Houseplants

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Gastrochilus retrocallus is an orchid species that was previously known as Haraella retrocalla.  Gastrochilus retrocallus is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Taiwan.  This miniature orchid can be found growing upon trees in forests, at elevations ranging from 1000m to 2200m. Gastrochilus retrocallus is…

Gerbera jamesonii ‘Red’ is a fun houseplant that produces large and quite dramatic, intense red coloured daisy flowers, which are really rather dazzling; they’re guaranteed to brighten up your day! I find this type of Gerbera thrives when grown in a pot of slightly gritty,…

Gerbera jamesonii ‘Yellow’ is a tender, perennial Gerbera.  This plant is great fun to grow indoors, as a houseplant.  Gerbera jamesonii ‘Yellow’ produces vivid, intense yellow coloured daisy flowers, which are large in size and really rather dazzling; they’re guaranteed to bring an abundance of…

Goeppertia orbifolia is a tender plant that produces very handsome, striped leaves with alternate markings in shades of silver and green.  These striking plants thrive in a warm and humid environment and make wonderful houseplants in areas that enjoy bright but soft, filtered light.  Avoid…

Goeppertia roseopicta ‘Surprise Star’ is a handsome, tender plant with large dark aubergine coloured, rounded leaves, which are accentuated with some utterly mesmerising markings: a central line of fuchsia pink, which is complimented by by a halo of the same colour; it’s really quite something! …

Goeppertia rufibarba is a perennial that can be found in the wild growing in the wet tropical biome of North East Brazil.  Plants have handsome rippled leaves that emerge as pale lime green in colour and become a darker shade of green with a hint…

Goeppertia veitchiana ‘Medaillon’ makes a magnificent houseplant.  This exotic beauty produces these absolutely gorgeous oval leaves that feature stunning patterns of exquisite variegation; they remind me of the mesmerising images I saw through my kaleidoscope, during my childhood.  The undersides of this Geoppertia’s leaves are…

Goeppertia warscewiczii is a handsome tender plant that hails from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America.  This Goeppertia produces absolutely fabulous, velvety, bottle-green coloured leaves, which are beautifully enhanced by their jade-green variegation, and nicely set off by the leaf’s contrasting claret-coloured undersides. …

Hemionitis arifolia is a particularly gorgeous species of miniature fern.  This small, but magnificent fern produces deep green, glossy, heart-shaped fronds, which are held on very dark coloured thin and wiry stems.  This really is such a handsome looking fern! Hemionitis arifolia flourishes when it’s grown in…

In the wild, Heptapleurum arboricola can be found growing in Hainan, Taiwan.  In the UK, Heptapleurum arboricola is grown indoors as a popular houseplant; here Heptapleurum arboricola is commonly known as the Umbrella Plant or by the synonym, Schefflera arboricola. This is a hardier and more resilient…

Heptapleurum arboricola ‘Janine’ is one of the miniature, cultivated forms of Heptapleurum arboricola, which is also known as Schefflera arboricola ‘Janine’.  Heptapleurum arboricola is a mid to dark green leaved, evergreen shrub that originates from Taiwan and Hainan.  This cultivated form of Heptapleurum arboricola differs…

Heptapleurum arboricola ‘Variegata’ is an evergreen plant that’s often grown as a houseplant.  Also known as Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’ and commonly known as the umbrella plant; these plants produce palmately compounded dark green leaves, with soft creamy yellow coloured variegation.  Heptapleurum arboricola ‘Variegata’ plants’ leaves…

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Petit Orange’ (HibisQs Petit Series) was first released for sale in 2016.  This plant is a new smaller sized Hibiscus cultivar, which has been bred to have a greatly reduced size and to be more floriferous than most Hibiscus plants.  These Hibiscus flowers…

Hyacinths are divinely fragrant bulbous plants that favour moist, but well drained soils and thrive when planted in a sunny or partially shaded spot.  If you’d like to grow hyacinths in your garden, you’ll find an array of Hyacinth cultivars available that produce pretty pastel…

Iresine herbstii makes a striking houseplant.  Its distinctive red stems are complemented by nicely contrasting green leaves, with their attractive cream veining. These plants thrive in warm, humid bathrooms.  Mist your plant with water at regular intervals, to maintain a humid atmosphere.  Iresine herbstii is…

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana ‘Perfect White’ is a double-flowered form of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana with fully-double, snow-white coloured flowers.  The blooms are beautifully complimented by this plant’s gorgeous dark-green coloured, scallop-edged foliage.  Kalanchoe blossfeldiana ‘Perfect White’ is a houseplant that’s available to buy online or from garden centres,…

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana var. alba is tender perennial from Madagascar that’s often grown as a houseplant, in the UK.  I think this plant’s common name is Flaming Katy, but I am sure Kalanchoe blossfeldiana has many other common names.  I find that these plants are very…

Lemurella culicifera is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in the Comoros Islands and in the West and South Western regions of Madagascar.  Plants from this orchid species grow in thickets and in dry forests, in areas that range from just above…

Macroclinium manabinum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Manabi in Ecuador, where this miniature sized orchid can be found growing upon trees, in forest areas. Macroclinium manabinum favours growing in areas that enjoy warm to hot temperatures and filtered, diffused light.  This…

Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ is an absolutely fabulous houseplant!  You’ll find close relations of Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ growing in the Brazilian rainforest, where these magnificent Maranta plants grow in a very humid, warm, almost steamy environment! Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ produces strikingly beautifully, colourful leaves,…

Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana is sometimes called the rabbit tracks plant, referencing this tender perennial plant’s leaves, whose leaf markings are similar to those made by a rabbit.  This evergreen plant hails from the rainforests of Brazil, where this tender plant grows in a very warm…

Monstera deliciosa can be found growing in the wild, in the damp, humid rainforests of Panama, and Mexico.  The rainforest is a competitive environment.  Monstera deliciosa plants grow towards and then climb up nearby trees, to reach the sunlight. Monstera deliciosa is a tender evergreen…

Monstera deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’ is a form of Monstera deliciosa ‘Variegata’ with splashes of ivory coloured variegation over fresh green leaves.  The intensity of the variegation varies both from leaf to leaf and plant to plant, but the foliage usually features thin markings in a…

Nephrolepis duffii is a tender fern from Asia.  This is a pretty little fern, with a naturally arching habit and a compact form.  Nephrolepis duffii  thrives in terrariums. Nephrolepis duffii fronds feature a series of button like leaflets that have earned this fern the common names…

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Emina’ is a tender, evergreen fern that grows to a minimum of around 30cm (12 inches) tall.  It’s possible that this fern may grow a little taller if it’s grown in optimum conditions and is healthy and happy.  Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Emina’ produces arching…

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