Try these houseplants for longer-lasting beauty.
Banana (Musa spp.): Bananas offer exotic flowers, tropical foliage and "a-peel-ing" fruit.
Try M. velutina or M. uranoscopus.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi, above): Not just holiday plant—many cultivars bloom after Christmas.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides, above): Perfect for those looking for exotic jungle scents. Younger plants are inexpensive, but beware of the sticker shock for those in full bloom.
Jasmine (Jasminum spp.): Definitely charming social climbers, three fragrant kinds are: common (J. officinale), pink (J. polyanthum), and Arabian (J. sambac).
Passionflower (Passiflora spp., above): Profuse purples and pinks (yellows, whites, and blue) set the tone with this looker (above).