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Purple Flower Garden

Aster: The Aster will make a valuable addition to your garden. This perennial plant blooms from late summer till fall. It produces delicate, daisy-like blooms in purple, lavender, and pink. It grows well in average soils and can also withstand dry spells. Smaller varieties will look good as border plants, while the larger varieties can be planted towards the back of the flowerbed.

Aubrieta Purple Cascade: A versatile, early-flowering perennial, the Purple Cascade is an excellent ground cover plant for your flower garden. It blooms between March and May and looks perfect on walls, gravel gardens, and containers. When planted in groups, it forms a beautiful mat of gray-green foliage. It grows well in a full sun as well as partial shade. You can use it as a colorful and fragrant drape over your patio walls.

Creeping Phlox: The Phlox is famous for its rich pastel shades and distinctive fragrance. This plant grows vigorously and forms a dense-green foliage covered in star-like clear purple flowers. It also makes a spectacular ground cover, flowering from spring to autumn. It grows well in moist organic soil. The blooms add a rich shade of purple to the garden, and announce the arrival of spring by creating intricate tapestries under shrubs and trees.

Dendrobium: A native to Southeast Asia, the Dendrobium can stun you with its royal purple blooms. This orchid prefers shade and is an excellent houseplant. You can plant it in a pot filled with rocks, pebbles, and charcoal.

Delphinium: This plant blooms from early spring to late summer. Sometimes, you will even see blooms in November. Dozens of delicate purple flowers cover each spire of the plant. Some stunning varieties are Black Knight, Chelsea Star, Mighty Atom, and Bruce. This plant is easy to grow. You can add a little wood ash if the soil is acidic. For warmer climates, mulching keeps the roots cool and moist.

Geranium-Purple Haze: “…Even God could not imagine the redness of a red geranium…” This line is from D.H. Lawrence’s poem Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette. However, the Purple Haze is the new variety of geraniums that produces stunning blooms in a bronze-purple hue. The foliage of this flower is as unique as the gorgeous violet-mauve blooms. It grows well in light, well-drained soil.

Iris: This perennial, producing a succession of delightful purple blooms from spring to fall, is a very good garden plant. Though a native of the North temperate regions, it also grows in deserts and swamps. Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris are the most popular types.

Lavender: Lavender is a must if you want to add fragrance to your garden. It grows to a height of 2½ to 3 feet. This plant has a silver-gray foliage that is in sharp contrast to the stunning lavender-spiked flowers. The flowers vary in shades of lavender to purple, though there are some species that produce pinkish white flowers. It is a native of the Mediterranean region, but also thrives well in other conditions. You can use it as a low-border plant or even as a foreground perennial.

Lilac: Considered as the harbinger of spring, Lilac is loved for its fragrant lavender flower clusters. This plant grows up to 8 to 15 feet tall and makes excellent hedges. Some dwarf varieties reach only 3 to 4 feet in height. It grows well in alkaline soil having proper drainage. After it is planted, you can mulch it with a layer of pine bark. Mulching helps the soil retain water.

Purple Roses: Though a red rose symbolizes love and passion, there’s some kind of mysticism associated with the purple rose. Add a dramatic splash to the garden with vivid purple roses. Blooming throughout the summer, it is an excellent shrub and hedge.

Apart from the plants mentioned above, you can also cultivate ajuga, candytuft, crocus, honesty, hyacinth, morning glory, and blue anemones for a burst of purple in early spring.

Purple Flower Bouquets

Purple wedding flowers have always been associated with royal weddings. Make a romantic statement on your wedding day with a lovely purple flower bouquet. Use maroon color flowers to deepen the overall look of your arrangement. You can use maroon roses and deep-purple Gladiolas for an exquisite bridal flower bouquet. For an outdoor wedding, you can think of combining purple and yellow flowers. A blend of warm sunflowers and rich-purple Lupines looks perfect on a sunny day. For a Christmas wedding, use silver or gold assents to highlight the richness of flowers like Lilacs and Clematis. Blue Vandas make beautiful and exotic bouquets when clumped with Carnations, with Wisterias trailing over the edge.

Flower Bed Designs for a Garden

A basic tip for maintaining lovely perennial flower beds is to grow plants after understanding the height, flower color, length of bloom, flowering time and most importantly, the growing conditions. You can create a beautiful flower bed by arranging the bright-colored flowers in a unique pattern.

