10 underrated houseplants, according to professional green thumbs


With so many different plants to choose from, how on earth are you supposed to determine which green friends are best for your space (or a client’s)? That’s where the pros come in to help out. We’ve called on a series of experts to weigh in with their top picks for underrated yet totally fantastic houseplants that deserve a little extra love. In addition to looking chic, plants offer plenty of health- and wellness-related benefits—from air purification to encouraging lower levels of stress and anxiety. You certainly don’t have to feel guilty about stocking up on several, whether you choose to do so at your local nursery or hardware store or via online resources including The SillBloomscape, and more. Read on for our list of the most underrated houseplants, according to designers, professional green thumbs, and more.

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 27: Ife sansevieria or African bowstring hemp (Sansevieria cylindrica), Asparagaceae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)DEA / C. DANI/Getty Images

Sansevieria cylindrica

“I am obsessed with this plant. It is so sculptural and looks perfect in a modern or minimalist home or anywhere that needs a more structured accent. They look cool in a small pot and can be a major feature in a large pot. On top of their cool look, they are practically indestructible. Water every few weeks or when you remember.” —Allison Garrison, Allito Spaces

Olea europaea ‘Wilsonii’

“We are obsessed with the non-fruiting olive tree. It’s a common misconception that these trees do not work inside, but they are graceful, add height, and are easy to maintain. In fact, with a little love, they can last up to 10 years indoors! If you have tired of the fiddle-leaf fig, look no further than the olive tree as the perfect alternative.” —Chelsea Murawski, Together Home

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 27: Pony tail (Beaucarnea recurvata), Nolinaceae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)DEA / C. DANI/Getty Images

Beaucarnea recurvata

“[Ponytail palms] are perfect for beginners. They have so much presence with their thin wispy leaves and only need watering once every few weeks. Get a hefty one to get the full effect of their hairy goodness!” —Allison Garrison, Allito Spaces

Aglaonema pictum.

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“This is one of my favourites for plant styling, as it comes in so many colours and varieties. If you need a plant that’s lush and bushy, Aglaonema (or Chinese evergreen) is the one! It also has become one of my favourites as it’s easy to tell when it needs to be watered, which is great for new plant parents.” — Julia Rago, TorontoPlantGirl

“The Aglaonema ‘silver queen’ is a beautiful larger plant that can easily fit in a smaller space, and is much easier to care for than a bird of paradise, which seems to be the large go-to plant. They can also thrive in a variety of different light conditions and occasionally handle neglect.” — Sanja Todorovic, Birdy’s Plants

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