1. Shrimp plant
Named for its unusually shaped and colored blooms, shrimp plant grows well at average room temperatures and humidity. It likes bright light with some direct sunlight for best bloom. This interesting branching shrub also works well in hanging baskets, and if conditions are right, it may produce flowers year-round.
Shrimp plant is a fast-growing shrub that can be kept compact by hard pruning. It’s a good bloomer, producing flower spikes all year. Most varieties bear spikes of shrimp pink bracts with white tubular flowers. Others form yellow or chartreuse bracts that last a long time.
2. Flowering maple
When properly cared for, the flowering maple is rarely without blossoms. This tropical shrub or small tree does well in regular home temperatures and can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees in winter.
Crepe-paper-like blooms in shades of red, pink, orange, or yellow dangle among leaves like festive lanterns. Many varieties have splotched or variegated foliage for extra interest. Grow the plant upright as a tree, prune it back to keep it shrubby, or even grow it in a hanging basket. Its common name comes from the leaves, which resemble those of a maple tree.