The Neat Retreat: Decorate With New Houseplants

Suzanne Oliver
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Taking down the Christmas tree is a sad, annual ritual. Your home suddenly feels sparse without it. Add to that ,no garland, no wreaths, no festive pops of red, and the interior is suddenly like the weather outside — dreary and drab.

Beat the winter blahs and dress up your home this season with new “life”. Add back the green and a little lively color with our list of hardy houseplants, many of which bloom while the temperatures outside plummet.

Aloe A large succulent with orange flowers. Blooms profusely in the winter. Needs well-drained, coarse soil and bright light.

Calla lily Available in white, pink or yellow blooms. Grown from a tuber, calla lilies have a beautiful, easily-recognizable flower and a pleasing fragrance. Keep soil moist at all times and grow in bright light. 

Cyclamen Perfect for a cool windowsill. Remove spent blooms to encourage flowers throughout the winter. Fragrant and colorful (pink, red or white), cyclamen do well in bright, indirect light in the winter.  

Hyacinth Varieties feature violet, blue, pink and white blooms. Fills an entire room with its floral scent. Easy to transplant to a garden after flowering.

Kalanchoe This succulent produces clusters of long-lasting, brightly colored flowers (red, pink, purple, yellow or white). Like poinsettias, kalanchoes require short days and long nights for bud development. Grows best in bright light and dry to average soil moisture.

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Mother’s-in-law tongue (Sansevieria) Similar to the snake plant, but with a yellow border around its sharp, upright leaves. Reduce watering to monthly during the winter. Great for beginner gardeners. 

Moth Orchid This tree-dwelling jungle plant lends grace to any surrounding. The most recognizable of the orchids, these potted species can bloom for months with little maintenance. Give them filtered light and average soil moisture. 

Philodendron Produces pretty heart-shaped leaves that easily trail over bookshelves or up a stake. Adapts well to low light. Allow the soil surface to dry between waterings. 

 

Featured orchid image: Shutterstock/Rodenberg Photograph

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Mother-in-Law’s Tongue image: Shutterstock/Olga Kovalenko

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