In winter, it's always nice to grow house plants
to help brighten the home or office with colorful flowers or foliage
or both. There are many different house plants that are very easy to
grow, even if you don't happen to have a green thumb! Click
on a plant name below to order it from Pernell Gerver's Online Store.
peperomia is a striking house plant with interesting
foliage. The rounded leaves have a pointed tip and are striped with
shimmering silver and green bands, reminiscent of a watermelon rind.
The leaves are four inches long and up to three inches wide. Slender
white flower wands stand above the foliage.
and succulents are also easy house plants. They tolerate dry air and
soil and do well even with neglect. Kalanchoe
pumila is a succulent with attractive foliage and flowers.
It has thick, silvery-white leaves on trailing stems. It bears
clusters of silvery-pink flowers that are carried on thin stems that
rise above the foliage. The flowers appear in mid winter and bloom
firetails is a trailing house plant with small, deep-green
leaves on semi-woody long stems. Flowers are fuzzy "tails"
that appear in the axils of its leaves near the ends of its stems.
It's an everblooming house plant that is always in bloom. It's a good
plant to grow in a hanging basket where its trailing stems can dangle downward.
Piggyback plant is a fun,
unusual plant. It has medium- to dark-green, hairy leaves that are
roughly heart shaped with deeply-lobed edges. The leaves are also
deeply veined, giving them a quilted appearance. The leaves are two
to three inches across and are borne on four-inch-long leaf stems.
What is so unusual about this plant is that each leaf bears a live,
young plant. This method of reproduction is called viviparous,
meaning bearing live young. The small plantlet appears to sit atop
the leaf, but it is actually borne in the axil where the leaf meets
the short leaf stem. The little plantlet is an exact replica of the
mature plant, but in miniature. The plantlets are bright green that
matures to deep green. In addition to bearing plantlets atop its
leaves, piggyback plant also produces plantlets along runners,
similar to the way a strawberry plant grows.
White heliotrope is an
easy-to-grow house plant that bears large umbels of fragrant,
pure-white flowers atop medium green foliage. The fragrance resembles
baby powder. It blooms all year long and is a wonderful, fragrant
addition to any house plant collection.