South-facing windowsills are perfect for some of the more exotic flowering house plants. Consider the flower colour as part of the room’s scheme; and bear in mind the size and shape of the plants when planning your sun-loving collection.
Try awith its spectacular orange and blue crested , or an with its pink bracts from which tiny blue flowers appear. A might be persuaded to climb around the window, showing off its papery bracts of white, yellow, orange, pink, red or purple. This is your chance to try growing , but protect their buds from the sun.
Many fragrant flowers also love the sun. You could choose a mixture that would provide both flowers and fragrance through most of the year. Start the year with a, followed by or . Lilies can provide heady summer scent, as can the pure white flowers of the Stephanotis, which will take you into autumn.
Add a bright spot of colour to a neutral scheme with a windowsill of red or salmon Regal orGeraniums, or a yellow Black-eyed Susan.
If you want to create a cool effect choose blue or white flowers — Morning Glory, pale blueor white Chinese Jasmine.
You could mix plants of varying height and shape. Consider forming a U shape with tall plants at each end and small or trailing plants in the centre. Alternatively, make a triangular shape with aat one side of the window and plants descending in size towards the opposite side. If you feel a plant needs added height, stand it on a upturned pot.
A massed group of one type of plant can be very effective. Propagate fromor take to get lots of plants.
A spring window
Welcome spring with a mass of flowering bulbs. Choose from, , and , or plant Tulips, or .
A summer window
Morning Glory makes a wonderful summer show. Or try growing an Ornamental Orange or Lemon that bears its fragrant flowers and unripe and ripe fruit all at the same time.
An autumn window
and provide autumn colour here, or grow an .
, and Christmas Pepper will flower for Christmas, but protect them from frosts.
Delicate plants can easily be scorched by bright, direct sunlight so it is important to filter the light they receive in some way. A leafy tree outside the window or frosted window panes may do the job. A lace, net or voile curtain will create the same effect, or a paper blind can be lowered. Even decorative fans can be used.
Plants to try
- Silk Oak
- Screw Pine
- Purple Passion Vine Swedish
- and succulents will love the sun. Choose from: Rosary Vine
- Peruvian Cereus
- Lace Aloe
- Bishop’s Cap Cactus
- Painted Lady