Archived entries for indoor plants

Hibiscus for the Living Room

Think you need a boost of color for your living room? Throw pillows not cutting it? How about a hibiscus? The colors of the blossoms are so lively and intense, and when they’re not there the dark green foliage is perfect. I just got this beauty from Swanson’s Nursery and love how it makes a formerly bland corner feel more decorative.

Remember, this is a tropical plant so it’ll need bright light (think southern or western-facing windows) and warmth. I doubt your house ever gets below about 55 degrees, but that’s about the lowest this plant can handle. Mist the foliage daily to prevent mites. Keep the soil moist, but provide good drainage. Best of all, with care this plant should last a long time – possibly getting up to 5 feet tall!

An Orange Tree Grows in Seattle

Or it will, hopefully!

Citrus myrtifolia - Myrtle Leaf Orange

Over at Gardening in NYC, meemsnyc recently discovered Logee’s, a tropical plant purveyor based in Connecticut. She decided on a new fig plant. I posted recently about Logee’s new book, Growing Tasty Tropical Plants, but my impulse to buy a new edible container plant faded to the background due to all the new plans I’ve made with the new year.

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Growing Tasty Tropical Plants

Happy New Year!

Today I had some time to leaf through this stunning book, filled with tropical plants that can be grown in your home. I never thought about growing a tahitian orange tree, barbados cherry, or miracle berry in my kitchen. But because I have a great southern exposure along the longest side of my house, it looks like growing one of these delicious and beautiful plants is a definite possibility!

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For The Love Of Succulents

Terrariums containing succulent plants are very popular right now, and I just wanted to group together some of the best kits and designers I found out about in the past few days.

The Lítill terrariums are definitely the most ethereal of this group. It’s like having a little piece of another planet’s landscape right on your desk.

mjög design from Lítill

Greenware Design has some lovely designs in their shop.

Indigo Striped Bowl by Greenware Design

Succulent Love has a nice line of containers and plants tucked inside. Kelly, the owner of Succulent Love, certainly is a prolific business owner (she also has a cupcake company and a design company as well!) The succulents she tucks inside various containers are unusual visually, and many of them have great names. See “Take me to your leader”.

I’m enchanted with the model from Flora Grubb’s store. It’s simple and pretty. It appears to be sold out at the moment, but it really looks like something I could make on my own without too much trouble.

Terrarium ornament from Flora Grubb

Of course.. you could always make one of these puppies yourself…

Here’s how to not make a terrarium. Maybe I’ll just admire the photos of the terrariums others make?

Finally, there’s Terrarium Man. My hero!

The Copper Vine

The Copper Vine in Seattle is a store sells “plants you can’t kill.”

That’s just the beginning. The owner, Kim Hightower, explained that the main focus of her store is providing home owners, apartment dwellers, and just about anyone with indoor space tropical plants and accessories. Many of her clients are condo dwellers, who lack adequate space and light for most plants.

The thing that sets this store apart is its arrangement of unique objects with plants. I saw little nests with eggs arranged on a bed of small pebbles, tiny tillandsia hanging in charming arrangements, and small fountains dripping water all over the store.

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