Growing Plants In Corners

Room and corridor corners, provided that they receive some light, are a perfect spot for showing off giant plants and grand displays, as this is often the only spot out of the way of people and furniture.

Corner displays, particularly when shown off with good lighting, can form stunning living pictures. If smaller plants are to be included with a large one, add interest by placing the plants on a number of different levels— make use of a table close by to include some trailing varieties.

In a small room, corner space can be used very effectively if you put up a series of simple triangular shelves, screwed to each side wall, and place one below the other to show off trailing plants and provide space for favourite display items such as decorative china, glass or family photographs.

A group of hanging baskets can also form an eye-catching corner display where floor space is limited.

Room-by-roomGrowing Plants In Corners

A living room is usually the largest room in a house but may contain some of the most sizeable pieces of furniture, so a corner plant group may be all that there is room for.

A hall and stairway can be lacking in interest so these areas could gain considerably from a plant group, but space is almost always at a premium so look at the corners to see if there is one that could benefit from a plant group.

The kitchen, the busy hub of the house, has little room for unnecessary items. However, hanging baskets of herbs in a corner could be very decorative and provide useful on-the-spot ingredients for many dishes.

Bedrooms are often small, with little space for more than a bed and some storage, but corner shelves could play a useful and decorative part here, even providing by-the-bed storage as well as space for plants.

A bathroom probably lacks space for storing things more than any other room in the house, but there may be a corner at the end of the bath or next to the basin that could be used for hanging baskets to take plants and bathroom items such as shampoo and talc

Planning corner groups

A triangle is usually the best shape to aim for in a corner group. Stand the largest plant in the centre and at the back of the arrangement, then add smaller plants to each side and in front. If a large plant takes up too much space, consider

Using corners outside

If space outside is at a premium, a corner by the front door or on a small patio may be all the ground space that is available for plants. Group pots of large plants at the back, smaller species at the sides and front for a decorative display, and mix evergreens with summer flowering annuals if you want to provide round-the-year interest. For extra colour include hanging baskets and window-boxes.

Placing it on a low table. This can bring the spreading branches to a safe height where they are out of the way of people and furniture.

Problems of light

Some corners inevitably lack light, and even those at the end of a window wall will have considerably less light than a spot closer to the window. Therefore, for a successful display it is important to choose plants that can survive, or even like, shade. The alternative to this is to provide artificial light, preferably fluorescent, which aids plant growth.

Plants that will tolerate some shade:

Large specimens

Climbing and hanging plants

Plants that prefer shade

Containers for cornersplant containers for corners

Plastic triangular containers specially designed for comers are available. Large round containers also fit snugly into a corner, and square shapes can be positioned with one comer pushed right into the room comer, with the opposite one at the front covered by a small trailing plant which can hide the front edge.

  • For large plants, log baskets, waste paper baskets, old brass jam kettles and china pails all make good containers.
  • A collection of old china bowls or jugs could form decorative containers for plants on a series of corner shelves.
  • Use colourful plastic, decorative china or baskets for hanging plants.

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