Posted: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 @ 12:30
Conservatories can look a bit dull and cold during the colder months, which leaves them unused and desperate for attention. It doesn’t have to be this way! There is a simple way to bring life to your conservatory at this time of year, especially when it isn’t used quite as much. With the help of some greenery, transform your orangery or conservatory into a wonderful indoor garden.
Many people use the sunlit space for storing patio plants during the winter, to protect them from the frost outdoors. However, permanent indoor plants can love conservatories too, and will purify the air as well as improve the décor. Here are five of the best to plant in the conservatory.
This beautiful plant flowers in winter and spring, in a beautiful array of colours including white, pink and peach. The house plant is fine to leave in the conservatory, as it is used to cooler temperatures and enjoys bright light. A potted azalea can brighten up windowsills, shelving and tables in the orangery or conservatory.
What better way to bring some warmth to your conservatory than adding your very own palm tree! A large potted palm such as a European Fan Palm will cope well with the low temperatures and requires little maintenance. We think these look great in a pair, placed either side of French doors.
One of the most impressive evergreen shrubs for the conservatory is the correa, also known as the Australian fuchsia. It blooms throughout autumn and winter – sometimes into spring – and carries large, beautiful bell-shaped flowers. With the protection of a conservatory or orangery, these lovely flowering plants will keep for several years.
The most common trailing plant, ivy looks just as good in the conservatory as it does on the garden wall. Use a pot and train the ivy to grow around topiary or in any direction you choose.
If you have space to fill and need to add some dramatic colour to the conservatory, then boughainvilleas are perfect. The bright displays can be grown in pots, hanging baskets or even trained to grow vertically up walls or a trellis.
Top Tips for Conservatory Growing
In winter, poor light and low temperatures make it difficult for even the hardiest plants to thrive. Open the windows of the conservatory on mild days to keep the humidity low, and don’t over-water plants. Also, if we get a particular cold snap, you may need to heat the conservatory with an electric fan heater or install an air conditioning unit.