The following plants are just some wonderful treats that add to the beauty, luxury, and class of your home sweet home. From the hardy Calamondin with countless succulent fruits to the sweet lavender and other wonderful aromatic plants that can all be potted and kept inside the home for fresh natural fragrance and added beauty to centerpieces and side tables. These are but some of the best plants to have in your home…Let us take a look.
1. Calamondin Orange
The Calamondin Orange Plant is an inter-genetic hybrid between a member of the genus Citrus (Mandarin)and the kumquat. It is more popularly used as an ornamental plant instead of for food even though it is edible. The calamondin fruit nearly takes a year to ripen so it maintains its ornamental value to the landscape longer than most citrus.
2. Beach Evening Primrose
It Is Called Beach Suncup or Beach Evening Primrose: This plant is a member of the Evening Primrose (Camissonia) genus native to the open sandy soils of coastal California and Oregon. This species was formerly known as Oenothera California.
The Beach suncup grows prone along the beach surface, forming mats more than three feet. This plant will grow well in pots but if placed in the house they must be placed in an area where they can enjoy the rich warm sunlight. They make great hanging baskets as their tender flexible branches grow from the central area outwards. These beauties love to have sand to grow in but do not require much water at all. They have a lifespan of three years but will provide many seeds within their growing tenure to continue the species. They are loved by bees and butterflies.
The beach evening Primrose will bloom all day and not just in the evening as with the nature of a true primrose.
3. Coffee Bean Plant
With lovely bright red cherries, lush green leaves and awesome aromatic flowers the coffee plant is wonderful for keeping indoors.
The origin and history of the coffee Plant date back to the 10th century, and possibly earlier with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. Ethiopia is said to be the very first place of discovery.
The legend goes that a sheepherder called Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
People really love coffee, at the end of this section, we will justify why we can say that. For now, we will take a closer look at the coffee plant. After reading tell us if you have learned anything new in the comment section.
How is it grown?
It is said that the fresher the seeds the quicker it will germinate. Fresh seeds can take about two and a half months and the drier seeds can take up to six months to germinate.
The problem with coffee beans is that you cannot just go to the store and buy some coffee beans to plant. The ability of the seeds to withstand shipping and handling is very low. It is, therefore, best to buy the coffee cherries and remove the seeds from them. Just place the seeds about half of an inch below the soil and keep the soil moist but well drained until it germinates.
This plant can be grown in both open soil and also in pots. It enjoys lots of indirect sunlight so if it is potted it is best to keep it close to the window but not in the way of the direct rays of the sun.
They also cannot take temperatures below freezing and will not do well in temperatures that are consistently below 65 F. (18 C.). Keep them away from drafts in the winter. This plant is to be kept in moist soil and with a pot that has good drainage.
It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after first flowering, and about 5 years of growth to reach full fruit production. While coffee plants can live up to 100 years, they are generally the most productive between the ages of 7 and 20.
Why did we say people love coffee?
Studies have shown that the coffee giant Starbucks sells an average of over 8 million cups of coffee per day worldwide; Capturing the sale of over 2.9 Billion cups per year. That is only one coffee business. Have still not mentioned Tim Hortons who sells 2 billion cups of coffee annually.
4. Gardenia Jasminoids
Gardenia jasminoides, the gardenia, cape jasmine, cape jessamine, Danh-Danh, or Jasmin, is an evergreen flowering plant of the family Rubiaceae. click to pronounce. and here is an icebreaker with pronunciations.
This awesome beauty was originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and India. With its glistening green leaves and profoundly fragrant white summer flowers, it is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates, and as a houseplant in warm regions. It has been in agriculture in China for at least a thousand years.
It was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century. Many varieties have been bred for agriculture ever since.
This plant has a wonderfully sweet fragrance and will serve a lifespan of up to 50 years if properly cared for. That is if it is kept away from other plants- yes it like its space. Do not transplant it once you place it in a good spot, but be sure to mulch the root. This plant does not like disturbance either so do not dig the soil close to the roots.
It prefers a daytime temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a night temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It also likes a well-drained soil which is damped consistently to expand the lifespan of this awesome beauty.
