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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Posted By: Desiree Markewich in Indoor Plants

I know there are many of us out there who would love to take part in the house plant trend, growing bigger every year, but through past failures are feeling discouraged. Here are 8 easy to care for plants that will earn back your confidence, and before you know it you will have your very own indoor jungle! 

We must begin with by far the most uncomplicated 2 plants on tis list, both of which are know for being tolerant of very low light and preferring to be watered infrequently. Lest we say these 2 are the plant for you if you struggle with low light or remembering to water.


The Snake Plant / Mother in Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria) most commonly has long, wide blade-like foliage in silvery-blue, deep green or a green with a yellow variegation. You can also find snake plants with rounded, rush like foliage or that grow in a more stacked, or fanned shape. This plant can take some seriously low light, but keep in mind low light doesn’t mean no light. If you can’t easily read a book in the daylight falling on your plant, then this is too low of light. Move a little closer to the window if this is the case.


ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) has very attractive, shiny, tropical looking foliage. The thick, almost succulent-like leaves are responsible for the low water needs of this plant. It is a very well-behaved house plant that will reward you with many new leaves through out the season, even when placed in lower light situations. 


Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is another plant tolerant of lower light and drying out between watering. Foliage of this beautiful indoor plant is available in many patterns and colours and can often be found in larger sizes. These larger plants are a great floor plant and look particularly stunning in a basket or in a container with a decorative stand.


Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is a lesser talked about relative to the very popular fiddle leaf fig tree but is much more forgiving in care. It will perform better in a higher light condition than our former 3 plants, preferring bright indirect sun. For watering, water regularly, not letting soil completely dry out between watering.


Pothos (Epipremnum) and our next plant are both good options if you are tight on floor space and want a hanging plant or something to put on a shelf that will grow ‘down’ and instead of ‘up.’ Because of its easy nature, this is a plant you often see in shopping malls or offices. If you notice your plant stretching or producing smaller foliage than previous, you may want to move it into spot with more light. 


Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum) has a much similar appearance to Pothos but is a little more tolerant of lower light and you will experience less of a reaction with underwatering. The only thing to keep in mind with both the Philodendron and the Pothos is over watering. Both plants can be prone to root rot, so if they are in a lower light condition make sure you are not watering more frequently than the plant can use it up. Think less light equals less photosynthesis taking place, therefore your plants will use less water. Little to no water leaves the soil through evaporation.


Air Plants (Tillandsia) are a unique plant that grows without the presence of soil. Due to this you can get creative with how you display them, using them as a kind of living art. For care they require bright, indirect light and a 10-15 min soak in water every 1-2 weeks. For more care tips see our Air Plant care page!


Cactus are the ultimate low water, easy care house plant. All they ask is that you provide them with a bright sunny spot, this means receiving at least 6-8 hours of sun per day. The other important thing to know when it comes to cacti is to ease up completely on watering during the winter months. Many cacti go into dormancy during winter, requiring little to no water until spring comes again. 

I hope you have learned a few things and feel inspired to try one of these rewarding plants. Be assured that no matter how much experience we have, there are always new things for us to discover and mistakes to be made and that sometimes the best way to learn is through our experiences of defeat, so don’t be discouraged if you lose a plant. It just means you can try another!
 

Friday, June 12, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Gardening is all about trying out the newest, the different and the unique. It’s about having plants in your garden you can’t buy at the grocery store. This month we’ll introduce you to 10 really cool plants worth trying in your garden. Some of these suffer from zone denial. In other words, they are tender and probably won’t survive our winter unless you bring them inside. Others are hardy and will come back year after year. Check them out and give these magnificent ten plants a try.

Indian Pink

Indian Pink

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia is a neat, clump forming perennial with stiff stems clothed in glossy green, pointed leaves. In June, the stem tips produce cymes of bold, attractive flowers. Flowers are red and trumpet shaped opening to a yellow star. Best grown in shade to part shade. Keep moist if it is planted in a sunnier location. Prefers moist, organically rick, well drained soil. Grows 1-2ft in height with a similar spread. Hardy to zone 5.

