House­plants 101

If it’s too hot to en­joy the great out­doors, add a lit­tle na­ture to your great in­doors

Men's Style (Australia) - - Manual -

AFRICAN VI­O­LETS

Pros: In­ex­pen­sive, low-main­te­nance, pretty flow­ers. Cons: Do not tol­er­ate over­wa­ter­ing well, so go easy.

FICUS

Pros: Easy to grow; can look im­pres­sively tree­like. Cons: Many have a milky sap that may cause skin is­sues.

BEGONIAS

Pros: Flow­ers come in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and col­ors. Cons: Needs trim­ming to pro­duce fresh growth.

SUCCULENTS

Pros: End­less va­ri­ety; very min­i­mal wa­ter re­quire­ments. Cons: Prickly spines are bad for pets and handsy guests.

HERBS

Pros: Fresh herbs for cook­ing. Cons: Re­quire a lot of light or they get “leggy,” as the stems grow long and thin.

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