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Planting Paradise in your Conservatory: Tips from Titchmarsh

18/07/2017

Gardener, TV-Personality and regular writer for the Daily Express, Alan Titchmarsh has had some great tips to share when it comes to creating your own horticultural haven in a conservatory extension. In this week’s blog, we share some gardening advice from the green-fingered guru’s recent articles. 


A house plant by a window

Pruning Tips


If you are overwintering plants that ordinarily live on the patio, Alan advises pruning before bringing them inside. He also suggests you make sure to pick off any dead leaves and check for pests to stop a potential infestation in its tracks. Plants that live in the conservatory all year round will need to be kept tidy by pruning when they are not in flower to make sure they don’t get out of control, climbing plants especially.


Popular Plants


Evergreen, easy to care for and attractive, Alan recommends the olive plant. These hardy little trees will put up with any amount of pruning. Although they do shed some leaves, they generally keep most of their silver-backed foliage all year round. Are you concerned about keeping things extra tidy? Pots of cacti, succulents or palm varieties are Alan’s tip if you want to enjoy some greenery without indulging plants that endure lots of leaf-loss.


Carefree Climbers


Alan has the following recommendations when it comes to easy-going plants that don’t mind the English climate:


  • Passiflora edulis “Crackerjack" – believe it or not, you can grow exotic plants like passionflower in the UK. With some T.L.C, this is a variety that will produce large crops of passionfruit just like the ones you buy in the supermarket. 
  • Passiflora caerulea “Constance Elliott” – another passionflower climbing variety, this one has beautiful white flowers.
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides – an evergreen climber with white propeller-shaped flowers.
  • Plumbago capensis – electric-blue flowers are the trademark of this traditional wall shrub.
  • Cestrum aurantiacum – superb night-scented orange flowers are the U.S.P with this evergreen wall shrub.
  • Abutilon hybrids – these are shrubby plants with maple-like leaves and sweet little “Chinese lantern” style hanging flowers.

If you are looking for a dedicated room to show-off your green fingers, come on down to our showrooms in Wymondham or Diss where a member of our sales team will talk you through all our fantastic ranges of conservatories. If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 01953 600505.


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