Using An Orangery for Its Original Purpose29/06/2015
The orangery dates back to the 17th century and was mainly found in the ground of grand estates and other prestigious properties. It was a place to showcase exotic fruits and take guests to when admiring the garden. An orangery wasn't just a 'greenhouse' but was also a way of proving your wealth, but today an orangery can be featured on any property regardless of wealth and can be used for a multitude of purposes. However, if you're a lover of nature then an orangery is still perfect for growing fruit and plants.
What to grow
An orangery essentially means a place where orange trees are grown and today we have such a wide variety of citrus fruits at our disposal, it has become easier for us to grow them at home. They are many fruits and flowers that can be grown indoors, including the following:
- Dwarf varieties: it's best to choose dwarf citrus plants or those that are naturally small such as a Calamondin orange or a Key lime, as these can be grown in a container. Drawf citrus grow from 2-3 feet tall and love lots of bright, direct sunlight, just as they would outside. Plants that stay indoors all year-round need plenty of light and warm temperatures to bear sweet fruit, so they will need a south-facing window. They like 12-20c and around 30-60% humidity.
- Meyer Lemon: Meyer Lemon is one of the most popular choices of plants and is very easy to grow. They generally grow 3 feet high x 2 feet wide and are a bit of a slow grower; however, it doesn't need a lot of heat to ripen the fruit. The lemon is an ideal plant to put in a bright, sunny location, just like an orangery. With its attractive foliage and fruit, it acts as a wonderful accent and specimen plant.
- Stephanotis Floribunda (Madagascar jasmine): This flower has a beautiful fragrance and is a very popular houseplant. It's known for having glossy leaves and blossoms between May to October. It thrives in a heated conservatory, preferably over 21c and can grow as high at 6 metres.
- Tibouchina Urvilleana (glory bush): A beautiful shrub which has big purple-blue flowers and velvety leaves. This shrub likes to be in full day light but enjoys some shade from the hot sun. It can grow between 2-4 metres high, ideal for an orangery.
There are plenty of shrubs, trees and flowers you can fill your orangery with, creating a beautiful scent all year round. If you are considering adding an orangery to your property, pop in to one of our showrooms in Diss and Wymondham and we will be more than happy to help you with any ideas you may have.