Pilea microphylla is a low growing tender perennial; it’s a native plant of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and nearby countries.  A very small-leaved plant, with leaves measuring just 1-2mm (0.04-0.08″) in size; at first glance, Pilea microphylla looks quite similar to mosses or ferns.  This diminutive plant would be an ideal choice for an indoor fairy garden!

Plants thrive in a humid environment; Pilea microphylla is an ideal plant to include in a terrarium. 

Callisia repens is a low growing, tender herbaceous perennial plant from Mexico, North, Central, and South America.  Plants thrive in partially shaded conditions, in shallow, free draining, acid soils.  This easy-to-grow plant readily adapts to a range of circumstances; tolerating both brighter and more shaded environments, as well as moist, humid, and drier conditions and neutral compost and soils; making Callisia repens a superb houseplant, thats hard to kill!

Chilli peppers (also known as chillies, chile peppers, and by their botanical names of Capsicum annuum, Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum baccatum, Capsicum pubescens, and Capsicum chinense) are a group of tender vegetables that flourish in warm and sunny conditions.  Gardeners can grow green, white, red, yellow, orange, purple, black, and indigo, coloured chillies; they’re decorative and handsome plants that are nice to have around.

Sweet Pepper plants (also known as peppers, bell peppers, Capsicums, or by their botanical name of Capsicum annuum) are tender vegetables that thrive in warm, bright areas.  When all risk of frost has passed, these vegetables can be grown outside in the garden, but until then the seedlings need to be grown in a warm, protected environment.  In early summertime, try growing Sweet Peppers in containers on a sunny patio or planted in a South facing border. 

Courgettes, also known as Zucchini (and by the botanical name of Cucurbita pepo), are tender vegetables that are very productive and rewarding to grow.  Courgettes vary from one variety to another; you’ll find seeds of yellow courgettes (like my plant in the photograph above), pale forms of courgette that are such a soft green they’re almost white, as well as light green and very dark green courgettes, and striped courgettes. 

Epiphyllum anguliger is quite an extraordinary looking cactus.  This plant is also known as the Fishbone Cactus, the Rick Rack Cactus, and the Zig Zag Cactus, as Epiphyllum anguliger plants produce these marvellous leaves that display a mesmerisingly wavy, zig zag form.

It’s not only this plant’s leaves that are unusual.  Epiphyllum anguliger plants are epiphytic.  Rather than growing in the soil, or in the sand – which is where we think of most cacti growing, these epiphytic cacti grow at the top of trees, in the deciduous tropical forests of Mexico. 

Cosmos atrosanguineus is a summer flowering perennial.  Plants produce slender flowering stems, which are each topped with small dusky chocolatey maroon coloured, open flowers.  Like other Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus flowers are popular with bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.  Deadhead the flowers as they fade, to prolong your plant’s flowering and help your plant to produce more flowers.

I enjoy growing Cosmos atrosanguineus; this is a lovely plant to have in your garden

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Violet Hill’ is a tender herbaceous perennial that’s a popular houseplant.  This plant is really quite striking, with its maroon and silver grey coloured leaves.

This is a super choice of plant to grow in an indoor hanging basket.  It’s also a great plant to cultivate as a container plant, to adorn a medium height or high shelf, where your Tradescantia zebrina ‘Violet Hill’ plant’s trailing stems can hang down decoratively, to enhance the space.

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 climbing plant, that favours growing in a location where it can enjoy bright, but indirect light, or partially shaded conditions. 

I love pumpkins!  These days there are a fantastically wide range of pumpkin cultivars to choose from.  You could grow a small pumpkin that fits in the palm of your hand, or you could grow a pumpkin that is so large, that specialist equipment is required to lift and weigh the fully grown vegetable.  Large pumpkins are sometimes hollowed out and used as small boats; this really is an amazing vegetable!

