The great thing about houseplants is that you can really never have too many of them. If you add too many décor pieces to a space it comes across as being cluttered, but when you add more plants the room becomes full of life. Plants help clean the air in your home and they provide fresh oxygen. Plus, some are showy enough to essentially be considered pieces of art. If you want to skip the traditional art forms, and decorate with plants instead, consider some of the most eye-catching and gossip-worthy varieties.

 

Indoor Bonsai Tree

You probably just had a vision of Mr. Miyagi from “Karate Kid” pruning his beloved bonsai trees. These mini trees truly are artistic masterpieces, and the best thing about having an indoor bonsai tree is that you get to be the artist. You get to have the satisfaction of manipulating the tree in the growth pattern you desire, and having your art proudly on display for everyone to admire.

     

    Oxalis

    If you are looking for a unique and intriguing blooming plant, check out the oxalis. With its clover-like purple leaves and nearly constant show of white and pink flowers it will be the topic of conversation with your guests.

       

      Aloe Plant

      Not only does the aloe plant look cool, the gel inside the leaves has a ton of uses. It does everything from detox the body to soothe a sunburn.

         

         

        Zebra Plant

        If its bold-striped foliage is not exciting enough, the zebra plant offers six weeks of vibrant yellow blooms, as well. The best thing about the blooms is that they arrive in autumn when everything else is dying. These plants need humidity to flourish.

           

          Kaffir Lily

          This plant may not be overly exciting to look at the rest of the year, but when the cluster of yellow and reddish-orange tubular flowers blooms in January, you will not be able to take your eyes off it. This plant is extremely poisonous to children and pets.

             

            Bird of Paradise

            Can you believe one of the best known tropical flowers is surprisingly easy to grow indoors? This is a vigorous, rapid-growing plant that can be transplanted outdoors for the summer and brought inside in autumn.

               

              Red-edged Dracaena

              This vibrant plant can grow to be as tall as your ceiling. Its thick green spear-like leaves are all trimmed in red, and can actually look hot pink in some lighting. These plants remove xylene, formaldehyde, and other toxins from the air.