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Silver Squill

Houseplant of the Month – Silver Squill (Ledebouria Socialis)

With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be thinking of a few weeks away from home but when you are a plant parent ensuring your houseplants survive the summer break is a top priority. One way to get round this is to make sure your plant collection has a good selection of…

Snake Plant

Houseplant of the Month – Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Look in old houseplant books and you’ll often find this succulent listed as mother-in-law’s tongue on account of its long, pointed leaves. These days it goes by the far more politically correct name of snake plant because of the shape of the leaves and snakeskin like markings that can be found on some varieties. Forming…

Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos Plant

Houseplant of the Month – Devil’s Ivy (Epripremnum aureum)

Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos? If ever a plant was going to have an identity crisis, it would be devil’s ivy. Apart from the common name I’ve just mentioned, it goes by the nicknames of golden pothos, Ceylon creeper and money plant. Its current botanical name is Epripremnum aureum but to older gardeners it was…

Kentia Palm at home houseplant

Houseplant of the Month – Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

If you’re looking to create a lush, leafy, tropical effect indoors, then kentia palms can’t be beat. This tender palm produces masses of tall, slightly arching stems clothed with long, tapering leaflets. Forming an elegant clump of foliage, it enjoys a reputation for being attractive as well as bombproof. This lovely palm has been a…

ZZ Plant Houseplant

Houseplant of the Month – ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Flick through the pages of old houseplant books and you’re unlikely to come across Zamioculcas zamiffolia, a dramatic plant with wand-like stalks that are clothed with thick, glossy leaves. In fact, it was almost impossible to find in the UK until the early noughties, when imports from the Netherlands landed in garden centres. Today, this…

houseplants on window easy to care for money plant

Top 10 Houseplants for Beginners

Some houseplants require careful attention. They need just the right amount of water, sunlight and humidity to thrive. But not all houseplants are quite so fussy, there are plenty that are super easy to grow. Whether you’re looking for something that will thrive in a shady corner or a plant that can cope with erratic…