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The fiddle leaf fig, ficus lyrata, with its large, dramatic leaves that cluster at the top of narrow trunks, is perfect for filling a corner and providing a welcome...
The fiddle leaf fig, ficus lyrata, with its large, dramatic leaves that cluster at the top of narrow trunks, is perfect for filling a corner and providing a welcome...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
How to Create an Indoor Landscape
If you’re like me, you’re a strong believer that plants are meant to be enjoyed indoors as much as out. Many of us might be holed up over winter or don’t have the space to tend a garden outdoors, so let’s focus on bringing the garden in. By...
Orchids 101: Get Started Growing Orchids at Home
Orchids were once special-occasion flowers, available only from a florist or a grower. Most people thought growing them required a greenhouse and an exceptionally green thumb. Today orchids retain their aristocratic allure, but they’re readily available....
8 Essentials for Healthy Indoor Plants
Nothing gives me more pleasure than having my indoor plants refreshed, repotted and repositioned, ready for a new year ahead. All too often we either love our houseplants or neglect them to death. But with some common sense on your part, a little love...
DIY Project: How to Make a ‘Kokedama’ String Garden
The first time I saw a wonderful display of kokedama, a variation of Japanese bonsai, hanging against a stark white wall, I never imagined how easy it would be to create this plant-and-string look. “Kokedama” means “moss ball” in Japanese;...
Indoor Winter Gardens for Cheerier Days
Living in a cold climate where days get short and dark, and winter seems to drag on forever, can be disheartening. Why not take the edge off the chill by tending to an indoor garden? You can move in some outdoor potted plants that wouldn’t make it through...
Have a Blooming Winter: How to Force Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors
The art of tricking a bulb into flowering indoors is called forcing, though with the amaryllis bulb, “coaxing” may be a more fitting term. Generally with most bulbs, once you force them to flower inside, their energy is spent and it’s unlikely...
10 Top Plants to Grow Indoors
Looking for a single ingredient that has the ability to make just about any room look better? It’s a plant. The humble houseplant is well and truly back on trend, and for good reason. A splash of healthy greenery instantly makes a room feel fresh...
Bring Living Color to Your Table
What makes a recipe good: simplicity, sophistication and the ability to share it. In The Plant Recipe Book, Baylor Chapman brings 100 delectable recipes to the table, in the forms of living centerpieces and sides. Chapman was gracious enough to...
Make a Cool Plant Shelf in an Afternoon — No Saw Needed
I found myself with a trio of glorious south-facing windows, houseplants that loved nothing more than basking in sun and some basil seeds ready to sprout. But where was I going to put the plants to benefit from the greenhouse effect? Easy. I’d build...
Simple Pleasures: Grow a Cheery Indoor Garden
Living, breathing, healthy plants boost the spirit like nothing else. Whether you consider yourself to have a green thumb or are just inching your way into the world of gardening, consider this inspiration and motivation to get your indoor garden growing....
How to Get an Amaryllis to Rebloom
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is a tropical bulb that has become a popular indoor winter plant. It’s easy to see why: those gloriously big, bright flowers. Whether red, pink, apricot or white, those trumpet-shaped blooms can make any space more dramatic...
Meet a Houseplant With Excellent Communication Skills
By the time most houseplants show symptoms of neglect, it's already too late to save them. Not the peace lily (spathyphyllum). You can revive a totally collapsed peace lily...
Got Bright Light but Lack Spare Time? Try Ponytail Palm
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) isn't really a palm but rather a member of the agave succulent family. It's a very unusual-looking plant, with a swollen base and a mop of long, flat leaves. Ponytails are easy to care for...
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