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3 Beautiful Plant Varieties That Are Ideal For A Lush And Verdant Conservatory

Conservatories are a common addition to homes that experience cold winters. They're a wonderful way to enjoy communing with the natural world and enjoying the winter sun without having to brave the inhospitable elements at the same time. If you have a conservatory or you're planning to build one, then you may be hoping to create a lush, green indoor garden within the space.

Conservatories are an excellent location to grow plants in. They will receive plenty of sunshine but won't be damaged or frostbitten during the cold months. If you're looking for some horticultural inspiration for your conservatory, then here are three plant varieties that will make beautiful additions.

1. Potted fruit trees

Conservatories are ideal for growing small, potted fruit trees in. In fact, conservatories are an offspring of the Orangeries that European nobles used to house their orange trees in centuries past. Oranges and their citrus relatives, such as lemons, quinces and limes, all make aromatic, colourful and fruitful additions to a conservatory.

There are other fruit trees which will also make delightful additions to this room. Apples, pears, apricots and plums will all grow happily in pots with the right care and nurturing. If you're not sure about fruit tree care, ask for advice from a representative at a wholesale tree nursery.

2. Herbs

Herbs are a much-loved feature of many Australian gardens but many of them do not flourish during the winter months. Many herb varieties, particularly popular herbs such as basil, coriander and oregano, that originate from warmer climates don't survive past the first frost of the year.

Conservatives provide an ideal environment for a flourishing herb garden that will thrive all year round. You can grow them from seed or seedlings in a variety of decorative and eclectic pots for a visually exciting and authentic conservatory look. As an added bonus, you won't need to brave the chilly air or cold rain when you want to pick some sprigs to liven up your cooking.

3. Flowers

In winter, gardens can be left looking a little bereft and bare. Many tree varieties will shed their lovely green leaves and very few plants will produce flowers until the weather warms up with spring's arrival. You can compensate for this by growing flowers in pots in your conservatory.

Flowers such as orchids and lilies make exotic and striking additions as well as providing long-lasting and beautiful blooms. For a splash of colour, hydrangeas, poinsettias, cyclamens and begonias will all make happy and thriving additions to your conservatory.