Houseplants are a gardener's pick-me-up on cold or rainy days when outdoor gardening is not an option. Offering a variety of sizes shapes and colors, there is a houseplant to suit almost any plant lover's home decor. Blooming houseplants offer the added benefit of a splash of color and fragrance to enhance a room's appeal.
The peace lily provides large indoor blooms that are easily distinguishable by their shape. These large white flowers appear to be leaves from a distance. Petals are few and very large with a leaf-like shape. Peace lily leaves are dark green and waxy to the touch. This plant survives in most lighting conditions in the home but blooms may be unimpressive or even nonexistent without a little indirect sunlight.
Miniature roses are available in a variety of colors including shades of red, white, yellow and pink. Blooms are far smaller than standard roses, with a diameter roughly the size of a quarter. The leaves are small and dark green. Indoor placement of miniature roses can be tricky as they require at least five hours of sunlight a day.
African violets, according to Purdue University's horticulture department, are among the most popular varieties of houseplant due to their beauty and low requirements for growth. These flowers bloom in shades of white, purple, pink and red. Multicolored specimens are available as well. The leaves are dark green and rather large compared to the fairly small flowers. The African violet can thrive under most household and lighting conditions, but avoid over-watering them.
Cactus come in a variety of forms that can be easily grown in containers in the home. Cacti flower in a rainbow of color varieties including red, yellow, orange and white. The flowers are a sharp contrast against the spiny pad of the cactus plant. These plants do not produce traditional leaves; instead they are covered in sharp spikes of varying sizes. Cactus are easy to care for and are even known as difficult to kill but use caution when watering, as over-watering is one of the few causes of cactus plant death.
A variety of orchids do well as houseplants, including moth orchids and slipper orchids. These varieties produce blooms that last up to six months if properly cared for. With more than 30,000 species of orchid, blooms of almost any color are possible. These sometimes finicky plants grow large, showy blooms on long, narrow stems. Care instructions for the orchid are as varied as orchids themselves.