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Six Easy-to-Grow Colorful Blooming Plants to Enliven your Indoor Space

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Abutilon 'Red Tiger'  (Abutilon hybrid)

Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’ (Abutilon hybrid)

As we prepare for winter and the colder days ahead, there are some colorful plants that can help ease the transition from one season to the next. While your outdoor plants are going to sleep for the winter, these indoor beauties are just waking up and putting on a festive floral show.
Some of our most colorful and favorite everblooming plants are:

1- Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)- Most of our Cape Primroses will bloom 12 months of the year and several varieties, like our ‘Purple Panda,’ have outstanding two-toned flowers. Plus, their long velvety leaves are welcome greenery to the contrasting fall colors outside. Our newest variety, called ‘Roulette Cherry,’ has flowers that majestically rise above the foliage on elegant flower stems. Give these beauties partial sun to bright indirect light and do not get water on their leaves and they will delight your senses year-round.

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Flowers and Fragrance-A New Aromatherapy

 Fragrant Flower Aromatherapy

Traditional aromatherapy uses the fragrance of essential plant oils as mood enhancers or stress relievers. At Logee’s, we think the fragrance of flowers is good therapy too. Maybe we should call it “Flower Therapy!”

These yellow creamy blooms are wands of fragrance that emit a sweet scent from January through June.

Canary Island Broom (Genista canariensis)-These yellow creamy blooms are wands of fragrance that emit a sweet scent from January through June.

A flower that epitomizes fragrance!

A close-up of the Canary Island Broom (Genista canariensis) A flower that epitomizes fragrance!

Smells remind us of certain memories. I read once that the scent of roses reminded a gardener of her mother because she used to wear rose-scented perfume when she tucked her in at night. For this woman, the fragrance of roses reminded her of her mother’s calming energy. Today, this same woman is a prolific rose grower and surrounds herself with roses during stressful times.

Jasmine 'Maid of Orleans', blossoms make a wonderful jasmine flavored water.

Jasmine ‘Maid of Orleans’, blossoms make a wonderful jasmine flavored water.

At Logee’s, our Retail greenhouses host many different fragrant flowers. Some of our favorites are the jasmines. Our Jasmine sambac varieties have a sweet yet refreshing scent that makes breathing in the lightly scented air a pleasure. Jasmine ‘Maid of Orleans’, an everbloomer, is one of our favorites for making jasmine water. Simply pick some of the flowers at night and put them in a covered pitcher of water. Place it in the refrigerator and by morning you will have a refreshing, lightly flavored water to start your day.

NIght Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) brings the romance back into the evening with its heady scent.

Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) brings the romance back into the evening with its heady scent.

Another plant called Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) is not a jasmine at all but carries an intoxicating scent in the evenings. Especially welcome after a long day, Night Blooming Jasmine brings romance back to the evening. You may just want to sit with a glass of wine and inhale the possibilities.

Sweet Almond Verbena (Aloysia virigata) is a wonderfully vanilla -scented flower that can be enjoyed year-round.

Sweet Almond Verbena (Aloysia virigata) is a wonderfully vanilla -scented flower that can be enjoyed year-round.

Vanilla scent usually evokes memories associated with baking or a kitchen filled with aromatic homemade cookies. Sweet Almond Verbena (Aloysia virgata) reliably delivers that scrumptious fragrance. Its long spires of vanilla-scented white flowers have you enjoying home baked cookies and pastry without the calories. (add photo with caption)

While we’re on the topic of food, our “Flower Therapy” would not be complete without the tropical scent of the Banana Shrub (Michelia figo). These flowers are most fragrant in full sun when the delicious banana scent of the creamy yellow and blushed purple flowers can enliven your senses.  Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) is a delectable tropical fragrance.

Banana Shrub (Michelia figo) is a delectable tropical fragrance.
Plumeria 'Dwarf Sinapore Pink'- Easily grows in a pot and emits a "take me away to the tropics" fragrance.

Plumeria ‘Dwarf Sinapore Pink‘- Easily grows in a pot and emits a “take me away to the tropics” fragrance.

The frangipani fragrance of plumeria is another favorite at Logee’s. Close your eyes and inhale the intoxicating scent that’s reminiscent of warm sunny days and the white sandy shores of Hawaii. Now only imagine a Hawaiian lei, typically made with plumeria flowers, around your neck.  Feel yourself relaxing and the stress melting away.

Plumeria 'Candy Stripe'- Often used in Hawaiian leis.

Plumeria ‘Candy Stripe’- Often used in Hawaiian leis.

Another island favorite is Tahitian Gardenia (Gardenia taitensis). Gardenia fragrance is the sweet perfume that entices gardeners year-round.

Tahitian Gardenia (Gardenia 'taitensis') Another island fragrance that de-stresses with one inhale.

Tahitian Gardenia (Gardenia ‘taitensis’) A gardenia that acts as a de-stressor with one inhale.

Other mainstay gardenias that have a home at Logee’s are the jasminoides type. ‘Belmont’, ‘Fortuniana’, ‘Frostproof’ are just a few that have large creamy flowers and an inviting, heady scent.

Gardenia 'Belmont' grows beautifully in a pot and produces an abundance of creamy white fragrant flowers.

Gardenia ‘Belmont’ grows beautifully in a pot and produces an abundance of creamy white fragrant flowers.

If you’re interested in fragrant plants and “Flower Therapy” click here to be directed to Logee’s Fragant Plants – on Sale Now.  This sale lasts through 2/20/13.

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>Logee’s in Mid-Winter

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This morning my thermometer read 24 degrees below freezing. I couldn’t wait to get to work today because I knewI could escape the cold just by walking in the front door. Outside of Logee’s a blanket of white snow covered the outdoor gardens and I was glad that our hardy banana was fast asleep under the frosted haystack. With a few steps to the front door I left the stark stillness behind me and walked into an alive, pleasantly balmy space. I walked around our seven retail greenhouses, letting the flowers and fragrance guide me.

Our mid-winter flowering plants were everywhere. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of Medinilla Magnifica housed in our “Potting Shed.” This impressive bloomer displayed large umbells of pink blooms that were cheery and welcoming. Of course, it would take 2-3 years to get flowers like this from a seed grown plant but once mature, flowers can be expected from spring through summer and for high light places like the greenhouses, mid-winter gave way to blooms.

Another surprise this morning was the single bloom of a red passion flower (called Passiflora piresii) in the “Long House.” Since passion flowers only bloom for a day, it was amazing to find this bright red flower perfectly happy growing inside the greenhouses on one of the coldest days of the year.

Next, the sweet fragrance coming from the “Big House” drew me into the depths of its tropics. The double ball standard of “Canary Island Broom” (Genista canariensis) was beginning its blooming season (January to April). The Big House is cooler at night, therefore, inducing blooms for many plants in that greenhouse, like our camellias.

My walk continued into the “Extension House” where a single bloom filled the house with an intoxicating fragrance. Gardenia nitidia is a rare gardenia that blooms intermittently throughout the year and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for flowers and fragrance.



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