Greenhouse With Water Features – Water features, such as ponds and fountains, are usually located outdoors, but a greenhouse provides the opportunity to enjoy these elements indoors. Greenhouses are typically utilized to grow plants and flowers year-round, a water feature can add a unique element to a glazed structure. Continue Reading
A plant display in the bathroom is much more likely to be seen in a magazine than in the home, but with a little thought plants can always be used here to add a touch of interest or even luxury.
It is strange that so few bathrooms contain house plants. A warm bathroom with a large frosted-glass window is perhaps the best room in the house for the beautiful varieties which have come to us from humid habitats. In addition few other locations in the house need the softness and greenness of plants to reduce the hardness of their surfaces.
The Plant Window – The most successful of all terraria is the plant window. It is essentially a window with an external pane or panes of glass (doubled-glazed to provide winter insulation) and an internal fully-glazed door which can be opened to get to the space within. At the base of this space is a tray filled with gravel in which the pots are housed and then hidden with damp peat.
Plant windows are a feature of many homes in Germany, Scandinavia, Holland and parts of the U.S – but are a rarity in UK houses. This type of display is generally built at the time of house construction – it is a difficult task to construct one on to an existing building.
Low light house plants are always on the wanted list for indoor gardeners. You may be thinking that all houseplants are low light tolerant, but this isn’t necessarily so. Although there are many shade tolerant plant varieties that have been re-named house plants, at the same time, many plants grown specifically for the indoors, still require a fair amount of light.
First off, let us define low-light, without getting too technical.
If you need a torch, night-goggles, or have to switch on the overhead lights – this is a dark area. Plants do not grow in the dark. In a low light area, if you can still cast a shadow – not talking silhouettes here, there are plants that will in fact grow in this amount of light. Don’t bother going any darker than this, just brighter.
The Best Plants For Shades – Not all plant enthusiasts are fortunate enough to have a sunny window at their disposal. They may find themselves with a room facing north or northeast, where plants can simply fade away through lack of sunlight. Another handicap is that such a sunless room can be very cool in the summer. But not only people in the proverbial bedsitter or limited accommodation have this problem. Continue Reading
Monstera has been a favorite house plant for many years. With proper care young specimens (sometimes mistakenly sold as Philodendron pertusum) soon develop large adult leaves which are perforated and deeply cut. Sturdy support is essential, and stems can reach a heigh of 20 ft or more. If your aim is to grow a tall Monstera plant with giant leaves you must care for the aerial roots – push them into the compost or use a moss stick. Continue Reading