Greenery Houseplants: 10 Favorite Plants that Perfectly Match Pantone’s Color of the Year

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 | 7 Comments

Green has been our favorite color for a long, long time. Whatever the shade, whether warm or cool, the color green contains an inherent connection to the natural world and helps us feel grounded and relaxed. That’s why it’s no surprise to us that Pantone chose “Greenery” as it’s color of the year for 2017. But with so many shades of green in the plant world, what are some of the best greenery houseplants to match Pantone’s forecast?

Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year

Before we get there, some background: Pantone is a company responsible for the widely used Pantone Color Matching System, which helps standardize the many color used in the print world and other industries. Each year, Pantone chooses a color of the year, which forecasts (and sets) color trends in a wide range of industries, from print, to web design to fashion. This year, Pantone’s choice is a shade they’ve called Greenery. Check out the swatch – looks a lot like your favorite indoor plant, right?

Greenery is 2017's Pantone Color of the Year

via Pantone

We couldn’t be more excited about Pantone’s choice, as it encapsulates what we’ve been saying for ages: a little bit of green goes a long way. According to Pantone, they chose this color because it is “life affirming, refreshing and revitalizing.” Omnipresent in the background, “Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront.”

Here are 10 indoor plants to help you bring some literal greenery into your home. We hope these suggestions help you find solace in nature and steer you towards new beginnings in 2017

The Greenery Houseplant: 10 Perfect Plant Picks

  1. Philodendron cordatum ‘Lemon Lime’
    This trailing beauty has leaves that emerge a vibrant pink and change to a bright, lime-green color as they grow. A perfect pop of bright green energy.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  2. Hatiora salicornioides
    Also called “Drunkard’s Dream Cactus,” this easy-to-care-for jungle cactus has bone / bottle-shaped segments that are a rich, bright-green color. The unique growing form makes this plant a staff favorite, an ideal Greenery houseplant.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  3. Tree Fern
    We can’t get enough of Tree Ferns (we have an entire blog post dedicated to the different species, their growth habits and care). And happily, these massive plants produce beautiful feathery fronds that are exactly “Greenery” in color. Score!
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  4. Schefflera ‘Amate Soliel’
    This gorgeous houseplant is actually a tree that grows quite large in its native environment. A cousin of the more common small-leafed Schefflera, this species has larger, umbrella-like leaves that are a beautiful shade of bright green. Perfect for that tall spot in your home that you want to fill with Greenery houseplant goodness.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  5. Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium ‘nidus’)
    Big, arching, bright green fronds shooting up from the base of the plant, with a round, nest-like growth form. What’s not to love? Plus, these ferns make excellent kokedama – plants that have been bound in moss to form a sort of indoor-bonsai. The moss is bright green too – a Greenery win-win.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  6. String Of Pearls
    This member of the Senecio genus is notoriously difficult to care for, but if you have the light and know how to water “from the bottom,” this incredible succulent creates a literal beaded curtain of “Greenery.” The tiny orange flowers are just an added bonus!
  7. Tillandsia Xerographica
    In case you don’t have room for a big houseplant, air plants are always an appealing option, since they can be simply set on a shelf, tabletop or in an aerium. The Tillandsia Xerographica is often called the “king of the air plants” because of its formidable size and structure. It reads especially “Greenery” just after watering.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year
  8. Bird of Paradise
    Got a lot of space? A lot of light? Want to be transported to a tropical island? Look no further than the Bird of Paradise. Large, paddle-shaped leaves shoot up dramatically on thick stems, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get one of the eponymous flowers. This Greenery houseplant actually makes a cameo appearance in Pantone’s video introduction to the hue.
  9. Anthurium veitchii
    No favorite plant list could be complete without a member of the Anthurium genus, and the veitchii (aka King Anthurium) just so happens to perfectly match pantone’s Greenery. We love its ruffled leaves that grow longer and longer as the plant matures. Grab one of our Anthurium veitchii plantlets to watch the transformation happen from start to finish!
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants that perfectly match pantone's color of the year
  10. Jade Tree
    Last but certainly not least, the Jade tree. This succulent plant lives forever, growing a thick woody trunk over time. In the right light conditions, the plump, ovate leaves are a just-so shade of Greenery, edged with pink. Perfection.
    Greenery Houseplant - 10 plants to match Pantone's Color of the Year

How have you brought Greenery (whether Pantone’s shade or your own personal favorite) into your home? Do you agree that 2017 will be the year of Greenery? What’s your favorite Greenery houseplant? Share with us in the comments!


7 Comments

  1. Marlene
    January 6, 2017

    Pony Tail Palm, any Schefflera, and Hoya carnosa variegata.

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    • Jesse
      January 6, 2017

      Great choices, all. We love the Hoya especially 🙂

      Reply
  2. Susan R Yeager
    January 6, 2017

    Love it all! My dining room has been this color for some time. It has large windows, so in the daylight it feels like being outside, and at night it is warm and encompassing, not overpowering but sustaining. This is a delightful tie to the Pantone color.

    Every year is a year of greenery to me.

    Susan

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    • Jesse
      January 6, 2017

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

      Reply
  3. Maria Angelica
    January 6, 2017

    Where can I find these beautiful plants? In particular these two: :
    Tree Ferns (specially the first tall fern shown in picture above–center of shot) or Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium ‘nidus’)? Love, love, love them!

    Reply
    • Jesse
      January 6, 2017

      Hey Maria! If you’re local to Portland, feel free to come by our shop as we have both of these ferns in stock! Otherwise, the bird’s nest fern is fairly common and you can likely find it at your local nursery with a decent selection of indoor plants. We also sell/ship this plant as a kokedama from our web shop at shop.pistilsnursery.com/products/fern-string-garden. As far as the tree fern goes… This one is a bit less common and unfortunately too large for us to ship. I’d call around to nurseries in your area and see what they can offer.

      Hope this helps!
      Jesse

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  4. Rachel
    January 6, 2017

    I’d love to know more about your “from the bottom” watering technique for the string of pearls plant. Other than my string of pearls plants, I think my best matches for this color are my aloe plants, my asparagus fern, and my boston fern. It’s always the year of greenery in my house 😉

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