Perennial flower beds can be considered a basic component of a well-planned landscape design. They not only complement a garden, but are easy to maintain as well. Once a perennial garden is established, you can follow simple maintenance tips to preserve its aesthetic value. The color and flower type of perennial plants are plentiful; you can select specific varieties as per your theme. As we already know, the blooming period of perennial plants is short, usually 4 – 6 weeks. However, a properly planned perennial garden will give you the advantage of enjoying vibrant flowers throughout the year. So while designing the flower beds of a perennial garden, make sure that you plan the theme, bed design and the plant variety well.

DESIGNS FOR PERENNIAL FLOWER BEDS

Though perennial flowers can be grown randomly, plantation in beds gives a special visual impact. When viewed at a glance, vibrant flowers appear more beautiful when they bloom in groups, rather than in singles. A perennial garden bed with full bloomed flowers is appreciated by every viewer. You can practice basic landscaping ideas for flower beds while designing a perennial garden.

DESIGNING TIPS

Given below are some useful tips for designing and maintaining attractive and colorful garden beds.

Decide the Theme
First of all, select the theme for your perennial garden. You can opt for a formal tone, scented type (roses and lavender), butterfly garden (salvia and buddleia), water garden, or any other theme of your choice. If you are a beginner, it is always better to choose a manageable, yet attractive theme. Once you gain knowledge about the maintenance regarding various themes, you can go for more complex garden plans.

Plan the Width of the Beds
Lay out the plan of the flower beds according to the area of the yard. A wider bed gives more flexibility for designing. Also, too many narrow flower beds give a crowded appearance. Keep in mind that very wide garden beds are difficult to manage, as you will not be able to reach the plants in the middle. A bed that is 8 – 10 feet wide is the preferable dimension.

Select the Flowers
Selecting the plant variety is the most crucial step for designing a perennial flower garden. A simple trick is to select plants according to their required growing conditions (soil, light, water, temperature), so that they grow luxuriantly and bloom in your garden. Of course, it is important to consider the height, flower color, length of blooming and flowering time of the plants. Don’t choose a flower just because you like its color, size, or shape; rather consider its suitability, growth and maintenance level.

Create a Color Scheme
You can sort out the plants according to their size, bloom color and blooming time prior to creating a color scheme. Also, make sure you take a note of the light requirements while grouping perennial flowers. Speaking about the color scheme of flower beds, you can group plants of different colors in odd numbers. A cluster of three perennial plants with varied colors look appealing. Likewise, you can create a different design. Warm flower colors include yellow, orange and red together, while cool colors are white, pink, purple and blue.

Plantation Pattern
While growing perennial plants, place the short varieties (like dianthus and phlox) in the front row and tall plants (like peony and iris) at the back. You can include 14 – 18 inch tall flowers in the front section, 1 – 3 feet tall varieties in the middle portion and 3 – 5 feet perennial flowers at the back. This way you can enjoy all the lovely plants despite the fact that they have different heights.

In addition to perennial flowers, you can also add other garden accessories like ornamental grasses, ferns, hostas, trailing vines, bushes and shrubs. Place the accessories in proper spots to enhance the look. For example, trailing vines can be grown to create a background, while ornamental ferns and grasses can be used for filling up spaces between two beds, or as borders to the flower beds. Last but not the least, proper maintenance is necessary to preserve eye-catching beauty of the perennial garden. So take good care of your flower garden to display its magnificence to the fullest!

Flower Garden Tips

flower-garden-tipsWhenever planting a flower garden, try to get as much advice and information as possible to get an insight on different gardening ideas. Seek advice from gardeners, get advice from different nursery owners about the best plants that should be planted in a garden, consult other garden owners on layout, and visit different gardens to pick on the dos and don’ts. One common mistake people tend to do while gardening is not providing ample space for the plants. This leads to cramped space for surrounding plants, and can also hamper the natural growth of the plants. It is important that you not only consider the surface ground area, but also the underground plant area that will be used by the plants and tree roots. Many plants propagate very fast, and can destroy other plants. Such plants should be avoided or planted in a certain specific area of the garden and should be regularly pruned.

Deciding the Layout of the Garden
Draw a top angle layout of the space you will be using for the garden, on the layout mark out the space for lawn, your residence, unmovable trees, and other objects. This way you will know how much area you need to work on. If you wish to be precise in your flower garden landscaping ideas, you can measure the free area in square feet and write it down on the layout.

Make few photocopies of this layout to try out different combinations. On different copies plan out the placement of different flower bushes, bushes for fencing, stand alone flower or trees, and hardscape elements like fencing, walkways, benches, etc. This way you can have a well-planned design for large or small flower garden. Show the copies to experienced gardeners to get a second opinion and then decide on a final copy.