Grooming the plant
This evergreen plant will shed leaves momentarily to rejuvenate the plant. It is a good plant for hedging and bouquets. Always cut or prune gardenia branches just above a node, where a leaf is attached to the stem. Use sharp, sterile pruning shears or scissors to avoid tearing the stem. When cutting gardenias for floral arrangements or corsages, be very careful when handling the plant. Gardenia flowers bruise easily. Take care not to touch the flower. Cut, do not pull, off the flower below the calyx or leafy, deep green base. Cut flower buds in the morning and open flowers in the afternoon.
This fine stark grass looking beauty is a member of the mint family and is one of the most popular aromatic plants ever introduced to our homes. It is so well known for its essential oil, the beauty it carries and the wonderful aroma it has.
To grow Lavender, the first thing to know is whether you want it in a pot or in the ground. Since we are dealing with potted plants we will look at how it is done in a pot. The best size pot is one that is about one foot to eighteen inches so the roots can have a nice space to thrive and give you a good healthy plant. Then get the mix as follows; 1/3 grit, 1/3 John Innes No.3 and 1/3 compost. Use compost without wetting agents. Mix it all up and add in a teaspoon full of slow-release fertilizer. If you want you could put a little gravel mulch on the top. That will help it greatly.
For the best results in growing a good Lavender, pruning is very important. After the plant has blossomed, cut off the blooming stems about two inches above the wood stark area. This will allow for double the number of flowers the next year.
A Lavender plane can last for up to twenty (20) years if it is properly cared for.
6. Maxillaria Tenuifolia (Orchid)
This plant is also called spider orchids, flame orchids, tiger orchids, Max or the Coconut Orchid because it carries a strong coconut scent. It likes bright light and does well with moisture as opposed to regular orchids. It can be identified by the thin and slender pale green leaves whereas others of its species have broader and darker green leaves. It prefers warm climates and provides a great elegant look for an inside plant.
They are available at most local flower shops.
7. Lemon Tree
Although the fruits are well known, the plants may not be as popular. The Lemon plant or Citrus limon Osbeck is a species of a small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, native to Asia.
Lemons are more sensitive to cold weather conditions than all other citrus trees. Due to this cold sensitivity, lemon trees do better when planted to the south side of the house or kept in a pot on the inside to protect them from frost. Lemon trees also need full sunlight for satisfactory growth.
While lemon trees can tolerate a range of soils, including poor soil, most prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Water adequately and add mulch to help retain moisture. Lemon trees need deep watering only once per week. If necessary, pruning may be done to maintain their shape and height.
Growing Indoors Lemons can make excellent houseplants and will be comfortable in a container as long as that container has adequate drainage and enough space for the roots to grow.
Heights of around 3 to 5 feet can be expected for a lemon tree growing indoors.
Keep the soil evenly moist and fertilize as needed.
Lemon trees flourish in a normal temperature range of about 70 F. (21 C.) throughout the day and 55 F. (13 C.) at night.
Lemon plants will usually go dormant when temperatures fall below 55 F. (13 C.) Lemon trees need much light; they may need to be supplemented with fluorescent grow lights during winter.
To increase their chances of bearing fruits, Lemon trees should be placed outdoors during warm periods. When you grow a lemon tree indoors, bees and other insects are unable to pollinate them. Therefore, you should place them outdoors during the summer.
If you are growing a lemon tree indoors, it requires a certain humidity level to thrive, 50% is ideal. You can maintain humidity by placing it on a gravel tray, misting or using a humidifier.
You may also propagate lemons by rooting large cuttings to have as much as you can care for.
8. Night Blooming Jasmin
Night blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) is a tropical, evergreen shrub that is famous for its sweet smell. It has a simple look. It has clusters of tubular flowers and pointy, dark green leaves.
It is great for keeping indoors especially if you live in a colder climate. Every time you walk past this subtle plant it gives off a calm soothing sweet scent.
Soak the seeds for twelve hours in a small bowl of water. Put some moistened sand, sphagnum moss or peat moss in a container with a removable lid. You can purchase night blooming jasmine seed from online seed retailers or you may be able to find them at your local garden center.
Press the seeds down into the container. Cover the seeds with 1 1/3 inches of soil. Put the container in your fridge for one and a half months. This process is called stratification, after which the seeds will be ready for planting.
The seeds should be kept at a temperature of between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (between -1 and -4 Celsius).
Every week, check the container to make sure the soil is slightly damp but not too moist. If the soil is dry, you should spray a bit of water into the container. Plant the seeds in potting soil.
