Choose some of the most dependable, easy-to-grow evergreens as the backbone of your indoor displays.
Many of them are tough enough for the more difficult positions around the home, and some are bold enough to be focal point plants, too.
The glossy evergreens such as dracaenas, fatsias, ficus, scheffleras, palms and philodendrons generally make excellent stand-alone plants, but they can also be used as the framework plants for groups and arrangements. They will be far more robust than plants with thin or papery leaves, feathery and frondy ferns, or even those with hairy leaves.
You will need these other leaf textures, as well as flowering plants, to add variety of shape and form and a touch of color, but it makes sense to use the toughest evergreens as the basis of your houseplant displays.
When a tough plant is needed for a cold or drafty spot, such as a hallway or near a back door, consider using some of the hardy foliage plants that have to cope with frost and gales when planted outdoors. Ivies are also good for these areas if you want a tough climber or trailer instead of a standing plant. There are lots of varieties to choose from, with a wide choice of leaf shape, size and color.
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