This year’s Valentine’s Day gift does not have to be a bouquet of roses to stir the heart! Why not branch out and consider a houseplant for the one that you love? Plants need affection and care to flourish just like any great relationship. Ian Drummond shares his swoon-worthy selection
This stunning plant originates from Colombia and Ecuador and is often used in floral displays. It has stunning bright red flowers and heart-shaped leaves. What’s not to love!
2 Hoya Kerrii (Sweetheart Plant)
This cute heart-shaped plant is a slow growing semi succulent. Once it becomes mature its form takes a vine like appearance. The fact that it’s low maintenance is an extra bonus.
3 Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii (Hearts on a string)
This delicate trailing succulent plant has miniature heart shaped leaves which are threaded along a fine string like stem also produces unusual white and lilac flowers.
4 Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Hot lips)
This native South African plant is striking and beautiful with silvery leaves that have bright red tips. It produces a pretty single flower stem from its rosette like leaves.
5 Philodendron scandens (Heart-leaf philodendron)
Beautiful, deep heart-shaped leaves that can be left to trail or encouraged to climb. A quick growing houseplant that is suitable for most rooms in the home.
6 Miniature rose
Roses are by far the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day, signalling romance, and this miniature potted rose is no exception – the perfect gift for plant lovers.
Ian Drummond is creative director of In-tray Plants and Indoor Garden Design. He is an RHS Chelsea Flower Show multi-medal winner and co-author of At Home with Plant.