One of the most appealing facts of a conservatory is the ability to sit in it 12 months of the year and appreciate your garden. This is great but why stop there? You could go further than this and not only appreciate your garden but create an indoor jungle where you can cultivate plants that you could never hope to grow outside in Britain. There are some easy ways that you can make your conservatory an indoor green space and there are several plants that are perfect for this task.
Conservatory plants should always be grown in containers that you can easily move around. This is not only so you can change the space around and create a new feel in the room, it is ensures you can move them in case of frost and to limit the size they will grow to.
Here are a few other practicalities and features that you’ll need to consider before bringing the outdoors in…
Conservatories can get especially warm in the summer months. This means that you need to select plants that can not only withstand heat and light but actively thrive in these conditions. There are a lot of different options when it comes to planting styles and it mostly revolves around your personal choice.
These plants will thrive in your conservatory because the conditions replicate their natural surroundings so well. Plants like palms and bananas make great features because of the height they reach. They also have a striking appearance very different to native British plants. Their tropical background also makes them easy to care for in conservatories.
Ornate orange and lemon trees make the perfect vegetation for your conservatory. Other plants from Mediterranean environments like grapes can also be grown in conservatories and make fantastic features that you can position on trellis or against a wall.
Cacti and succulents are so versatile you could fill your conservatory with them and hardly have to worry. Use these on windowsills because they require little water and can easily handle high temperatures with lots of sunlight. They also look amazing and some of the rarer varieties will definitely get your guests talking.
You could build a small herb garden using little pots and place it in your conservatory. Make sure you select a shadier area for these because exposure to sunlight could dry them out and kill them. The great thing about herbs in the conservatory is their delicious aroma.
Once you have carefully selected your style of planting you will need to consider maintenance of your indoor garden. Keep them watered and well fed; you may want to occasionally give them a mist of water too. Be sure to monitor the temperature in your conservatory to find a happy medium.
This guide should start you off on decorating your conservatory with foliage but make sure you speak to an expert at your local garden centre about the exact conditions individual plants need.