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Surprising Plants for a Windowsill Garden

May 20, 2019

Don't settle for the same old ivy or fern. Choose an unusual plant for your home — or an unexpected pot to grow it in and brighten up even the darkest days of winter.

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Photo: Monrovia. From: Lynn Coulter.

Flame Bush Lily

Clivias like Flame Bush Lily need shade in the garden, but these evergreen perennials grow happily in containers in your home. Give the plants, also known as Kaffir lilies, a warm, sunny window.

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Photo: Jenny Peterson/J. Peterson Garden Design. From: Lynn Coulter.

Thanksgiving Cactus

Sometimes the surprise in a windowsill garden isn't the plant — it's the planter. Garden designer Jenny Peterson, author of Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants, matched the pink blooms of this Thanksgiving cactus to the accent colors on a whimsical Hello Kitty container.

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Photo: Monrovia. From: Lynn Coulter.

Madagascar Jasmine

Grow Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) in a sunny window spot to perfume a room with its sweet scent. Outdoors, this vining tropical will climb an arbor or trellis. As a houseplant, it needs a cool spot in your home. 

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Photo: Jenny Peterson/J. Peterson Garden Design. From: Lynn Coulter.

Hens and Chicks

Hens and chicks (on the right) shine in a charming silver cup on your windowsill. These succulents are alpine plants that tolerate poor soil, as long as it drains easily. Give the plants full sun; they seldom need watering and are happiest in temperatures from 65 to 75 degrees F. The plant on the left is a tillandsia.

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