It is possible to appreciate the lovely leaves on your indoor plants in all shades of green with variegated patterns in white and yellow while still wanting flowers on them as well. Luckily, there are quite a number of flowering indoor plants that provide both interesting leaves and long-lasting flowers. With houseplants, even the worlds of a tropical rain forest or the arid desert are at your fingertips.
With the right setting--a warm room in a window with bright but indirect light--an African violet can bloom all year long. You'll find African violets in all shades of blues, pinks, lavenders and white. The leaves themselves are furry and grow in a tidy, compact shape around the blooms, which rise an inch or so above them. All colors of blooms have bright yellow centers. African violets benefit from regular feeding, once a month, with food designed specifically for them and which often comes with an eye dropper so you can add just as much as you need to a pint or quart of water. Water African violets thoroughly, but wait until the top of the soil is completely dry before re-watering.
Writing on the American Orchid Society's website, author Dick Cavender reminds his readers that "not all orchids require greenhouses to do well, and many are good garden plants." Many neighborhood grocery stores and nurseries carry one of the most hardy orchids, phalenopsis, or moth orchid, in both the regular and dwarf varieties. Native to tropical Asia, this orchid has thick, broad, dark green leaves and widely spaced white, pink, yellow or multi-colored flowers on long stems that rise and curve over the leaves. Like other home orchids, phalenopsis likes a warm house temperature with high humidity, which you can gain by occasionally misting the air above the orchid. Place the orchid in a window with bright but indirect light, keep the soil constantly moist and feed it regularly with a fertilizer designed specifically for orchids.
Cacti belong to a family of succulent plants with hundreds of members, some of which flower. Cacti like a fast-draining soil mixture that needs to dry out completely before re-watering. They prefer full sun and warm temperatures but can tolerate nighttime temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it flowers for only a month or so, the Christmas cactus, schlumbergera truncate, puts on a brilliant show in November and December, with red, fuchsia or pink tubular flowers that dangle from the tips of the leaves, which themselves arch and dangle on long stems. A similar plant, the Easter cactus, or rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, blooms in the spring.