Having grown up in the 50s and 60s, I recall several houseplants that all my friends’ moms seemed to favor. Rubber tree plants top the list. They were so popular that Frank Sinatra sang about them in “High Hopes,” and they were featured in Better Homes and Gardens Houseplants in 1959.
Other favorites were sansevieria, also known as snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue, split-leaf philodendron, and any type of succulent or cactus. All of these are still easy to find at your local nursery today.
Planter style is important too. Outdoors, most housewives favored white or red clay pots, but the bullet planter was the hands-down indoor favorite. I occasionally see one go for a great price on eBay, and hiphaven.com is the place to find great reproductions in lots of colors. They even sell seconds from time to time.
|Rubber tree plant|
Better Homes & Gardens book Houseplants, 1959