After only finding Philodendron hederaceum micans at Home Depot I did get the normal species that I have had for years back in Michigan and which I hope will do well in our bedroom window here. Other foliage plants I ended up buying include a cultivar of rex begonia (Begonia rex-cultorum) with leaves patterned in dark green, silver, and brownish red. These appear to be quite problematic for a lot of people; they even warned me about them at the garden center! However, the one I had last year which is now in Michigan with my parents did fine when and where virtually nothing else would so I have little reason to complain. Furthermore, I bought a purple velvet plant (Gynura aurantiaca) and an asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'). I do not have any previous experience with either of these, so we will see how things go.
Begonia rex-cultorum cultivar
Purple velvet plant (Gynura aurantiaca)
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
I also got some succulents. One is a young red-flowered crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii), the other a small Agave from the Proven Winner brand of plants, which sells them as annuals for bedding out during the summer. Unfortunately it was not tagged and the pictures on the company's website are not entirely conclusive, so I am not sure which of the thirteen varieties of Agave in their series I picked up. As for the Euphorbia milii, I decided to get it since I have never had one before and this year I have a window that gets a lot of sunlight and should thus be able to accommodate such plants. Hopefully it will do well; it appears to be one of those plants that can take a lot of neglect and still grow and flower happily. I remember there being an old but continuously flowering crown-of-thorns in the otherwise bare window of the dry cleaning store that we used to go to when I was a little kid in Germany and just a few weeks a go I saw one flowering happily in almost no soil in a restaurant window that was not even very sunny. We will see if mine will be a similar success story.
Crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia milii) - I know the picture is quite bad but on the upper right you can just make out a new inflorescence emerging; the flowers have since turned red
Finally, I bought two young spike plants (Cordyline australis) which had been left over from the spring annuals and were on sale. While they are nice enough in themselves, the real reason I bought them consists of the impatiens seedlings (Impatiens walleriana) which were growing in the same pots. Young impatiens potted up in the fall made excellent winter house plants during my high school years in Michigan, so I hope these will do similarly well.
One of the impatiens, with the Cordyline australis visible in between
There are three separate impatiens seedlings overall. One has salmon-colored flowers and one white ones with a dark purple mark at the center. The third one, however, has not yet flowered, so I am excited to see what color it turn out to be.