Five Trendy Plants for Your Indoor Garden
By Laurelynn Martin
The plant boom is on and a resurgence of gardeners of all ages is gaining momentum. Plants give us a chance to unplug from our devices and the harried pace of our world. Below I will share with you five of our favorite indoor plants that are trending as popular right now.
Also known as Corkscrew Albuca because of its curly leaves, this unusual plant brings a whimsical form into your windowsill garden. The thickly curled leaves arise out of a bulb and in springtime will bloom with fragrant yellow flowers that give off a light vanilla scent. Ten or twenty blooms may appear per spike. However, to keep the corkscrew appearance, the flowers must be cut off early on, otherwise all the energy goes into the flowers and the leaves will lose their curl. Grow in full sun and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ is distinctive and eye-catching and makes an ideal home garden plant.
Tea has been popular through the ages and black tea is still a popular beverage but also gaining momentum are green and white teas. Depending on how you dry and cure the leaves you’ll get black, green or white tea. It is the young shoots of this famous plant that are harvested for tea leaves. White tea is considered a delicacy, since the leaves are harvested before they are fully open when they are still covered by fine white hairs. White tea is also minimally processed so it has a delicate flavor when compared to black or green tea. Camellia sinensis is hardy in the southern United States but is perfect as a potted plant when grown in a cool spot indoors during the winter. As a potted plant, Tea can reach up to 3-5’ tall.
Cascading stems of plump leaves that resemble dolphins jumping out of the water or swimming over the pots edge make String of Dolphin Senecio a popular plant that enlivens any indoor growing space. This rare succulent is native to Bolivia and Argentina, and it’s considered to be an easy grower. Simply give a balanced fertilizer once a month during the active growing season and grow in partial sun or bright, indirect light. Small white cinnamon scented flowers appear intermittently.
Known for its intense orange-blossom fragrance, this compact plant has waxy white flowers that are extremely free-flowering. We love growing Orange Jasmine on a windowsill or other limited space area because it is nearly always in bloom and emits a delightfully sweet scent throughout the year.
Monstera, or the Swiss Cheese plant, has been a mainstay in tropical horticulture for years and now we are lucky enough to have Mini Monstera that is ideal for the indoor garden. Monstera minima is a slow-growing vine with deeply cut splits in the leaves that alternate on both sides of the stem. Grow in well-drained, fertile soil and provide a trellis or moss pole for the vine to climb. Mini Monstera makes an ideal low light plant because it prefers bright, indirect light with no hot noonday sun.
Growing trendy plants in your indoor space delights gardeners and non-gardeners alike. These five plants nearly guarantee your indoor gardening success. You can learn more about the trendy indoor plants mentioned in this article below. Before you go, please be sure to request your free Logee’s catalog here.