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Choosing indoor plants for conservatories

The Best Indoor Plants for Conservatories

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So, you’ve got your brand new DIY conservatory, installed it yourself, and now it needs a bit of decorating.

There are many ways to decorate your conservatory – depending on what you want to use it for.

Most people choose to have it as an extra lounging area. Often this is a pleasant sitting space where you can relax. 

If this is the case for you, then surely it makes sense to brighten the place up with a few indoor plants? 

Adding some conservatory plants is yet another effective way in which you can ‘bring the outdoors in’. This means that your conservatory provides the perfect fusion between the fresh, green tranquility of your garden and the warm, soft comforts of your home’s interior. 

Beyond simple decoration, conservatory plants also work well as a standout design feature (depending on what type of vibe you’re trying to create). The best plants for conservatory design are explored in further detail in our all-encompassing conservatory interior design guide – so be sure to follow the link if you’re chasing some inspiration. 

On the other hand, if you’re not too sure where to begin – we’ve got a few suggestions right here to get you started…

plants in conservatories

Conservatory plants – what to look out for

There are a few things to consider when buying plants for your conservatory.

For example, you need to think about what type of temperature a plant can survive (and thrive) in. 

If you buy a plant that needs tropical heat, then you might find that a standard room temperature is not an appropriate environment.

So, it makes sense to go for something a little more suitable for a conservatory setting.

Also, some people are tempted to implement a climbing plant on one of the walls.

This is absolutely fine, but be aware that some can get a little out of control – and could cover more space than you’d like.

Finally, it’s important to check if any plants have any kind of poisonous sap (it happens more than you think).

On a similar note, it’s also worth making sure you’re aware of the plants that are poisonous to dogs.

Conservatory plants might be a good idea from a decorative perspective – but if they can cause harm to any 

So if you have pets, these particular plants are best avoided.

With that said – here are three plants we would recommend you look into.


Plants for hot conservatories

They’re not especially glamorous – but some good cacti or succulents will certainly brighten up your conservatory while withstanding the heat.

And they’re tidy too. Whilst other plants might leave a bit of a mess from time to time, you won’t find yourself cleaning up after a cactus.

They require little maintenance – as long as you water they on a fairly regular basis, they’re no trouble whatsoever.  

They’re also a good choice for the environment a conservatory has to offer, and are quite small so don’t take up too much room.

Other good options include sago palms, or blue hesper palms.

cactus for conservatories

Large conservatory plants

Size needn’t be an issue, either. 

There are a number of large conservatory plants that can work quite well – although, you won’t be surprised to hear that they may require a little more regular maintenance and upkeep. 

For example, the olive plant is just one of a few larger plants you might consider. 

Aside from the benefit of actually growing olives, olive plants are a great decorative plant for any conservatory.

These require practically no heating – even during the winter (unless you live somewhere extremely cold).

You will need to prune them, obviously, but this is not a difficult task and can be done as often as you like.

There is a little maintaining to do as a few green flowers begin to sprout, and the foliage sheds.

But overall, olive plants will make a great decorative.

Our final recommendation as far as large conservatory plants are concerned, is a climbing plant – known as bougainvillea.

Again, this plant is very flexible when it comes to temperature, so a conservatory-like, room temperature environment is good.

You can buy them in a range of beautiful, vibrant colours – to really give your conservatory a warm atmosphere.

And they’ll be able to climb up to six foot high, depending on the specific type you purchase.

A bougainvillea is the perfect way to finish decorating – and once you start growing it you can watch it with delight as it flourishes into something you can be proud of for years to come. 

With these types of plants, you’ll create a beautiful conservatory that you can be proud of.

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