Past Plant Fads
Houseplants have been brightening up people's indoor spaces for generations. The next time you feel like a blast from the past, wander through our tropical greenhouse and see if you can spot some of these tried-and-true favorites.
The Victorians kicked off the houseplant craze around the turn of the century, but foliage plants had declined in popularity in the intervening decades. Enter the 1960s and a renewed interest in luscious greenery to brighten up suburban living.
1970s: Spider plants and Pothos
Nothing says '70s like vines and tendrils tumbling from hanging planters. For an extra retro kick, nestle your hanging beauty into a macrame plant holder.
The decadence of the 1980s lent itself to a more artificial design aesthetic. When plants showed up as design elements, they were sure to be show-stoppers. Think of the dramatic palm trees in many indoor shopping malls.
1990s: Cacti and Succulents
Boho chic trends increased interest in desert landscapes and the American southwest, so houseplants took a turn toward the arid.