In this post, you will learn…
- 10 Plants That Will Elevate Your Sunroom
- How to Care For Your Indoor Solarium Garden
- Benefits of Keeping Plants in Your Solarium
Decorating your sunroom with beautiful plants and flowers can really capture the feeling of being outdoors.
With a natural and organic ambiance, this versatile space can host a variety of personal hobbies and social events without the trouble of wind, rain or uninvited pests!
While many homeowners love to decorate with nature-inspired elements, they often have trouble selecting the right types of plants that will live (and survive) within their sun-filled solariums.
At Stouffville Glass, we pride ourselves on helping our clientele get the most out of their sunroom designs.
With a little bit of plant-ucation, even the newest of green-thumbs can have the opportunity to enjoy a thriving solarium garden all year-round!
Allow us to introduce 10 of the best planting options for your sunroom, along with a few tips on how to care for them:
10 PLANTS THAT WILL ELEVATE YOUR SUNROOM:
An important lesson to learn is that not all plants are created equally.
With very specific requirements for sunshine, climate and water intake – it is no surprise that certain plants and flowers would be better suited to different areas of your home.
Where indoor plants conveniently require much less direct sunlight, this limitation is virtually non-existent in a bright and sun-filled sunroom!
With that said, here are 10 planting options that will thrive in your sunroom sanctuary:
1. African Violets:
A welcome addition to any indoor garden, African Violets are an ideal desk plant that do well in indirect sunlight.
These purple-ringed plants can struggle to survive outdoors in soil where they are competing with other plants for nutrients, so a dedicated pot makes for a happy african violet.
These annuals are the ideal prospect for your sunroom or solarium due to their need for light, shade and proper drainage.
The colourful flowers that begonias produce are especially sensitive, so they require a bit more care than the average flower.
Be sure to water these colourful beauties at the base of the plant and not the leaves to prevent the risk of decay.
3. Boston Ferns:
This versatile plant makes a gorgeous addition to a solarium garden in a variety of different forms!
From hanging baskets to large rolling pots, their thick, lush leaves add a beautiful splash of greenery anywhere you place it.
While Boston Ferns do require a humid environment, try using a spray bottle to keep the soil moist during the dryer Canadian months.
4. Cactus Plants:
The rebel plant of the desert, Cacti love direct sunlight and need minimal water to survive.
No green thumb? No problem!
Hibiscus plants make a beautiful sunroom addition with their large exotic blossoms.
While they require large amounts of water, it is very easy to overwater them accidentally.
By keeping them in tight containers with easy drainage they can easily grow into bold, leafy bushes!
There are a wide variety of flowering plants within the orchid family, which have made them a very popular and easy-to-care-for houseplant.
While some types prefer bright indirect light, Cymbidium orchids are ideal for sunrooms and solariums as they thrive off of bright sunlit areas.
As the common problem with orchid care is overwatering, a simple ice-cube added to the pot once a week is sure to do the trick.
7. Passion Flower:
In addition to their beautiful fragrance, passion flowers come in a variety of gorgeous colours that could be a great way to tie in your sunrooms’ interior design!
Although this tropical flower would not typically survive our Canadian climate, keeping it in an oversized pot with moist soil will help keep it nourished within your solarium garden.
8. Peace Lilies:
A plant that lives up to its name, peace lilies are fairly forgiving if you forget to water them and will droop down to let you know when they need attention.
A natural air purifier that neutralizes toxic gases, these little beauties are easy to care for with minimal maintenance and regular watering.
9. Spider Plants:
As spider plants are extremely low maintenance, they are one of the easiest plants to grow within an indoor space.
Ensuring proper drainage and a good amount of indirect sunlight will help these beautiful plants thrive indoors.
Much like cacti, succulents are easy to look after and can live with minimal watering.
As succulent gardens have become very popular in recent years, they also make a unique and beautiful addition to any sunroom or solarium!
How to Care for Your Indoor Solarium Garden
Regardless of the space you are in, plants are the perfect way to add gorgeous splashes of colour that will bring your room to life (while purifying the air in the process!)
In order for our little green family to thrive, it is important to understand the environment that they need and do your best to recreate those conditions within your sunroom.
As a quick rule of (green) thumb, here are a few tips for caring for your indoor solarium garden:
While some plants require more water than others, there are still options for those who forget!
Knowing the needs of your individual plants and their ideal water intake will help you keep track of who needs what, and how often.
Pests can easily cause a lot of damage to our beloved plants if they go unmonitored for too long.
Conducting regular checks under leaves and in the soil as well as applying the appropriate treatment will help your plants live longer, healthier lives within your indoor solarium garden.
Certain sunroom plants will require a well-ventilated area in order to thrive, while others can exist in a variety of different spaces.
Research the needs of your plants in advance to understand what they require.
The placement of your sunroom plants should be determined by their need for sunlight or shade.
Sunlight is a huge priority for a lot of plants, but not all; and plant placement should never be a solely aesthetic choice.
Pots & Materials:
The right pots don’t just serve as housing for your sunroom plants; it also gives them an environment to grow within and can provide an aesthetic boost to an already beautiful solarium garden.
Developing a theme with your pots is a great way to add an additional touch of decor and style to your room as well!
Recreate The Natural Environment:
Recreating the natural environment that our plants are used to is as important as watering them, and should always be taken into consideration before bringing a new plant home.
Make sure you are adapting your environment to the needs of your plants year-round in order to keep them happy and healthy.
Select Plants That You Can Commit To:
Do your research!
If you’re someone with a busy schedule and not a lot of free time who enjoys the presence of greenery, choose plants that can thrive well on their own such as succulents, peace lilies and cacti.
This will reduce your chances of ending up with dead plants and prolong the life of your solarium garden.
Benefits of Keeping Plants in Your Solarium
The perks of keeping plants in your
solarium are seemingly endless, and while some of the more well-known advantages include air filtration and oxygen creation, there are a few more you may not know about!
Plants can naturally lower ambient noise and add a pleasant layer of separation between you and the outside world.
Additionally, plants can greatly decrease stress and anxiety, while feeding the human desire to connect with nature in the comfort of your home.
With a little preparation and research, you can transform your sunroom into the sunroom sanctuary you deserve.
If you are interested in creating an indoor solarium garden, we at Stouffville Glass can help!