Adding Fencing and Other Elements
Before you start with any softscape elements to your flower garden like flowering shrubs or bushes, plant the hardscape material. This includes structural material like fences, walls, pavings, walkways, benches, an outdoor sitting area, etc.

Stick to the above layout plan to install the hardscape elements. There are a variety of choices of the hardscape materials, like you can go for a brick, stone, or a concrete wall for a sidewalk, and metal wrought iron fencing or traditional white wooden fencing. You can also add some decorative hardscape materials like a water fountain or a garden pond.

Choosing the Flowering Plants
Always try to go for native flowering plants, as they have already adapted to the soil and weather conditions and are easier to grow. Avoid too many colors of plants, as this might spoil the look. Select flowering plants which look good and inviting and have flower colors which are not very vibrant. Choose plants which you can plant in sunny sites and plants which require shade or partial sun.

Select half the plants which bloom with flowers in summer and the rest that bloom with flowers during fall. This way you can enjoy having flowers in your flower garden year round. For ground cover, consider a lawn or plant small plants which grow evenly for a height of 1 foot. Consider the individual soil, watering, space, pruning, mulching, and fertilizer requirement of the plants well to plant and care for your flowering plants.

So, remember to seek advice on gardening and form a layout plan of the garden for a well-planned garden. Select the appropriate, beautiful-looking flowering plants and enjoy blooms during both the seasons!

How to Make a Flower Bed

flower-bed-designsIf you think that the instructions on how to make a flower bed are long, confusing and a nightmare to understand, you’re in for a relieving secret.

Choose the Spot
As you may have easily guessed, the first step in making your flower bed is deciding where you want it to be. For this, you need to take a good look around the exterior of your house. There are some important things that you need to consider before you decide on a spot. For instance, how much sunlight the place gets. You may already have an idea of what kind of flowers you want in your flower bed. So, you need to keep their sun and shade requirements in mind while choosing a spot for your flower bed. Also, you may want to check how visible the spot is from inside the house as well as from the gate or driveway. There’s no point in having a lower bed in some obscure corner of your backyard, which can be viewed only if you step into the yard. You’re going to a lot of trouble to make the flower bed. Might as well have it clearly visible! Once you’ve picked out the area where you want it in, you can mark it out using either a stone border, sand or have a small fence fixed around it.

Get Digging
After you’ve decided your location for the flower bed and have bordered it, you have to dig the area up. First, make sure that you remove all the grass, dirt, garbage (if any) and weeds that are present in the area. Use a shovel to dig up every inch of the intended flower bed and make the soil loose and free. You’ll come across clumps and stones for sure. Throw away the stones, and break up the clumps. If the soil seems too hard, you may want to wet it a bit and get the work done a little faster and with less effort. Once all the soil is dug up and loosened, use a rake and smoothen it out completely.

Gauge the Soil
Now, after you’ve made the bed area ready, you need to take a look at the soil to gauge how favorable it will be for the kind of flowers you want to grow. Take a sample of your soil and get it tested for its pH level and the content of other nutrients. You can get this done by using a soil testing probe that may be available at your local nursery. It will tell you what kind of soil you have. Using these results and the soil requirement information of the flowers that you intend to plant, you can compare and make the necessary amendments in the soil to suit the flowers you want to plant. (Note that you may not always have to make changes to your soil.)

Plant ’em In: After you have given the necessary treatment to the soil in the bed, and it has been absorbed by the soil, your bed is ready to be planted! Get the saplings or seeds out and begin planting them. You should have an idea of what you want the final result to look like. This will help you in planning the design of the flower bed. Generally, tall plants are planted in the background and short ones in the foreground to give it more visual appeal. However, you can try out new things like having a circular bed with tall plants forming the center and the shorter ones surrounding the tall ones. Or, you can also incorporate vines on trellises surrounding the bed, to give it an enclosed appearance from above. Whatever your choice is, make sure all the plants and flowers are clearly visible once they bloom.

Take Care: After you’ve planted them, all you have to do is wait and watch your flower bed come to life with its vibrant colors! You need to pay attention to the watering requirements of the plants. Also, if they need partial sun and shade, you can have a retractable shed above the bed (or simply have a green garden net hanging over it when it’s sunny). Mulching helps plants grow faster and healthier. So, you may want to try that out too!

So, are you ready to make your own flashy flower bed? What are you waiting for? Just use these ridiculously simple instructions and you’ll have your flower bed ready just in time for blooming season, depending on your hardiness zone. Be sure to keep that in mind too! Happy flowering!

Types of Houseplants

Decorating with plants is a great way to add liveliness to your home. Here are different types of house plants to consider.