Selaginella pallescens makes a super addition to a terrarium or bottle garden, as this plant is both interesting and beautiful, and it is perfectly suited to the growing conditions a bottle garden provides.  Selaginella pallescens requires very humid conditions to succeed.  If you’re thinking of growing Selaginella pallescens, you’ll need to provide your plants with an environment where the humidity level won’t fall below 60% RH, so a terrarium, bottle garden, or vivarium, is usually the best location for this endearing plant. 

Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’ is an evergreen perennial.  This hybrid Anthurium is a tender plant that can be grown outdoors in a warm climate, or indoors in the cooler regions of the world, where Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’ makes a fantastic houseplant, or a good choice for a terrarium plant, for an open, drier terrarium.

Anthurium ‘Mini Jungle’ flourishes when it’s grown under bright, but indirect light. 

Pilea depressa is a prostrate, mat forming, creeping plant, which produces an array of teeny, tiny leaves.  This is an attractive plant at first glance, but when you make time to take a closer look at Pilea depressa‘s miniature leaves, you’ll discover that this plant is quite simply charming!  Pilea depressa‘s minuscule leaves feature a delicate scalloped edging, which is utterly divine. 

Pinguicula are a very interesting genus of  carnivorous plants, they are often referred to as butterworts.  There are a great many species of Pinguicula, these plants originate from a wide range of locations including: America, Europe, and Asia.

Inside my Orchidarium, I have planted two specimens of the Pinguicula hybrid that you see pictured above.  I included these two Pinguicula plants to provide a natural method of pest control inside my Orchidarium. 

Tomatoes, also known by their botanical name of Solanum lycopersium, are an easy to grow, delicious crop.  Tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, they are related to potatoes and deadly nightshade.

Tomato plants are tender – frost kills these plants.  In the UK, tomato seeds are usually sown in pots and started off on window sills, or undercover inside polytunnels or greenhouses, to give the plants a head start.  

Runner beans, also known by their botanical name of Phaseolus coccineus, are a tender perennial, that originates from Mexico and South America.

Runner beans are deservedly popular in the UK, they are an easy to grow vegetable that is both decorative and productive.

The more commonly known runner bean cultivars are tall growing, they can easily cover a 2m (7ft) wigwam, but many cultivars of runner beans are available, including dwarf varieties, cultivars with red, white, peach, and pink flowers, as well as bicoloured cultivars.

Dinema polybulbon is a miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid species, which originates from Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua, where this orchid can be found growing on trees and rocks, in areas of humid forest.

Dinema polybulbon produces large, caramel and ivory coloured, fragrant flowers, which have a striking appearance and a rather elegant beauty.

I find that Dinema polybulbon is far easier to grow as a mounted specimen than as a pot grown plant. 

Helianthus annuus, also known by their common name of sunflowers, are tall growing annuals with very large, round flower heads with brown centres and yellow outer petals, which are very attractive to bees and butterflies.  The flower heads of Helianthus annuus turn to face the sun, they slowly turn as the sun moves throughout the day.  Helianthus annuus grow best when planted in a very sunny spot.

Humata heterophylla is a very handsome fern – this one of my absolute favourite ferns – I love its leaf like fronds.  This is a tender, epiphytic fern species, that can be grown mounted onto a piece of cork, wood, or branches.  Humata heterophylla thrives in a very humid environment, in semi shaded or shaded growing conditions.

I find that Humata heterophylla ferns are happiest growing in a very humid environment, with humidity levels of 80%RH, or more, and regular misting. 

Erigeron karvinskianus is a dear little herbaceous perennial plant, that originates from Mexico.  One of this plant’s common names is Mexican fleabane, it’s also known as the Mexican daisy.  This is a small herbaceous perennial, that forms spreading, mat-like, low growing tangles of plants, with small green leaves.  Erigeron karvinskianus grows up to around 15cm (6 inches) in height.  Erigeron karvinskianus plants produce hundreds of flowers, which open as white petaled, yellow centred daisies.