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I always advocate using the biggest planter possible for a given space but sometimes we are confined to use existing planters. Just because a planter, in this case a window box, is tiny doesn’t mean it can’t have a big impact. Here we used a mixture of Begonias, New Guinea Impatiens, Vinca, Sweet Potato Vine and Coleus to create an elegant color scheme. The pink hues of the Coleus pick up on the vibrant color of the Impatiens while the saturated leaves of the Begonia provide a dark contrast.

Small Planters Can Make A Big Impact

An Elegant Mixture of Begonias, New Guinea Impatiens and Coleus

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Houseplants are the guests that never leave shoe marks on the floor or dirty dishes in the sink. In return for their invitation, plants offer mental and physical relief from the chaos of daily life. I’ve written before how gardening is therapy, and working with interior plants is no exception.  With a winter as blustery and dreary as this one, there is no better way to “think spring” than getting a beautiful houseplant for your home.

Interior Plant Display

Plant a couple small foliage plants together in one container to create a mini garden.This display includes Asplenium nidum (Bird’s Nest Fern), Codiaeum variegatum ‘Pictum’ (Garden Croton) and Begonia sp. If you are adventurous add some natural decorations like feathers, branches or pebbles to give it a unique look. Remember DO NOT OVERWATER. The soil should dry out between waterings. Stick your finger an inch into the soil to feel the moisture level. If you water too frequently you will encourage root rot making your plant susceptible to a host of diseases and pests.

Some of my favorite low maintenance interior plants include:

1. Monstera deliciosa (Split-Leaf Philodendron)http://houseplants-care.blogspot.com/2006/05/caring-for-split-leafed-philodendron.html

2. Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig) http://tree-species.blogspot.com/2009/03/indoor-fiddle-leaf-fig-care-tips.html

3. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant)http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Agavaceae/Sansevieria_trifasciata.html

       

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