Indoor or house plants are popularly used to decorate homes and offices these days. There are numerous varieties of plants, available in different varieties like flowering and non-flowering, herbs, cacti, etc. Tropical or semi-tropical plants are mostly used as indoor plants. Here are some of the best types of house plants that will be suitable for indoor gardening.

Begonia

As it flowers in many colors like white, pink, red, and yellow and also has attractive leaves, Begonia is commonly used as a house plant. These plants require warm conditions, and hence, avoid direct sunlight or complete darkness. They are perennial, and are grown all year round in hanging pots, indoors as well as outdoors. You should keep these plants in pebble trays, add fertilizer every month, and re-pot them every year.

African Violets (Saintpaulia)

African violet, a herbaceous perennial plant is widely used as a houseplant for its long-lasting blooms of violet flowers. They grow well in sunshine (avoid direct rays) or even in artificial light. This plant needs to be watered every two days. There are fertilizers available in the market specially made for African violets.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily, or White Sails, has large dark green flowers and beautiful white flowers. They grow well in low amounts of sunlight as well as darkness. Plant care includes regular, adequate watering and maintaining a specific level of humidity. They are evergreen perennial plants and survive even with little or no maintenance. They also serve the purpose of air-purifiers.

Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna)

Amaryllis, with its beautiful reddish flowers, is the best indoor house plant to sparkle and cheer up your room or office. It is advisable to plant only one amaryllis bulb in a single pot. Amaryllis’ thrive well in sunlight coupled with some fertilizer. These plants are available in a ready-to-grow variety in plant nurseries, and you can see them grow and bloom just by watering them regularly.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Many varieties of this plants are available, with leaves in different shades of green. These climbers can grow on rocks, windows or even horizontally when no support for trailing is available. English ivy grows well in cool temperatures and in medium light (without direct sunlight). They are great plants to grow in hanging baskets or in greenhouses.

Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

The Spider plant is the most popular type of indoor house plant, because of its ability to grow in any condition and without daily care. You can grow them in hanging pots so that their shoots hang down. They thrive in low or medium light, but avoid direct sunlight or cold conditions. Also avoid over-watering or using too much fertilizer. They are also said to be useful in keeping indoor air pollution in check.

Along with the aforementioned ones, you can also check out the following plants; Cacti, Aloe vera, Pothos, Scarlet star, indoor Bonsai, Dracaena, Azaleas, Basil, Parsley, Chrysanthemum, Dumb cane, etc. Apart from these, citruses like lemon; and plants like rubber plants, palm, fern, purple heart, orchid, etc. can also be grown.

While growing house plants, one has to remember to water and fertilize the plants regularly. For some plants, changing the soil every year is also essential. One needs to be patient about the plant’s growth and flowering; or you can just get a ready-to-grow variety from a plant nursery. Remember that a beautiful houseplant will brighten and liven up your home as well as your office.

Grow And Care for a Coral Cactus Plant

The coral cactus plant is a beautiful, potted plant variety, which can display a lot of versatility in beautifying outdoor landscapes as well as indoor areas. Its coral reef like appearance is where its name originates from. Let us now look at the best way to grow and care for a coral cactus plant.

This weird-looking plant closely resembles an ocean coral. It is extremely hardy and requires almost no care to survive. Its green and pinkish color makes it a popular choice in many gardens, even though it can also be used to increase the appeal of the ambiance indoors. It is a small plant that does not grow more than 25 inches in height.

The plant is a result of grafting the crest-shaped top of a Euphorbia Lactea on the stock and root of a Euphorbia neriifolia, or on the root of a cactus. The plants have their origins from the nurseries of a few experimental horticulturists. Although the grafting process is a little complex, taking care of a successfully grafted plant is a piece of cake in comparison. We shall first look at how the plant is grown and propagated followed by tips on coral cactus care, to help it thrive.

Growth and Propagation of Coral Cactus

To successfully graft a coral cactus, the following procedure has to be followed:

  1. A v-shaped cut has to be made at the base of the Euphorbia lactea plant’s crest. The cut should curve outward.
  2. Now the root stock of the cactus or Euphorbia neriifolia has to also be cut in a v-shape. However, the cut must curve inwards.
  3. Now place the two sections together in such a way that the joint comes together well.
  4. Cover the joint with grafting wax, to prevent the plant from drying, and tie the plant with rope or twine to hold the two pieces of the plant together till it heals.
  5. If the two plants are compatible, the graft should completely heal in a few weeks. If you find that the plant has not healed fully, replace the wax and rope. However, be careful during this time, as a little damage can set back the healing process considerably.
  6. Babies of the coral cactus will eventually grow from the same plant. Cut off these new growths, and dry them for a couple of weeks and pot them. The plants will soon get roots. After this happens, plant the saplings in the soil; however, these new saplings may or may not form crests, and there is no way to force the way these plants will grow. If your new euphorbia does form crests, you may have to repeat the above process all over again.

