15 Beautiful Tall Plants That Completely Transformed My Home Decor

by John Griffith

I still remember the day I decided to give my home a green makeover. It was a gloomy Saturday and I felt I needed a change in my life, specifically my space. Since I’m renting, I can’t do a lot to my apartment, so I brainstormed. I’ve always admired the lush interiors featured in home decor magazines, like Apartment Therapy, where tall, elegant plants make the rooms look like serene sanctuaries. Inspired, I set out on a mission to find the perfect tall plants to enhance my decor. I went to my local garden center and went wild.

I got a bunch of towering beauties for every corner and nook of my apartment. The transformation was immediate. My living room turned into a verdant oasis. Each plant brought its own unique character, adding layers of texture, color, and interest to every space. While a collection of petite houseplants is a great way to add a subtle, green accent to your home, if you are looking to make a big statement, then these tall plants are just what you need.

Filling my apartment with tall plants that transformed it into a lush oasis

Tall Plants You Need In Your Home

These plants are a real game-changer when it comes to home decor, as they offer way more than just a splash of green. According to experts at the Royal Horticultural Society, tall plants are an excellent way to bring a sense of scale and drama to your indoor space. Interior designers like Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper” share that these plants are a great way to create a focal point in your room. And with so many varieties, from the stately fiddle leaf fig to the elegant bird of paradise, there is a tall plant for every taste. Not only does adding plants to your home enhance its visual appeal, but it also improves your air quality and adds a sense of tranquility. So, if you are ready to elevate your home, these tall plants are just what you need.

These tall plants add drama, elegance, and tranquility to your space

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

Any space would be graced by the presence of the Fiddle Leaf Fig thanks to its enormous, violin-shaped leaves. It requires bright, indirect light and enjoys a moderately moist soil. This plant can grow tall and slender, making it ideal for corners or as a focal point in the living room. Aside from its visual appeal, it also contributes to better indoor air quality by filtering out contaminants, as it is an amazing air purifying plant.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig has big, violin-shaped leaves that love bright light

fiddle leaf fig plant

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

The vivid blossoms and striking banana-like leaves of the Bird of Paradise plant will bring a touch of the tropics into your house. It thrives in bright, direct sunlight and should be watered if the top inch of soil feels dry. It adds visual appeal and a breath of fresh air to areas with lots of natural light, such as living rooms or spaces with big windows.

The Bird of Paradise make any room feel like a tropical getaway

bird of paradise plant

Monstera Deliciosa

Gardeners and botanists alike adore the Monstera Deliciosa for its distinctively split foliage. This plant prefers bright, indirect light and high humidity. It’s also pretty tolerant if you miss a watering every now and then. This plant looks great in huge pots on the floor or on a trellis. Plus, it has been known to do a great job at cleaning the air, which means your house will be healthier and greener.

The Monstera Deliciosa will add jungle vibes to your home

tall plant monstera deliciosa

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

This is one of my favorite plants. Impressively tall and adorned with glossy dark green leaves, the Rubber Plant is a sight to behold. It prefers sunny, indirect light and moderate watering. Make sure the soil dries out slightly between waterings. Stylish and functional, this plant is an excellent choice for homes or workplaces because of its air-purifying qualities and the striking foliage it displays.

The Rubber Plant flaunts glossy green leaves

rubber plant leaves

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

Kentia Palms are known for their graceful and subtle appearance, as well as their arching fronds that bring a sense of the tropics to any space. Low to bright indirect light is ideal for its growth, and it is essential that the soil be allowed to dry out in between waterings. This palm is perfect for large spaces such as living rooms or entryways.

The Kentia Palm is perfect for big spaces

kentia palm in pot

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

This plant is a real beauty. That’s why I’ve got three of it at home. Both hardy and aesthetically pleasing, the Snake Plant is named after its vertical, sword-like leaves. It tolerates low light and infrequent watering, making it ideal for beginners. This plant is adaptable, do it can stay in pretty much any room. It looks great in bedrooms, offices, or hallways. It’s known for its ability to filter indoor air and create oxygen even at night.

The Snake Plant has tall, sword-like leaves that survive in low light

tall snake plant

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant has thick, shiny leaves that look beautiful and is quite low-maintenance. It does well in low light and doesn’t need much water, which makes it great for people who forget to water their plants. In addition to being an efficient air purifying plant, it is perfect for use in bedrooms, workplaces, or other poorly lit areas.

The ZZ Plant boasts thick, shiny leaves that thrive on neglect

zz plant

Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

The Dracaena Marginata looks great in any room thanks to its thin, arching leaves and bright red edges. It does best in bright, indirect light, but it can also handle less light. When the top inch of dirt is dry, make sure to water this plant. The Dracaena Marginata is ideal for offices or your home as its pretty and purifies the air.

The Dracaena Marginata can add a pop of color to your home

dragon tree plant

Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

The Majesty Palm will add a touch of tropical beauty to any room with its delicate fronds. In addition to preferring consistently moist soil, it does best in indirect, bright light. This palm looks great in large rooms or near big windows.

The Majesty Palm loves bright, indirect light

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

With its beautiful, thin leaves, the Bamboo Palm adds a bit of class to any room. It likes light that is indirect and constistant moisture levels. In addition to looking nice, this plant helps clean the air inside, making it perfect for living rooms or offices.

The Bamboo Palm is a really classy plant

bamboo palm

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Parlor Palm has thin, arching leaves and absolutely thrive in low to moderate light conditions. It is necessary to water it on a consistent basis, allowing the soil to become slightly dry in between waterings. It’s great for small homes or offices because it adds a touch of green without needing much care.

The Parlor Palm is perfect for small spaces and dark corners

parlor palm in white pot

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

The Norfolk Island Pine has soft, fluffy branches that make it look like a small Christmas tree. It thrives in bright, indirect light and requires its soil to be kept at a consistent moisture level. This plant is ideal for use in living areas or as a festive accent during the holiday season thanks to its appearance.

The Norfolk Island Pine has soft, fluffy branches that look like mini Christmas trees

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

The Weeping Fig is characterized by its glossy leaves and beautiful, arching appearance. It does best in bright, indirect light and needs to be watered often, but only after letting the soil dry out a bit. It looks great in living rooms or offices, as it adds a touch of class.

The Weeping Fig is sophisticated and stylish

Schefflera (Schefflera arboricola)

I added a Schefflera to my office for a touch of green. The glossy, umbrella-shaped leaves of the Schefflera plant also make it known by another name: the umbrella plant. It does best with bright, indirect light and a modest amount of water. This plant is great for adding color to living rooms or companies, and it also gets rid of harmful pollutants inside.

This plant is also known as the umbrella plant

umbrella plant

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)

In addition to having long, strappy leaves, the Corn Plant also has a yellow stripe running down the middle of each leaf. It does best in mild to bright, indirect light, and it likes it when the soil dries out a bit between waterings. It looks nice in living rooms or halls, as it adds some greenery.

The Corn Plant has strappy leaves with a yellow stripe that thrive in indirect light

tall plants corn plant

It’s been a couple of years since I brought some of these plants into my home, and yet I’m continually amazed by how they’ve changed up my space. Each plant, with its unique presence, has enhanced my space from an aesthetic standpoint. However, they also bring me peace and joy. Looking after these plants fills me with a sense of pride and serenity. From my lush Bird of Paradise to my fiddle leaf fig, these plants breathe life into the dull corners of my apartment and offer a calming presence! So, if you want to add some beauty to your home, I highly recommend adding these wonderful plants.

These tall plants transformed my space

John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.