I friend has recently become unable to live independently and moved into a care home. She was interested in her former garden, though other people have been doing most of the actual gardening for several years.
Her current physical disabilities are poor vision, confined to a wheelchair, and one hand almost paralysed. Her mental capacity hasn't been affected and she needs "something to do" to keep her mind occupied. Looking after some house plants could be one way to help with that.
She has her own relatively large room, though the window is rather small and most of the room is therefore quite dark apart from artificial light.
I'm looking for plants that would meet the following criteria:
- Relatively fast growing - the care home has an outdoor garden which is designed to be low maintenance (mainly lawns and rather uninteresting trees) and after 6 months in the home she has commented that "nothing ever changes" in it.
- Big enough so that visual impairment isn't an issue - or possibly tactile and/or scented foliage
- Tolerates low light levels well.
- Flowers (preferably big and bold colours) would be a bonus.
- Not necessarily perennial plants - bulbs or annuals would be fine.
Assume she can get some help looking after the plants from visiting friends say once a month, but will be looking after them on her own in between those visits.