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Flowering indoor plants are the floral fanfare of creative living space design. Thanks to the regulated framework, exotic flower beauties also like to take part in the show on the windowsill. This opens up unimagined options for year-round moments of happiness in the language of flowers. The art lies in the right composition of summer-flowering and winter-flowering houseplants, which pass the floral scepter to one another for a seamless blossom festival. Let yourself be inspired here with 22 flowering plants for the whole year from A, like cyclamen to Z, like zigzag shrub.

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From A to C

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

With graceful, colorful blossoms and decorative leaves, cyclamen have conquered a regular place on the creatively designed window sill. In a bright location that is not in full sun, the unmistakable flowers are enthroned on short stalks above monochrome or beautifully marked heart leaves. The great popularity of cyclamen as flowering houseplants has given us a multifaceted variety of varieties in beautiful color nuances from pure white and intense red to delicate pink and dramatic purple. The most important premise for a long-lasting flowering period is cool temperatures of around 16 degrees Celsius.

  • Flowering period: August to April
  • Growth height: 10 to 30 cm

Australian Fuchsia (Correa)

Do you flirt with a striking series of flowers in your living room that not everyone has? Then the Australian fuchsia is a good choice. The rhomboid embellishes bright, warm living rooms, conservatories and offices as an evergreen ornamental shrub with decorative hanging white, yellow, red or pink bell-shaped flowers. In the course of time, the exotic beauty gains in height and abundance of flowers, so that you can enjoy the wintry play of colors for many years. A summer freshness during the growth dormancy on the semi-shady balcony has a beneficial effect on the winter flowering splendor.

  • Flowering time: in winter
  • Growth height: 30 to 150 cm

Azalea, Alpenrose (Rhododendron simsii)

When the majestic rhododendron and azalea bushes are dormant in the wintry garden, it's time for the indoor azalea. More delicate in growth than the wild relatives outdoors, the abundance of flowers benefits from the moderate conditions on the windowsill. The single to multi-colored flowers are mostly full, accompanied by evergreen, leathery leaves. The prettiest varieties boast a ruffled rim, as if the breeder shaped them with pleated scissors. A bright location with a pleasant 16 to 18 degrees Celsius suits the ornamental trees very much. Unfortunately, under the influence of higher temperatures of more than 20 degrees Celsius, the flowers withered far too quickly.

  • Flowering period: October to April
  • Growth height: 30 to 60 cm

Begonia, Slate Leaf (Begonia)

Begonia combines lavish blooms with unique leaf shapes and textures. These attributes make the species-rich genus one of the most popular houseplants for beginners and advanced growers. With more than 1000 species and varieties, the right begonia can be found for every design and color wish. Normal room temperatures and a sunny to semi-shady location elicit a never-ending flowering period from the shapely slate-leaf plant. For proper care, please note whether your favorite is a rhizome or tuberous begonia.

  • Flowering time: April to October
  • Growth height: 20 to 40 cm
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Brunfelsia (Brunfelsia pauciflora var. calycina)

The tropical Brunfelsia is characterized by a flower spectacle of a special kind. Shortly after Christmas, the first purplish-purple calyx flowers open above the elliptical to lanceolate leaves. During the flowering period, the flowers turn a delicate lavender blue and breathe their life out in pure white. As new buds continue to unfold, it appears as if a Brunfelsia is blooming in different colors, impressively underscoring its exotic allure. As a nightshade plant, the tropical small shrub is not only beautiful but also poisonous, so keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

  • Flowering period: January to June
  • Height of growth: 20 to 40 cm, rarely higher

Christ's Thorn (Euphorbia milii)

Christ's thorn combines an almost year-round flowering period with sacred symbolism. The branches covered with long, sharp thorns are reminiscent of Jesus' crown of thorns, to which the name refers. The succulent flowering shrub is native to Madagascar, where it defends itself against predators with its fearsome spikes and poisonous sap. If you can live with these two shortcomings, you will get a very easy-care pot beauty that forgives the odd beginner's mistake. The hybrids offered in specialist shops are treated with compressing agents, so that the ornamental shrub in the living room is nowhere near its natural growth height of up to 200 cm.

  • Flowering time: almost all year round
  • Growth height: 10 to 50 cm
Christ thorn

From D to E

Spinning fruit (Streptocarpus)

If a richly flowering houseplant that is easy to care for is on your wish list, you cannot ignore the spiny pod. Its white, blue or pink-red flowers shine above large rosettes of leaves up to 30 cm long, as are typical of the Gesneria family. The turning fruit blooms incessantly from spring to autumn, wishing for normal room temperatures. The plant owes its name to the distinctively twisted fruits that thrive after the flowering period. Streptocarpus are also held in high esteem because they are one of the few flowering houseplants that can get by with little light.