The night blooming jasmine is native to tropical America and the West Indies. It will not tolerate harsh, cold climates.
If you get a lot of frost in your region, keep this plant indoors during the winter months.
Plant jasmine in rich, well-draining soil. The night blooming jasmine will do fine in a range of soil types. However, the soil should be rich in nutrients. The soil should be a neutral pH of between 6.6 and 7.5.
Use a soil pH test kit from your home garden center. Dig a four inch (10 centimeters) hole. Pour some distilled water in the hole. Insert the test probe, which is included in your kit, into the hole. After one minute, you will get a pH reading.
To encourage new growth and contain their growth, prune night blooming jasmine in the late fall or early spring.
In order to avoid spreading any disease, it is wise to clean your pruning tools in a bleach solution. You can use a mix of 1 part bleach to 6 parts water.
Night-blooming jasmine grows best in sandy soil and requires at least six hours of full sunlight or light partial shade each day. It needs light to bloom, even though it blooms at night, but excessive exposure to sunlight may cause the plant to wither. It likes average or moist well-drained soil and needs regular watering, but too much water can cause the roots to rot and encourage mold to grow. It cannot tolerate high-saline environments.
Propagating and Transplanting
You can propagate night-blooming jasmine by placing stem cuttings in water or soil, where they form roots easily. If you need to transplant your cutting after it has rooted, remove it gently from the container or soil and carefully loosen the roots by rubbing them with your fingers. Plant the cutting in a large pot that has drainage holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain away from the roots. Use a mixture of sand and peat moss, preferably with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5, and water the plant thoroughly. Provide container plants with a water-soluble fertilizer every other week. Feed your plants with a slow-released, granulated fertilizer about once a month.
9. Orange Jasmin or Mock Orange
Orange jasmine, is a pleasant tropical plant with a sweet smell and flowers that bloom year-round. Though the plant is often grown as a small ornamental tree or a hedge, it also will flourish in pots and containers if well-shaped and cared for. The orange jasmine derives its name from the fragrance of its small flowers; they give off a sweet fragrance that resembles orange blossoms that will float through your house quite nicely.
These attractive white flowers will show all year round and are very attractive to bees. This not actually a citrus plant, but it superficially resembles one: its flowers give off a citrusy aroma, and its small red fruits – which attract birds – look like kumquats. These tropical plants need lots of sunlight to thrive and should be pruned, but they respond well to container gardening and are perfect for any sunny area in your house as long as you give them the proper care.
This tropical plant enjoys full sun, though it can bear a bit of shade. It should be kept moist, but make sure not to saturate its soil. Regular watering is necessary. This plant does not like frost. Also, make sure the soil drains well. Feed it periodically from the beginning of spring through fall, with any fertilizer designed for evergreen shrubs.
It can propagate by cuttings or by seed, but it will be easier to plant by stem-tip cuttings. Take a cutting, ideally form part of the jasmine without any flowers, then remove the leaves and place it in a sterile, well-drained, warm rooting medium like peat or sand. Consider using a rooting hormone to increase the jasmine’s chances of success. The cuttings can be transplanted into a container once rooted, where the young plants will begin to grow very quickly.
10. Plumeria Frangipani Tree
These provide a wonderful aroma which is stronger at nights. It is said that this plant can withstand high temperatures and will not burn unless the atmosphere reaches 500 degrees.
This sweet beauty is very popular in Hawaii but has its origins in the rich soils if the Caribbean islands and Central America. Their flowers are so well proportioned and will easily capture the attention of anyone who knows what true beauty is. It Has so many noticeably awesome scents of different flavors hitting you as you come into close proximity to the well-adorned queen of Sheeba of if you will Creme de la creme of its kind.
The Plumeria was found to be so smashingly fascinating that it found its way onto past stamps, coins, and bank notes. It was taken on so many romantic dates all over the world, that it now has roots in Brazil, India, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, America and as far north as Greek Island and Italian Silicia. All these countries proudly caring for and romancing this wonderful Island treasure. It Is also a symbol for spas all over the world.
