In this month’s Houseplant of the Month post, we’re taking a look at ‘In & Out Plants’, as in plants which can be grown both inside and outside. Pictured below on the left hand side from top to bottom are Campanula, Balloon Flower, Cockscomb and Lily. And on the right hand side, Calla Lily and Balloon Flower.
A member of the Campanulaceae family and officially called Platycodon, the Balloon Flower is a radiant plant with large blooms which, when they’re in bud, look like cheerful balloons. The botanical name Platycodon literally means ‘broad/flat bell’ and refers to the way in which the round bud opens up into an almost flat star, which are either white, purple or pink in colour.
Cockscomb is the common name for a type of Celosia. There are two distinctive types, Plumosa with feathery plumes and Cristata with a velvety cockscomb. If you’re interested in the cut flower, you may like to take a read of this report on the New Covent Garden Flower Market website.
Many people are familiar with the lily as a cut flower and garden plant, but it also makes a wonderful houseplant in its compact form. Its petals are red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, almost black, white, bicoloured or multi-coloured.
Also known as Zantedeschia, the Calla Lily is a striking plant, with spathes in a variety of colours ranging from white, pink, red and purple to yellow, orange and near-black. You’ll find both large-flowered and small-flowered varieties. And it’s also available as a cut flower at wholesale flower markets.
The Campanula, which is also known as Bellflower has distinctive, highly decorative white, pink, lilac or purple flowers. Like the Balloon Flower, this pretty plant is also a member of the Campanulaceae family.
Care wise, all In & Out Plants prefer a cool and light spot indoors to ensure the longest possible flowering. In the garden, they can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. And indoors, it’s best to keep the compost moist while flowering.
So, if you’re ever asked by your customers, perhaps when they’re looking to buy a gift, for versatile plants which can be grown inside and outside, now you know that Balloon Flower, Cockscomb, Lily, Calla Lily and Campanula are absolutely perfect!
P.P.S. Later today, I’ll be flying to Italy to attend the McQueens Italian Masterclass. So this will be the last blog post until next week. However, wi-fi permitting, I’ll be sharing my adventures on Instagram and Instagram Stories. So, do join me there!
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)