Transform your conservatory into a tropical paradise

You can grow a range of fascinating plants in a conservatory, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin.  Our easy to follow guide will explain all you need to know with suggestions of plants to grow. 

Conservatories were introduced in the 18th century and were used to grow plants and fruit trees such as citrus in stately homes and country houses.  Over time conservatories have evolved to become extensions of our homes where we can grow a range of interesting plants.

The most important things to consider are how much light and shade your conservatory has and if it will be heated during the winter.  A south-facing conservatory will need plenty of ventilation and shading to prevent plants overheating in the summer.  Although north-facing conservatories are better in summer, your chosen plants must be able to cope with low light levels during the winter. 

Some houseplants suitable for conservatories: 

There are many houseplants that are suitable for growing in conservatories with just a few suggestions listed below.  Sonya, our Houseplant Manager is an expert and will be happy to offer advice and guidance on selecting the right plants for your conservatory.  

Cacti and succulents love the sun, only need occasional watering and are great for beginners.  They are also suitable for cool, frost-free conservatories. Some varieties will even flower if they are given a dry period during the winter. 

Hoyas (Wax Plants) produce richly perfumed flowers and are ideal for a conservatory.  Bright, indirect sunlight will encourage the production of flowers.

Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant) is a low maintenance sub-tropical plant that is grown for it’s distinctive foliage.  They like bright, indirect light with moderate to high humidity.  Their dramatic looking leaves will give your conservatory a jungle vibe - just remember, as the name suggests, they do get rather large! 

Citrus such as oranges and lemons like a sunny spot and high humidity.  During winter they require a cool, frost-proof area such as an unheated conservatory or greenhouse.  

Aspidistra elatior was a popular houseplant in Victorian times and is also known as the cast iron plant because it is low maintenance and can tolerate some neglect.  Aspidistras require indirect light and are shade tolerant.  They can be grown under glass in a frost-free environment. 

Howea forsteriana (Kentia Palm) is a great choice for conservatories as they are fairly tolerant of temperature changes.  They are a good choice for beginners and are good air-purifying plants.