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Ornamental houseplants that are easy to grow

Updated on March 22, 2012

Ornamental houseplants that are easy to grow

Ornamental plants are what color and beautify your garden giving it that singular and unique look. You could use a mix of flowering plants or just interesting foliage to suit your needs. I prefer to have an equal mix of both and punctuate my garden with some show stoppers in strategic positions or just border greenery with some vibrant colors. Attention needs to be paid to estimate how much care and resources these plants need. If you have all the time in the world, you could create the most exotic garden but, with most of us having less time on our hands I would personally choose plants that are easy to grow and care for and hardy by nature. This makes my life easy, but colourful, and bringing me all the pleasure a well designed garden would. Here are some easy to grow ornamental plants that even a beginner could work with.

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Ornamental plants for your garden

Verbenas are annuals or perennials. They are easy to grow and are hardy plants. They tolerate sunny climes so well and flower almost all through the year. These easy to grow plants are a boon for people who are just starting to garden because they flourish with least attention and you cannot go wrong with them. The flowers come in amazing colors and are a visual treat when these plants flower profusely. They can grow in about any kind of soil and can be propagated from cuttings and seeds. Once the plants are established, they spread themselves and occupy any space that is available. They are beautiful as borders and pose a pretty picture in hanging pots in your balcony garden. They need to be fertilized once in two months and deadhead the flowers or pick out the dead flowers. This encourages the plants to flower more profusely.

Gazanias | Source
Peperomias | Source
Euphorbia milli
Euphorbia milli | Source

Gazanias These plants bring cheer and color to the garden. These flowers are striped or spotted in contrasting colors. The leaves are silvery and long. They love the sun and thrive in well drained soil. These plants are hardy and can tolerate droughts. Buy young plants from the nurseries and plant them in your garden or in pots. You could also grow them from seeds, but this takes care and time. A light soil topped with mulch and light fertilizer is all it needs to keep flowering. Remove the dead leaves from the sides to keep the plant healthy and flower more abundantly. They need very little watering and can be propagated by division of established plants. Gazanias are perennials. The flowers, though dramatically beautiful, cannot be used as cut flowers as they close at night. These are suitable for growing in containers and sunny window sills.

Peperomia these plants are known for their ornamental foliage. These are my favourites as they are easy to grow and look attractive in any corner. They look beautiful in a container and could be used as table decoration instead of flowers. These strikingly beautiful plants come in a wide range of hues shapes and designs. They are striped, bordered, marbled or spotted and have such great textures that they are a beauty to behold. These easy to grow plants may be green or striped, marbled or bordered with pale green, red or gray. They could be grown from seeds but I am too impatient to try that. I prefer cuttings, they are fast growing and easy to care for. There are about thousand varieties of these plants and some are pretty expensive and fussy to grow. These prefer light well drained soil. They look good in low hanging baskets. Exposure to sunlight brings out the bright colours of the leaves. They are like tropical plants and love humidity. Too much watering could kill your Peperomias.

Euphorbia Milii is another beautiful ornamental plant that you would find growing in tropical and subtropical climates. These non fussy plants can survive any kind of weather and flower throughout the year. It is native to Madagascar and comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. They are drought tolerant and need well drained soil. They flower well if they receive enough sunlight. They thrive with very little care but need pruning from time to time. Pruning makes them grow into bushy and luxuriant looking plants. The flowers are actually bracts and stay on the plant for weeks. Euphorbia Milii can be grown from cuttings but, you need to handle these plants with care as they have long thorns from which they get their name crown-of-thorns.

Asparagus fern
Asparagus fern | Source
Succlents | Source
Hydrangea | Source

Asparagus ferns are my all time favourites. There are many kinds, the fox tailed being exotically beautiful but slow growing, I would recommend Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'. They need moderate watering but a rich and well drained soil. They benefit from slow releasing fertilizers as they are huge feeders, but they will reward you richly with their luxuriant growth. These plants thrive in bright light and look amazing in hanging baskets. Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' is the delight of every florist. I love these plants because they are easy to grow and their luxuriant looking leaves make any place bright. Propagation is by division. Even if you do not have any plants just divide an Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' into many containers and you would have a beautiful delicate garden soon. Just verbenas and asparagus ferns bring the spring into your garden any time of the year. They make awesome indoor plants too.

