Staff Plant Picks: Here’s What We Like

Plant in a bag

Written by Gloria Ballard

October 15, 2021


We plant people have a hard time picking favorites. Nevertheless, there’s always something that stands out in our ever-expanding collections of houseplants and landscape selections. We polled the staff at Gardens of Babylon to find out what’s catching the attention of fellow plant-lovers lately. 



(Hoya – commonly called wax plant — enjoys bright, indirect light. Keep the soil moist in spring and summer,
water less frequently in winter. Occasional misting to raise humidity is recommended). 



(Fatsia japonica ‘Spider Web’: Grows best in a sunny window with moderate/bright light. Water when the soil is dry.
This tropical beauty grows well in a container in a shady spot outdoors in summer.)



(In general, Pothos – Epipremnum aureum —  prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light; variegated
varieties may lose variegation if light is too low. Water as needed; they also tolerate occasional dry soil.)



(Epipremnum ‘Dragon’s Tail’ prefers bright, indirect light. Keep the soil consistently moist during spring and summer; water less in winter.) 



(Alocasia chantrieri thrives in bright, indirect light; allow the top couple of inches of
soil to dry out between watering. This plant welcomes a humid environment.) 



(Grow Euphorbia trigona in a sunny location, using cactus soil mix in a pot that drains well.
Water regularly during spring and summer, but allow the soil to dry in the top few inches.)



(Monstera adansonii thrives in bright, indirect light in a pot that drains well, and it
appreciates a bit more humidity. The vine can be grown in a hanging pot or trained to climb a moss pole.) 

In the Landscape


(Fothergilla gardenii, commonly known as dwarf fothergilla, grows in full sun
to part shade as a spring-blooming shrub; flowers are best in full sun.)


(Paperbush is the common name for Edgeworthia chrysantha. It grows
best in full sun to part shade in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil.)



(Evergreen Camellia sasanqua is generally winter-hardy in Middle Tennessee.
It prefers evenly moist, well-drained acidic soil in part-shade.)



(Grow flame azalea — Rhododendron calendulaceum – in light, acidic,
well-drained soil in sun-dappled shade. The showy yellow-to-orange flowers attract butterflies in spring.)


Visit the Gardens of Babylon Garden Center at 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. to find your favorite plants for indoors or in the landscape.

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