community.
As we navigate through 2022, these houseplant trends will help us create vibrant and sustainable indoor jungles that bring joy, beauty, and a connection to nature into our homes. Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or just starting your indoor garden, there’s a trend to suit your style and preferences. So, go ahead and embrace the greenery!