With proper care, your coral cactus can bloom with beautiful purple or pink flowers. This usually takes place around a year after the grafting, and occurs yearly, in warm conditions.

Coral Cactus Care Tips

  • Plant the coral cactus plant in a gritty soil which drains easily. You can do this by mixing regular potting soil with an equal amount of sand.
  • Do not bury the plant more than root deep. It helps protect the euphorbia from rot.
  • The plant can thrive in an arid environment. To artificially stimulate this, place the plant in a place with warm, bright, but indirect sunlight. The ideal temperature around the plant should be 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Water the plants intermediately, to keep the soil slightly moist. Excess water causes the plant to start dying. The root and the flesh of the plant start to rot. To avoid this, let the soil completely dry from the previous watering before you pour some again. Burying your finger deep in the soil will give you an idea, about whether you should water it or not.
  • Use diluted solutions of fertilizers once during spring followed by once in the fall.
  • Regularly turn the plant side which is facing the sun. This prevents the plant from growing lopsided.
  • Re-potting the plant is needed as soon as you bring the plant home, because the store-bought container is usually ceramic, which is not suitable for the plant’s growth.
  • The hardiness zone of this plant is 10-11, so grow the plant accordingly.

The coral cactus plant produces toxic latex sap, hence it should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. One must always use gloves while handling the plant and should wash them after, just to be safe. However, this is a great low-maintenance plant that is sure to increase the appeal of the area it is kept in, be it your home, office, or garden, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead, and get one for yourself.

Exotic Plants for Window Boxes

Does the very thought of growing colorful flowering plants delight you? If yes, then the idea of a window box is sure to appeal to you. Read on to know how to choose plants for your window box, which are the plants for window boxes, and more.

A window box is a rectangular container that you can hang outside your window. Its dimensions are such that you can grow quite a few number of small to medium-sized plants in it, and it comes with provisions for draining out excess water. All you need to do is get a window box, fill it with soil and voilà! You have a little flower bed before you, ready to be decorated with colorful flowers! Window boxes are available in a variety of materials ranging from plastic to fiber glass to terracotta. If you have the required skills, you can even make one at home, using wood.

Choosing Flowers for Window Boxes

Window boxes are a great way to add a touch of color and beauty to your windows. What’s more, it doesn’t even require much time and effort from your side, unlike a garden or a flower bed. A window box is your personal little garden that gives you a lot of opportunity to experiment. Also, if you are a beginner who is interested in gardening, a window box is the perfect way to get started, as there is ample scope to learn by trial and error. However, there are certain things that you need to take care of, before you start planting in your window box. The most important part is choosing your plants. The ideal plants for your window box are those that do not grow taller than 6 to 12 inches, grow easily in the climate of your region, do not require too much care and maintenance, are pretty and colorful, and add an exotic touch to your little garden.

You can use your imagination to choose from a wide range of flowers out there. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the location of your window box. Depending on which direction it is facing, you have a completely different list of flowers to choose from. This is because different directions mean different levels of exposure to sunlight and wind for the plants. So, if your window box is facing either the south or the west, go for plants that grow best in direct sunlight. However, if you have one that is facing the north, it is advisable that you choose plants that grow best in shade, which includes some of the best indoor plants as well.

Another factor for choosing the plants, is the aesthetic appeal of your hanging garden or, for that matter, the kind of look you want. If you have a particular color scheme in mind, you can choose the plants accordingly. Usually, it is a good idea to use contrasting colors for your window box. You can even design the box keeping a single color in mind. Choose plants of varying heights to add dimensions to your garden and don’t forget to add some vines for that cascading effect.

Plants that are Best for Window Boxes

You can opt for either annuals or biennials while choosing plants for your window box. Here is a list of the best plants for window boxes, sorted under the different categories discussed above.

