Which plants to choose for a winter garden?
In a house, the winter garden plays the role of transition between the interior and the exterior. Often taking place in a veranda, it is a refuge for outdoor plants sensitive to winter temperatures. But not only. Other plants can color this winter garden, sometimes even outside the usual flowering periods. Here are a few.
A climbing plant renowned for its vigour, bougainvillea blooms over a fairly long period, with a fairly varied choice of colours. The plant is particularly resistant to cold and temperature changes. The bougainvillea can thus be installed in a winter garden whose temperature varies between 5 and 25 ° C. Water-hungry, the bougainvillea should be watered generously between spring and autumn, and twice a week in winter. However, make sure that the soil is very dry between two waterings.
With its many varieties and multiple colours, the begonia is another star plant in the winter garden. The begonia requires constant humidity to offer its most beautiful flowering. Be careful, however, not to place it in a winter garden where the temperature would drop below 10°C.
aralia The Japanese aralia is a small evergreen shrub. Its dark green leaves are dotted with small white spots. The Japanese aralia resists temperatures down to 0°C. In winter, only one liter of water per week is enough for its watering, three times less than in summer.
Unlike the previous plants appreciated for their resistance to cold, the croton is a plant that adapts perfectly to the high temperatures of the winter garden. With the sun bathing the veranda, it is indeed not uncommon to see the temperature rise above 20°C even before spring arrives. The croton, if it is well watered and well exposed to light, can withstand an indoor temperature close to 30°C. This depolluting plant offers very colorful foliage ranging from red to yellow.
On the same line as the croton, the areca is a plant that is fairly easy to grow and able to withstand the onslaught of summer temperatures. Its generous foliage makes it a very popular plant for bringing greenery to a winter garden. However, its growth is quite slow. The areca does not support constant humidity for its roots. It is therefore important to let the root ball dry out between two waterings.
Two varieties of phoenix, the roebellini and the canariensis, are regulars in the winter garden. These palms, generally placed in a garden or on a terrace in summer, find an ideal refuge in the winter garden. Their foliage with their flexible or rigid palms does not indeed resist negative temperatures. The phoenix will bring a beautiful touch of exoticism to your room.
The miniature rose
For lovers of roses, the so-called “miniature” variety is the one that will best suit a winter garden. The miniature rose supports temperatures below 5°C, or reaching 20°C. With the exception of black and blue, all the usual rose bush colors are available in this variety. During flowering, make sure that the root ball is constantly moist. Watering every two days is generally necessary.
The Ethiopian arum
With its majestic white flowers with a wide spathe, the Ethiopian arum symbolizes travel to African lands. With very moist soil in summer and dry leaves after the flowering period, the Ethiopian arum acclimatizes perfectly in a winter garden with temperatures between 0 and 20°C.
Finally, many fruit shrubs find in the winter garden an ideal setting to flourish. This is particularly the case of the mandarin tree, the kumquat, the calamondin or even the lemon tree. All four appreciate a temperature between 5 and 20°C and only require watering every two weeks during the winter. At the end of your efforts, magnificent orange or yellow citrus fruits will quickly populate your winter garden.