Strikingcan be made by plants of one colour and species together or by adding one or two to a large green plant — it doesn’t have to be a costly alternative to a single specimen.
All of one type
A group of plants of a single type will produce a strong splash of colour that instantly draws the eye. When, use odd rather than even numbers as this usually creates the best shape. In spring, mass Primroses in a basket and put them on a hall table to welcome visitors. On a windowsill use an indoor window-box to hold a line of Busy Lizzies or Florists’ . Here you could mix the tones and choose from gold to deep russet. Flowering plants are best kept in their , which can be surrounded by damp peat to retain . Line a large first with pebbles or clay pellets to ensure good and stop plant becoming waterlogged.
Mixing with green plants
A background of green plants will bring out the clear colour of a flowering plant and the flower colour will highlight the greens. There is a natural benefit toplants as each provides humidity for the others, something most plants need. It is also easier to care for a group than for individual plants dotted about the house, provided they have the same temperature and water requirements.
Choose a suitable spot for your group that can be viewed from a distance, like a picture. Consider the following alternatives:
- An unused fireplace
- Sill or table in front of a window
- Coffee or dining table
- Bath surround
- Turn in the stairs
- Room corner
- Side of doors, or French window
Arrange green plants in your chosenand include plants in a mixture of colours and textures. Use upside-down if you need to add height to some of the plants. Finally, position the flowering plant in the foreground. This could be chosen to tone with the surrounding room colour scheme or deliberately picked as a strong contrast. In a room decorated yellow, for example, you could first a bowl of daffodils, and when these are over, replace them with clear blue plants as a counterpoint.
Keeping down the cost
The cost of buying a constant supply of plants when they are flowering, or buying a number of one type, can be high but you can keep expense to a minimum if you takeor grow plants from . Swap plants at the small plant stage with friends so that you can both extend your collection. Don’t forget that many flowering plants grown from bulbs, corms and tubers can be stored to bloom again the following year.
- Use an unused fireplace for a garden tub of Regal Geraniums, backed by ferns and a Weeping Fig.
- For a small winter display, group Bead Plants in a bowl on a low table.
- Train a Morning Glory up one side of a window as a backdrop to a small windowsill display of green plants.
- In a north-facing window hang basket, of various ferns and Primroses.
- Use an old decorative vegetable dish for a dining table centrepiece of miniature or African Violets.
- Make a table centrepiece of one flowering plant then echo it in another specimen used as part of a corner arrangement.
Flowering plants by seasons
Autumn and winter
There are a surprising number of autumn and winter flowering plants in colours apart from the wonderful fiery reds we instantly think of. There ,ire plants within rust, apricot, gold, white, pink and blue; in fact there is a plant with flowers to subtly blend or strikingly contrast with any room colour scheme.
- Ornamental Pepper
- Bead Plant
- (August — November)
- Christmas Cherry
Apart from the wide range of spring bulbs there are many other flowering plants that will continue to produce flowers over a long period.
- Pocketbook Plant
Plants with flowers of every colour are available in summer and many garden plants can be brought indoors temporarily when extra colour is needed. Give plants plenty of light and humidity where necessary.
- Morning Glory
- Violet Allamanda
- Black-Eyed Susan
- Queen’s Tears (flowers in May-June)