I have a bamboo plant inside my house (it's not a real bamboo - it stays about 24 inches tall ) and I love it! I don't have much of a green thumb, and this plant is extremely hardy and doesn't have to be watered every day.
I had two 'Sweet Banana' pepper plants for two seasons. A very unusual thing for the climate i live in which can be quite cold and damp. They were inside on a windowsill for the wiinter last year and they kept producing little peppers. I left them in the green housefor the summer and unfortunately a heavy frost got to them. But I have saved many seeds and look forward to next year's lot. I also have a small fig tree - the common Brown Turkey. It too survived a very cold winter and produced beautiful sweet figs this year. Great plant!
I am a part-time gardener so my favourite plants are ones I can water with a watering can, and they are seasonal blooms, especially carnations and marigolds. I also like to brood over rescue operations - plants that could have been dead if the new soil weren't so great, or they were sun blasted or pot cloistered.
Saw that coming from a mile away. Still funny though
I am a huge fan of edible landscapes, and I love spicy food as well. These two passions make my fave the habanero pepper plant. It gets so full and green, then little peppers start to show up like little presents! I love it!
Nicotiana is a bit straggly when grown, but the scent of the flowers is absolutely beautiful. I'm with Lorlie, its a wonderful plant. Try it in a greenhouse or conservatory where you can keep the scent in the house. Its amazing.
I'd also highly recommend a plant called cestrum nocturnum. Like Nicoriana, its scent is powerful and only released in the evenings.It is quite possibly the most highly scented plant in the world as you can smell its fragrance from something like 50 yards away.
I've started a blacony garden and have a few herbs -basil and corriander--some chilli--and tomatoes too in little pots. About houseplants I have Geraniums-hydrangeas-Roses and Chrysanthemums all growing in pots on the balcony and I sometimes place them indoors when they are in bloom-though the roses are the last survivors in the approaching winter weather. I have covered some up--hoping they survive the winter.
..indoors - cactus and succulents - and the bigger the better... ...outdoors - where i live some herbs grow all year round and turn into nice bushes like sage and rosemary in particular..i trim the rosemary into different shapes when i'm inspired...and can't forget lavender....i like different foliage - shapes and colours...so planted artichoke to add some variety to the mix. my garden basically grows on it its own - flowers are perennials and most are drought tolerant....love tall decorative grasses too...they sound nice swaying in the breeze at night...
Non-native: hosta, Miscanthus sinensis "Morning Light", Korean Spice viburnum, bearded and japanese iris, ponderosa pine (native to the western part of my state, but won't even grow in the eastern, alas), bleeding heart
I am not really a huge rose fan in general - I like them, but I'm not obsessed with them like a lot of people are - but I'm also developing a real soft spot for my knockout roses, which took hold in the most dreadful heavy clay/subsoil dirt imaginable in my front yard and bloom their hearts out from June to October with no watering, no fertilizer, no chemicals, and only one pruning a year.
Native: burr oak (oaks in general, really), serviceberry, ohio spiderwort, purple coneflower, bee balm, cupplant, columbine, dogwood, most native prairie grasses
You can't beat Oriental Lillies for beautiful, large, intricate flowers, and a lovely smell. See my 'beautiful garden' hub and see for yourself.
For indoors, I've had a Ficus Benjamina for about 12 years. I grew it from a small cutting I took from my mom's dying ficus. This one is now about 4 feet tall and very healthy year round. I put it outside in a semi-shaded area all summer.
My favorite indoor plant is a ZZ plant. Amazing. Outdoors, I have lime trees, aloe vera plants, white antique iris, and Greg's Salvia which I really like because it's hardy, the deer won't eat it, and the hummingbirds love it. Next I would like to plant a fig tree and an olive tree.
I love roses and have some beautiful climbing rose plants growing in my back yard. I went to a proper rose grower who has won awards in Britain for their roses and bought some true beauties. They are hardy, and easy to look after, just water in summer and mulch and feed with slow release plant food. I also adore lavender, and have a few varieties as well as mint, lemon balm and other herbs. Strawberries grow easily too. You see, I don't have a garden, only a back yard that's been cemented over, so I need plants I can grow easily in containers. Hmm... inside our home I've got aloevera and other plants as well like Peace lilies and orchids which grow well inside the home.
This may be out of date, but my favorite all time plant is the fig tree - especially the common fig tree - ficus carica. It's of particular interest to me because of the climate in which I live. Figs say 'exotic' to me and I like nothing better thatn eating a fresh fig from my own tree. It's very hardy and can withstand very cold subzero temperatures without much damage. It grows vigorously in the summer time and its large green leaves are very exciting to watch as they unfold from the small green tips on the branches. I wish I lived on a fig palntation - now that would be heaven. Who knows maybe some day!
Of all the plants I currently have in my house, my favourites are the madagascar dragon tree, the crown of thorns, and this plant that no one seems to be able to identify. Not even my aunts! It's not in any of my books. It's light green, has stalks that grow and separate and curl and twist a bit, and they have these little tiny cute green leaves coming off them with the occasional little curly tendril. I freakin love it. I wish I knew what it was!
Great post! There are so many plants listed that I have never heard of. It turns out I don't have a green thumb, so it's difficult to get sustainable plants. But I have had some success with Zinnias. I thought they were annuals, but they come up for me every year and flourish without my help. The great thing about them is that they attract butterflies like crazy, which is great for my passion for photography.
I Love to garden-so I am naturally thinking your talking outdoors-I like to grow what I can use(cut flowers),enjoy and attract with my absolute favorite is 'Crocosmia Lucifer" this is a perennial in the Iris family. Available in fiery red,orange,apricot and yellow-Hummingbirds love it-it is excellent cut and just beautiful to look at. I also love for cutting Asters-any variety,Calendula-potted marigolds,Larkspur-another hummer fav,(Delphinium-Hummers/butterflies also love),Nigellia-persian jewel,Rudbeckia-Goldstrum,Oriential lillies are awesome and very fragrant,Sweet Peas,baby's breath,Hybrid tea Roses,celosia,amaranthus,dusty miller.I can go on and on but these are some of my must haves.Happy Gardening!