Replace your Christmas tree with a large houseplantAli Barwani
Capital Gardens – The Home of House Plants – is the place to visit if you need a large houseplant.
We specialise in beautiful indoor plants and have the knowledge to help you find the right
houseplant for your home. If you haven’t taken down your Christmas tree yet because you can’t
face staring at a blank wall, then check out our top 12 large houseplant suggestions.
Christmas has come and gone for another year – as has Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the
Christmas season. If you have yet to declutter after Christmas, one superstition says that any
decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night should be left up until Candlemas Day (February 2nd).
Of course, tradition is one thing, but most people nowadays take down their festive decorations when
it is most convenient for their family.
Christmas 2020 was unusual
Christmas felt like everybody put their trees up early and are now reluctant to take them down. However,
over the past week you have probably noticed the streets are increasingly full of abandoned Christmas
trees awaiting the council recycling vans.
One thing that we discovered last year is that ‘Home’ has a renewed importance to us all. In the new
world we live in our homes have become a sanctuary from the outside. Homes are now also workplace,
office, sickroom, study and classroom- so its worth investing in a beautiful large houseplant that you
are going to be seeing a lot of.
Having enjoyed the beauty of a living Christmas tree you may feel the need
to redefine your living space with a beautiful large houseplant.
If you have taken down your Christmas tree and packed away the lights and baubles you are probably
looking for a simple way to refresh your home. We don’t suggest that you repaint the walls, buy a Banksy,
or expensive designer furniture. Our solution is easy, and natural – consider adding a large houseplant.
At Capital Gardens we believe that ‘Plants Make You Happy’. Houseplants bring freshness and life into
a home. A large houseplant is good at filling an awkward to fill, empty space.
Looking at plants has been shown to have a relaxing effect, and they also provide many other positive
health effects such as improving air quality, and reducing fatigue and headaches:
At Capital Gardens we have a superb collection of large and tall plants to create drama and impact in
If you are after the ‘Forest Look’ for your home, then we recommend:
1) Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata). With its large, glossy violin-shaped leaves this is the tree to give you
that ‘Don Draper’ feel. This air-purifying fig can tolerate semi-shade, but prefers bright, indirect light.
Originates from West Africa.
2) Dollar Plant (Pachira aquatica). This exotic looking tree thrives indoors. Available as a single trunk
or with braided stems. Easy to care for and pet safe. Likes bright, indirect light. From Central and South
3) Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla). If you want to continue the pine tree look then
this needled tree from the South Pacific is the perfect choice for the home. It likes a bright spot in the
home and can tolerate cooler rooms.
4) Rubber plant (Ficus elastica). Bold glossy leaves, and tolerant of low light situations. Comes
from India and Indonesia. It has great air cleaning properties.
For a ‘Jungle Look’:
5) Monstera (Monstera deliciosa aka Swiss Cheese plant). Has that MCM look, a 70’s classic.
Its large, perforated leaves are bold and stylish. Grown up a moss pole the Swiss Cheese Plant is easy to
care for in a warm moist room. It hails from Mexico and Central America.
6) Croton (Codiaeum petra). Will brighten up any room with its stunning leaf colour. Crotons leaves
are splashed with bright pinks, reds and orange, through to yellows, pale and dark green. Crotons need
bright light but can tolerate a little shade. They do not like drafts. Crotons originate in India, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia and the western Pacific Islands.
7) The Dragon Tree (Dracaena fragrans). Has fresh foliage available in various shades of green; from
dark towards yellow, with various variegated varieties available. Grown as mulitstem groups, giving both
height and tiered layers of foliage. Ideal for bright, indirect light situations. Will tolerate a little drought.
A plant from tropical Africa.
8) Kentia Palm (Howea foresteriana). This large-leafed shade tolerant palm is pet safe. It is slow
growing and tolerates indirect low light situations. Originates from Lord Howe Island, Australia.
9) White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai). Adds a tropical touch. Easy to grow, with bold glossy
leaves that resemble a banana plant. Thrives in a well-lit area and will tolerate a little neglect.
For a ‘Desert Vibe’:
10) Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). Its long wavy leaves carry snakeskin patterning. Sansevieria
can tolerate full to low light. It will flourish with light watering. Native to West Africa. Its sword-like leaves
throw dramatic shadows when backlit.
11) African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona). Widely mistaken for a cactus due to its spines and swollen
stems. This is an easy-care plant from West Africa. Its bold and simple architecture suits modern homes.
It likes bright light and is tolerant of underwatering. Slow growing.
12) Giant Yucca (Yucca elephantipes). An easy-care plant with imposing architectural form. This sun
lover is ideal for a south facing window. Water when dry. Native to Mexico and Central America.
The finishing touch:
At Capital Gardens we have a superb range of houseplants and decorative cover-pots for you to choose from.
Choosing an indoor tree or large plant for your room really makes an interior design statement. You are bringing
the outdoors in and connecting with nature. Large floor standing specimens are available in store.
Pairing your plant with the right pot or woven basket makes it as important a part of your interior design as the
furniture or other fittings in your room. Adding a statement indoor plant to the empty space where your
Christmas tree once stood is a clever way help make your home feel fresh for 2021.
If you feel inspired to learn more about houseplants and how to care for them, visit:
By Ali Barwani, Capital Gardens