9 super-chic houseplants
Striking shapes, sizes, and colors make them more spectacular than ever. Plus: Easy care tips
The islanderBlack aralia (Polyscias guilfoylei)
Foliage: Ruffled, slightly coarse leaves on slim trunks—the most interesting texture of any houseplant we’ve seen.
Plant: A tender shrub from the tropics, it grows slowly to 12 feet. Water when soil has dried 2 to 3 inches below the surface.
Light: Moderate to bright.