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Home Conservatories A Great Place For Plants.

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The first home based conservatories were based on the victorian lean to glasshouse attached to a house or shed. Created from simple horticultural glass these first conservatories provided additional space for outdoor living by extending the spring and autumn seasons. In early spring when the sun becomes stronger but its still too cold to sit outside and in the later autumn as the outside temperature drops in the evening early conservatories provided a place to sit and chat with friends and family over a cup of tea.

These first conservatories were suited to growing such plants as aspidistra and ferns which could survive over the winter with the heat from the house walls. Today however with advances in glass technologies and roof blinds conservatories have now become a place both you and your plants can live all year around in comfort especially with some heating.  If you are considering installing a conservatory its best to get some expert advice such as  a specialist selling and installing conservatories Preston, Lanchashire we came across resently

With regards to plants modern conservatories open up a range of possible plants that you can grow from a few indoor oranges and lemons to your own mini tropical forest.This is a list of just a few of the plants that can be grown in your conservatory

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’  Succulent with very dark purple-black leaves. Pinch out to encourage branching. Needs good light. Pot into Cactus compost and feed 2-3 times in growing season. Keep drier in winter. 60 cms (2 feet)

Aloe brevifolia  Attractive succulent forming geometric mounds of tight rosettes of short softly spined leaves. Grow in loam based compost with added grit and keep on dry side in winter. Minimum 0 – 3° C.

Asparagus scandens  A dainty twining climber from South Africa with soft green ferny foliage, ideal for climbing up a trelllis, but is equally effective as a trailing plant in an ornamental pot. Unlike some other

Cyperus albostriatus  (Cyperus diffusus.) A low-growing relative of the Papyrus, this makes good groundcover for the edges of a pond in mild gardens, if allowed the space to spread. Otherwise makes a nice container plant v

Jasminum azoricum  Tender, evergreen Jasmine with sweetly scented white flowers March-Dec. Needs support. Grow in a loam based compost in good light but protected from hot sun. 4 metres (12 feet) plus. Minimum 0 – 3°

Justicia carnea – purple leaved form  Tender shrub of open habit with dark green leaves with a purple reverse and spectacular, large plumes of bright pink tubular flowers from mid summer to autumn. Cut back in spring to promote bushy

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