Plant Encyclopedia

An invaluable resource for new and experienced gardeners alike, our plant-finder tool enables you to search for care tips by plant type and other key characteristics. Use this Plant Encyclopedia to find inspiration for new landscape designs, planters and containers, raised garden beds, and more. Get details on classic favorite plants like hydrangeas, orchids, and ornamental grasses, as well as more unusual varieties to try, too.
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Houseplants for Your Indoor Jungle

Whether you choose upright or trailing/climbing types, philodendrons are one of the easiest houseplants you can possibly grow. You can train them up a trellis or simply leave them to their own devices; philodendrons will survive no matter what.
Snake Plant
With its stately upright foliage that almost looks artificial, the snake plant (also called mother-in-law’s tongue) adds great architectural form to a room and complements all styles of decor.
These plants are grown primarily for their upright, straplike foliage that is either green or variegated. In the right conditions, the plants eventually reach 5 to 6 feet tall, making them perfect for adding life to a corner of the living room, dining room, or den.
A versatile and tough group of plants often grown indoors, ficus comes in all sorts of forms, ranging from creeping vine to giant tree. And even though this cousin of the edible fig is a tropical plant, it survives in a wide variety of indoor conditions.
Sometimes referred to as baby rubber plant, peperomias often have thick, fleshy leaves. There are well over 1,000 species of peperomia so there is bound to be at least one that would grow well in your home.
China Doll
Often grown as a houseplant for its abundant glossy-green, fernlike leaves, China doll is a fast-growing plant that tolerates a variety of indoor conditions. Although it doesn’t bloom indoors, a mature plant will produce large trumpet-shape white flowers when grown outdoors.

Beautiful Plants for Brightening Up Winter

These hefty bulbs are easy to grow and force into bloom indoors to enjoy the enormous trumpet-shape flowers that can last for several weeks.
African Violet
Blooming off and on during the winter months, African violets unfurl pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, red, purple, and blue. Some varieties also feature double blooms and ruffled petals.

Herbs to Grow Indoors


Known for its wonderful scent and flavor, rosemary can also be grown for its good looks as a garden ornamental. Young plants can adapt to life on a window sill, too.