Category Archives: Houseplants

The Wonderful World of Orchids

A photo of a purple phalaenopsis orchid

Orchids have an undeserved mystique. They are easily grown indoors by mimicking their growing conditions in the wild. Most are epiphytic and grow attached to trees. By Debbie Colombo and Steffie Littlefield (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2016) Orchids have an undeserved mystique. They are easily grown indoors by mimicking their growing conditions in the wild.

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Three Houseplants to Brighten Your Home in Winter

A photo of a cyclamen plant with white blooms

 Listed below are three of my favorite houseplants to brighten up the winter months of January and February. My first favorite is the Lemon Cypress, a plant native to California. This evergreen tree enjoys lots of light and consistent moisture.  By Ellen Barredo (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2014 issue.) Listed below are three of

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Pool and Patio Palms

A photo of a fan palm

By Ellen Barredo ]An abbreviated version of this article appeared in The Gateway Gardener June 2014 issue.] There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by boldly textured palms! Here are a few suggestions for success with palms. Purchase your palms at a local garden center as they usually acquire their palms from reputable growers that have techniques set up to ‘Light

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Tropical Hibiscus: What’s New and How to Care for Them

By Ellen Barredo Tropical hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis) have been a top interest with customers this year. Top requests are for single flowering plants in very clear colors or bi-colored flowers. Hibiscus has also been a top re-post on my Pinterest Page! Who can resist them? Hibiscus are in their glory right now and provide an explosion of color on the

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Tough-As-Nails Houseplants

a photo of Golden Pothos 'Neon'

A key to having handsome houseplants that are healthy and vigorous, plants that enhance their surroundings, is to choose from among those known to be comparatively care-free. By Barbara Perry Lawton [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2011 issue.] A key to having handsome houseplants that are healthy and vigorous, plants that enhance their surroundings, is

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