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Make your own plant hangers

Get ready to make your own plant hangers and welcome even more plants into your home and garden. There are many ways to enjoy plants, and if you are running out of room in your house or outside, it is time to think vertically. Look up and see where you can hang plants from and then get creative with these ways to make your own. 

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All about the Tradescantia

Tradescantia is a genus of plants native to the Americas, named after John Tradescant, a famous 17th-century plant-hunter. Many species grow outdoors, but three, in particular, make lovely houseplants, with long stems that trail elegantly over the edges of pots and hanging baskets. Tradescantia zebrina has green and silver variegated leaves that show a flash of purple on the undersides. Tradescantia pallida has dark purple leaves, and Tradescantia fluminensis has green and white-striped leaves.

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Banish the post-Christmas blues with a house plant

If there’s an empty space in your home after the Christmas tree comes down, don’t be despondent. Instead, fill the gap with a beautiful houseplant that will look good all year round. Here are a few of our favourite houseplants, with tips on how to take care of them. Please take a look at our list of big houseplants that substitute the Christmas tree.

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Poinsettia

Today, it's Poinsettia Day! With their bright red flowers and deep green leaves, poinsettias truly are the colours of Christmas. Their vibrant flowers brighten up our homes in the depths of winter. And with a bit of care, it’s possible to keep your poinsettia going right through the year, and even get it to flower again next Christmas. 

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Houseplant: Yucca

A houseplant that looks striking all year round thrives on neglect and is easy to grow: Yucca. What more could you ask? Yuccas make great houseplants, looking rather like indoor palm trees with their bare stems and rosettes of long leaves. Although mature Yuccas can eventually reach a height of several metres, they are very slow-growing and will live happily in pots for a long time.

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Brighten up your home with Orchids

During winter, brighten up your home with Orchids to add a splash of colour from the tropics on a  grey day. Orchids are great plants to grow indoors all year round and are available in so many different colours, sizes, pots and shapes; it means there is one for everyone to enjoy. There are various types of Orchids, and with a little care and patience, you may even be able to nurture them to flower again after they have finished. Here’s some Orchid growing information to get you started. 

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Houseplant: Sansevieria

Sansevieria. It’s a fact that indoor plants can help reduce feelings of stress. So it makes sense to choose one that’s easy to grow. If you’re new to growing indoor plants and looking for a houseplant that’s hard to kill, Sansevieria is the plant for you. 

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Houseplant: Croton

There’s a new houseplant in town. Crotons are back in fashion, and they come in such a wide variety, there’s one for every home. Their colourful variegated leaves can be significant and rounded or narrow and twisted, and they’re not merely green, but purple, black, scarlet or orange too. Crotons used to have a reputation for being a bit fussy, but with the right care, they make spectacular house plants. 

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Indoor plants with fantastic foliage

When you’re choosing an indoor plant, please take a good look at its leaves. Flowers are great, but they come and go, and indoor plants need to look good all year long. Do you want year-round fantastic indoor plants? Choose indoor plants with fantastic foliage that last all year. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor plants with amazing leaves, and here are three of our favourites.

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Hydrangea for the garden and home

The much-loved Hydrangea for the garden and home comes into its own at this time of year. Many will have been flowering for months at this point, and many will also just be turning into those beautiful late summer toned down flower heads. They look both fantastic in the garden and the home placed in a vase. Get the best from your Hydrangeas with our ideas below.

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Strelitzia

For genuinely spectacular flowers in September, the houseplant strelitzia takes some beating. With its tufts of flaming orange petals, like the head of a fabulous exotic bird, it’s easy to see why it’s called the bird of paradise plant or the crane flower. Big blue-grey leaves, like those of the banana plant, add to the tropical appeal of this striking plant. Native to South Africa, strelitzias usually flower in spring and summer, although indoor-grown plants may produce flowers at any time of year. 

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