The Best Houseplants for Focal Points

Tiny containers look cute, but to create a statement, go for big, bold, sculptural plants in dramatic pots.

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Choosing a Statement Plant

Before buying a plant, think about where you would like to position it, and how much space you can afford. Plants with large dark leaves tend to prefer shade, while those with variegated foliage and palms enjoy more light.

Also consider how quickly your plant will grow. Some, such as the bamboo palm, stay the same size for many years, while vigorous plants, like the sentry palm, and Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), can double their size in a couple of years, given the right conditions.

Placing Your Plant
Use your plant as a focal point to draw attention to an area of the room, or to provide a leafy contrast to the hard lines of cabinets and other furniture. Also, ensure the plant won't be an obstacle, and choose a pot that matches your decor.

The large glossy leaves and elegant white flowers of the peace lily are matched by this simple metal container. Choose a large variety for a big statement.

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