  • Flowering time: April to October
  • Growth height: 15 to 30 cm

Single Leaf, Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The elegant aesthetics of the peace lily is the ideal accessory in modern living room design. The combination of decorative, white bracts and glossy green foliage harmonises perfectly with a contemporary furnishing style. In addition, the single leaf is at the top of the list of decorative potted plants to green up office spaces in a refreshing and beneficial way. The frugal care requirements of the flowering houseplant are very accommodating to this wish. A light to semi-shady place with temperatures not below 18 degrees Celsius prepares the exotic plant for a long flowering period.

  • Flowering time: March to September
  • Growth height: 40 to 80 cm
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From F to H

Flamingo Flower, Anthurium (Anthurium)

The flamingo flower only rarely takes a break from flowering, provided that the care meets its requirements. In order for the magnificent, flaming red bracts to last all year round, humidity and temperature must simulate tropical conditions. A bright location and at least 65 percent humidity are therefore of central relevance. Gardening prudence is rewarded with red, white or pink bracts up to 12 cm in size, impressive flower spikes and mighty, shimmering green heart leaves up to 50 cm long.

  • Flowering time: all year round
  • Growth height: 50 to 100 cm

Flaming Katie (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)

With a sea of flames of flowers, the succulent Kalanchoe species lives up to its name. Wherever the Flammende Käthchen takes center stage, it even steals the show from cocky orchids. Its single or double flowers shine in every imaginable color and sparkle like little jewels above lush green, glossy leaves. Since the little beauty is also easy to care for, it is very popular as a flowering houseplant for beginners. The location should be light to sunny, and it also likes to be outdoors from May to September. Since Flaming Katy specializes in storing water in her leaves, she is only watered in sips.

  • Flowering period: throughout the winter
  • Growth height: 15 to 25 cm

Hibiscus, rose mallow (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Blooming hibiscus spreads a romantic South Seas flair on the windowsill and in sunny room niches. Where the flower dream come true from tropical regions settles down, it enchants us with its picturesque blossoms from spring to autumn. In the flower repertoire, the rose mallow has pink, red, yellow and white tones to offer. Newer hybrids come with two-tone single or double flowers. Sun worshipers prefer a spot on the south or west window sill with normal room temperatures. A high humidity of more than 60 percent is advantageous for a vital willingness to bloom.

  • Flowering period: February to October
  • Growth height: 100 to 200 cm
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From K to M

Calla (Zantedeschia)

Her name is synonymous with elegance among flowering indoor plants. Elegantly shaped bracts in subtle colors surround the shapely spadix. Arrow-shaped, glossy green leaves frame the noble flower. In relation to its silhouette and growth as a bulbous plant, the vernacular also calls the flower beauty calla lily. Depending on the species and variety, a calla lily blooms in winter or summer, so with the right combination you can enjoy blooming zantede stalks in your living space all year round.

  • Flowering time: either December to May or May to December
  • Growth height: 40 to 50 cm

Camellia (Camellia japonica)

The camellia is considered a top-class among the flowering houseplants. The opulent single or double flowers reach a diameter of up to 12 cm. The premium variety Adolphe Audusson inspires with dark red magnificent flowers. The Alba Plena variety unfolds white, lush, double camellia flowers that contrast impressively with the dark green foliage. The white flowering Purity is limited to a flower size of 8 cm, which in return allows a longer flowering period. When it comes to care, the capricious flower diva requires an experienced hand, because a camellia does not give the gardener the magical flowers that easily.

  • Flowering time: October to March
  • Growth height: 150 to 300 cm

Clivia, Strapleaf (Clivia)

The long, narrow strap leaves betray nothing of the beautiful flowers a clivia produces. The botanical assignment to the amaryllis family at least gives you an idea of the floral spectacle you can look forward to. If you assign the historical houseplant to a cool, bright location, the secret of the flower will be revealed within a short time. Up to 20 large, colorful flowers gather in umbels in beautiful colors from yellow to orange to red and pink. Where a clivia likes it, it inspires with a second bloom in summer.

  • Flowering period: February to April and June to July
  • Growth height: 60 to 90 cm

Queen of the Night (Selenicereus grandiflorus)

The ideal flowering houseplant for night owls comes from the prickly species of snake cacti. Its huge flowers are up to 30 cm long and 40 cm wide and exude an intoxicating fragrance. However, you can only enjoy the picturesque blossom magic at night, because the yellow to salmon-colored, white-wreathed magnificent blossoms remain closed during the day. At the end of the flowering period, the majestic flowers turn into pink spherical fruits up to 8 cm in size. In contrast to other types of cacti, the royal climbing plant prefers to stay in the bright, warm window seat all year round and does not need a cool resting place to induce flowering.

  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Growth height: up to 300 cm on a climbing aid

Mallow, Flowering Maple, Maple (Abutilonx hybridum)

Their bell-shaped flowers are an attractive eye-catcher on every windowsill. It's not just the flowers that set beautiful color accents, but also the lobed, delicately hairy foliage. Therefore, the beautiful mallow is also referred to as a room maple. The highlights of their glamorous performance are the extravagant flowers with a color spectrum from pure white to bright red and yellow. Some of their finest hybrids thrive with gracefully arching branches, making the plant very suitable for hanging basket cultivation.

  • Flowering time: March to November
  • Growth height: 80 to 150 cm

From R to S

Knight Star (Amaryllis)

The uncrowned queen of winter-flowering indoor plants vie for your attention with huge, red flowers. The sturdy, tall flower stalk emerges from a large bulb long before the lanceolate, rich green leaves. Interestingly, you can steer the start of the flowering period in the desired direction by choosing the planting time. Bulbs planted at the beginning of October bloom during Advent. For flowering in time for Christmas, plant at the beginning of November. The downer about the luxurious flower magic is the high poison content in all parts of the plant.

  • Flowering time: in winter
  • Growth height: 50 to 80 cm

Butterfly Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

The popular butterfly orchid is representative of the extravagant flower queens from the rainforest. It is thanks to the uncomplicated requirements of Phalaenopsis that the window sill became the stage for the tropical blossom magic. The exotic epiphytic plant prefers to reside in the semi-shady, warm window seat, where it does not come under the blazing rays of the sun. Those who practice restraint when it comes to watering and fertilizing will be rewarded with an extended flowering period in overwhelming colors.

  • Flowering time: in winter or all year round
  • Growth height: 30 to 60 cm

From U to Z

African Violet, Saintpaulia (Saintpaulia ionantha)

With the African violet, a cute flower beauty with a feel-good factor will find its way into your home. However, the lush abundance of flowers with a nostalgic flair is not easily displayed by the African ornamental plant. If the lovely houseplant is granted a pleasant room climate with at least 60 percent humidity and 25 degrees Celsius, it blossoms in all its glory. A wide range of varieties means you are spoiled for choice. Arcturus, for example, boasts dark red ruffled flowers with a white border. Blue Wave draws attention to itself with bulging, creamy-white flowers and a ruffled edge. As a classic, Rodeo Hilly scores with dark violet flowers over lush green, tender leaves.

  • Flowering time: all year round
  • Growth height: 10 to 15 cm
African violets

Christmas Cactus (Schlumberga)

A Christmas cactus makes life easy for its gardener. As a leaf cactus, the plant does not have painful thorns, which simplifies care work. As if by magic, large numbers of pretty flowers in attractive color nuances appear in winter. But even when not in bloom, a Schlumberga cactus is a feast for the eyes with green leaves that string together like a chain of links.

  • Flowering time: November to February
  • Growth height: 10 to 40 cm

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

The undisputed bestseller during Advent is the wonderful poinsettia. Home gardeners only get into the Christmas spirit when its bright red blossoms unfold on the windowsill. What we admire as flowers are actually colored bracts that gather around the actual, inconspicuous flowers. This circumstance in no way affects the furious display of splendor in the midst of winter. The spurge shows its most beautiful side in bright to partly sunny locations with temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. For a varied interior design, the specialist trade has not only red, but also white and pink varieties ready for you.

  • Flowering time: November to February
  • Growth height: 60 to 80 cm
Christmas star

Zigzag Shrub (Corokia cotoneaster)

Yellow blooms amid the dark seasons are the floral masterpiece of the New Zealand zigzag shrub. The flowering houseplant owes its name to the wildly gesticulating, white hairy branches. In late winter, the ornamental tree puts on its yellow blossoms, which harmonize wonderfully with the silvery-green leaves. Since the innovative zigzag shrub is also easy to care for, it has a steep career ahead of it among the most beautiful indoor plants.The cool beauty wants an equally cool and bright location with 12 to 15 degrees Celsius. The bedroom is therefore the best place to enjoy the play of colours.

  • Flowering period: January to April
  • Height of growth: 50 to 70 cm, rarely higher

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