How to create your own urban jungle with our large houseplant range
Those of you who are long-time fans of The Little Botanical will know that the team here love indoor plants in all shapes and sizes and our urban jungle houseplants are no exception. In fact, there is such an array of choices that make indoor plants such a fab option to compliment your interiors. Whether you’re looking for small or spiky, tall or trailing, long or leafy, there is sure to be a green beauty to reflect your personality and style.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at our range of big indoor plants because sometimes, in some spaces, only the largest of our botanical buddies will do and an indoor statement plant (or two!) is required to create maximum impact in your very own urban jungle.
The benefits of large indoor plants
We hope this little intro to some of the big botanicals in our range gives you some inspiration; there’s sure to be an option that reflects your own personal taste when it comes to styling your home with these big indoor plants.
However, these big beauties are so much more than fab style statements. Incorporating greenery into your living space brings with it a whole host of health benefits too. Did you know, for example, that plants will purify the air around you, remove carbon dioxide and increase oxygen through photosynthesis? Some of these clever plants will also remove harmful toxins from the air such as formaldehyde and toluene. Studies have shown that all this cleaner air can help to reduce stress and allergy symptoms, prevent headaches, increase productivity, and even lower blood pressure. We think that’s blooming marvellous. So, the next time you’re on the lookout for a style refresh in your home or office, consider choosing a big botanical to improve your interiors and your wellbeing!
Read on for a full rundown of some of our top picks to help you choose which big indoor plants will work best for your style, and space.
Types of big indoor plants
All the plants in our big collection will reach impressive proportions of 1m or higher, some even reaching the towering height of 1.5m. So, whichever you choose, be sure to give them plenty of room so that they can reach their full, gorgeous green potential; they will transform a dull corner or an empty space from bland and boring to bright and bold in an instant.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig
Also known as the Ficus Lyrata, this tropical beauty with its large, paddle-shaped, vibrant green leaves is a fab choice to bring impressive jungle vibes to your space. Available in either a stylish cotton and seagrass belly basket or a chic grey ceramic, this guy will instantly transform a dull corner into an enviable style statement.
And, as if his good looks weren’t enough of a reason to snap this green beauty up, he’s also relatively low maintenance as well. He will thrive in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Give him water when the top few inches of soil are dry – approximately once a week and mist his leaves daily. Unfortunately, though, as fab as this guy is, this big houseplant is not safe for cats or dogs as his sap can make them unwell. If you’re keen to know more about this epic plant, check out our blog dedicated to all things Fiddle Leaf Fig.
The Areca Palm
This impressive green beauty is another easy-care, tropical specimen. Available in large or XL, the bright green, palmy leaves on this gorgeous guy will add a fab pop of colour to brighten up your space and create a stunning focal point in your indoor jungle. Choose between our signature cotton and seagrass belly basket for rustic charm or our bespoke grey ceramic for understated chic.
It doesn’t take too much effort to keep this guy happy either. Simply pop him in a bright spot away from direct sunlight, give him water about once a week when the top layer of soil is dry and mist his lovely leaves occasionally.
And in even better news, this big houseplant is safe for cats and dogs, so he’ll keep your furry friends happy as well as you.
Spruce up your living space with the gorgeous, green spiky Yucca. His sword-shaped leaves and impressive proportions will make a striking statement in your urban jungle. Choose between the large which stands up to 1m tall or the XL which can reach the lofty heights of 1.3m. Keep him thriving in a light spot and water every 10 days or so. It’s also a good idea to turn him regularly to encourage even growth, as he will grow towards the light. Sadly, this guy is not pet safe so best avoided if you have a furry friend or two.
The Rubber Plant
Native to Southern Asia, the Rubber Plant, also known as the Ficus Elastica, is gorgeously green and leafy. With his thick glossy leaves and impressive size, he proves to be a popular choice among you lovely plant people, but he does require a little more TLC than some of our other big botanicals. This is not a big houseplant that likes shade; give him a bright spot and some water about once a week when the top layers of soil are dry. It’s important to ensure your rubber plant doesn’t sit in water as this can cause root rot. And unfortunately, just like his relative, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, he is not safe for pets. For more detailed information about this gorgeous green beauty, have a read of our blog.
The Bird of Paradise
Known also as the Strelitzia Nicolai or the Wild Banana plant, this epic green beauty, with its spray of gorgeous green, paddle-shaped leaves, will add an oh-so-stylish air to your chosen space. When you combine his good looks with his low maintenance credentials, it’s easy to see why this guy is popular with those of you with a vast empty space just crying out for a splash of green. To keep your Bird of Paradise lovely and luscious, ensure your chosen spot is nice and bright but not in direct sunlight and give him water about once a week. For a fuller rundown on the best way to care for this green beauty, have a read of our blog dedicated to this statement plant.
This stunning, big statement indoor plant is just perfect if you’re looking for a dramatic addition to your urban jungle. Whether you choose our gorgeous cotton and seagrass belly basket or hand-painted grey ceramic, his spiky leaves will certainly make an eye-catching feature. And he’s fabulously easy to look after; he’ll be happy in a slightly shadier spot away from direct sunlight and he likes some water every 10 days or so, but he will cope if you leave him a little longer!
