Why settle for a souvenir when you could have a living memento of your travels?

Plants bring colors to life, they grow with your care, they originate from fascinating places.

HomeToGo teamed up with The Sill to list 7 unique houseplants you can use to create vacation vibes in your home. From the tropical rainforests of Mexico to the wild, unspoiled nature of Australia, these plants will make your home a travel expedition.

Bonus! Below the infographic, you’ll find HomeToGo’s interview with plant expert extraordinaire Christopher Satch.

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  • Arabian Jasmine

    The Jasminum sambac, or Arabian Jasmine, is exceptionally aromatic. Its flowers open at night and release a fresh and pure fragrance reminiscent of the Himalayan Mountains.

  • Staghorn Fern

    The Platycerium or, as it is popularly known, Staghorn Fern, is native to Australia. This curious plant usually grows attached to trunks and branches of trees. Mount it on your living room wall for a vegetal alternative to antlers.

  • Shameplant

    The Mimosa pudica goes by many names: Shameplant, Sleepy Plant, Shy Plant, Touch-Me-Not. No matter what you call it, you'll surely be impressed by the movement of this plant from South & Central America!

  • Society Garlic

    The Tulbaghia violacea, or Society Garlic, is native to South Africa but is also grown in warm climate regions. Its strong aroma makes it a great substitute for garlic and an excellent natural insect repellent!

  • Persian Shield Plant

    The Strobilanthes dyerianus, or Persian Shield Plant, is a tropical plant from Myanmar. It's an attractive plant with blue-violet metallic leaves, giving it great decorative powers.

  • Bamboo Palm

    The Chamaedorea seifrizil, or Bamboo Palm, is a small palm with great decorative value from Mexico. It not only has great aesthetic value, but is a great natural humidifier and was featured in NASA's 1989 list of best air-purifying plants.

  • Sarracenia Pitcher Plant

    The Sarracenia leucophylla, or Sarracenia Pitcher Plant, is one of the most striking and elegant carnivorous plants. Originally from Florida and the Gulf Coast of the United States, this insect hunter uses its reddish-purple leaves to trap its prey.


Q&A with Plant Expert, Christopher Satch

Plant Expert, Christopher Satch

To give you even more insights into these plants, we had a chat with Christopher Satch, Head of Plant Science & Education at The Sill. For some helpful tips and fun facts, check out what he had to say!

The Arabian Jasmine is famous for its good smell. Is there any way to improve the fragrance? What other flowers would you recommend for their scent?
If you get good sunlight, the sky’s the limit with regards to scented foliage and flowers! The more light that they get, the stronger they are scented. It takes a lot of energy to create scent molecules for a plant.

Other great scented plants that are great to keep indoors include Citrus, Geraniums, and Dendrobium-type orchids. For the Citrus, both the leaves and the fruit are scented. I’ve taken the leaves and crushed them and used them in diffusers and as natural air fresheners. Same for the Scented Geraniums. For the orchids, only the flowers are fragrant. If you’re more advanced in plant care experience, you could try the Bay Rum plant. Smells just like the name.

“If you get good sunlight,
the sky’s the limit with regards to scented foliage and flowers!”

There are various kinds of Staghorn Ferns…Can they all be mounted on the wall?
Yes, all Staghorn ferns can be mounted. Just be sure to soak them every now and then!

The Shameplant shrinks its leaves when it’s touched, why is that? Should be careful not to touch it too often?
Sensitive plant and the venus fly trap do not have muscles, so they both attribute their movements to changes in water pressure in specialized nodes in the leaf petiole (leaf stalk). They force water to move by creating an ion gradient that, when triggered, creates a flux of tonicity that forces the water to “inflate” or “deflate” the petiole, causing the leaves to droop or rise. Do not touch the plant that often, as overstimulation will kill the plant.

What other unique kinds of edible plants would you add to your kitchen?
Gotta have that dill! My family is from Eastern Europe, so there’s always dill and paprika lying around somewhere! Paprika grows from the sweet paprika pepper, which is very easy to grow if you have the space and the light. It get’s big if you let it, so a 12” pot will do. Full sun all day, otherwise grow it outside. Dill can be grown more compactly in a 6” pot. Very easy to grow, needs full sun as well. They call it “dill weed” for a reason. 😉

Is it easy to take care of the Persian Shield Plant? If some friends would like one as well, is it possible to divide?
Plenty of light, and it’ll be fine. You can divide this plant, although it does not grow laterally all that much, so you’ll have to wait longer to divide it.

The Bamboo Palm was considered the 3rd best air purifier in a NASA study from 1989. Are there other air purifying plants you would recommend?
Technically all plants have the ability to purify the air. NASA only studied what they studied because that’s all the funding that they had to do. Plants have evolved to live for millions of years under different atmospheric conditions, and they retain the genes to filter the air from poor atmospheric conditions for survival. They all have those genes, so more green means more clean!

“All plants have the ability to purify the air…more green means more clean!”

Out of the plants above, the Pitcher Plant is the hardest to maintain indoors. Do you have any tips for keeping it alive in the home?
Place it in a glass terrarium with a loose fitting glass lid to trap the humidity, but allow air flow. Water with deionized, distilled water – the water used for steam cleaning vacuums works perfectly.

What’s another houseplant you would recommend and why?
Ferns are ancient and amazing plants– I have had a Fluffy Ruffles fern for over 15 years. Even when I neglect it and it dies back, when I correct the problem, it bounces back every time. This is why I love ferns!

Are there other plants that are easy to take care of that have gotten a bad reputation as being difficult?
Orchids get such a bad rap, even though they are so easy to take care of! They also get tossed in the trash when the flowers fall off- the plant is NOT dead! If you’ve had trouble with these, well, it’s because they need to be treated differently from other plants. Most orchids are epiphytes, meaning that they grow on top of trees.

There are two or three major types of orchids that one can find anywhere- Dendrobium, Oncidium, and the omnipresent Phalaenopsis. Each flowers about one a year, and the care is similar- all like to be soaked about once every week or two, and all enjoy a daily misting.

They are different from other plants, and often they are perceived as dying when they are actually fine. A chartreuse color of the orchid plant means that they are healthy and getting enough light whereas a chartreuse color of other plants means that they are unwell. Dark green orchids may seem healthy, but that actually means that they are light starved. There is such floral diversity and fragrances amongst orchids that there is something for everyone!