Succulents are great for people who have very little time on their hands and still want some wonderful looking plants. Sempervivum Green Wheel or Sempervivum calcareum or the ordinary pinwheel could provide ground cover as well as look great on your rock gardens. I just put them in pots and let them fill up. They look amazing when they get enough sun. The colours brighten up and edges and contrasts look perfect. These hardy low maintenance plants are showstoppers. These rosettes are perfect in themselves and do look pretty as they cover up the ground overtime.

Hydrangeas are beautiful additions to any garden. They love the morning sun and thrive in warm temperatures. These beautiful blooms can cheer you up for a long time. They seem to stay on and on the plant never failing to fill your heart with joy. The blue and pink colors are such a lovely combination that I am particularly fond of. You could find smaller varieties for growing in containers; the usual varieties grow up to four feet in height. Hydrangeas need fast draining soil. Soil that is more acidic tends to give you blue flowers while alkaline soil will give you pink flowers. To change the color of the flowers from pink to blue, add hydrated lime to your soil. To change flowers from pink to blue you could increase the acidity of the soil by adding Aluminum Sulfate to your soil. Hydrangeas can be grown from cuttings or canes as they are called.

These easy to grow ornamental houseplants could make your garden the envy of your neighbours. Just a little care is enough to see amazing results with these plants. There are some beauties like the Adenium Obesum, African violets, jade plant, etc which you could add to your garden. These links may help. Look them up if you are so inclined.


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    • anglnwu profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful suggestions. I love hydrangeas and your useful tips on how to get the desired color is interesting. Rated up.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Radhika, Thanks for looking it up... all I have is a balcony garden in my apartment and all these are photographs from my garden. These plants could make your home garden a veritable paradise and the best thing is that these ornamental plants are easy to grow and care for. Thanks for the question. Have a lovely day!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      sofs, I'm a little bit late in coming to you for the sincere response to my question. These all flowers are really beautiful and 'VERBENA' could vibrate my heart with its flashy petals. A nice guide for gardeners.

      Up, beautiful and awesome!!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Gloshei, The gazanias are bright and beautiful... they are real heart warmers... hardy plants that will thrive anywhere.. the silvery green leaves are also pretty attractive. Thanks for stopping by .. Have a great day.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Teaches12345, Asparagus fern are so beautiful by themselves.. I love the way a few stems of those ferns in my vase with a singe red rose or some bright flowers change the very appearance of the room.. Thanks for stopping by....Have a lovely weekend!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Ruby, you need to get those hydrangeas ..those beauties just hang around giving you so much joy day after day.. I have never seen red hydrangeas. I will check out the next time I visit a nursery...Thanks for sharing this information. Have a lovely weekend!

    • Gloshei profile image


      7 years ago from France

      Lovely plants I particularly like the Gazanias they would brighten up any dull day.

      I must look out for them thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      These are all lovely plants. I used to have an asparagus fern in the midwest that just seemed to grow and grow. They are so lacey and delicate in appearance and add a nice touch to any border. Voted interesting and useful!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful plants. I adore hydrangeas. I had a white one, a pink one, a blue one, a red one at my old house. I miss them. I guess i will plant some this year..Thank you again for sharing..

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Eddy, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.. I have a lot of catching up to do on my reading.. I will soon be there I hope :) Thank you and have a great day!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Truly beautiful sofs;thanks for sharing this gem;

      take care and have a great weekend.


    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      RTalloni,They are really pretty on my sunny window.. all the space I have is a little balcony and some space on my window sills.. You should try that.. and it is such an uplifting sight... thank you for your visit and comment. I appreciate that very much have a great day!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Rekha, Thank you, my dear for that visit and comment. Yes, they are all from my garden.. LOL my little balcony you mean.. I do love the appreciation very much... Have a lovely day. God Bless.

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      How beautiful they would be in a sunny window! The contrast between my success in the garden and in growing plants indoors is incredible. Maybe one day I'll try it again thanks to your photos and info.

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      7 years ago

      These are a feast to the eyes. And they add so much colour to life. Are these from your garden? Excellent!


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