A few years ago, I had a garden window installed in our family room. It’s eastern exposure is less than ideal, as the morning sun is pretty intense there. I applied a UV film, which really cut back on the scorching of the plants that were in the window, but it still gets too much direct light.
I’ve decided that my next winter garden project will be to get the right kind of plants in there that can thrive. I want that window to be a showcase in the family room, not just a toss off pile of former dish gardens!
The window currently contains a mother-in-law’s tongue (that is actually doing very well there), an African violet (that truly does not belong there), a shamrock plant that struggles, numerous peace lilies, a hanging spider plant, a Christmas cactus that refuses to bloom, and a cyclamen that looks like it’s on its last leg. I’m sure these plants would do so much better in indirect light.
So I’m wondering if it’s possible to create more shade in that window. I need to find some sort of plant that loves direct light and can grow tall enough to produce an umbrella affect for the tender plants it will protect. I’m thinking of a vining plant, preferably a flowering one. Maybe a clematis? Never thought of trying one indoors. Hmmm. Any suggestions?
Another problem in that window (especially in the winter), is the temperature. The windows aren’t drafty, but it still gets pretty chilly in there. I think the nature of the window, jutting out from the room into the outdoors, is just going to be chilly. And now I’m thinking I should probably get some heating pads in there. And a tray of pebbles with water for moisture wouldn’t hurt either!
OK – I’ve got some homework to do!