30 tropical backyard ideas that will inspire you

Do you want to improve your interior without wasting a lot of money? Plant these 13  large-leafed houseplants  in your home  now  !

If you want to upgrade your interior without breaking the bank, grow these  big-foliage houseplants  . The look of impressive huge leaves can be a new focus of attention. Also, a  tall houseplant with large leaves  can make a small room appear larger by drawing eyes vertically and creating the illusion of an enlarged interior.

1. Giant bird of paradise

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The bird of paradise can bring an extraordinary look to your living room with its large banana-like foliage and excellent height of 5 to 6 feet. Besides that, it will also welcome you with its unique bird-shaped flowers. Place this tropical plant in a spot with bright indirect sunlight.

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A tip: Exposure to several hours of direct sunlight is ideal for its growth.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

The fiddle-leaf fig is a tall houseplant with large leaves. It is a favorite of interior designers due to its large, glossy foliage and average indoor height of 6 feet. It thrives both in indirect sunlight throughout the day and in partly sunny positions. Check our article to learn how to grow it.

3. philodendron


When it comes to big-foliage houseplants, you can’t miss philodendrons. Some of the best types for this purpose are the split-leaf philodendron, the tree philodendron, the elephant ear philodendron, and the red-leaf philodendron. All of them can grow well in indirect light.

Also read: Houseplants that grow in water

4. Elephant ear

If you’ve ever watched the famous sitcom “Two and a Half Man,” you must have noticed an elephant ear growing in the living room of Charlie Harper’s Malibu Beach House. How about having one like this in your house? Elephant ears are easy to grow and are available in many types.

A tip: Alocasia amazonica and Colocasia esculenta are two good options.

5. Paper Plant (Fatsia Japonica)


The paper plant looks like it just stepped out of the rainforest due to its magnificent foliage. It is also known as the  false castor bean plant  because of its resemblance to the castor bean plant. Since fatsia do well in shade, you can grow it in bright indirect light.

6. Caladio

Caladiums make attractive houseplants due to their large, variegated foliage with striking color combinations such as pink, red, white, and green. Since caladiums can easily tolerate full shade, keep them indoors that receives filtered or indirect sunlight.

A word of advice: caladiums are ideal for flower arrangements. Cut the caladium leaves and place them in a glass vase filled with water. They will not fade for a long time.

7. guests

If hostas look so elegant with large, waxy lime-green to blue-green leaves in garden beds, imagine having them indoors? It’s possible! Place your hosta houseplants in a well-lit position that receives a minimum of 2-3 hours of direct sunlight, and water well to keep the soil slightly moist.

8. Swiss Cheese Plant

Adding a large monstera delisiosa plant can create a huge positive impact in your room like no other item. It is known for its large perforated leaves and is often confused with the split-leaf philodendron (Philodendron selloum and Philodendron bipinnatifidum).

A word of advice: choose a warm and bright indoor location that receives moderate indirect sunlight and water.

9. Rex Begonia

This little houseplant has intriguing foliage like no other houseplant and looks stunning on tables and shelves. To grow, avoid overwatering, but keep the soil slightly moist. Although it likes moisture, avoid misting the foliage.

10. Silly Cane

Dieffenbachia has broad, upright foliage with a mix of green, white, and yellow color. This beautiful, low-maintenance plant is ideal for bedrooms, hallways, and offices. It can be up to 5 feet tall in indirect light and needs water only when the topsoil is dry.

11. Calathea orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia is not as popular as the above houseplants, but it certainly deserves to be on this list of tall houseplants with large leaves. Its oval foliage is like a large fiddle fig leaf and has beautiful silver and green fringes. It thrives in full day indirect sunlight and warm temperatures.

12. Leopard Plant

Image Credit: Miss Marty Plants

Farfugium japonicum is prized for its thick, large shiny pelargonium-shaped leaves that can be 15 inches long and its yellow, daisy-like flowers that appear in fall and winter. This low-growing shade garden plant can also make an excellent houseplant if kept in a warm spot that gets 2-3 hours of morning sunlight.

13. Ruffled Fan Palm

If you’re looking for a tall houseplant with large leaves, choose the ruffled fan palm (Licuala grandis). It has huge fan-shaped leaves and growing it is not that difficult, if you are ready to keep a bigger pot in your house and have a large window that gets the daylight.

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