Plants for A Conservatory

The garden room or conservatory can house almost any type of plant and an attractive selection of foliage and flowering plants will provide an indoor link with the garden beyond. Aim for all-the-year-round colour and variety. Winter and early spring colour can be achieved by planting troughs or bowls of bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and crocuses which flower early in warm conditions.

A balanced display should include some green foliage as a foil to flowering specimens. But note that some green plants grow best away from direct sunlight and these might most effectively enhance the threshold area of the garden room on the living room side. Examples include Cissus antarctica (kangaroo vine), philodendron (sweetheart plant), Ricinus cornmunic (castor-oil plant) and hedera (ivy).Plants for A Conservatory

Plants are individualists and in assembling your plant collection for the garden room have regard to the different humidity and temperature requirements. Staging. In a room that is also to be used by the family for living in, some arrangement of staging should be used to display the plants. Usually staging consists of slatted timber supported on wooden frames. This allows free circulation of air around the plants.

The staging should be arranged so that water from plants on the higher level does not drip on to those below or on to the floor. Dripping water may damage the floor. Sheet zinc or plastic trays, supported on wooden frames, can be employed to catch drips. These can be covered with a bed of sand or pebbles, which helps to create an outdoor illusion and, more practically, to retain moisture, providing the humidity necessary to keep the plants healthy.

Edges of the staging may be masked with hanging plants (e.g. ivy or spider plants) set in a thin edge bed of soil.

Decorative urns, tubs and plant containers of various types can house individual plants or groups and give visual focus to the garden room. Given adequate heat and exposure to light, this is where you can experiment in growing plants from fruit stones and pips. Orange, lemon and apple pips, grapefruit seeds, plum, avocado pear and date stones are capable of producing out-of-the-ordinary conservatory plants.

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