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You Don't Need to Buy Expensive Plants

Two potted pothos plants

Have you been looking for rare and unique houseplants? Admittedly, there’s a huge range of plants available to add to your indoor garden, and if you watch plant people on YouTube, it’s understandable to get a bit jealous of some of their more extravagant specimens. And as you know, those extravagant specimens often come with extravagant price tags.

But, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on plants in order to have a beautiful and enjoyable display. Plenty of fairly common houseplants are still beautiful and can be displayed creatively, and bonus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them.

Here are some common houseplants that will make you see why you don’t need to buy expensive plants.

Aglaonema cutlass

Man holding a potted aglaonema

Photos from The Crazy Plant Guy

The aglaonema cutlass is a beautiful, green plant with bladelike leaves. The leaves have a variegation pattern of lighter coloring on the darker green, giving them a bit of visual interest.

Every indoor garden needs a nice full, green plant like this, and the aglaonema is easy to care for, even for beginners. Its biggest care requirement is to find a place with diffused light rather than bright, direct light. Of course, that type of lighting is usually pretty easy to accommodate indoors. Just place it near a window but not too close.

Dieffenbachia memoria corsii

Man holding potted dieffenbachia

This dieffenbachia plant is a medium-sized plant with broad, variegated leaves. It would give a nice contrast to the tall, narrow leaves of the aglaonema plant above. And like the aglaonema, it provides lots of lush, green foliage to your indoor garden.

These houseplants can grow fairly large and thrive on consistent care routines.

Unlike the aglaonema, dieffenbachia prefer more bright and direct light, so they make a great plant for placing close to windows. Having plants with different lighting needs allows you to add more variety to your indoor garden display.

Snake plant

Potted snake plant on table

Snake plants are super common and easy to find at any garden center or nursery, and they come in several different varieties. They’re also one of the easiest houseplants to care for, thriving with even a few weeks between waterings, and if you do it right, they can grow quite tall.

Despite being quite common, these low-maintenance plants are still desirable for interior design because of their minimalist look.


Closeup of pothos leaves

Like snake plants, pothos are another plant you can find in pretty much any garden center. They also come in a variety of species, so you can find pothos that match the aesthetic you’re going for with your garden.

Pothos tend to grow quite easily and are great for beginners. They can be bushy or trailing, and you can train some pothos to climb, which adds another dimension to your houseplant display. In fact, we have an article on how to arrange your climbing plants for a unique aesthetic:

How to Train a Houseplant

Note that many houseplants are toxic for pets and children, so be careful of where you place your indoor garden.

Come into The Tye-Dyed Iguana in Fairview Heights to see our collections of common houseplants, as well as more unique garden specimens.