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Bird of paradise
Strelitzia reginae and Strelitzia nicolai
Commonly named “bird of Paradise” because of the resemblance of its flowers to exotic birds themselves, this native plant to South Africa has large paddle shaped leaves that emerge from a central frond and fan out with dark evergreen foliage that resembles small banana leaves. Used as an indoor plant for its unique form, the thick, leathery leaves are highly attractive but only in high light levels may flowering in an internal situation occur.
These interesting and beautiful foliage plants come from the tropical America’s and grow in a natural rosette form with strappy leaves around a central “cup”. Bromeliad species can vary dramatically and come in many different leaf shapes (most commonly wide leaves are used indoors) and can have long lasting showy flower displays that provide an exotic touch to any indoor environment. The flower colour and form will vary widely amongst each variety.
Fig, Fiddle leaf fig, Rubber tree, Weeping fig
Ficus lyrata, Ficus elastica, Ficus benjamina
Collectively known as fig trees or figs, these plants are native throughout the tropics, including Australia, Asia, America and Africa. Ficus (or Fig trees) are a popular indoor plant species due to their ability to maintain their tree-like shape, regardless of their size and environment. Figs can be trained and pruned into desirable shapes and can offer an array of lush, richly-coloured or variegated foliage.
Fiddle-leaf fig-Ficus lyrata
The most popular medium to large tree with lush, deep veined, sculptural violin-shaped leaves. The stiff, waxy leaves can show a grey-green colour underneath and are grown on single or multi-stemmed trunks.
Rubber tree- Ficus elastica
Also called rubber plant, this plant has broad, stiff, shiny, leather type leaves and is grown it as a multi-stem shrub or a branched tree. Also available in burgundy (has near black reddish leaves) and a selection of variegated types.
Weeping fig-Ficus benjamina
The weeping Fig is the most widely grown ficus due to its typical “tree” like appearance. It has larger arching branches and long pointed dark green glossy leaves.
Golden Cane Palm
This clumping palm has numerous golden/green narrow stems that emerge from the base close together. The full-sized fronds arch gracefully out and downward. Palms can hold more of a greener colour (rather than golden) when grown inside.
Palms are an extremely versatile group of plants, mostly originating throughout the tropical regions of the world, they can easily add a decorative or architectural element to an indoor space. They can create a lush tropical look with their evergreen feathery foliage.
Crassulas are succulent type plants that vary greatly in size, shape and colour. They are native to many parts of the globe, but common varieties we use in landscaping are native to South Africa. Crassulas have fleshy, shiny, plump, spoon shaped leaves (some varieties have twisted or curled leaves) that are usually short, stemless and are often closely spaced. Some leaves are even tinged in crimson, reflecting different weather conditions. They have tree-like woody branches that are thick and fleshy to hold the heavy leaves.
Lilly pillys are evergreen rainforest plants with attractive glossy green leaves. These native rainforest plants have gained enormous popularity in recent years as there are many species and cultivars on the market. They have flushes of colourful new growth, ranging from vibrant pink to a red-brown and are beautiful specimens in pots.
Widely grown for their striking architectural appearance and tolerance to a range of conditions in many gardens and pots, these tough plants are native to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
With rosettes of leathery, evergreen, sword-shaped leaves and notable grey markings on the trunk, which look like elephant skin ( or noted for the thick, branching trunk which is reminiscent of an elephant’s foot at the base), these plants are a sure way to add a dramatic accent to any indoor or outdoor space.