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Low maintenance pot-plants for a greenhouse?

Hi all,

I'm looking to cheer up my currently bare-looking large greenhouse with some ready-made greenery/colour, so I'm looking to purchase a few pot plants to stick in the corners, shelves, to cheer up the place, but I don't want to end up spending all my time monitoring them rather than my seedlings.  So, could you please recommend some attractive but low-maintenance pot plants that would sit happily in a cool-greenhouse the year round with minimal fuss?

Also, any good plant websites you'd recommend I should use to purchase them?

Thanks.


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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,036
    My gerbera flowers all year. It does go out in summer. Tweedia is a wonderful colour. A little pot of nemesia will make a sweet smell all summer and pelargoniums are always cheerful.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,818
    I can't advise re plants for all year round colour,  but when it comes to the summer l use pelargoniums. They are reasonably drought tolerant so l don't have to worry about watering them every 5 minutes, and just deadheading once a week to keep them flowering. 
    In the autumn l pot up various bulbs, crocus, narcissi etc. This gives colour in the Spring,  in fact l have crocuses and miniature narcissi in flower at the moment. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,143
    What about some of the scented leaved pelargoniums

    https://www.fibrex.co.uk/collections/pelargoniums/scented-leaved
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  • I'd agree with the Scented leaved Pels....my little cuttings are already flowering like mad in a cold frame.  Lots to choose from  - kept dryish and given light they will be OK
  • Thanks, I'll take a closer look at the gerbera and those scented pelargoniums you linked to, they both look very nice. (btw sorry for the slow correspondence, I'm not often near technology.)

    I googled it and RHs had this top five list, but they all seem a bit exotic and high maintenance:

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=967#section-3

    Btw I should have clarified before, but they don't have to flower well, I'll be happy with even a bit of simple greenery if they can happily sit in the greenhouse year round and mostly look after themselves?  Someone mentioned palms or cheese plants to me, any suggestions similar to that type of leafy plant?

    Thanks.

  • Palms  and cheese plants can grow humungous, you would soon need a machete to get inside your greenhouse. 
    What about pans of alpines which could go outside in the summer for a holiday baking. At the moment I have a lovely show of cyclamen coum in flower in the garden so think they would enjoy the shelter of a cold greenhouse, cyclamen neapolitaneum is also an easy corm to grow in dry conditions, flowering August to Nov. There are some lovely snowdrops which like some TLC and lots of wonderful alpine perennials.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,347
    I keep a big half barrel of herbs in the corner of one of my greenhouses. They do prefer to go outside when it gets hot in the summer but most Mediterranean herbs will grow well and be useful for cooking too.
  • Palms  and cheese plants can grow humungous, you would soon need a machete to get inside your greenhouse. 
    What about pans of alpines which could go outside in the summer for a holiday baking. At the moment I have a lovely show of cyclamen coum in flower in the garden so think they would enjoy the shelter of a cold greenhouse, cyclamen neapolitaneum is also an easy corm to grow in dry conditions, flowering August to Nov. There are some lovely snowdrops which like some TLC and lots of wonderful alpine perennials.


    :D It is a pretty big greenhouse though, so I could almost get away with a big palm.  I'll use the machete to keep visitors out! :p

    Btw The greenhouse is a "cool" greenhouse (ie 5 degrees minimum) rather than a cold greenhouse (ie unheated).  But I'll look into alpines, thanks.

  • I keep a big half barrel of herbs in the corner of one of my greenhouses. They do prefer to go outside when it gets hot in the summer but most Mediterranean herbs will grow well and be useful for cooking too.
    Yeah I've been thinking about herb garden, any herbs in particular you'd recommend?

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