Post-Planting Care Of Plants

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HOUSEPLANTS WITH SUMMER FLOWERS

IXORA JUNGLE FLAME

When the orange-red flower clusters appear, shining above the dark green foliage, this plant is especially beautiful. It is tricky for beginners to grow, as it hates cold air, draughts, and being moved, so once placed, leave it be. Pinch out the tips to encourage bushiness.

GERBERA, TRANSVAAL DAISY

Large, long-lasting, yellow daisies are carried above a rosette of bold foliage. This tap-rooted plant hates disturbance, so repot with care. Other colors available.

AFRICAN VIOLET

These shocking pink flowers are well worth cultivating. A popular summer houseplant, it will in fact flower almost continuously throughout the year. Saintpaulias can be bought with single or double flowers.

CAPE PRIMROSE

Cape primroses are from the same family as Saintpaulia, and are almost as popular. 'Paula' has purple flowers with distinct dark purple veins and yellow throats.

PRAIRIE GENTIAN

Also known as Lisianthus, this gentian relative is generally short-lived but gives a rich display of large, erect, satiny, bell- shaped flowers above grey-green foliage.

FOLIAGE EFFECT

Attractive foliage  has great long-term value. Plants grown for their decorative leaves will give satisfaction all year round — an excellent reason to cultivate as wide a range as possible. Different houseplants produce leaves in a fascinating variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and even scents.

Leaves range in size from the selaginella's tiny scale-like foliage to the great leathery blades of a Swiss cheese plant. They also vary enormously in shape, from elegant, frond-like or plumed leaves to giant-sized, deeply-lobed or divided foliage. Plants with strap- or sword-shaped leaves are very versatile as they can fit into narrow or awkward spaces, and their strong vertical or arching shapes provide excellent contrast to plants of mound-forming or spreading habit, or those with broad or rounded leaves. Rough-, hairy-, or smooth- textured and aromatic leaves offer further variety in the home.

Foliage plants are also effective for adding detail above eye-level. Site trailing plants in indoor hanging baskets or in containers on tall pedestals or high shelves.

A SPLASH OF COLOUR

Almost every color exists in the world of plant foliage. Yellow, silver, red, or purple leaves provide an attractive foil or background for green-leaved plants. Colorful variegated plants also make superb single specimens. As a rule of thumb, pale or brightly colored foliage "lifts" dark areas while dark leaves appear best against a pale background. Remember that green, the color of most foliage, comes in an astonishing range of tones. Dramatic effects can be achieved with the different textures, sizes, growth habits, and shades of color found on green-leaved plants alone.

TEXTURE AND FORM

Contrasting growth habits and leaf shapes combine to make this foliage group a pleasing whole.

SIMPLE STYLE

The small leaves of this delicate-looking pilea are eye-catching and add detail to the trailing stems.

 COLOURFUL VARIETY

A red croton and bright-bordered coleus are set off by varied shapes and tones of green foliage, displayed at different levels.

 DRAMATIC EFFECT

The narrow foliage of this gold-variegated croton makes a bold statement, providing a good focal point for a sitting room or bedroom.

 

 

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This article was published on 2011/09/10