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6 Plants Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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

 

1 Anthurium

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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