HOUSEPLANTS: NEW TWISTS ON OLD FAVORITES
I love houseplants. They warm my interior, clean my air, and brighten my winter days. But I sometimes get a bit bored of the same old plant. I know that sounds pretty bad — our houseplants give us so much that I should adore them no matter what. And I do, but I'm always kind of looking for something new, bright, and shiny.
Enter the new varieties of the old favorites! Love your ferns, sansevieria, and pothos? Great! Check out some of the more unusual varieties to shake things up a bit. And if you're looking for houseplants of the quirky or offbeat variety, refer to our article, “New & Unusual Houseplants".
Ferns: Most of us grow Boston ferns and asparagus ferns — they are classic and never go out of style, and fit nearly any interior décor style. But if you're ready to expand your fern collection, consider autumn fern (coppery leaf tint) bird's nest fern (thick, undivided leaves), maidenhair fern (tiny, delicate leaves), and rabbit's foot fern (brown rhizomes that creep over the edge of the pot). The care is the same: bright, indirect light and regular watering.
Sansevieria: The common name of this houseplant is “Mother-in-law's tongue," which could be funny or cringe-worthy depending upon your family relationships. The traditional sansevieria has green upright leaves edged with yellow, white, or silver. New forms and colorations, however, make this plant exciting again. For modern interiors, consider S. cylindrical that features rounded leaves rather than the flat, broad ones we are familiar with. 'Moonshine' has silvery leaves while 'Gold Hahnii' has bright green leaves edged with gold. Want a dwarf variety? Opt for 'Whitney,' 'Black Jack,' or 'Futura Robusta.' All sansevieria prefer bright to low light and twice a month watering.
Pothos: Pothos is the first houseplant of many interior gardeners, and for good reason — it grows in a wide variety of conditions from low to bright light, and will tolerate an occasional missed watering. Standard pothos features medium green, heart-shaped leaves with a long trailing habit. New varieties include 'Neon' with bright chartreuse leaves, 'Trebi' with dark green and silver leaves, 'Marble Queen' with creamy white and green foliage, and 'Satin' with green leaves and silver spots.