Visiting a garden center at this time of year may reveal pots of white-blooming hellebores among the poinsettia, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites. These hellebores are usually selections and hybrids of Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose.
Virtues: ‘Snowflake’ ficus or creeping fig has pretty white-edged leaves that brighten up terrariums, dish gardens or a pot where it grows alone. It is not as finicky about growing conditions as other types of ficus that can drop their … Read Article
Virtues: Poinsettia is the traditional choice for a holiday houseplant, but they can be a little gangly, with flower coverage that’s sometimes spotty. The Princettia line of poinsettia solves these problems. They’re compact poinsettias that make an even dome of … Read Article
Whether you’re looking for a host/hostess gift that’s a little bit different or you want to add some living cheer to your holiday decorations, check out these houseplants. We’ve looked past the usual poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and cyclamen to … Read Article
Virtues: Blue star fern is an easy houseplant that does well in the lower light conditions found in most interiors. It enjoys moist soil, so it’s hard to overwater this fern. Its scrappy leaves and dusky green color make it … Read Article
When tank-type bromeliads are grown outdoors, whether as year-round garden plants in frost-free areas like southern Florida, or as summer container specimens in colder regions, they can become a breeding site for mosquitoes. You need not get rid of them, … Read Article
Virtues: Vriesea ‘Red Chestnut’ is a favorite bromeliad for its ease-of-care, tolerance of low light levels and beautiful, striped leaves that take on a red cast as they mature.
Perennials can be great subjects for garden containers that at one time were reserved for annual plants only. Perennials bring a new note to pots, expanding our options and contributing different types of interest from spring to fall, through foliage, … Read Article
Virtues: Sutherland begonia brings warm color to the shade garden with its red-edged, red-veined foliage, red flower stems and constant orange flowers. Its short, wide habit makes it a good plant for a hanging basket, window box, other container or … Read Article
In many areas, mums are the go-to for fall color in the garden and containers. For something a little less expected, try these annuals that stand up to cool temperatures and come in colors suited for autumn.
Virtues: ‘Filip’s Magic Moment’ is a small arborvitae that provides exciting and dependable foliage color all year-round. It can be grown in large containers or in the ground. Topping out at 6 to 8 feet tall, this small arborvitae makes … Read Article