  • Plants For Sun
    Sweet potato
    Nasturtium
    Verbena
    Miniature roses
    Lavender
    Salvia
    Periwinkle
    Petunia
    Marigold
  • Plants For Shade
    Fuchsia
    Wandering jew
    Creeping myrtle
    Pansy
    Impatiens
    Hosta
    Coleus
    Astilbe
    Ferns
  • Annual Plants
    Balsam
    Begonia
    Petunia
    Marigold
    Scarlet sage
    Impatiens
    Snapdragon
  • Perennial Plants
    Polyanthus
    Ajuga
    Basket-of-gold
    Bergenia
    Blue fescue
    Bunchberry
    Winter pansy
  • Trailing Plants
    Ivy
    Pelargoniums
    Nasturtium
    Blue lobelia
    Sweet pea
    Chilean glory flower
  • Aromatic Herbs
    Tobacco
    Petunia
    Evening stock
    Sweet violets
    Lavender
    Scented geraniums

Now that you are familiar with the best plants for window boxes, you can get one for yourself too. Remember to water your plants on a regular basis and deadhead them, i.e., pull out the dead flowers from the plant. Doing this will ensure that you have plants that bloom for a longer period. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and create a beautiful little garden with ‘smiling’ flowers that you can call your own!

Tips to Take Care of Kimberly Queen Ferns

Ferns have been a very popular and elegant part of many gardens for centuries. These plants are very versatile, as they can be grown both indoors and outdoors. The Kimberly Queen fern is an extremely attractive variety, that is sure to make the area more appealing. Let us have a look at how to care for the Kimberly Queen in the correct way, so as to ensure that it thrives.

Unlike a Boston or Dallas fern, the Kimberly Queen or Australian sword fern (scientific name: Nephrolepsis obliterata) grows upright, rather than spreading out towards the sides, giving it a neater appearance and making it easy to care for. The Kimberly Queen is also a very resilient species, and can tolerate heavy winds and rains. The plant grows just as well in a hanging basket as on the ground, giving it an advantage of versatility as a decorative plant.

One can easily buy these fern saplings from nurseries, and they are not very expensive either. They make good borders in landscape gardens, and increase the appeal of the area, especially when they are planted with other shade-loving plants like begonias, heliconias, and impatiens. They also look good when planted in pots or hanging baskets, and placed near the doorways in homes.

Kimberly Queen Fern Care: Tips

1) Although the fern can grow in direct sunlight, it is best planted in partial shade or filtered sunlight.

2) The Kimberly Queen does well in the USDA hardiness zone 9 – 11. Consider the location of planting the fern accordingly.

3) Watering should be done once in 2 – 3 days, depending on the climate. The soil should be moist but not too wet. Watering the fronds as well as the soil will encourage the plant to grow well. Never allow the soil to completely dry out.

4) Spread mulch in a thickness of 2 – 3 inches around the base of the plant every 3 – 4 months. This is necessary to protect the roots during the winter in areas that are very cold, because the roots give out new fronds in spring.

5) The Kimberly Queen fern cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, so if you live in such areas, grow the plants indoors.

6) If you have planted the fern indoors, make sure the environment has a reasonable amount of moisture, or the leaves will gradually turn brown. You can use a humidifier for this purpose. Regularly spraying the plant with water will also help.

7) Apply a water-soluble fertilizer in the soil around the fern once in 3 months.

8) When planting the fern in a pot, mix soil and peat moss in equal quantities, and plant the roots in the mix for best results.

9) Regularly remove any dead fronds that you may find to encourage healthy, rich, and green growth. Heavy pruning near the level of the soil, once in 2 – 3 years just before the advent of spring will keep the plant green and extend its lifespan.

10) If the temperature falls below 60°F the plant will stop growing. You should make necessary arrangements to transplant the fern whenever needed. However, transplanting the plant too often will weaken it, so prior planning is a must.

11) This fern is propagated very easily by the process of plant division. To do this, you must remove the plant from the soil, and gently with your hands separate the ball of the roots from each other. Each one of them is capable to grow a new bunch of ferns. Plant division is best done when the fern starts to overcrowd the pot or its designated area in the garden.

12) This species of fern is highly resistant to pests and diseases. However, if affected, appropriate pesticides can solve the problem.

13) The Kimberly Queen fern is a non-toxic species, but it can still cause mild sickness in pets and humans if consumed. Hence, the location of the fern should be kept out of the reach from small children and pets.

With winter coming soon, make necessary arrangements to create the ideal growing environment for the Kimberly Queen fern, and enjoy the beauty of the new fronds that will appear at the start of spring.

Tall Indoor Plants

tall-indoor-plantsIndoor plants bring some greenery and freshness in your house. Particularly, the tall variety of indoor plants can be used to beautify your home.

