Top 7 Plants Perfect for Backgrounds of Magazine Photoshoots

Plants can do wonders for setting your interior design theme, but they also work very well for several kinds of photoshoots. Many magazines use plants in their photoshoot background, whether it’s for staging an empty home or showcasing furniture. The right plant can set off the subject of a photograph in the best possible manner. Plus, the various colors and patterns serve to break up a boring background and make it more magazine-worthy.

Not every plant is used for magazine or even Instagramphotoshoots, however. Below are seven of the most popular selections in this niche:


With its exotic leaves, the caladium plant is among the most popular choices for photoshoot backgrounds. You don’t want to use this in a picture where the subject itself is colorful, as you want the background to set off its uniqueness. However, a caladium plant will be great for adding a much-needed pop of color when set off against a neutral-colored subject.

For instance, many caladium plants feature freckled leaves that have white, red, and pink accents. These will look beautiful next to a beige sofa or on a pristine white tablecloth. On the other hand, if you want a soothing yet eye-catching appearance for your background plant, go for the White Queen or Candida species. These have almost white leaves with veins of pink or deep green. This will be a logical choice when you need a sleek, elegant, and understated vibe for your backgrounds. After the shoot, the plant can be used for a multi-purpose room in any home or office.

Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)

The fern is one of the hardiest species of houseplant you can find, so its presence in many photoshoot backgrounds isn’t surprising. Photoshoots can take a long time, so we need a tough species that won’t wilt or dry up too easily.

The staghorn fern is usually recommended for photo shoots because of its wide and imposing leaves. They attract the eye and uplift the aesthetic of a room without overwhelming the surroundings. This is why they’re also perfect for photoshoot backgrounds, where you need something decorative that won’t take away from the subject either.

Each leaf of the staghorn fern is in the shape of deer antlers, hence the name. This is also a plant that grows on top of other forms of vegetation in the wild. This means that they can grow from above, being mounted on wire frames or in hanging baskets. The care of this plant might be a bit challenging, but it’s all worth it if you get those attractive pictures in the end.


This plant was named after BartolomeoMaranta, who’s a well-known physician and botanist of Italian origin. He lived in the 16th century, but this plant carries on his legacy with its unique and attractive appearance.

Maranta plants are renowned for their decorative, gorgeous leaves. It’s also called the prayer plant; this is due to the fact that its leaves fold up after sunset, much like a pair of praying hands. They’re mainly flat during the daytime, which means that you get some variety for your photoshoots according to the time.

These plants are also tri-colored, with deep and velvety green leaves that are short through with yellow splotches and red veins. When a maranta reaches its mature stage, it gets large leaves that hang down from a short stem in the center. As a result, it gives a nice and full effect to any planter.

Monstera Deliciosa

This is also sometimes called the five holes plant and is perfect for providing a much-needed pop of color in any magazine photoshoot. The plant itself is one of the flowering species and comes from the Araceae family that’s native to South And Central America. We can also find these in the West Indies and any other place where river valleys are located at relatively low elevations.

Another interesting name for the monsteradeliciosa one is the Swiss Cheese plant. This name is derived from the heart-shaped leaves of the plant, which get a lot of holes as they age. The effect is somewhat similar to Swiss cheese,

The plant itself is a perennial one and can easily be grown as a houseplant. You can grow it around a trellis or a stake for maximum effect. Don’t worry about the holes; they add to the unique appearance and the overall effect. With this kind of foliage in your background, you may rest assured that the photos will be far from boring.

String of Pearls

This is the name of a small succulent with absolutely round, pea-like leaves. The round shape is what gives rise to the name ‘string of pearls’. The leaves hang from strand-like stems, creating the effect of a long necklace. While it’s easy to see where this plant got its name, what’s even better is that we can utilize these strands in our magazine photoshoots.

Again, this plant will look best when you put it in a macramé hanger or a simple hanging basket. The lucky ones among us might even see their succulent blooming with tiny pink and white flowers. Their scent is a mixture of cloves and cinnamon, setting the atmosphere for the shoot as well.

Rex Begonia

Rex Begonia

The Rex Begonia  is a plant with an interesting appearance, so it’s a favorite for plant breeders. It has quite an exotic appearance, but the maintenance is still easy enough for it to be a somewhat common houseplant.

The size of this plant is relatively small, even when it’s at a mature stage of growth. This makes it good for setting off tabletops, desks, windowsills, and other places. The foliage here is variegated and colorful, easily setting off larger objects in the picture. For best effects, have the plant in a pot that matches one of the colors in its foliage, such as black, purple, red, or pink.

Fiddle leaf Fig Trees 

Fiddle leaf fig trees are common sight sin design inspiration photos as well as several magazine photoshoots. They’re regarded for tier large and floppy green leaves that automatically make their surroundings brighter. You can easily use this plant in the background of a photoshoot where you want the result to exude happiness, confidence, and other positive emotions.

While the name of this tree includes the word ‘fig’, but will rarely bear fruit if you put it indoors. However, the leaves will give you enough reward for the slight maintenance that this plant requires. This includes giving it indirect sunlight, watering once weekly, a pot that allows draining, and making sure the soil isn’t too parched in between.

The Pothos Plant

Those who are familiar with decorating interiors might say that the pothos plant is the evergreen trend when it comes to magazine photoshoots. One of their most interesting abilities is that they transform quite rapidly as time goes by. You may just have a cluster of foliage in the beginning, but those few leaves will soon grow into long, verdant green vines.

The vines of the humble pothos plant are fairly easy to maintain; plus, they make for striking background props. In fact, another name for this plant is the devil’s ivy or the devil’s vine since it’s almost impossible to kill it off.


The plants we’ve discussed above are unique and beautiful in their appearance, but still manage to remain muted enough for a photoshoot background. We can also use these for our Instagram photos, family photoshoots, and several similar options. They’re lovely enough to grace the background of every photo without boring the viewer. You can also use them for decorating your balcony, porch, or any other corner that needs a special touch.