Designing an indoor garden?

robemeenMarch 2, 2014

I am designing an indoor garden. It will be located in a glass sunroom/conservatory. Unfortunately, most of the books about indoor gardening are about growing plants in pots. I want to create an ACTUAL indoor garden -- lavender, jasmine, ferns, irises -- planted in soil beds.

What I want to know is:
1. Whether there are any books or websites on the subject.
2. Whether the plants I've mentioned would grow in good indoor conditions, and any other plant suggestions (preferably plants with flowers!)
steven barbarich

This post was edited by robemeen on Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 7:58

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james_ny(z7 NY)

Wow sounds like great fun. Lavander and jasmine would need outdoor quality light probably 8 hours or more. Is there a floor or just dirt? Can the temp be controlled, under glass it will get very hot. Hibiscus would be an easy plant with lots of flowers. Some passion flowers are fragrant vines and pretty easy to grow. Is the greenhoust in full sun

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:38PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Welcome to Gardenweb! I see from your profile that you are in Spain. I would love to see a picture of your conservatory if you feel like adding one to this discussion. How much space do you have in it?

Generally, plants grown outside in the sun for their flowers are usually unable to grow as well inside because there's so much less light inside. A conservatory should have much more light than inside a regular room in a house, but it's not possible to know from the info here so far if it is enough light for certain plants, or possibly too much for other plants (like ferns.) Determining how much light is available is the first step to selecting potential plants.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 10:11AM
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There's a reason why most books deal with indoor container gardening...that's what most people do.

That being said...

Interior Landscape Design, by Nelson Hammer
Foliage Plants for Decorating Indoors, by Virginnie F. and George A. Elbert

Then I'd check with the ASLA for any recommendations and with Timber Press for any current titles of interest.

Beyond that, you're going to have to extrapolate. What are the primary limiting factors of growing indoors? What are the great advantages of growing indoors? How does your particular site enhance or limit these factors, and/or what can you do change them?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 8:32AM
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