I keep most of my indoor plants grouped together in various places around my home. I want to give you a fireplace plant tour, where I keep a cluster of them. It’s a gas fireplace, but without a blower. So although it costs money to run it, we don’t get the benefit of heat. Needless to say, we never turn it on. Personally, I like all the plants in front of it better. Because of large bright windows on each side of the fireplace, and the fact that there’s black marble for a surround, I used some plants with light colored leaves. They help draw your eye to the group.
This area gets sufficient light from windows across the room and next to the fireplace, but in winter I also keep a plant light on in the evening. They are all low-light plants, and do well in this location. For a beginner this selection is perfect. All low maintenance, and are easy to grow and keep alive.
This is Dieffenbachia, or ‘Dumb Cane’. I’ve had this for several years, and it always looks gorgeous. But beware, it’s highly toxic.
Split Leaf is my favorite variety of Philodendron, because it looks ‘jungle’. Here in plant zone 6 nothing looks ‘jungle’.
Snake plant (Sansevieria) that I propagated from another. It makes for a nice background, standing tall.
This Neon Pothos is perfect for brightening up the area.
A baby Dracaena (Corn Plant) and ZZ plant are tucked in on the floor. These plants will outgrow this area over time, but being in low light slows their growth rate down.
Schefflera, or known as umbrella plant.
A mature Dracaena. I love the variegated leaves on this variety.
On the mantle is a philodendron, and a Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, or Snake Plant.
We’re heading out to the Missouri Botanical Garden this weekend. They’re having an orchid show, and I’ll be sure to share some photos from it next week. I hope you enjoyed my fireplace plant tour!