Larger spaces for growing house plants include conservatories, glass-enclosed verandas or balconies, entrance halls and light landings and corridors. An advantage of many modern houses is central heating, which can be regulated to provide a constant temperature both during the daytime and at night.

The plants chosen for larger spaces must be considered carefully and, naturally, must be matched to the conditions of the house. If it is possible to provide higher temperatures, then you can successfully grow cycads, Pandanus and various bromeliads, such as pineapple. Good choices for cooler environments are Sparmannia, Aralia or Araucaria. Lower winter temperatures call for Mediterranean or Australian species. Certain rare and beautiful species of the Proteaceae family or relatively undemanding members of the myrtle family can be used here to good effect. Palms are also very attractive – Howeia, Trachycarpus, Chamaedorea, as well as Phoenix.

Aesthetic considerations are always important. The plants should be suitably arranged for maximum decorative effect. Larger ones should either be placed by the walls or sited as dominant, free-standing specimens – such an arrangement can be very attractive. Walls can also be used for climbing plants.

Grow the plants in pots or larger containers, such as tubs, troughs or bowls. Very occasionally plants can be put directly in open ground in a conservatory .

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