Introducing a touch of greenery to a conservatory may be all you need to brighten your space and add character.
Whether you’re looking for climbers or low-maintenance succulents, conservatory plants are a great way to bring the outdoors inside. But it’s important to choose the right varieties for your conservatory so they can grow and thrive.
Conservatories receive plenty of sunlight, thanks to their large panes of glass. This makes them an ideal room for growing plants.
Depending on the size of your conservatory, you might consider large plants such as a bushy palm or climber. Alternatively, you could opt for small and vibrant varieties of conservatory plants to add a splash of colour.
If you’re unsure where to start, explore some of the best plant varieties to grow in conservatories below.
How to choose the right conservatory plants for your home
There are a few things to consider when selecting the best plants for your conservatory, including:
1. What temperature is my conservatory?
If you buy a plant that needs tropical heat to survive (and thrive), you might find that your conservatory’s temperature is not an appropriate environment for it. To avoid disappointment, be realistic about what you need and check what temperature a plant needs to grow before buying it.
2. How high maintenance do I want my plants to be?
Think carefully about how much time you want to devote to the upkeep of your plants. You might be tempted to get a climbing plant for a conservatory wall. Be warned these will need extra attention. If left to grow unchecked, a climber will dominate your space, taking up more room than you’d like.
3. Do I need to avoid poisonous varieties?
Check if the plants you’re considering have poisonous sap because they could pose a risk to children and pets. If in any doubt, choose safe, non-poisonous varieties. For more information, visit our guide to find out which plants are poisonous to dogs.
Best plants for hot conservatories
Hot conservatories call for plants that can stand the heat. Here are some of our favourites:
Cacti and succulents
These resilient specimens will be able to withstand your conservatory’s hotter temperatures come summer, and they won’t struggle when it gets colder in winter. They’re an excellent conservatory plant option if low maintenance is what you’re looking for.
A popular houseplant, sago palms are easy to look after. Well known for their feathery foliage, these palms date back to prehistoric times, which accounts for their hardiness. Just make sure you don’t overwater them.
Blue Hesper palms
Another great palm is the Blue Hesper, which prefers full sun and dry air, making it one of the best plants for a conservatory. This Central American-born species boasts large, fan-shaped leaves and doesn’t require any pruning.
A mandevilla will add a splash of tropical colour to your conservatory. These evergreen climbers flower in late summer and need a light misting every day. Water them moderately in spring and sparingly through winter.
As conservatory plants go, this species is a beautiful, low maintenance option. They require infrequent watering and can cool themselves and their surroundings when it gets hot.
Best large conservatory plants
If size is not an issue, don’t be afraid to go big. Here are some grand conservatory plant ideas to get you started:
Olive plants can grow happily in conservatories. The olives themselves tend to arrive in summer, but they fall reasonably quickly, so keep an eye out for them. You will also need to prune olive plants from time to time.
This climbing plant is very flexible when it comes to temperature. They’re available in a range of vibrant colours and make excellent decorative additions to your space. Depending on the specific type, they can grow up to six feet high.
Rubber tree plant
These bold and beautiful specimens grow best in a sunny spot, making them perfect conservatory plants. They also prefer some humidity, so give them a regular misting.
There are many different types of dracaena to choose from, including bright red varieties. They’re a great, fuss-free conservatory plant because they like to be on the drier side and prefer plenty of light.
These bushy palms will make your conservatory feel instantly tropical. Their needs are simple — lots of light and lots of water. They can reach up to five feet tall, so make sure you provide them with the space they need to reach their full potential.