Quirky but elegant, ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) blends effortlessly into any style décor, from contemporary to country. It’s a slow grower, but logs quickest progress when placed in bright light (although it tolerates low light just fine). Water only occasionally, because the bulbous base acts like a water reservoir.
When putting houseplants outdoors for summer, try combining ones with similar growing needs into larger pots to create a garden display. These container gardens feature a pot of gold-leafed bromeliads, a duet of bromeliads and silver palm, and Xanadu philodendron skirted with silver satin pothos.
Problem: Bumps on plant leaves and stems. Solution: Scale, insects with hard shells, often infest houseplants; a sooty, black mold can signal their presence. Try scraping them off with your fingernail or the edge of a butter knife. If your plant is badly infested, or the problem persists, try “spot-treating” by touching the scale with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, step up to a product labeled for scale.
Brightening up this indoor-outdoor space is easily accomplished with this vivid green palm print wallpaper. Soft white furniture and rattan chairs are the perfect choice for cozy seating to take in the bay views.