1. Peperomia blanda var. floribunda
Common name: Peperomia
Strong, forgiving, curious and quietly stylish: if Peperomia turned up on your doorstep with a bottle of wine you’d be intrigued and pretty quickly wooed. This semi-succulent rainforest herb* thrives in the shade, tolerates filtered sunlight, and loves a little company. Often found in clumps on mossy rocks or boulders, Peperomia cohabits happily with ferns and vines. At 30 cm tall, Peperomia’s delicately structured form unfurls with the elegance of origami, and throws the kind of rainforest shapes that would flatter any room. *But please don’t try eating it.
2. Lindospadix monostachya
Common name: Walking stick palm
With edible red fruits*, a trunk that was used as a sturdy cane for ex-service men after WWI, and a readiness to adapt from moist rainforest to sunlight-dappled inner-city Brisbane lounge-rooms (aka ‘heavenly havens’), the Walking Stick Palm really should be in line for a Duty to Service medal itself. Show your appreciation by composting the container, allowing for lots of drainage, and … one day (in the quite far away future) the tips of your palm’s crown might just grow to tickle the ceiling. *Please don’t try this without guidance.
Find out more about — Linospadix Monostachya: The Walking Stick Palm, Len Butt
3. Hoya australis
Common name: Wax flower vine
Rainforest, eucalypt forest or kitchen corner, the Wax flower vine will entrance you with her gently twining tendrils and pastel clusters of dainty petals*. She finds no fault with containers or hanging baskets that constrict her roots and, in fact, will reward you all the more with bundles of fragrant flowers throughout the spring. You will find your little Hoya uncomplaining if well lit, well drained and rarely pruned. Give her a trellis or beam to entwine and watch her succulent-leaved loveliness extend for up to 5 metres in length. *Be sure to keep those possibly poisonous petals and tendrils away from the mouths of babes and pets.