House Plants

House plants bring the fresh beauty of the outdoors inside your home. Learn about different kinds of house plants and how to care for them.


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The great majority of bromeliads in the Guzmania genus are found in the highlands of Colombia and Costa Rica. They have shiny leaves with smooth edges and their flowers are typically a white or yellowish color. Learn more about these unique plants.


Neoregelia contains about 50 species and many varieties. Most are from eastern Brazil. They were named in honor of Eduard A. von Regel, the 19th century superintendent of the Botanic Garden in St. Petersburg, Russia. Learn more about Neoregalia.

Types of Bromeliads

Bromeliads are perennial plants that have one seed leaf. Bromeliads commonly grow in the American tropics, and a majority of the species are found in Brazil. These tough, long-lived plants grow well indoors, too. Learn more about types of Bromeliads.


These bromeliads get their name from the Greek work for "spear tip." These plants grow leaves in a tight, stemless, overlapping rosette that forms a vase which can hold more than a gallon of water. Read more about these clever plants in this article.

Cut Flowers

We've given each other flowers for centuries--in love and in mourning, out of joy and out of sadness. Learn about the types and meanings of the different kinds of cut flowers, how to choose them, and how to arrange them for the ones you love.

Cactus Plants

Cacti and succulent plants come in a variety of types, sizes, shapes, and colors. Some species of cacti produce leaves, while others are known for producing flowers. They can tolerate a wide variety of climates. Learn about cacti and how to care for these plants.

How to Arrange Flowers

Flowers have always played a part in our history. Even primitive man used flowers and plants to beautify his face, body, and his cave. Read this article to learn about the materials and techniques for arranging flowers, and the meanings of flowers.

Cactus Care

Cacti and succulents, tolerant and low maintenance plants, are ideal for busy people and indoor spaces. Cacti come in many varieties, and can survive in any number of light and moisture conditions. Learn about caring for these resilient plants.


Crassulas, a flowering cactus, adjust well to growing indoors and reproduce very easily from leaf and stem cutting. They can easily grow along with other types of plants that are better suited to for indoor growth. Learn how to care for this cactus.


Lycopodium (Lycopodium species) is found at high elevations in tropical regions around the world. It has long, upright stems covered with small, light green leaves. Read more about this easily bendable plant and learns tips for floral arrangements.


Myrtle (Myrtus communis), is a foliage plant originally from western Asia. It is usually available in fall, winter, and spring. Myrtle will last from one to three weeks and adds texture to any arrangement. Learn more about this fragrant plant.


Podocarpus is a type of foliage plant originally from China and Japan. It has long, narrow, leathery, leaves that grow on woody stems. It is available all year long. Read about how its texture and dark color adds weight and solidity to arrangements.


Salal, also known as lemon leaf, is a foliage plant native to North America. It is available year around. It grows oval-shaped leaves that are used in arrangements and outlines. Those leaves usually last from one to four weeks. Read more about Salal.


Sedum, plants found primarily in the northern hemisphere, and are ideal rock garden plants. They are known to grow in inhospitable places for many years. Bright light and heavy soil with good drainage with help the sedum thrive. Learn how to care for this plant.


The kalanchoe, a flowering cactus from Madagascar, is an easy indoor plant that requires very little water. It is a short plant with dark green leaves and red-orange flowers that typically appear in the winter. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Mountain Cereus

The mountain cereus (oreocereus hendriksenianus) has strong ribs, reddish spines, and long, silky hair. This plant required bright light, and heavy soil that is well drained. It should also be kept dry during the winter. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Elephant Bush

The elephant bush (portulacaria afra) cactus, a succulent green bush, can grow to six feet tall indoors. Small-leafed varieties tend to grow slower and need more attention when growing them at home. Learn more about caring for this cactus.

Foxtail Asparagus Fern

The foxtail asparagus fern (asparagus meyeri) from South Africa has stems up to two feet long. Although the plant looks like a fern, it is actually a member of the lily family. It survives best in cooler weather with moist soil. Learn how to care for this plant.


The gasteria, a flowering cactus, has thick, smooth, tongue-shaped leaves that are arranged in stacks or spirals. It is similar to an aloe plant, but the leaves of the gasteria are flatter and smoother than an aloe. Learn how to care for this cactus.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) originally came from Europe. The fragrant, white flowers hang like small bells on their five to eight-inch stems. Read more about when to buy, how to care for, and how to arrange these beautiful flowers.


The genus Protea is the national flower of South Africa. The genus was named after the sea god Proteus who was always changing his shape. Protea flowers are massed at the ends of the stems. Learn how to use this flower in cut floral arrangements.

Sweet William

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is an old fashioned garden flower that originally came from Southern Europe. The flowers look like small carnations and come in white, pink, rose, red, purple, and other colors. Learn more about this cheerful plant.


Broom or Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is a type of foliage originally from the Mediterranean region. It is usually available from late summer to early spring and can last for years. Learn how to care and use its long, thin stems in this article.

Wild Ginger

Ginger (Costus species) is year round but often only on special order. The red flowers on their long stems resemble red-hot pokers that look best in exotic, tropical arrangements. Learn more about how to choose and care for ginger for flowers.


Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) is a type of foliage from the Pacific northwest. Huckleberry has shiny, dark green leaves that grow on long woody stems, and it is available throughout the year. Learn about uses and conditioning for Huckleberry.