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

St Elmos Fire Firecracker Plant

Russelia x ‘St Elmos Fire’

This stunning hybrid selection of the Firecracker Plant is larger than the common species with a more open, airy look and showier, deeper red flowers. Grass-like foliage is accented bright firecracker red flowers. This is an easy care perennial that blooms continuously from Spring to Fall with the occasional pruning of spent flowers. It’s perfect for tall borders or large containers. Will reach 4-6ft tall and 6-8ft wide. Prefers full or part sun. Hardy to zone 8 – will need winter protection or consider bringing it inside.

Fireworks Pennisetum

Fireworks Pennisetum

Pennisetum x advena ‘Fireworks’

Staying with the pyrotechnic theme is Fireworks Pennisetum. This spectacular warm season tender perennial grass has narrow, arching leaves that are a kalaedoscope of hot pink, green, white and dark burgundy. Fluffy bottlebrush flowers are a deep burgundy and sway in the wind. It is deer resistant and makes a nice cut flower too. Drought tolerant once established. As an annual, it will not survive our winters unless brought inside. Prefers full sun, moist, but well drained soil and grows 1-2ft high and wide. Hardy in zones 9-11

Mojito Elephant Ear | Colocasia

Mojito Elephant Ear

Colocasia ‘Mojito’

For the water gardeners out there, we’ve brought in a unique Colocasia called ‘Mojito’. This tropical plant is well suited for the pondside or patio water feature or tropical garden. Its speckled and mottled green heart-shaped foliage with darker splotches is uniquely attractive. Prefers the heat of the sun but will tolerate part shade. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. It should be kept moist or planted near a water feature where it can grab its own moisture

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Agapanthus x ‘Monmid’

Midknight Blue is a striking new variety of Agapanthus with deep, violet-blue flowers held in tight clusters on tall stalks. Lush, strap-like foliage is bright green. A great plant for a tropical border, poolside or a container. Will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Blooms mid to late spring. Prefers full sun. Needs regular watering when newly planted, but is water wise once established. Grows 3-4ft high. Will benefit from winter protection. Hardy to zone 7.

Golden Milkweed | Butterfly Weed

Golden Butterfly Weed / Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’

If you want butterflies in your garden – plant one of these! The Golden Butterfly weed, or Asclepias is a summer flowering perennial (annual in our climate) that butterflies just love. Especially the Monarchs!. Clusters of attractive buds open to gold and yellow flowers. It is a well behaved plant that requires little attention once established. Prefers full sun. Grows 3-4ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy to zone 8 – treat it like an annual or bring it inside for the winter.

Berry Canary Tender Foxglove | Digiplexis

Berry Canary Tender Hybrid Foxglove

Digiplexis Berry Canary

This outstanding hybrid is the result of breeding between Digitalis (Foxglove) and a Digitalis relative from the Canary Islands, Isoplexis. Masses of beautiful, hot pink, tubular flowers have creamy yellow throats with burgundy speckling. Very large flower spikes appear over a long period, May to Frost, on tall stems. Very vigorous and definitely worth growing. Prefers full sun and a rich, moist, but well drained soil. Water well until established. Grows 1-2ft tall and almost as wide. Hardy to Zone 8.

Aeonium Zwartkop | Houseleek

Zwartkop Houseleek

Aeonium arboretum ‘Zwartkop’

This tender succulent is grown for its dark burgundy-black flattened rosettes. Yellow flowers appear above the foliage. Adds great colour and texture to dry borders, rock gardens, succulent planters and containers. Prefers full sun. Will turn more green if it does not receive enough sunlight. Grow in well drained and fertile soil. Can grow 2-3ft tall and up to 2ft wide. Hardy to zone 9. Bring indoors in the winter.

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant | Coprosma

Tequila Sunrise Mirror Plant

Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’

Tequila Sunrise is an amazing cultivar of Coprosma that has jewel like foliage that is highly glossed and brightly coloured. In Spring, its new growth emerges emerald green with a gold margin, gradually becoming marbled with brilliant orange and gold hues. In the winter, the leaf colour intensifies to brilliant orange and red jewel tones. It is well suited for mild climates, we may be a little too cool for it as it is hardy to zone 8-9. Treat it as an annual or bring it inside for the winter. Tequila Sunrise Coprosma prefers full sun and looks best in group plantings and magnificent when combines with succulents. Has an upright pyramidal shape and can reach 5ft tall in the warmer climates.

