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Our picks for best new plants are coming out soon! Here's a sneak peek of one of our favorite introductions from the last year: Redemption™ #elephantsear (#Colocasia ‘Corede’) Click to see more! Zones: 7–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil Native range: Tropical areas of the Southern Hemisphere
Today’s photos are from Nicki Snoblin in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Since there’s not much going on outside right now, I thought I’d share some indoor photos. To keep away the winter blahs, I like to have as much color and variety as possible in my indoor plants. Cats are #1 in our house (after the humans), so I have to be careful about plant placement to keep both the plants and the cats safe.
Medium-size grasses have an important role in bringing texture and form to the middle of a bed. They’re also a great way to draw the eye from the front to the top of a border. The following are a few of my favorite options for grasses that stay in the manageable category of 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
So you’ve seen the light on houseplants and you’re definitely on board. However, your house isn’t all that bright. In fact, it’s downright unilluminated as far as south-facing windows are concerned. A flowering plant would languish in your residence for sure, but how about going the foliage route?
Admitting you are addicted to collecting houseplants is the first step. The second step? Finding more space for new plants! Plants that stay small are the perfect solution for indoor gardeners with limited space. You may live in an apartment or small home and struggle to squeeze large, leafy specimens into crowded windowsills. Or if your home has limited natural light, windowsill space might already be in short supply.
A flowering plant would languish in your residence for sure, but how about going the foliage route? If you’re stifling a yawn and veering straight toward “mall plants” in your mind, you haven’t seen what’s new in the foliage realm. Furthermore, here comes a rundown of what to seek out. The familiar names now have fresh new faces. So get over your prejudices, because we’re talking about a whole new generation.
For many people, picking up a potted moth orchid (Phalaenopsis spp. and cvs., Zones 10–12) is like buying cut flowers; they don’t care for the plant once it stops blooming. But for indoor gardeners, buying one or getting one as a gift is a challenge. How to keep this exotic thing alive?