Multifold’s bi-fold doors are a great addition for any home, in particular for your conservatory needs. Adding a bi-fold door allows you to remove any obstacles between you and your garden and truly invite nature into your home.
PASSIFLORA (ALSO KNOWN AS PASSION FLOWERS OR PASSION VINES)
An evergreen climber flower that comes in an array of exotic looking colours that sometimes produced colourful fruit. Passiflora are best suited for sunny sheltered spots but will continue growing through the winter in the comfort of a conservatory. They are known to be hardy survivors and excellent as a ‘first try’ plant as they are difficult to kill!
A tough, leathery leafy plant that is ideal for floor standing locations due to its thick, dark green leaves that flop under the weight of the plant. It grows well in cooler areas of your house so if your conservatory has a light, cool atmosphere then the aspidistra would flourish there. It can tolerate dust as well damp, drought and neglect so it’s a perfect plant for people with busy lives and low maintenance needs.
BRAHEA ARMATA (ALSO KNOWN AS MEXICAN BLUE PALM)
Another easy to care for palm with persistent grey blue leaves that can tolerate above 15 degrees celsius. They grow slowly so are a great investment for your conservatory as you can watch them bloom and flower over the year. It only requires water twice a week in the summer and much less in the winter making it an incredible low maintenance plant.
COLUMNEA (ALSO KNOWN AS GOLDFISH PLANT)
These are great cascading plants, especially when in full bloom as they appear to attempt to leap out of their pots. Columnea are perfect for hanging baskets or on a windowsill and are long-living plants provided you keep them away from cold or dry air. They like bright but indirect light so are particularly successful in conservatories during winter. They are slightly more high maintenance than the previously suggested plants as they need watering fairly regularly during the summer but when you see the beauty of their bright blossoms.
HISBISCUS (ALSO KNOWN AS ROSE OF CHINA)
These are beautiful, open, tropical plants that need to be grown indoors, making them perfect for your conservatory. They need moderate heat to bloom throughout the year and must have direct sunshine for at least two hours of each day. They need water often but not to excess and shouldn’t be watered with cold water during the winter as this is a plant that really likes to be warm.
Azaleas have glossy green leaves an delicate white or red blossoms and add a necessary touch of colour to a conservatory. They are much higher maintenance than the other plants suggested and need watering three times a week with rainwater. However they manage well in a cooler environment so if your conservatory is less of a living room and more of a sun room then they would fit in well here.
BOUGAINVILLEA (ALSO KNOWN AS PAPER FLOWER)
One of the best features of the bougainvillea is that is smells absolutely incredible. It is a climber plant so if you can persuade it to creep up the walls and even in over the ceiling then from an interior design perspective you can really let nature bring some life into your conservatory. They need a bright sunny position but with protection so the glass of your conservatory works perfectly for this. To avoid leaf shedding in winter you need a minimum night temperature of 10 degree celsius and slightly higher during the day.
Bromeliads are related to the pineapple plant and excellent indoor plants. They are very adaptive to any peculiar growing conditions that can exist within the home and are colourful and long lasting. Although usually they live on branches or trees they can also be grown in containers and placed around the conservatory to add a touch of colour. Small pots are best as they don’t often have long or extensive roots and they do need frequent watering during the summer months, especially if you have air conditioning.
Aloe Vera is most commonly known for its healing properties and the juice from its leaves is often used for relieving the pain from scrapes and burns. Plant these healing beauties in wide containers and place them away from direct sunlight. Artificial light actually works best for these plants, making them a good choice for indoor greenery. The most attractive aloes are the Tiger or the Lace Aloe.