The Lemon & Lime Dracaena
If you’re looking to really brighten up your space, take a look at this gorgeous large indoor plant. Available in large and XL, this gorgeous green beauty will bring all the tropical vibes with his fab yellow and green striped leaves – bold colour blocking at its best! And just like his cousin featured above, this feature plant likes a shady spot and some water every 7-10 days.
For an indoor statement plant that’s a little different to the rest in our range, look no further than the wonderful Ficus Benjamina, also known as the Weeping Fig. Unlike many of the large-leaved plants in our big houseplant range, this gorgeous guy boasts an abundance of smaller, emerald-green leaves and he makes an impressive statement piece in your space. For all you need to know about the Weeping Fig, read our blog, but in the meantime remember to water him once a week and keep him out of direct sunlight and away from draughts.
The Dracaena Marginata
Next up is our Dracaena Marginata, a stunning, spiky plant, perfect for bringing a touch of cool structure and texture to your interior. These stunners are available in a choice of colours; dark red/brown, vibrant green or pink and green bi-colour and they’ll arrive at your door ready to go in our signature belly baskets. These are a fab choice for newbie plant parents or the time-poor among you as they are wonderfully low maintenance and will thrive with minimal care; simply provide him with some water every 10 days or so and place them in a medium lit spot.
The Big Monstera Deliciosa
There’s a reason this stunning houseplant, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, is one of our bestsellers; his timeless elegance makes him a real classic. Those huge, gorgeously glossy, green leaves add vibrancy to your home that will really transform your space; just beautiful. Keep this big beauty happy with a bright spot and water once a week.
The Cast Iron Houseplant
Add a touch of sophisticated style to your home with the gorgeous, elongated leaves of this big statement houseplant. The bright green of the plant pairs beautifully with the rustic charm of the TLB signature belly baskets. Also known as the Aspidistra, this guy is known for being a hardy houseplant as he can tolerate some neglect – great news for newbie plant parents or anyone who doesn’t always have plant care quite top of mind! And he’s a top air purifier too, win-win!
The Big Peace Lily
Turn your home into an oasis of calm and tranquillity with the beautiful Peace Lily. With stunning white blooms contrasting against the green foliage and fab air-purifying qualities, it’s no surprise this green beauty also makes it onto the bestselling list. He’s not quite as easy-care as some of our other big beauties – check out our blog and you’ll have his care regime perfected in no time.
The Big Calathea
We don’t want to say we leave the best until last because we love all our green beauties here at TLB, but the Calathea, also known as the Prayer Plant, is particularly special. This plant is characterised by the movement of the leaves; they move up towards the light at dusk and open out again at dawn, as if in prayer, hence the Prayer Plant moniker. And they are just beautiful. With their calming movements and stunning colours, this oh-so-fabulous beauty will add so much character and interest to your home. We just love it, and we think you will too!
Large Plants for Big Spaces
Our very last pick in this rundown of big indoor statement plants is for those of you who are lucky enough to have an extra-large space and want to really go big on the urban jungle vibes. If that sounds right up your street then take a look at this fab Large Plants for Big Spaces bundle which buddies three of our favourite larger than life botanicals, the Swiss Cheese Plant, the Fiddle Leaf Fig and the XL Yucca. Style these in a dull, empty space for a huge injection of enviable green chic creating a wonderful green focal point.
How to keep your big indoor plants healthy
The care needs for all plants vary by type and this is no different for our big varieties. For the specific needs of your chosen big houseplant, it’s best to check out the care instructions on our website as we include a plant care guide for all our products.
However, there are some general care guidelines that can be followed for all our big beauties. The main thing to bear in mind is not to over-care for them. They will flourish when they are watered about once a week or when the top layer of soil is dry; don’t let them sit in water as this can cause root rot. Place them in a well-lit spot away from direct sunlight as their leaves can be easily scorched.
Follow these simple steps and we promise your big botanical buddy will be one happy houseplant and will grow to a stunningly impressive size.
Where to style your large indoor plant
These beautiful, big botanicals will transform your chosen space with their tropical vibes. If you’re going to give these gorgeous oversized guys a home, we’d recommend popping them in an area that’s used regularly. Their size will undoubtedly mean that they will be a feature in your home with an instant wow factor, so placing them in a spot where they can be regularly admired and appreciated will maximise their impact. A dull corner of your lounge or an empty space in your open plan living area will do nicely. They would also make a great work buddy standing tall next to your desk.
Whichever big botanical you choose and wherever you decide to place them, we hope you enjoy having them as part of your very own urban jungle. We’d love to see some pics when yours are settled in, tag us on insta; @thelittelbotanical once they’ve made themselves at home. And if you have any questions about these fab big houseplants, we’d love to hear from you; drop us a line at [email protected]. And in the meantime, enjoy all the green!
Team TLB x