How to grow frangipanis
Frangipanis can thrive in well-drained soil, plenty of sunlight and frost-free conditions. Low-care frangipanis are great for potting and will do very well to give your house that envious decor look and wonderful aromas. Choose a quality potting mix and a wide, shallow pot. You will be happy to know that frangipani does not need much feeding, although they will flower bigger and better than ever if you spread some fertilizer under its elegant branches. Frangipanis thrive with little maintenance, are easy to care for. They flourish in sandy soils and enjoy the salty air along with beach areas. They will not do well in clay soil so if this the case with your home, grow them in large pots. No watering is needed during colder months. Only water during summer and spring.
There are up to 300 different colors of frangipani flowers. Each color has a different scent. Colors such as peach, butter lemon, mango, lipstick pink, blood red. Some have two colored petals while others flaunt three colors and have stripes. There are also different types of petals; some are thick overlapping scalloped petals while others are elongated. They are perfumed with scents such as coconut, vanilla, apricot, and jasmine.
Are frangipanis poisonous?
Frangipanis do have a milky sap that can be irritating on some people’s skin, causing rashes and blistering in extreme cases. If ingested, the sap can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Keep away from the reach of children.
The name Primrose derives from the Latin word prima rosa meaning ‘first rose’ of the year, despite not being a member of the rose family. In different provinces of England it is also referred to as butter rose, early rose, Easter rose, golden rose and lent rose.
One of the positive signs that spring is on the way. Primrose’s pale yellow blossoms can be a prevalent display all over the United Kingdom. but this is just a tiny tip of the iceberg when taking into consideration the number of different colors this subtle little shrub is available in. Surprisingly they appear black, blue, red, peach, pink, multicolored and even look different in some other countries. see here.
It grows in woodland clearings, hedgebanks, waysides, railway banks and open plains favoring damp, clay-like soils and is normally seen in the springtime.
It is said that in the Language of Flowers, it symbolizes early youth, fears, a sense of being forsaken, inconstancy, innocence and lovers’ doubts.
Primrose is a native to Britain and is available in a number of areas in the country. However, in countries that the climate is harsh, it is becoming scarce.
How to plant
Primrose perennials should be planted and kept in lightly shaded areas with well-drained soil, preferably mixed with organic matter. You may place it about 6 to 12 inches apart and 4 to 6 inches deep. Water thoroughly after planting. Add a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture. Keep up with watering during the summer months. You may stop watering when fall has arrived. This plant welcomes organic fertilizers in small portions at a time.
12. Scented Geraniums
The most distinguishing feature of the scented geraniums is that their wonderful aroma comes from their leaves and not flowers. There are dozens of varieties of this plant with each having different scents. They have glands at the base of their leaves where the scent is formed. When the leaves are crushed, the oil will be released along with a sweet fragrance.
Most scented geraniums have small flowers but some are so tiny that they do not readily catch the eyes at first glance. These plants are said to have scents that are very similar to that of lemons and roses and they are great for growing indoors.
Scented geraniums are in the same family as true geraniums and share some similarities, but they are actually a separate genus.
Leaves: Leaves are thick and hairy and irregular shapes that come in different forms and are shaded in slightly different green colors from dark to pale green. Each flower has five petals, two larger upper petals, and three smaller lower petals which sometimes appear to be shaded differently from the upper ones.
Botanical Name is Pelargonium (Scented Leave Group) and the traditional names are Scented Geraniums or Storksbills. Most scented geranium varieties are in USDA Hardiness Zones 10–11, but they can survive the winter as houseplants.
They normally bloom late spring or early summer.
Growing Scented Geraniums
Soil should be well-draining, but not too rich. As with herbs and other plants grown for their essential oils, rich soil can lessen the strength of the fragrance. Scented geraniums will endure most soil pH, but a somewhat acidic pH of about 6.0-6.8 is ideal.
Only a few varieties can be started from seed, most are hybrids and will need to be purchased as plants. Small plants are often available in the herb section of nurseries and are usually affordable. You can also easily root cuttings and make more plants.
Scented geraniums are drought tolerant and will prefer if the soil is well drained and not kept wet. Water when the soil feels dry about an inch below the surface. Extended periods of dry soil will cause the leaves to turn yellow, then brown and fall off, but do not worry, the plant will grow back again with regular watering. Very little fertilizers should be applied as this plant is not at all greedy, and if too much fertilizer is used it will, unfortunately, suffer its scent in the process. Summer is the best time to feed them and feeding may not be necessary if not potted.