Find fragrance and beauty in flowering houseplants. The blooming beauties described here will help you pick the best ones for your home.
If you have a bright window, this plant will bloom almost constantly. They’re also really versatile, blooming in almost every color to match your decor. Plus, it’s a sentimental, old-fashioned plant that reminds us of our grandmothers.
Oxalis bears triangular, clover-like purple leaves and an almost constant show of pink or white blooms. Look for varieties that have plain green foliage with or without silvery accents. Oxalis grows from small bulbils in the soil; you can divide these any time the plant becomes crowded in its pot.
Anthuriums bloom in festive shades of pink, red, lavender, or white, and last for two months or more. They also make a long-lasting cut flower if you can bear to cut them. Anthurium needs medium to bright light to bloom well, but can be grown as a foliage plant with less light.
Kaffir lily is also commonly called clivia. As a houseplant it usually blooms in winter with clusters of up to 20 reddish orange or yellow tubular flowers. Clivia blooms only when it has been exposed to cool, dry conditions, so give it lower temperatures in winter and keep it on the dry side. With its deep green straplike leaves aligned in a single plane, the plant is attractive even when not in bloom.
Several types of geraniums are grown as houseplants. Most scented geraniums are grown primarily for their deeply divided, fragrant foliage rather than their flowers, which are insignificant. It’s so easy to grow that it’s practically no-fail.
The giant blooms are eye-catching and irresistible. Plus, hibiscus come in a dizzying array of colors – from shades of red to pink to orange, yellow, white, and even blue.Tropical hibiscus is the ultimate plant for creating a touch of the tropics. It forms huge blooms, up to 8 inches in diameter, on a shrubby upright plant that you can train to grow as a tree.
Individual blossoms last only a day or two, but plants bloom freely from late spring through fall and occasionally through winter. Keep the soil uniformly moist and give the plant as much indoor light as possible to keep it blooming.