Category: Houseplants

Poinsettias

     Poinsettias, the indoor plants that just shout Christmas at you, will once again be displaying their seasonal colour in the plant room here at Silica Lodge towards the end of November, so it seems like an appropriate time to remind you about their care.  Hopefully then you will have that beautiful colour lasting over…
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Radermachera Sinica

If you are looking for a nice foliage plant for one of your rooms, a good choice would have to be a Rademachera sinica or “Emerald tree” as it is more commonly known.  The shiny emerald green foliage gives this plant its common name.  A native to subtropical southeast Asia, you may also find Radermachera…
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Crossandra Undulifolia Firecracker Flower

     Take one look at a crossandra and you will see why it has become known as the “Firecracker Flower”, the bright orange blooms bursting out above  the dark green glossy foliage like a firework display.  Even when not in bloom crossandras are attractive with their shiny leaves.      One great thing about this indoor…
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Indoor Hibiscus Rose of China

     I am frequently asked for houseplants for a sunny windowsill and I have to say that not many fit into  that category very well. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Rose of China) however actually requires bright light in which to thrive so is one plant I can recommend.      Indoor hibiscus have  dark green glossy leaves and…
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IMPATIENS New Guinea hybrids

 It is always an exciting time when the summer bedding plants start to arrive on the garden centre and one of my particular favourites are the New Guinea Impatiens (Busy Lizzie).  Not to be confused with the lower-growing Impatiens Wallerana which is an excellent summer bedding plant for borders and containers, the New Guinea hybrids…
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Gardenia Jaminoides Cape jasmine

    Following on from my last article concerning fragrant houseplants I think the Gardenia has to rate fairly high within this category.  It is not one of easiest of indoor plants to keep but, get it right and the results can be very rewarding.       Gardenias, which originate in China, have dark green very glossy…
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Jasmine Polyanthum – Pink jasmine

     For lovers of fragrant indoor plants, Jasmine has to come fairly high up on the list of favourites. In the case of Jasminum polyanthum the common name of “pink jasmine” actually refers to the buds,  which open up as pure white flowers.      Jasmine is a natural climbing plant and is generally purchased as…
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Mothering Sunday – Treat her to a living gift

     By the time you read this column there will have been an explosion of colour  in the houseplant room, heralding the arrival of Mothering Sunday on the 26th March.  It is always nice to see all flowering plants together at this time of year as it also starts to feel really spring-like and that…
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Hedera Helix Common Ivy

     When it comes to choosing foliage plants for the house hedera helix (ivy) deserves a mention even if it is more commonly associated with the garden.      Ideally ivies need a cool environment which is brightly lit without any strong summer sunshine.  So, our old favourite for cool-growing lovers, the enclosed cool porch or…
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Fittonias

     Although fittonias are only small and low-growing they certainly stand out in a crowd with their coloured, boldly-veined leaves. This factor has earned them the common name of “snakeskin plant”.   Leaf colour varies from red, through pink shades to white and you can choose between large or small leaves.  Leaf size is actually an…
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