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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!


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.


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.

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