The best feature of a sunroom (also referred to as a patio room) is the way this one room can bring the outdoors into your home. Sunrooms are a unique space that connects your home environment to nature. We’ve got some wonderful tips on decorating this very special area of your home that you should definitely check out, but we are sharing our number one decorating tip right here. You are going to want plants.
By adding plants to your sunroom, you are doing more than just creating a bridge between your home and your yard. You are placing mood boosters, stress relievers, and air purifiers in the room that is guaranteed to become your favorite space. Studies have shown that plants can increase your concentration and productivity, relieve fatigue and stress, and increase the production of oxygen in your home. Basically, plants can make you feel better.
You may want to rush out and buy all your favorite plants for your sunroom, but there is one very important thing to keep in mind before you start to buy. Sunrooms are sunny! Sunrooms are flooded with natural light, even when it is overcast outside. There are certain plants that are well suited to this bright environment and some that don’t do as well. Keep in mind that you don’t have to overwhelm your room with plants. There is plenty of green to see on the other side of the windows, so add your indoor greenery thoughtfully.
Orchids can thrive in a sunroom. Consider placing them in a corner or on a table as they like bright but indirect sunlight. Orchids like to be planted in small pots that are just big enough to contain their roots, and they enjoy humidity in the air that surrounds them. One of the keys to beautiful orchids is to not over-water them.
A Christmas Cactus loves the heat and humidity that a sunroom can provide, so they are a good choice for this space. Plant them in sandy soil and water only when the soil is completely dry.
A Boston Fern can be a good choice for a hanging plant in your sunroom. They will flourish in a warm, humid environment. When indoors, they like to be placed near a window and your sunroom has a lot of those to choose from. Keep their soil moist, feed them some plant food every couple of months, and they will provide a beautiful, leafy look for your sunroom.
African Violets can add a vibrant pop of color to your patio room. They like bright light and warm conditions. Use room-temperature water and water them from the bottom to avoid leaf rot. Keeping them slightly root bound will encourage them to bloom.
To ensure a beautiful Spider Plant, provide them with bright, indirect light and well-drained soil. They are a hardy, adaptable plant and look different enough to provide a fun contrast with the other plants in your sunroom.
Hibiscus flowers require lots of sun and don’t like wind, which make them a perfect candidate for your sunroom. One of the best features of a Hibiscus is its bright and colorful blooms. Make sure to choose a color that compliments the colors used in your sunroom.
Begonias are another flowering plant that loves sunlight and humidity, which makes them a good candidate for a sunroom. Begonias that are grown indoors are especially susceptible to root rot, so be sure to water them only when they need to be watered. Wait until you see actual signs of dryness, such as drooping leaves, before you water them. Besides the gorgeous flowers, one other advantage of begonias is that they are naturally pest-resistant.
Use one or all seven of these plant types in your sunroom. Coordinate their pots and colors with your decorating theme to create an oasis you can enjoy year-round. One last thing to keep in mind is that you may want to move your plants indoors during the winter if you have a three-season sunroom or a sunroom that doesn’t have a heating/cooling system. By keeping them inside during the winter months and moving them back out when the warm Spring days arrive, you can ensure many seasons of blooms and blossoms to come.