11 tall, statement houseplants to give your living space a new lease of life

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Looking for an easy way to revamp your interiors this spring? Try adding a tall, statement plant to your home to brighten things up.

As the weather warms up and the brighter days of spring approach, now is the perfect time to give your living space a refresh.

There are plenty of ways you can go about doing this, from giving the walls a fresh lick of paint to having a spring clean and reorganising your belongings. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to transform your space, a new statement plant might be just what you’re looking for.

When we use the term ‘statement plant’, what we mean is a plant that’s taller or bigger than your average cacti or succulent – think mini trees and lots of thick, fleshy leaves. 

While any size of indoor plant can elevate your interior style (and boost your mental health at the same time), going supersized and opting for a big plant is the perfect way to give your space a whole new feel and really mix things up. 

It’s worth noting that buying a statement plant is not cheap, so make sure you read up on how to keep your new plant alive before taking the plunge and spending your hard-earned money. 

From fiddle leaf figs to swiss cheese plants, our edit of the best statement indoor plants is sure to give you a lot of food for thought. And once you’ve decided on the plant you want, check out our guide to the best online plant shops to get shopping.     

  • Yucca Tree

    Yucca Plant in a living room next to a sofa
    Tall Plants: Yucca Plant from The Little Botanical.

    Add a touch of the tropical to your living space with this extra-large yucca tree from The Little Botanical.

    With its bright green, sword shaped leaves and thick trunk, the iconic silhouette of the yucca makes it an eye-catching addition to any room.

    Shop Yucca Plant at The Little Botanical, £100

  • Large Pinstripe Calathea

    Pinstripe Calathea in Large Size
    Tall Plants: Large Pinstripe Calathea from Leaf Envy.

    Although not as tall as the other plants on this list, this luscious pinstripe calathea makes up for its smaller size with its abundance of stripy leaves.

    It’s also a great plant for low light spots, so you can add some greenery to the dingier areas of your home.

    Shop Large Pinstripe Calathea at Leaf Envy, £46 

  • Cast Iron Plant

    A tall cast iron plant from Happy Houseplants with big leaves
    Tall Plants: Cast Iron Plant from Happy Houseplants.

    On top of it’s dark green colouring and elegant, paddle-shaped leaves, the cast iron plant has made a name for itself for it’s practically indestructible nature. 

    If you’re a serial plant killer, then this is the plant for you: the cast iron plant can deal with poor light, warm and cold temperatures and poor air quality. It also happens to be slow-growing, so it won’t outgrow the space you’ve chosen for it for a while. 

    Shop Cast Iron Plant at Happy Houseplants, £69.99

  • Weeping Fig

    Patch Plants weeping fig tree
    Tall Plants: Weeping Fig from Patch Plants.

    The Weeping Fig (or Ficus Benjamina) comes in both non-variegated and variegated types, but this deep green plant from Patch Plants has really drawn our attention. 

    Although this plant is known for its ability to drop leaves when put under stress, if you leave it in a bright corner of your house and water when the top two inches of topsoil are dried out, it should be pretty happy.

    Shop Weeping Fig at Patch Plants, £90

  • Branched Fiddle Leaf Fig

    Fiddle-Leaf Fig tree from Happy Houseplants
    Tall Plants: Branched Fiddle-Leaf Fig from Happy Houseplants.

    You’ve probably seen them plastered all over your Instagram feed by now, but the fiddle-leaf fig shows no sign of going away. 

    There’s only one problem: these big leafy giants may look fantastic, but they’re quite hard to keep happy. To keep one happy, you need to make sure you give it just enough sun and water (too much or too little will make it unhappy), and make sure the air isn’t too dry (use a humidifier or give it a regular mist).

    Shop Branched Fiddle-Leaf Fig at Happy Houseplants, from £124.99

  • Swiss Cheese Plant

    Swiss Cheese Plant or Monstera Deliciosa in a raised pot
    Tall Plants: Swiss Cheese Plant from Patch Plants.

    The swiss cheese plant (or monstera deliciosa, as it is also called) is one of the most popular indoor plants out there, and for good reason. 

    Importantly, it’s super easy to care for – provide your plant with gentle sunlight and keep the soil moist, and they’ll be pretty happy. Plus, their unique foliage makes for a fantastic statement plant.

    Shop Swiss Cheese Plant at Patch Plants, £100

  • Coconut Palm

    Coconut Palm
    Tall Plants: Coconut Palm from Beards & Daisies.

    Sleek and sophisticated, the coconut palm is the perfect plant for any tight corners which need a new lease of life. 

    While at first the needs of the coconut palm can make it sound a bit intimidating – it needs warm temperatures and regular misting to stay in good shape – its requirements make it the perfect statement plant for the bathroom. If taken good care of, this plant can even reach up to 5ft tall. 

    Shop Coconut Palm at Beards & Daisies, £32.99

  • Rubber Plant

    Tall rubber plant
    Tall Plants: Rubber Plant from Bloombox Club.

    Rubber plants would make a statement in any area of the home or office; their beautiful glossy leaves will look great alongside any style of décor. 

    These plants thrive in bright light conditions, so consider placing them in front of a window to help them flourish – plus, they only need watering once or twice a week (depending on the season), so they’re great for someone looking for a plant that’s pretty low maintenance.

    Shop Rubber Plant at Bloombox Club, £70

  • Snake Plant

    Patch Plants Snake Plant
    Tall Plants: Snake Plant from Patch Plants.

    There are plenty of different kinds of snake plant, so you’re sure to find one that works for you. 

    These gentle giants are almost unkillable: they’ll deal with everything from low light to missed watering. They also happen to look great in a raised plant pot, by the way.

    Shop Snake Plant at Patch Plants, £65

  • Umbrella Plant

    Umbrella Plant
    Tall Plants: Umbrella Plant from Primrose.

    These incredible plants have some beautifully unique leaves which are sure to make an impact. Named for the way which each group of leaves droop and fan out like an umbrella, this plant is actually great for beginners, despite the fact that it looks quite complicated. 

    All you need to do to keep your umbrella plant happy is provide it with some indirect light and give it some water once a week.

    Shop Umbrella Plant at Primrose, £85.99

  • Kentia Palm

    Kentia Palm
    Tall Plants: Kentia Palm from Patch Plants.

    If you want to make a statement, the kentia palm is your guy. With its wide, spread-out leaves and towering stems, it has everything you’d want from a statement plant. 

    The best bit? Kentia palms require relatively little maintenance besides a little water and sunlight (you may need to mist your plant a couple of times a week), but it’s well worth it for the way it’ll look in your home.

    Shop Kentia Palm at Patch Plants, £140

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s junior digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.

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