Large House Plants

Large house plants are excellent for creating big impact in a room. Tall house plants can make a large space feel cozier, especially when placed around a seating area. Or they can soften an entryway and make it more welcoming.         

Most rooms have space for at least one large house plant. Of course, you don't want to overwhelm a room with plants that are too big for it, or the space will feel crowded. It's a good idea to use bigger, bolder plants in a large room to add height.

large house plantsSwiss Cheese Plant and Rubber Plant get a boost with matching plant stands.

Big Ideas and High Ideals

Large tropical house plants -- those that grow 5 ft or higher -- are ideal for adding instant drama to any living space.

Spathiphyllum (aka Peace Lily) is one of the easiest flowering plants you'll ever grow.

Some, such as swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron, are giants in their native South American jungle, sprawling as wide as they are tall. Indoors, they may need to be staked.

Tropical bird of paradise is a large leaf house plant that makes a statement wherever you put it. This evergreen is gorgeous year-round, even when it's not in bloom. However, the blue-and-orange flowers that appear in summer are simply spectacular.

split leaf philodendron, large house plantsSplit-leaf philodendron scrambles up trees in its native jungle habitat.
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Go Big or Go Home?

Have the best of both worlds by adding a large house plant to your living space.

This schefflera is lush and full, with mounds of tropical green "umbrellas." 

You'll love sharing your home with this beautiful tropical plant. Put it in front of a bright, sunny window and keep it warm year-round. You'll find it's easy to please indoors.

Take a Stand

Balance a tall plant by placing a smaller one on a plant stand on the opposite wall.

Repeating plant shapes will give harmony to the room's decor. Use a couple fountain-shaped plants, such as a bushy Boston fern and a ponytail palm. Or two rosette-shaped plants, like a bird's nest fern and a bromeliad.

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Noteworthy Figs

Tall house plants often have a treelike habit, such as a weeping fig (shown here), a rubber plant, or a fiddle leaf fig.

All three from the ficus family make excellent indoor house plants because they adapt well to average temperature and lighting conditions in the home. 

Some newer hybrids are variegated, giving them even more decorative interest.

Ready to take the guesswork out of caring for large house plants?

Discover how to know if your plant is thirsty, or more likely drowning...the warning signs of too much to tell if your plant is getting enough sun...and more. 

It all starts with house plant care here.

large house plantsThis tall palm tree makes a lush backdrop for a seating area. Photo: Kari Shea

Palms, Pines and Plumeria

Indoor palm trees are among the most popular house plants, and with good reason. Generally low-maintenance, these large palm trees grow best in indirect light and look especially beautiful when used to fill a corner.

Norfolk Island pine is easy to find in floral shops around Christmastime. This tropical pine is typically low-cost, so even a larger, older tree won't break the bank. Its strong horizontal lines make a stunning contrast in a large, open room.

Also called frangipani tree, plumeria grows quite large. Because this beautiful flowering tree prefers warm temps and high humidity it can be hard to please in many homes. However, if you can meet its needs, you'll enjoy heavenly fragrant flowers from summer through fall.

large house plants, plumeria indoors, frangipani treeImagine a wonderfully fragrant Plumeria tree growing in a sunny window.
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