Off I went to Sungai Buloh to check out foliage plants. Oh, there were so many of them but the ones that attract me most were the purple-colored foliage. Simply gorgeous and I fell in love just looking at them.
commonly known as the Chinese fringe flower or Chinese Witch-hazel. The burgundy leaves and fuchsia flowers are gorgeous. Love it! Needs full sun.
fancy the butterfly-shaped leaves and its light purple flowers. Requires minimal light and survives pretty well under shade. The leaves open during the day and close at night. Impressive, just like butterfly wings! For more pictures of this beauty, click here
The above plants were from Scenic Tropical Garden at Lot 22. They have plenty of foliage plants and the price are comparatively cheap. Highly recommended nursery.
Not sure the name of this plant but I love the various shades of green in this plant alone. Very common plant in most home gardens in Malaysia. I bought it from Paling Horticulture at Lot 61. Many selections and the price ranges from RM38, RM48 to RM128 depending on its height and 'bonsai' shape.
These plants are still in their polybags. The houris will leave them to adapt to the garden surrounding for a couple of weeks before repotting them in appropriate and nice ceramic pots.
Updates as at 15 April 2012
Thanks to Autumn Belle's feedback on this post. Apparently, these plants do not purify the air. No wonder, the houris felt something not right after having them in the garden for a couple of days now. They look nice no doubt yet dainty and soft. Autumn Belle recommended me a link for a list of air-filtering plants as compiled by NASA. According to NASA, "most of the plants on the list evolved in tropical or subtropical environments. Due to their ability to flourish on reduced sunlight, their leaf composition allows them to photosynthesize well in household light". Looking at the air-filtering plants, they are the same common ones found in most offices and building. No wonder they are there.. for a reason! The houris felt good having one of the plants which she brought home from her office upon retirement. The plain old money plant. She will surely tend to it for abundance growth in her home.
The houris also came across a very good and highly recommended video on how to grow your own fresh air . Seriously?! Fresh and purified air from just having houseplants?! No need for artificial air freshener or expensive bulky ionizer, what have you. Time to observe a healthier you the nature's way. For family members who are suffering from asthma, do your bit to bring ease and comfort for them starting at home. You'll never regret it.