The best way to make a conservatory look stylish is to grow healthy and vibrant houseplants. “When you decide to grow plants inside a conservatory, you must be very careful to choose the most suitable plants that could withstand the changing temperatures inside a conservatory”, says Helen Chambers from FindMePlants.co.uk.
If not, you will be left with a dull brown desert in no time. Choosing the plants correctly will ensure a lush green oasis for you and your family. Plants that could thrive in changing temperatures are not that easy to find. It will definitely be a challenge to find such plants.
Climate Change -
A maximum-minimum thermometer is essential to monitor temperature changes inside the conservatory. A badly ventilated conservatory, when in contact with direct sunlight, can soon heat up to 35 to 40 degrees in summer. Also, temperatures can drop to just a few degrees at night during winter months.
Most conservatories are designed to store heat from the house, and they will not fall below freezing even in the cold winter. This situation is fine for hardy houseplants, but if the houseplants are more delicate, you should keep the conservatory heated at night. Low temperatures and high humidity calls for careful attention on your part for delicate plants.
Awareness about the origins of a plant will give you a very good idea about the conditions that will best suit such type of plants. Light, ventilation, watering and heat are key for the survival of such plants.
Exotic Plants -
In a situation where high temperatures cannot be avoided, you can choose Mediterranean plants which are perfect for south-facing rooms. Bougainvillea is a very colorful climber which could be blended in with the design of your conservatory. Matching its container with the rest of the accessories in the conservatory will give a stylish look to it. The Fan Palm is another plant which is native to hot dry summers.
The dwarf Fan palm plant is naturally a slow-growing plant that provides a strong colorful visual impression with its evergreen fan shaped leaves. A Christmas cactus is a great desert plant that provides colorful flowers in the winter. It can be placed outside of the conservatory during summer time.
Shapely Single Plants -
Cordyline australis, also known as the cabbage palm, is an architectural plant which looks best on its own. This plant is drought tolerant and also adaptable to full sun or partial shade. The Red star is another plant which could retain its bronze-red leaves intact, all throughout the year. It becomes an attractive focal point to all eyes.
The bay tree is another classic conservatory plant which supplies aromatic evergreen leaves for cooking. This plant needs very low maintenance and can be cut in order to form a distinctive shape.
Differing heights will give a variety of views from ever changing eye levels. The plants that turn their leaves and flowers towards the light should be placed on the floor as they are best seen from above. Leaves with a variegated underside look better viewed above eye-level.
Eye Catching Clusters of Plants -
There are plants that look more effective in a group. Feathery ferns look great collected together which provide masses of short foliage all year around. They prefer shade and are great for north-facing conservatories.
Boston fern has arching fronds which are ideal for hanging in pots or baskets. This plant doesn’t require much care and is more tolerant to dryness than other ferns. It also responds well to frequent misting.
Hardy architectural evergreens could be used in order to form vibrant color displays during winter time. A mixture of yucca and cordyline with evergreen ferns will produce a wonderful show of green shades during the dull grey winter months.
When to Water -
More plans die from over watering than under watering. So you must be very careful in this regard. In summer, wait until it is evening to water the plants. During winter, morning watering is preferred and once a week is enough. Windows could be opened when it is quite humid in order to avoid rotting. You can also use a fan heater to dispel damp air. Adding water retaining granules to compost will also help plants to store moisture.
Following these guidelines will help to bring the green of the garden to your home throughout the year.
Amy Rice writes about a variety of gardening subjects including plants for the home, when not writing she enjoys gardening at home and visiting her local garden center.