Yesterday I went to look for a jade plant and found that they were strangely expensive, so I bought a similar but cheaper plant, as well as a bushy, dark-leafed euphorbia with cute little flowers. I’m surprised how much difference the two of them make to their little corner; suddenly there’s a pleasing range of shapes and green tones. I’ve realised, however, that the strong light is going to bleach everything that goes there. As the not-a-jade-plant can take both sun and shade, it might be smart to buy another and rotate their positions.
I’ve started dealing with the white wall, firstly by filling one spot with a nice sturdy flowering bush that had been less usefully filling space elsewhere. It only reaches halfway up the wall, but it’s growing. The other major white area is between the ylang-ylang and frangipani. It’s a bit of an awkward spot, both in terms of available space and the question of how to make a nice visual connection between the trees. The frangipani has grown quite a bit and is tall enough to wear some hanging pots now, so as a quick solution I think I’ll buy some potted creepers and dangling succulents. I already have one of the latter hanging from a lamp, and it looks very nice, a sort of green chandelier (as a bonus it is now sprouting ferns). Hanging pots obviously won’t block out the wall, but they’ll at least break up the white and ease my botherment while I think about longer term solutions.
Also, a tiny caladium that I thought I’d killed has come back — hooray!