If you don’t have much of an outside space, chances are you have more than made up for it with a home filled with luscious palms and verdant fronds.
But how can you inject a touch of colour to make your indoor flora feel more exotic and summery?
Step forward plant doctor Emily Lawlor of Happy Houseplants, who has teamed up with Sarah Gerrard-Jones (@theplantrescuer) to create an innovative Houseplant Clinic at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The super-cool clinic will encourage people to rescue their ailing plants instead of throwing them away.
‘There will be plant-treatment stations including a steam room, tropical terrarium, a root Jacuzzi, a solarium and a soil and juice bar to help fix and cheer them up,’ says Emily.
Below, she shares her favourite colourful plants to add cheer to your indoor jungle.
Aglaonema Pink Star
This rare, easy-care plant should thrive in your home, no problem, as it’s tolerant of low light conditions. Perfect for beginners, it’s also an attractive collector plant for more experienced growers.
Aglaonemas grow wild in the subtropical rainforests of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, where the plant is happy beneath the forest canopy.
Pink Star is a hard-to-find variety and is coveted for its bright foliage and variegation.
If you crave the jungle look or want stunning foliage in your home, this is perfect.
Philodendron Scandens Brasil
Philodendrons make such unique indoor plants because they adapt to a wide variety of lighting and water conditions in the wild, so will thrive indoors, too.
They have large, dark green leaves that allow them to absorb even the tiniest traces of light and water.
This species is notable due to the variegated leaves, with yellow and lime green strokes across the deep green foliage.
One of the easiest plants to care for, it will forgive the odd missed watering.
More commonly known as ‘a string of hearts’ the heart-shaped leaves make this plant the perfect gift for someone special – including yourself.
A native of Africa, it is an easy-care delight, with trailing leaves in gorgeous green and purple. A very fast grower, with a bit of care this little beauty will thrive in a small pot for years.
Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ (Purple Heart)
This species of spiderwort is native to the Gulf Coast region of eastern Mexico.
The small leaves have a shiny look, with new leaves appearing in a stunning deep purple. It looks beautiful in a hanging basket or container.
A very easy-care houseplant that thrives on loving neglect, it hates being fussed and overwatered.
Also known as the Prayer Plant, the stunningly variegated foliage of this hardy indoor choice makes it a statement piece.
The leaves lie flat during the day and fold upwards at night, as if in prayer.
It’s relatively low-maintenance, spreads low and wide and can be grown in hanging baskets or larger containers.
Maranta plants are also pet-safe.
Scindapsus Pictus Trebie
Often called the Satin Pothos, this plant will add a vibrant splash of colour to any display and is super-easy to look after.
Tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, it’s a prolific grower, producing long, cascading vines that can easily reach the floor.
With fabulous changing foliage and a full shape, this plant – a species of spiderwort native to South America – is also known as ‘the wandering dude’ because it spreads so quickly and will run wild into any space.
The small leaves have a shiny appearance and a purple underside, with any new leaves appearing purple at first, then turning green.
Also called Flamingo Flower, this plant has tropical jungle vibes with long-lasting flowers, striking, distinctive, elongated leaves and tangled roots.
Its ornamental bracts are popular with florists and it makes a great house plant, thriving in a bright room with plenty of humidity – so a steamy bathroom will be the perfect home for this beauty.
The ‘Purple Shamrock’, otherwise known as the Oxalis Triangularis, is a beautiful, low-maintenance decorative house plant with bell-shaped flowers and vivid purple leaves.
To add to its visual charm, it closes its blooms and leaves at night, then opens wide up again to the morning light.
Popularly known as the Rattlesnake Plant, this beauty has fresh green leaves with darker green stripes and burgundy colouring on the underside.
Its common name has come about because of its markings, which look a little like the patterns on a rattlesnake’s skin.
As a bonus, this snake is one that is good with pets.
The Houseplant Clinic will be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 24-28. For tickets visit RHS.
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