Atrium/Solarium for Plants
I have this area between my garage and dining/living rooms that once was an aviary (so our realtor told us), but I use it as an atrium/solarium for plants. I've sterilized the walls, floor with bleach water, painted the red brick wall white, to match the other 3 walls. The roof is flat but there is a 2'x3' screened opening to the elements (rain, sun half the day and winter cold temps). Here are photos of what I have in there so far: 2 California elephant ears on the tall stands, a snake plant, a recently acquired shefflera, 1 Boston fern, a cyclamen and a big kalancho brought in from my back yard last year sitting in the sunniest spot. I tote them inside to winter over (all but the kalancho) . Would love some color/blooming plant suggestions for the cinder block planters under my dining room window (last photo). The block on the left gets a little direct sun in the afternoon; The block on the right is in full shade but very bright light all day long. As I will not want to move these indoors in winter, the plants need to be able to withstand the occasional hard freeze to the 20's, but not very often do we get that cold........maybe only 3-4 times in winter here. Our summers can get to 100ºF, but we are mostly in the 90's, so heat tolerance would be a plus, too.