Flowers are lovely no matter the reason or season. But if you’re tired of swapping out wilted bouquets for fresh ones each week, flowering plants are a great longer-lasting alternative. Here are ten plants that can bloom all year round to bring life and colour into your home!
With their round, fuzzy leaves and dainty little flowers, African violets are both adorable and surprisingly easygoing. Like any plant, to get it to bloom, you’ve got to keep it happy. African violets prefer bright indirect light, as direct harsh sunlight can scorch their leaves. The aboveground portion of the plant (also known as its crown) is super prone to rot, so take care not to wet the leaves when watering. Keep the soil lightly moist, and feed with an African violet-specific plant food for best results. Under the right conditions, you can expect blooms several times throughout the year.
It seems like blooming orchids appear in every grocery store and hardware store, and with good reason. These popular plants add a sophisticated pop of colour to any space they occupy. But if you buy an orchid while it’s blooming, how do you get it to bloom again once those flowers fade? Orchids need plenty of bright indirect light, a chunky growing medium like bark or leca for good airflow to the roots, and a balanced orchid fertilizer.
Hoyas may not be top of mind when you think of flowering plants, but they are easygoing to care for and super satisfying to make bloom. Hoyas and orchids belong to the same family (epiphytes, plants that grow on other plants rather than in conventional soil), so they thrive and flower under similar conditions. A chunky, well-draining soil that you let dry out between waterings and bright indirect light will help your hoya produce those coveted blooms.
With its long-lasting blooms, the bromeliad’s flower offers a bright, punchy, tropical burst of colour. These tropical plants tend to require more humidity than the typical Canadian home can provide, so they will benefit from an added humidifier (ideally) or frequent misting. As an added bonus, bromeliads are non-toxic to pets and kids.
Anthurium plants are popular among plant collectors for their lush, tropical foliage, but they also have some colourful flowers. Whether pink, purple, white, or green, anthurium flowers are among the most unique tropical flowers. They can be a little finnicky, but under the right conditions they can flower all year round. Give them bright indirect light, a chunky soil, and avoid overwatering by letting the soil dry out slightly between waterings.
Crown of Thorns
The crown of thorns plant has bright green leaves and flowers that are bright red, pink, orange, yellow, or even white. Originating in the Middle East, the plant gets its name from the belief that Jesus’s crown was woven from its thorny branches. Even indoors, this plant can bloom year-round with the exception of a period of dormancy that tends to coincide with winter.
Oxalis plants tend to pop up in plant stores around Saint Patrick’s Day, and are also known as False Shamrock for the shamrock-esque appearance of their leaves. These babies tend to wilt if their soil dries out, so keep it lightly moist and fertilize to encourage their tiny pink-purple blooms to appear.
Peace lilies at nurseries and stores are often already in bloom, with conical white flowers that contrast with their dark green leaves. Under the right conditions, once these blooms fade, peace lilies will flower again and again. They grow on the tropical forest floor, so lots of bright indirect light will help these pretty plants thrive. To get them to flower, try to replicate that environment with a humidity boost and by keeping their soil evenly moist.
String of Hearts
String of Hearts is a semi-succulent plant that’s become popular over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why. With leaves that look like little heart beads strung together, these trailing plants can grace your home not only with long, lush vines, but with flowers too. String of hearts flowers are deeply underrated, and these tiny, purple, vase-like flowers with fuzzy purple petals are just adorable. The key to getting this plant to flower? More light than you think – bright indirect light, maybe even a couple hours of direct light each day.
Spider plants are some of the easiest plants to propagate because they basically propagate themselves! A mature plant will send out a long, thin stem, along which dainty white flowers will sprout. Those flowers eventually turn into “spiderettes,” essentially baby spider plants.