I often plant sit for friends who spend the cold months in warmer climes, or who escape the humidity of the Midwest summers for cooler destinations.
The houseplant that we know as African violet is not a true violet at all. It is, botanically speaking, Saintpaulia ionantha.
Our winter homes are not ideal environments for cut flowers to flourish in. Fortunately, there are still ways to make sure they have a long life
Jasmine's latin name, "jasmine polyanthum", meaning "many flowers", is telling of this plant's variety. This vine is known for its fragrance and its history.
Those of us who live in cold climates love houseplants that will flower indoors in winter, and one with great appeal is the cyclamen.
If we grow a hyacinth indoors in winter, the perfume will fill the house. Try finding a hyacinth glass for this purpose in an antique store or garden center.