Plants for Valentine’s Day

on Friday, 12 February 2021. Posted in News

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Whilst we know traditionally flowers, especially red roses are the gift of choice, our love for plants has definitely inspired this article.

It was prompted by our Ambassador, Ian Drummond’s article in Pro Landscaper where he chose his top six plants for Valentine’s day. This inspired us to ask some of our committee for their top choices.

6 plants perfect for Valentine's Day  - Ian’s article in Pro Landscaper
This year’s Valentine’s Day gift does not have to be a bouquet of roses to stir the heart! Why not branch out and consider a houseplant for the one that you love? Plants need affection and care to flourish just like any great relationship. Ian Drummond shares his swoon-worthy selection

1 Anthurium
This stunning plant originates from Colombia and Ecuador and is often used in floral displays. It has stunning bright red flowers and heart-shaped leaves. What’s not to love!

INTray Anthurium


2 Hoya Kerrii (Sweetheart Plant)
This cute heart-shaped plant is a slow growing semi succulent. Once it becomes mature its form takes a vine like appearance. The fact that it’s low maintenance is an extra bonus.

Hoya kerri

3 Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii (Hearts on a string)
This delicate trailing succulent plant has miniature heart shaped leaves which are threaded along a fine string like stem also produces unusual white and lilac flowers.

String of Hearts Ian

4 Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Hot lips)
This native South African plant is striking and beautiful with silvery leaves that have bright red tips. It produces a pretty single flower stem from its rosette like leaves.

Hot lips

5 Philodendron scandens (Heart-leaf philodendron)
Beautiful, deep heart-shaped leaves that can be left to trail or encouraged to climb. A quick growing houseplant that is suitable for most rooms in the home.

Philodendron scandens Ian

6 Miniature rose
Roses are by far the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day, signalling romance, and this miniature potted rose is no exception – the perfect gift for plant lovers.

Miniature rose

Ian Drummond is creative director of In-tray Plants and Indoor Garden Design. He is an RHS Chelsea Flower Show multi-medal winner and co-author of At Home with Plants

And the choices from some of our committee:

  • Ian picked out the Hoya Kerri as his personal choice

Hoya 2

  • Our chair, Madeleine Evans chose Philodendron gloriosum for it’s lovely heart-shaped velvety leaves

Philodendron gloriosum

  • Joanna, our administrator and treasurer gave us her top three: Anthurium for its heart-shaped flowers and their texture and how it reflects the light. Coming in as her second choice, is the Syngonium with heart-shaped leaves and in third place, Philodendron Scandens. This one is heart shaped and good for cabinets as it drapes nicely

Anthurium  Syngonium  Phildendron scandens

  • Social Secretary Craig Edser has chosen the Croton Petra as the Valentine’s plant he’d like to give or receive as he ‘loves its bright colours and thick leaves'

tCroton Petra 2

  • Marketing Manager Coll, 'The Valentine plant I would choose to give or receive is the Caladium but which one? Either the aptly named Sweetheart or Pink Symphony. My second choice would be the delicate String of Hearts aka Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii' 

Caladium Sweetheart  String of hearts 2