Home and Garden

Brian Minter: Unique indoor plants are all the rage


Article content continued

Mangaves are ideal container plants. Classified as a zone 8 to 11 facility, they can go out on a summer terrace to delight visitors. In the cooler season, they must be set up inside through a bright, sunny window. Though more moisture tolerant than their parents, mangaves appreciate being planted in well-drained, juicy soil and staying drier, especially in winter.

I love the fact that they grow quickly and can become great specimens in just one season.

Trailing succulents are becoming increasingly popular, partly because of their ease of care, but above all because of the many new varieties that are coming onto the market. The ‘Burro’s Tail’ sedum (Sedum morganianum) thrives in good light and tolerates a certain degree of neglect.

The “pearl necklace” or “pearl necklace” (Senecio rowleyanus) are even more popular. The most notable addition is the ‘String of Dolphins’, whose leaves actually resemble dolphins. Because of the local spread, they are now more common. There is also “bean string”, “cucumber string”, “banana string”, “fish hook string” and many more. Everyone is unique in their own way and all are easy to care for and fun.

Ceropegia woodii or ‘String of Hearts’ are very popular. Similar to the rosary vine, thin, wire-like stems produce abundant gray, heart-shaped leaves. The latest has a pink, variegated, heart-shaped leaf that looks stunning.

'Nanouk' Tradescantia offers incredible colors, especially when light falls through the foliage.  Photo: Minter Country Garden.  For Brian Minter's column on October 24, 2020 [PNG Merlin Archive]‘Nanouk’ Tradescantia offers incredible colors, especially when light falls through the foliage. Photo by Minter Country Garden /.PNG

A little more than a year ago I saw a new Tradescantia at the IPM Show – the world’s largest horticultural fair – in Essen, which drew a lot of attention. The rather large leaves were beautifully colored in shades of white, cream, and pink, and their undersides were deep purple. With the name “Nanouk”, its rich pinks and purples glow when accented with a little sunlight.