Indoor plants or houseplants are great decorating elements for filling up awkward corners in your home. It can instantly brighten any corner it is placed in and are great for offices too. You can choose houseplants in different sizes and shapes but tall houseplants looks more attractive. Although there are many varieties of tall houseplants, you need to choose one that requires low maintenance, can grow well in limited sunlight and does not require too much pruning. Tall indoor plants can also be placed in the balcony or porch, so that you can enjoy some greenery while you sip a cup of tea. You can place one large houseplant to beautify a corner or you can group a few indoor plants together.

Rubber Plant
One of the most popular and easy to maintain tall indoor plants is the rubber plant. It grows to a height of about 3 to 6 feet. Rubber plants have dark green leaves with a thick leathery texture. A rubber plant should be planted in a big earthen pot with well drained potting soil. The level of soil in the pot should be at least 1 to ½ inches below the rim of the pot as a rubber plant requires a lot of water. During the dry summer season, rubber plants require more water and watering should be done more sparingly in winter.

Dumb Cane
Another good tall large indoor plant that you can consider having in your house is dumb cane. Dumb cane has bright green leaves with cream colored veins and they grow up to a height of 4 to 5 feet. It is a bushy plant and the spread is about 3 feet. This attractive houseplant can be grown by propagation of stem cutting in well drained potting soil.

Dragon Tree
One of the most popular houseplant which grows to a good length is the dragon tree. Because of its thick foliage, it can also be used for privacy. It grows to a height of 2 to 10 feet and it requires bright sunlight for its growth. It is best placed in balconies where it can get adequate amounts of sunlight. These plants have very thin stems with arched leaves that are dark green in color with purple margins. They require well drained soil with occasional watering to thrive indoors.

Fiddle Leaf Fig
Another good low maintenance tall indoor plant is the fiddle leaf fig. It has large leaves that grow on slender stems. It is a woody plant that does not require too much sunshine to grow and is therefore an excellent house plant. The best thing about fiddle leaf fig plant is that it grows quite slowly and thus you do not need to prune it regularly.

China Doll Plant
China doll plant is one of the most attractive indoor plants that grows up to a height of 4 to 5 feet. It has glossy deep green leaves with prominent veins. It grows well in tropical and sub tropical climates and requires medium to bright light to grow well. The soil for this plant should be well drained and moist and it requires regular watering to thrive.

Purple Velvet Plant
If you are looking for a tall indoor plant with colorful leaves then you should opt for purple velvet plant. It is an indoor plant with thick foliage and the medium-sized leaves are covered densely with fine purple hair which looks like velvet. It grows to a height of 2 feet and regular pruning of the plant is necessary.

West Indian Holly
The West Indian holly plant grows up to a height of 4 to 8 feet and it has a spread of around 4 to 5 feet. It has dark green glossy leaves which are obovate shaped and which are around 4 to 8 inches in length. West Indian holly grows well in bright light and its propagation is done through cuttings.

Some other tall indoor plants are:
Bamboo Palm
Coleus
Croton
Dracaena Plant
Silk Oak
False Aralia
Fishtail Palm
Snake Plant
Ponytail Palm
Norfolk Island Pine
Amaryllis

Best House Plants

There is nothing like having luscious green plants at home, that soothe your senses, and make for an inviting ambiance. This post on best house plants, will fortify you with the required information.

House plants have a celestial aura that transmit positive energy to every nook and cranny of the house. Green leafy foliage adds dimension to the house and gives the space a meaning of its own. They also add an air of pure sophistication and class. However, it is very important for you, as a plant lover, to comprehend the type of plant that would prove suitable for the ‘home’ environment. Coming up, is a comprehensive list of the best house plants that you could lay your hands on and soften a room with immeasurable character.

Have you ever visited an acquaintance, looked around at her abode and found green’s thriving simultaneously? Have you been bitten by a thought bug of you being unable to possess the same green glory? It seems as though these people have a knack of keeping plants alive and kicking green. Their plants look luscious and enviably glossy. Your heart dries up when you see your own plants struggling to breathe, let alone grow. It is probable that there may be plenty of south-facing windows that embrace the morning sunlight but sometimes this may not be the case. The house may consist of a number of dark and shady corners that invite little or no potential natural light.

So which house plants are low on maintenance, high on appearance and can survive in such shady indoor situations, you ask? The solution is here. You may resort to plants that require no special environment to grow, can withstand erratic weather fluctuations and irregular watering timetables. All in all, they are easy-to-look-after plants.

List of Best Indoor House Plants
Spider Plant

A plant that is not choosy about its watering schedule and is not fussy about the weather changes, is none other than the spider plant. The spider plant, (botanical name Chlorophytum), is best suited as an ornamental dangle. The best feature about the spider plant is the variety of colors it bears. As the plant grows, it will give birth to plantlets that will make for an impressive hanging exhibit. These plantlets could be snipped off and planted to increase the spider plant population.

