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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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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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Houseplant Heroes!

By Ellen Barredo (This article was first published in a shortened form in The Gateway Gardener March 2012 issue) Houseplants, our Green Heroes, work tirelessly purifying our home and office environments removing common pollutants and continuously releasing oxygen and moisture into our homes and offices. Houseplants improve our lives, naturally cleansing the very air we breathe. A recent news report

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Houseplants for Indoor Pleasure

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener January/February 2009 issue) Take a close look at your houseplants. Are they looking healthy and vigorous?  If not, this is an ideal time to do some judicious pruning. Throw away that swan-necked African violet. Pitch the stringy old philodendron. If some are reclaimable with a hefty bit

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