Have you ever thought about using plants as centerpieces for your dining table? While indoor plants are often placed in the corners or on small side tables, they can actually make stunning centerpieces, especially in rooms where you entertain guests or spend quality time with family.
Choosing the right plant for your dining table depends on your personality and the overall ambiance of your dining room. To inspire you and help you pick the perfect plants that complement your dining space, we have put together some unique plant ideas.
Let the Sun Shine
If your dining room is well-lit, with ample sunlight streaming in through windows or even located in the kitchen, you have the perfect setting for plants that thrive in direct sunlight. These plant selections will add vibrancy and interesting shapes, creating a fantastic dining table centerpiece.
Succulents are not only trendy but also flourish in bright light. These plants come in various patterns and colors, adding tranquility and sophistication to your dining table. Arrange them in a line or on a flat wooden plate to impress your guests with their calming energy. Kids will also love the unique shapes and patterns formed by succulents.
With its leaves displaying a variety of colors – from red to deep green with vibrant yellows – the Croton plant demands attention. It can perfectly balance out a bright room with its contrasting tones. Whether you choose a single Croton or a group of them, they will thrive in bright light and showcase their stunning colors. These plants are easy to care for, requiring regular watering only when the top few inches of soil are dry.
Cacti come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. While one small cactus on its own may not make a significant impact, a group of them can create a captivating spectacle on your dining table. Cacti are incredibly low-maintenance and can survive weeks without rainfall. You can let your imagination run wild and create a mini rock landscape right on your dining room table with these fascinating plants.
Did You Know? Cacti also make great office plants as they don’t need natural light and can thrive under artificial lights.
Embracing Indirect Light
If your dining room receives dappled light or is located between two rooms, plants that prefer access to more indirect light are perfect for creating centerpieces. These plants can’t tolerate direct sunlight as it may burn or damage their foliage.
4. Snake Plants
Snake plants are a favorite among house plant owners for a good reason. Their adaptable nature makes them ideal centerpieces for your dining room. The snake plant’s upright growth pattern, coupled with its silver, gold, or grey-toned leaves, complements modern tastes and minimalist surroundings. Snake plants are low-maintenance and grow at a slow pace. Whether you have a longer table or a smaller circular one, a group of snake plants or a single plant will look fantastic.
Pothos comes in various varieties and is often seen as a trailing or vine plant. However, certain Pothos, like the Golden Pothos, can serve as excellent standalone centerpieces. The green and yellow tints on the leaves, along with their curling and long stems, give a fairytale-like effect to any dining room. Pothos plants require minimal care and can purify the air while adding freshness to the space. To maximize the visual appeal of your Pothos, follow our guide for growing larger leaves.
Syngonium, also known as the Arrowhead plant, is a perfect choice for your dining table. The pointed leaves and colorful highlights running through the veins make it an attractive standalone centerpiece option. Syngonium plants come in different colors and tones, allowing you to create contrast, especially if you have a lighter-colored room. Both large and small tables can benefit from the presence of a Syngonium plant as a single centerpiece or as part of a group display.
Thriving in Low Light
For dining rooms without access to natural light, where plants may struggle to thrive, there are still plenty of options available. These plants can infuse life into your dining space, even in low-light conditions.
Featuring striking green leaves with scalloped edges and various hues, Calathea is a beautiful plant that can add elegance to your dining table. While it grows slowly, you may need to manage its growth by pruning. Calatheas are forgiving plants that can tolerate occasional forgetfulness when it comes to watering.
To create a bold tropical feel in your low-light dining room, consider adding a Monstera plant. This plant goes well with darker-colored walls and starts as a dense and bushy plant but will extend its vines as it grows. You can keep it shorter through regular pruning or propagate it by taking cuttings. While Monstera plants can thrive on their own, they can also serve as the centerpiece, surrounded by other low-light-tolerating plants.
Versatile and stunning, Bromeliads can seamlessly blend with various modern decor styles. These plants produce beautiful blooms in vibrant colors, such as orange, yellow, red, and pink. Although the blooms decline as new growth appears, the leaves remain evergreen. Bromeliads require minimal watering and can be arranged in groups to bring color and energy to low-light rooms.
By incorporating these plant centerpieces into your dining table, you can create an inviting atmosphere and add a touch of nature to your meals. So why not spruce up your dining space with vibrant plants that will captivate your guests and infuse positivity into every gathering?
Remember, for all your plant needs, visit the Ames Farm Center to explore a wide range of plants that will transform your dining table into a green oasis.