Snake Plant

Snake plant is also known as Sansevieria. The snake plant is marked with features such as long and stiff leaves that are pointed at the tip, and stand 2 to 3 feet tall. The snake plant, commonly known as mother-in laws tongue, has stripes in pale green bands, or may also sport colors such as silver and yellow. It being a desert plant; you don’t need to follow a stringent watering regimen. The plant appreciates light in abundance, yet it can sustain, if and when there is less of it.

Lucky Bamboo Plant

The lucky bamboo plant serves to be one of the best gift options one could resort to. The lucky bamboo plant is a dracaena species that is originally an office plant. It can survive in tough conditions, with perpetually less amount of watering cycles, and vacillating weather conditions. Nevertheless, it is a plant that is considered truly lucky, for it brings with it positive energy, or the Chi element into the house.

The Bromeliads

The Bromeliads are a plant species that rate high amongst the best house plants that require full sunlight. The bromeliads require a lot of warmth, a regular watering schedule and high humidity. This species is a difficult one to manage, although it is worth following a strict routine to finally see those extravagant flower spikes. Bromeliads are not just about flower spikes; some species are also known for their attractive foliage. The intake of fertilizer of this particular species of plant is low, almost negligible in nature.

Wax Plants

Wax plants are an easy-to-care-for danglers for the house. They do require direct sunlight, thus ranking well in the category of being the best house plant for sunlight. South-facing windows that receive sunlight in abundance could be a suitable place for it to thrive.

Aloe

It is a known fact that aloe is packed with innumerable medicinal properties. It is used in hair products that are enriching, and skin products that prove nutritious and revitalizing. Aloe is one amongst the indoor house plants that demands a lot of sunlight. Aloe purifies the air indoors. It is thus the best green for filtering out toxins and pollutants present in the home environment. Aloe vera has juicy leaves and is also termed as a succulent house plant.

Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema sp. is an excellent indoor house plant that serves to be a natural air-purifier. It needs enough water supply, and can survive in areas where light is not copious. Its leaves are large in size and provide different patterns to choose from. The plant grows in clump form and has leaves that stand up to 3 feet in height.

Cacti

Cacti hail from the succulent species of plants. Some succulents are characterized by having thorny spines and some have no spines having juicy, and thick leaves to flaunt. Some cacti, such as the Christmas cactus does not have thorny or spiky leaves and look very elegant. Among the very popular forms of succulent house plant is aloe and agave plant. Succulents and cacti will do very well without them commanding you a regular water workout, yet they are plants that require plenty of sunlight.

Wandering Jew

The wandering jew thrives in moist conditions. It is one of the best in order to lend an ornamental aestheticism to your house decor. The wandering jew flashes purple leaves that make it a great option for those, who are interested to develop a unique shade of colors with the rest of the greens.

English Ivy

English ivy is one plant that thrives on one simple condition; neglect. The English ivy plant grows tall and can survive when exposed to parched to heavily moist and damp soil type. It also has the potential to thrive in low light areas and is an ornamental plant, suitable for those dwellings that are low on maintenance, and high on appeal.

Braided Ficus Tree
The Ficus is synonymous with a smart indoor plantation. It is due to high adaptability with the indoor panorama that makes it one of the governing greens indoors. The braided Ficus stands true to its name, as its stems are interwoven to create a twirl mounted with a round, bushy, dark green foliage. You need to take care of the moisture content in the plant; if the plant becomes dry and droops, it may further lead to excessive leaf shedding. The braided Ficus has no particular preference area, however it would thrive best when exposed to indirect light and would also do well in spaces where ‘light showers’ are rarely experienced.

Chamaedorea Palm

The chamaedorea palm, also christened the Parlor palm, is one tropical palm that requires indirect light. Slender leaves, that taper through its length and arch through the stems look comfortable in their green skin and elicit an element of warmth indoors.

Amaryllis

The amaryllis has yet another apt nomination to share its original identity with; it is also called the Yellow Goddess. The shape of these flowers enunciates resemblance with the gramophone horn, with the bloom color being yellow, narrowing down t its neck with a subtle shade of green. They do not require direct sunlight and are able to handle themselves in low light areas.
So here is an opportunity for you to choose from amongst the best house plants and add a unique definition to your home decor. These plants will aid you for sure, in making you feel positive about the environment you breathe in, and of course, make you confident enough to flaunt your attractive collection!