#6 Cast-Iron Plant
One of the toughest you can grow, cast-iron plant withstands neglect, low light, low humidity, and a wide range of temperatures. It grows slowly so purchase a plant that is large enough for the space in which you intend to use it. Several varieties have white or yellow variegation on their leaves.
This plant really lives up to its name: It's nearly indestructible.
Growing Conditions: Low light; 45-85 degrees F.; keep evenly moist during active growth, barely moist in fall and winter
Size: To 2 feet tall and wide
This plant has great foliage; the leaves are punctuated with shades of silver, gray, or shades of green making Chinese evergreen an attractive choice to brighten low-light areas of your home. Take a cue from shopping mall plantings and use Chinese evergreen as a ground cover around an upright, treelike houseplant. Or showcase it alone as a specimen plant.
It's extra tough and has attractive leaves that brighten low light spots.
Growing Conditions: Low to medium light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep evenly moist
Size: To 3 feet tall and wide
While this showy shrub survives in low light levels, its foliage shows the best color in bright spots. Its gold, pink, and orange tones glow when backlit from a sunny window. Wash the leaves occasionally to maintain their shine and keep it looking dramatic.
It has beautiful, leathery leaves with exotic and colorful markings.
Growing Conditions: Bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings
Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide
Several closely related species share the common name of dieffenbachia. All produce cane like stems with lush foliage variegated in green and white. Grow one by itself to for a tree appearance or several together in a single container for a shrubby look. One of the plant's common names, dumb cane, comes from the effect of the toxic sap that if eaten causes swelling and numbness in the mouth and throat.
Its large, green-and-white leaves create a decidedly tropical look to any room of your home (and it's great for decorating decks and patios in the summer).
Growing Conditions: Low to medium light; 60-80 degrees F.; keep evenly moist
Size: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide