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Discovering Fun and Unusual Houseplants

A field trip to Tillery Street Plant Co. in Austin, Texas

The greenhouse at Tillery Street Plant Co. Photo: Karen Beaty.

A lifelong love of gardening often springs from early experiences with houseplants or a vegetable garden. As a young adult living in apartments and rented spaces, I accumulated a large collection of houseplants that I could move along with me from place to place. My houseplants also help satisfy my gardening itch during the winters when I crave the color green. But no matter what season it is, houseplants are always a great way to bring life and vibrancy into a home (or any other indoor space). Here is a profile of Tillery Street Plant Co., a locally owned nursery in Austin, Texas, that carries a variety of houseplants, including some hard-to-find species and varieties.

Calathea. Photo: Karen Beaty.

Tillery’s houseplant greenhouse is packed to the gills with a variety of species, including over 10 species of ficus (Ficus spp. and cvs., Zones 10–12), at least half a dozen begonias…

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