Try this exotic array of weird and wonderful new plants for your home
Goeppertia zebrina (calathea or zebra plant)
A fab foliage plant that actually brings bright colour without the need for flowers. Its leaves are bright, fresh green with darker, stripy midribs. A jungly plant that can reach 1m (3¼ft), and needs warmth at over 15C (59F), indirect light and humidity. Mist with water through summer. From www.crocus.co.uk.
Aeschynanthus (lipstick plant)
A real cracker for its flowers, that look like red lipsticks in their cases. It’s a climber that’s used as a trailer in the houseplant world, being right at home drooping over the edge of a pot or hanging basket. Try ‘Twister’ for its twisted leaves. It likes humidity and indirect light – try a bathroom. From www.crocus.co.uk.
Senecio rowleyanus (string of beads)
A fantastic houseplant on sale in garden centres at the moment, with lovely strands of beads to cascade over the edges of a hanging basket. Best of all, it’s an easy-care succulent plant for a bright windowsill above 10C (50F). Try propagating the fleshy bead leaves. From www.rhsplants.co.uk.
Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’ (polka dot begonia)
Olive-green, angel wing leaves with red undersides have white polka dots, with classic white begonia flowers appearing most of the year indoors. One to show off outside in summer. Needs good warmth and good light at over 15C (59F). From www.dibleys.com.
For exotic flowers, give this delightful orchid a go. It’s not quite as easy as a moth orchid to keep and flower, but almost! Indian headdress flowers in sizzling purple, brown and green and slim leaves. Keep at 12C (54F) and above and in humidity. From www.orchids.uk.com.