This plant is as impressive as its name. It bears tufts of long, narrow, deep green leaves edged in red at the tips of woody gray stems. Young plants are shrubbier, but soon grow more upright. The variety 'Tricolor' has pink-and-cream leaf margins, and is sometimes known as rainbow plant.
Its grassy leaves on tall stems give it a festive appearance.
Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 65-75 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: To 10 feet tall and 2 feet wide
If watering is an issue, jade plant may be for you. This slow grower can survive for decades if it has bright light and stays dry. It combines well with cacti and other succulents. It appreciates normal room temperatures during the growing season, but grows best if you keep it on the cool side and just moist enough to prevent leaves from shriveling through winter.
It's a low-water, treelike plant with interesting, gnarly branches and succulent, fleshy leaves.
Growing Conditions: Bright light; 65-75 degrees F., 55 degrees F. in winter; keep moderately dry
Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet tall
Peperomias are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Red-edge peperomia (pictured) has a narrow band of red surrounding a wide creamy leaf margin. Other peperomias we love include ripple peperomia, watermelon peperomia, baby rubber plant, and silverleaf peperomia.
Its waxy, colorful foliage adds a splash of color in any room -- without taking up a lot of space.
Growing Conditions: Low to medium light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: To 1 foot tall and wide
Norfolk Island Pine
The secret to keeping Norfolk Island pine healthy is to give it ample light and humidity. In low light, the lower branches may turn brown and fall off. If the air is too dry, it becomes a prime target for spider mites, a common houseplant pest. In its native habitat, Norfolk Island pine can reach 200 feet tall, but don't worry -- indoors, it seldom grows taller than 10 feet.
This tree is perfect for decorating for Christmas -- or giving as a holiday gift. Outside the holidays, its soft texture adds a cozy feeling to any room.
Growing Conditions: Bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: To 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide