Who says that you can only enjoy plants in warmer seasons. If you own a greenhouse or simply a hallway with lots of windows, you should definitely consider a winter garden. Add some led grow lights to your greenhouse and you can basically grow any type of plant, all year round. The great thing about winter gardens is that they can be enjoyed throughout the year, not just in the winter as their name suggests; even on those hot summer days, when it’s wise to stay in the shade, retreating to your winter garden with a glass of lemonade and a good book is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. And while the most important elements in a winter garden are the plants, you should know that it is not mandatory, and you can even have a room like this with no plants; it all depends on what you expect from this space and what you want to do with it.
As mentioned above, there is no clear guideline when it comes to creating a style for your winter garden; for some people, it means precisely bringing the outside inside, by filling it with plants and flowers and using patio furniture for relaxation. This means using glass and wrought iron tables, rattan chairs, and basically adding only furniture you know you will use. For others however, the winter garden is a way to enjoy the outside without actually standing inside it; thus, if you have a really lovely view, towards a forest, a mountain, or a lovely flower garden, you can opt for a minimalist decor that doesn’t obscure the view. As such, you can opt for any kind of furniture that you like: a soft, comfy couch, reclining chairs, an electrical fireplace, lamps and even a bed! If you like to wake up with the sunrise, then spending nights in a winter garden can be really refreshing and relaxing.
A winter garden can range from retro vintage to modern; you can furnish it with Victorian era inspired furniture, or with postmodern, statement pieces. You can turn it into a private space, or into a small living room to receive guests; even more daring, you can turn it into a seasonal dinner room, used for special events and birthdays.
Last but not least, you have to be careful about what types of plants you keep in the room, if you decide to have any; any gardening store will be a good start to find out what are the most common indoor plants in your area. If you don’t have experience with plants, start with those that thrive in your area by default, and when you passion and skills improve, you can move on to more exotic flowers and unique shrubs. Enjoy!