Love is in the air this month and the ultimate symbol of that is the heart. My engagement ring is a heart and I really love anything heart-shaped; stones, beads, vases, etc. It makes sense that I would also love any plant with heart-shaped leaves. The topiary above is made of ivy but can be made with any vining plant and a frame.
Here is the Valentine’s Day card behind the topiary. It is my mom’s received from my dad back in the 50s.
The two philodendrons shown are commonly called heart-shaped philodendron, Philodendron hederaceum (or scandens) and the ‘Lemon Lime’ variety.
They are very easy to grow, tolerate low light levels, and are relatively pest-free. I really have an appreciation for this plant. Common does not mean boring. This plant definitely has a place in my home, wherever I have a low light situation.
I photographed this philodendron at Hidden Lake Garden in Tipton, Michigan. I loved the unusual heart shape leaf, and it was a Valentine’s Day trip with my husband, so it was awesome!
I love the Rosary vine, Ceropegia woodii, but I like the variegated form even more. This is an easy to grow succulent vine, perfect for a hanging basket. It produces small tubers on the vines which can be used to propagate the plant. They need plenty of light to have the best coloration.
I saw this stacked heart opuntia at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2012. (Read more about it in this post.)
I recently bought one at an IGC (Independent Garden Center) (see picture below) and I’m hoping mine will someday look like this one.
This is my heart-shaped hoya vine Hoya kerrii, one of many hoyas I have in my collection. They have lovely star-shaped flowers borne in clusters, many of them fragrant. The varieties and sizes are endless, but that is a post for another day.
I took a bit of creative license below. Do you see the heart?
The anthurium below was also at Hidden Lake. I included it because a spathe is a modified leaf and it is a pink pretty heart.
I hope your month and year are filled with love and of course plenty of houseplants!
Edited on February 13th, 2016.