Black Negligee Bugbane | Cimicifuga

Black Negligee Bugbane

Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’

Actaea used to be called Cimicifuga, and many gardeners still use the old name. This variety, ‘Black Negligee’ features lacy black foliage and lovely dark stems. Small white flowers on stems above the foliage have the scent of grape and jasmine. It’s a great accent plant for the mixed border or as a specimen on its own. When given lots of sun and water, it will keep its darkest colouration. Can grow up to 5-5ft tall and 1-2ft wide. Hardy to zone 6.

As always, please call Art’s Nursery in advance to confirm availability as our selection is always changing and these rare and unique plants may have limited availability.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Posted By: Amanda Jarret in Tropicals

Windmill Palm - Trachycarpus fortunei

It is possible to enjoy the look of the tropics in your own garden by selecting the right plants and plant combinations.  We live in a temperate climate of Zone 7-8 so some species are hardy here, while others just look tropical, even though they aren’t.  Some are borderline hardy, which means they might die back in severe winters, but regrow from the roots come spring.

To get the look and feel of the tropics, don’t be shy about the plants you choose.  Big, green, bold foliage and hot coloured flowers in reds, yellows and oranges should fill the garden and spill over in lush repose.  Nothing is tight and controlled or neatly shaped.  Plants collide and intermingle, which adds to its sultry appeal.

Every tropical themed garden needs a palm tree and Trachycarpus fortunei, the Windmill Palm and the Washingtonia robusta, the Mexican Fan Palm fit the bill. They do well here when planted in a protected spot with winter protection. 

Another tropical tree is the Paulownia tomentosa, the Empress Tree. Similar to a jacaranda, this fast growing tree boasts purple foxglove like flowers that are borne in profusion.  Catalpas are another bold tropical type tree with huge heart shaped leaves followed by clusters of showy white bell flowers.

Tropical Plant Collage 1

Substitute the popular tropical hibiscus with its smaller flowered hardy relative, the Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus syn.  Althaea syriacus.  Add a banana tree with the hardy Red Leaved Banana, Ensete maurelii. It doesn’t bear fruit here, but it certainly adds a tropical dash.  

Combine it with the Yucca’s upright spiky foliage and its tall white flower spike for contrast.  

Cannas are known for their bold attractive leaves. Now they come in many colours and colour combinations including green with yellow stripes and deep maroon. Their large lily-type flowers are no shrinking violets either, showing off in hot vivid reds, oranges and yellows.  Some grow to a whopping 8 feet while newer hybrids only grow to 2 feet.

Tropical Collage 2

The New Zealand Flax, Phormiums sp, does best with some winter protection, but is stunning with their upright lance-shaped leaves.  They are great companions to the hardy Frost Proof Gardenia, which bears the same pure white and beautifully scented flowers of its non hardy relative.  

For more sweet scents, select the hardy jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides ‘Madison’.  Its fragrant white star shaped flowers cover this evergreen vine in spring.

Elephant Ears, Colocasia sp., also are grown solely for their huge arrow shaped leaves. Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris’ has green veins contrasting on deep purple, while the Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' bears dramatic deep purple foliage. They all love moist soil so are suitable for bog gardens and ponds.

The arching flowers stems of Montbretias, Crocosmia spp., bear yellow, red or orange flowers lined up neatly in a row. Its curved strappy leaves look great next to the erect form of the cannas. Combine either with the outrageous boldness of Bear’s Breeches, Acanthus mollis. It’s huge deeply cut ornate leaves set the stage for the spikes of light mauve pinky hooded blossoms.

Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia sp., is an herbaceous perennial with stiff upright spiky leaves with colourful tubular flowers in orange, red and yellow clustered on top of a leafless stem. Pare it with round form of the dinner plate dahlias with flowers over 10 inches wide and plants over 5 feet tall. They come in many colour combinations.

Foxtail Lily, Eremurus elwesii, is another dramatic herbaceous perennial that pierces the landscape with over 3 foot flower spires of yellow, orange or white.

Tropical Collage 3

Just one or two plants is all you need to bring the essence of the tropics to your garden. Don’t be shy; be bold and get tropical.

These and many other plants with a tropical appearance can be found at Art's Nursery. As always please call ahead to confirm availability of specific varieties as our selection is always changing.


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