Plants for the House

Plants for the house can be used in many ways. They can be used as table décor, hanging baskets, pots for window sills or tall corner plants. They can be classic favorites (daisies in a window) or specific to a holiday (poinsettia). Indoor plants, or houseplants, can be flowers or foliage, depending on the mood you want to portray.

Cape Aloe

The cape aloe (Aloe ferox) is from the lily family. It is an evergreen perennial good for container gardening and for indoor use. This succulent has a 6-to-10 foot stem with fleshy, 3 feet long leaves in a rosette. Tubular flowers are orange-red and on a stalk 2 to 4 feet over the leaves. Grow cape aloe in well-drained soil in full sun. For indoor use, it will need 1,000 foot-candles of light in the day. Propagate via stem cuttings or by seed.

Parsley

The parsley plant (Petroselinum crispum) is from the carrot family. It is a fragrant annual that attracts butterflies when outdoors. It is good for container gardening and indoor use. This clump-forming plant gets approximately 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Leaves are bright green and fragrant. It is a kitchen seasoning with a nutty flavor. Grow parsley in a soil that is around 6.0 pH (slight acidic) and with full or partial sun. Propagate by seed.

Garden Geranium

The garden geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum) is from the geranium family. It is a tender perennial that is fast growing and easy to grow. It is good for container gardens and indoor use. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches wide and may grow to a 3-foot shrub. Flowers are produced in clusters, in many different color options (depending on cultivar). Grow garden geranium in well-drained soil and bright sun if outdoors. It does fine indoors. Propagate via cutting or by seed.

Green Wandering Jew

The green wandering Jew (Tradescantia fluminensis) is from the spiderwort family. It is a perennial that is easy to grow and fast growing. It does well indoors and as a container plant. Leaves are glossy and 1 to 2 ½ inches long. Flowers are small and white, emerging from spring to fall. Grow green wandering Jew in rich soil in full sun if outdoors, and in any light if indoors. Soil should be moist and well drained. Propagate via stem fragments.

Ti Plant

The ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) is from the agave family. It is an evergreen perennial good for container gardening and for indoor use. Plants vary between 10 feet tall outdoors or as a smaller indoor plant grown for foliage. Leaves are 12 to 30 inches long and can be varying colors depending on cultivar. Flowers smell sweet and are red or yellow. Grow ti plant in partial shade to full sun. Propagate via stem cuttings.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.