Last Updated on May 31, 2021 by Sophie
When it comes to indoor plants that should be selected for their beautiful foliage as opposed to their ability to flower, Philodendrons come near the top of the list. After all, many types are easy to care for, even for the beginner gardener. Here are some of the best and most beautiful philodendron varieties that you’ll love to add to your indoor garden!
One of the most beautiful and striking of all philodendrons is that of Philodendron gloriosum, which is characterised by its velvety green leaves that grow in a heart shape and are permeated by white veins (which are sometimes also pink or pale green instead).
Though harder to care for than some other varieties, this plant boasts giant heart-shaped leaves which can grow over a foot in diameter, given the right growing conditions. Though not a plant for absolute beginners, it is fairly easy to care for.
It should be noted that the gloriosum is a creeping plant which grows close to the ground in the wild and should be allowed to grow horizontally in your indoor space. Unlike Monstera varieties, the Philodendron gloriosum should also be potted in a rectangular pot as opposed to a round one.
Silver Sword Philodendron
So-called thanks to its blue-tinged leaves and arrow/ sword-resembling leaf shape, the Philodendron Hastatum will make a unique and wonderful addition to your home collection. Best-grown in medium light, though lower light levels are acceptable, the plant is also often referred to as the Silver Sword Philodendron.
Like many other aroid plants, the Silver Sword is easy enough to propagate via stem cuttings. Simply cut the plant with a section that includes one, and preferably two, nodes. You should then place the cutting in water for several weeks, making sure to change out the water every week or so. After a few weeks (or a few months if it’s the autumn or winter), then you’ll have a brand new rooted cutting ready to be potted up.
Red Emerald Philodendron
Of all the types of philodendrons listed here, Red Emerald is undoubtedly one of my favourites. After all, as a climbing houseplant noted for its rich red wine coloured stems, the Philodendron Red Emerald is an easy care indoor plant which will make a fantastic addition to your indoor garden collection.
Philodendron Selloum is known by many names including Philodendron Bipinnatifidum, lacy tree philodendron, and horsehead philodendron, and perhaps most commonly, philodendron hope. The term ‘philodendron’ is sometimes shortened to ‘philo’. Part of the family Araceae, this easy to grow philodendron is characterised by its large deep lobed leaves and is a vining plant variety.
The Heartleaf Philodendron, which is also known by the official botanical name of Philodendron scandens or alternatively by Philodendron hederaceum, is a beautiful plant known for its heart-shaped leaves, as well as the fact that it is quite possibly one of the easiest houseplants to grow!
This particular type of philodendron will survive a fair bit of neglect (and will likely also survive a few missed waterings if you often miss out on waterings). What’s more is that this plant is easy to propagate in water and is simply adorable thanks to its heart-shaped leaves.
One philodendron variety which is similar in appearance to that of the Heartleaf Philodendron so should not be confused as such is that of Philodendron micans. If you’re looking for a vining philodendron with velvety leaves which are of a golden hue, then you’ve come to the right place.
The Philodendron micans is sometimes known as the Velvet Leaf Philodendron (botanically Philodendron hederaceum var. hederaceum) and is characterised by its velvety foliage and golden toned stems.
Characterised by its compact nature and dainty pin-striped leaves, the Philodendron Birkin is a delightful aroid which will make a wonderful addition to your indoor garden collection. What’s more is that the Philodendron Birkin is not a climbing plant, nor a creeper, but is fairly unique when it comes to Philodendron varieties in that it grows in a small bush.
The new(ish) plant actually originated quite by accident. The plant is actually the result of a mutation on the Rojo Congo Philodendron which seems pretty stable, though buyers should note that a mature Philodendron Birkin always has the possibility of reverting back to the Rojo Congo.
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