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Plants are no longer an outdoor thing, they're increasingly making their way onto shelves and bedrooms Crocus

Whilst homeware trends are ever-changing, one thing that's not disappearing in 2018 is the popularity of house plants. Instagram and Pinterest pages are only feeding into our desires for leafy, fresh interiors and what's more, now there's an aesthetic for everyone.

Whilst there are a vast array of types to choose from, there have definitely been a trend in the ones that have found their way into many of our homes — they are both attractive and easy to care for. In light of these two important factors, here are the trendiest house plants right now:

Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

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Swiss Cheese plants have splits in their leaves Crocus

With large glossy heart-shaped leaves, this plant is undeniably striking. Be careful though — these can grow into huge sizes hence its name, monstera, meaning monstrous. It's pretty great for British climate too as it doesn't need direct sunlight and simply needs moist soil.


Ivy are both outside and inside plants Crocus

Ivy plants are not only great climbers outdoors but are also brilliant indoor plants. They're often featured in suspended hangers or on shelves . The key maintenance tip is to prune the leaves to avoid chaotic jungle vibes and provision of bright light.

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Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera isn't just attractive, it's long been heralded a 'miracle' product for its health benefits Crocus

It might be one of the most well-known succulents but aloe vera is far from past it. Not only does it thrive in dry conditions — don't fret if you forget about it for weeks — you can also repot it if the upper plant gets too heavy. In general they're seen as fuss-free and have a whole host of health benefits associated with them including soothing rashes, helping digestion and boosting the immune system.

Maranta (Prayer Plant)

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The leaf patters for this plant are just so unique — there are even strands of pink running through them. The important thing to note with this plant is to keep it away from direct sunlight as it could fade the leaves, and never let it completely dry out before watering. The big downside with this beautiful plant is that it can attract pests such as spider mites although this isn't always the case.

Bamboo Palm

bamboo palms can grow quite tall as seen here Crocus

This attractive palm is not only good to look at, it also works wonders for your health. It tops the list of best plants for filtering out the carcinogenic properties in benzene and trichloroethylene for example. Unlike other palm plants, the bamboo can survive under low light levels and can grow anywhere between four and 12ft.

Calathea (Peacock Plants)

The variety of colours in its leaves are one of the reasons it's such a popular plant Crocus

The ribbed colourful leaves on this plant make it no surprise why it is so popular. Also when the sun breaks through in the morning, the leaves open up to receive the light and then close again in the evening. Only downside — these are slightly trickier to care for. The leaves are affected by the quality of water used used as nutrient (e.g. hard or soft) so distilled water is the best. Beauty comes at a price after all.

Ficus elastica (Rubber Plant)

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Rubber plants have lovely waxy leaves Crocus

When cared for properly these 'bad boys' can reach the lofty heights of 50ft. The important thing with them however is striking the right balance between light and water. Rubber plants enjoy indirect bright light and extremely low levels of water when they are not growing.

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