Classics to covet
Pay heed to these old favourites, which deserve their time to shine!
Aspidistra (cast iron plant)
This old chestnut has been popular since Victorian times. Its common name gives a clue to its tolerance of a wide range of situations. Indestructible! From www. houseofplants.co.uk.
Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus)
Easy as pie to grow, and definitely gives more than it takes – glorious flowers in winter and sporadically at other times. Indirect light. Pick off a leaf section and pot up to propagate. From Wyevale garden centres.
Crassula ovata (money tree)
Unofficially the easiest houseplant to keep! Crassula is a popular succulent that just needs good light and a bit of water now and then. Try the variety ‘The Hobbit’ for its nice tubular leaves. From www.rhsplants.co.uk.
Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (variegated spider plant)
Spider plants need no care as such, but if kept fed their leaves are more luminous. You only ever need to buy one – propagate its offsets for more! From Dobbies garden centres.
Streptocarpus (cape primrose)
Given a little care and attention, streptocarpus are fine houseplants boasting beautiful flowers. Give them indirect light and feed with a high potash fertiliser. From www. dibleys.com.