I thought I would devote one more blog to favorite houseplants and then this will possibly be my last--at least for awhile. I've already mentioned wax plant--also called hoya--and included a picture. (See post--Growing Houseplants, February 7, 2011). The wax plant has beautiful dark green shiny leaves with a very interesting and fragrant bloom. This is an easy houseplant to grow if you give it enough light. It doesn't need full sun, but it also doesn't want to be stuck in a corner far away from a window either. Place it near an east window and it will thrive, and may even surprise you by blooming after it matures.
Another easy to grow plant that grows rather large is Scheffelera. There are several different varieties. The ones I own have smaller leaves and are fuller than some of the larger scheffeleras. Here is a picture of one of my 2 largest. It is going to have to be cut back soon because it is outgrowing it's allotted space! I have 2 others which I purchased as small plants to sit on a table but are now so large I had to move them to a plant stand. Soon one of them will be moved to the floor. This plant will grow in medium--to bright light. It needs no extra care, except for the occasional pruning when it gets too large.
Finding the right plant for the light you have is one of the most important things you can do to grow healthy houseplants. The other, as I said in my first post, is to be sure to water them thoroughly and then let the soil dry for a few days before watering again because very few plants will do well in soggy soil.
For those who have asked me how I grow houseplants I hope this has helped. These few posts seem to have exhausted my knowledge on growing houseplants. (And I'm sure have bored several of you in the process.) If, by chance, you still have a question you think I might be able to answer, I would be happy to try. Just leave a comment or send me an email.