Friday, 13 April 2012

Purple Foliage Plants...simply irresistible!

I was encouraged by Autumn Belle to start planting foliage plants to purify the surrounding air inside my garden. Remember, my garden was under pests attack a couple of months ago. So its time to start growing new plants, with caution, I would say. Never want to see the new plants being invaded by leftovers 'aliens' which I can't see in my garden.

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.

'Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum' 
commonly known as the Chinese fringe flower or Chinese Witch-hazel. The burgundy leaves and fuchsia flowers are gorgeous. Love it! Needs full sun.

This plant makes nice topiary. Shape it the way you want it, be it round or almost bonsai. Spectacular.

'Oxalis Triangularis'
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.

The way this plant is 'bonsai-ed' is gorgeous!

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.

Money plant 

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.


  1. The Loropetalum chinense (Chinese Witch Hazel) needs the full sun. I am not sure about the name of your bonsai plant but you can ask the people at Paling, the nursery where you bought it.

    Ash, my dear, there are some green foliage plants that are very good as air purifiers - you can google search under Nasa plants. Some examples are:

    1. Wahh, Ms Belle! I'm speechless! Never knew about these life-savers plant before. This is really an eye-opener and I'm determined to have a few of them, if not all. plant too?!!

  2. It is really wonderful to know that your garden is growing by the day and I am so encouraged and motivated by your zest!
    BTW, I bought the oxalis there too, haha!

    1. Oh ya, also the L. chinense.

    2. Why do you think I went there? I read about your experience in your blog so I told myself that I have to go there too. Although the nursery was too quiet, unlike the rest, they have all the plants! I might go back there even though its a bit far off for me :)
      You know something? Somehow, after buying the purple plants, I felt that they are not adequate to filter or purify the air in my garden. Thanks so much for the links :) May God bless you!

    3. Ash, the purple plants are pretty, especially the Oxalis. I have suggested the green foliage plants because I know that you have limited garden space and it is by the window.

    4. Hi Ms Belle! So nice of you to drop me a line again :) You know what, I'm re-organizing my petite garden with 2 in 1 concept. Dainty plants like pentas are sharing the same pot with frangipani. My frangipani are in huge pots. This way I can have more plants.
      Purple is my favorite color so when I see them in plants I just gotta have them :)

  3. This money plant is my favourite, even though an old auntie has laughed at me for buying a 'longkang' plant. It is very easy to grow indoors and outdoors and also in water, decoration, etc.

    I saw your 'asthma' label at the bottom of the post. For people who are sensitive to certain chemicals, asthmatics, please read also this link from The National Poison Centre, USM, Malaysia, title "Tumbuh-tumbuhan Penyebab Dermatitis" here:

    1. Seriously Ms Belle, I really don't understand the way some people make fun of money plant. It's the easiest plant to grow and live! My husband had asthma before and he really liked the idea of having garden in the home as it gives him lots of comfort and relaxation.
      Thanks again for the link :)

  4. I do love plants with purple foliage, I almost have too many!

  5. Hi Robin! Thanks for dropping by. If I have a big garden, I might end up like you :)


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