Polka Dot Plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya

Fanciful leaves splashed in pink, red or white on green, makes polka dot plant a great accent plant. Once considered only a novelty houseplant, this tender tropical perennial has gained more popularity as an outdoor annual in the ground or in containers. The colorful foliage remains in good shape throughout the growing season as long as the weather is warm (above 50). To learn more about this fun plant, read this article…

Haworthias – Super Succulents for Small Spaces

Are you looking for a small plant to grow on a windowsill that doesn’t require too much light or lots of care? A Haworthia just might be what you need! This genus of many small succulents from southern Africa are great for their architectural interest, and their easy culture make them popular houseplants. To learn more about these interesting plants, read this article…

Lady of the Night Orchid, Brassavola nodosa

With a lovely perfume coming from the flowers in the evening, Lady of the Night orchid is aptly named. This relatively small epiphytic orchid from Central and South America adapts readily to being grown as a houseplant. To learn more about Brassavola nodosa and how to grow it as a pot plant, read this article…

Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae

The iconic, stereotypical flower of the tropics – bird of paradise – isn’t really a tropical plant at all – Strelitzia reginae is from subtropical southern Africa! But there’s no denying it has a very exotic bloom that looks tropical. Although it won’t survive outdoors in the midwest, it can be grown as an indoor or patio plant. To learn more about this interesting flower, read this article…

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