January can be a particularly difficult time, especially when the weather is as brutal as it has been and knowing we have, minimally, another two months ahead.  Winter blues and cabin fever can wreak havoc on our psyches, so breathe some life into the home and brighten your spirit with winter flowering plants.  It is believed that plants bring tranquility and harmony into the home while fighting indoor air pollution.  Consider the following:


Such an ugly name for a beautiful plant, Streptocarpus has been likened to the exotic and alluring Orchid but is actually a relative of the Violet.  It’s trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in a variety of colors, including red, pink, white, and blue.  Streptocarpus does not like wet feet, so good drainage is important.  Keep out of direct sunlight for winter long blooms.


Kalanchoe’s petite, star-shaped flowers in many cheery hues will brighten any windowsill and lighten the mood.  Kalanchoe is a succulent that prefers lots of sun and a scant amount of water.  Blooms can last up to two months, creating an ideal segueway into Spring.


Trumpet shaped blooms in fiery tones of red, orange, yellow, and white are reminiscent of a blazing, summer sunset.  Not only is Clivia a stunner, but it’s considered very low maintenance.  Make sure the soil is well-drained and sparsely watered for dense, clustered flowers that liven and brighten the home.

“There are always flowers for those who want  to see them.”

-Henri Matisse

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney

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