Leafy plants can be incredibly beautiful with their lush green leaves, interesting variegations, or unusual shapes. Your indoor garden could be filled with all this greenery and be absolutely gorgeous, but sometimes it’s nice to add a splash of colour and get some flowers growing as well. There are many types of flowering plants that will happily grow and flower for you indoors, even with low light. If you’re thinking about adding some colorful vibrancy to your home, try one of these flowering houseplants.
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
African violets are quite easy to grow as long as you can provide them with a fairly warm atmosphere and moderate amounts of indirect light. Their leaves can rot if they get too moist so be careful when watering these guys, or water from the bottom to be on the safe side. You can repot when they get too big for their current home but keep their pots as small as they can handle because African Violets will bloom more readily when they become slightly root-bound.
Brazilian Fireworks (Porphyrocoma pholiana)
Brazilian Fireworks get their name from the reddish pink and purple blooms they produce which resembles an explosion of color. They bloom in the summer but are just as beautiful in the winter with their silvery veined leaves. They like partial to full shade which is perfect for a home with very little natural light.
Streptocarpus (Streptocarpus x hybridus)
Streptocarpus, or cape primrose, is a close relative of the African violet but it’s a bit hardier and easier to care for. They thrive in low light and can be sensitive to overwatering so be sure to use well draining soil for these plants. They will flower freely from spring to autumn, perhaps all year round with the right conditions, and flowering can be encouraged if the plant is allowed to become a little rootbound.
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii)
Christmas cactus is a flowering succulent that will bloom red, pink, white, or orange flowers in the winter months. There are so many plants that bloom in the spring and summer, the Christmas cactus is a nice addition to your garden if you want to see flowers in the colder seasons. Even when not in bloom these plants have a very unique appearance with their flattened, segmented stems that grow in long, arching tendrils.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus)
Hibiscus plants produce large, beautiful 5-petaled flowers in a variety of colors such as blue, red, purple, white, mauve, violet, or bicolored combinations. The wide petals with the long pistil in the center is what gives the hibiscus its characteristic appearance. These fabulous flowers will only last a day or two but the plant will continue to bloom freely from late spring into the fall if provided with ample light.
Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)
Impatiens, also known as busy Lizzies, should be placed in a room with plenty of bright light and should be watered generously, as these are very thirsty plants. They don’t like cold temperatures but when grown indoors they will bloom year round. When in bloom this plant produces dainty 5-petaled flowers in a range of colours such as red, pink, white, orange, or violet.
Ixora (Ixora coccinea)
Ixora, or flame of the woods, produces tiny flowers in dense clusters of fiery oranges, reds, or yellows. They will bloom nearly all year long if provided with plenty of light, warmth, and humidity. These plants do best with well draining soil and should only be watered once the soil on the surface has dried out. These shrubby plants can be grown outdoors as a hedge or indoors in a container if provided with a bright and warm atmosphere.
Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)
Lipstick plants aren’t a typical houseplant but they can definitely be grown inside for a beautiful and unusual addition to your indoor garden. They do require a consistently warm temperature and humid atmosphere so be sure to place them in a bright room and water them with room temperature water. When in bloom the buds will emerge from their tubes looking very much like a bright red lipstick before the flowers open up.
Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis Blume)
Moth orchids are incredibly elegant and beautiful looking plants. A long, thin stem grows up from the middle of their broad leaves and on the top of this stem grows white, pink, or yellow flowers. The petals may even have a striped or splotched pattern. They are truly gorgeous plants but they’re a little trickier to care for than some others. Orchids must not be overwatered and should always be planted in an orchid specific potting mix or a bark mix with plenty of drainage. Moth orchids require ample light in order to flower but it should be indirect as full sunlight could scorch their leaves.
Oxalis (Oxalis triangularis)
Oxalis, also known as purple leaf shamrock or false shamrock, is a flowering plant but its leaves are as beautiful as it’s blooms. The dark purple leaves are trifoliate and they will close up at night or will close when they are disturbed. The small white or pale pink flowers that it produces do this as well. To encourage this plant to bloom freely you should place it in a bright spot with plenty of light and let the soil dry out between waterings.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Peace lilies make a wonderful addition to any indoor garden because not only are they very easy to grow and care for but they are fantastic at filtering pollutants out of the air. They can thrive in shade and will bloom in low-light but if your peace lily is not blooming it could need just a slightly brighter area. When they do bloom, their showy white flowers can last for months.
Scarlet Star (Guzmania lingulata)
The scarlet star, or droophead tufted airplant, is one of the most common types of bromeliads to be grown indoors. The star shaped flowers can be found in deep reds, oranges, yellows, or pinks. The long leaves grow up and out, fanning themselves all around the plant to give it a tropical sort of appearance. They will thrive in indirect light and they’re quite easy to care for.
Scented Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Scented geraniums give off some of the sweetest aromas, and strangely, these delightful smells come from the leaves rather than the flowers. Different scented geraniums cultivars can give off fragrances of pineapple, chocolate mint, citrus, apple, peppermint, and other delightful scents but the Pelargonium graveolens emits a wonderful rose-smelling aroma. The flowers are fairly small and can vary from light pink to nearly white. They will bloom from late summer all the way into the winter if provided with plenty of light and moderate watering.
Wax Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)
Wax Begonias enjoy full sun but they can tolerate some shade. They don’t do well in cold weather but will thrive in any region as an indoor plant. Their leaves are thick and glossy and their white, pink, or red flowers will bloom from May to October, perhaps even year round when grown indoors. In tropical climates these plants can grow to the size of a small shrub but they’ll remain smaller and more manageable in cooler regions.
White Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)
One of the loveliest flowering plants you can grow in your home is white jasmine. Its small leaves and dainty, star shaped white flowers create the perfect picture of delicate beauty. These plants are winter blooming so they’ll require about 4 hours of direct sunlight in the summer followed by cooler temperatures in the fall if you want to see any flowers appear. They’re also quite aggressive climbers so you may want to provide them with a trellis to support their growth.
Your don’t need to have an outdoor garden in order to cultivate a spectacular flower bed. These types of flowering plants will respond well to an indoor garden and will reward your efforts and care with plenty of lovely flowers. For species that enjoy more light that you naturally have in your home you can purchase a grow light to give them an extra little blast of light. Flowering houseplants are the perfect way to keep fresh flowers in your home year round.