Designing an indoor garden?

I am designing an indoor garden. It will be located in a glass sunroom/conservatory. Unfortunately, most of the books about indoor gardening are about growing plants in pots. I want to create an ACTUAL indoor garden — lavender, jasmine, ferns, irises — planted in soil beds.

What I want to know is:
1. Whether there are any books or websites on the subject.
2. Whether the plants I’ve mentioned would grow in good indoor conditions, and any other plant suggestions (preferably plants with flowers!)

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    One Response to “Designing an indoor garden?”

    1. Lene O Says:

      You do not say where you live,so you may need to do some of this research virtually:
      The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has had gardens under glass for decades (100yrs?)
      Also look at Longwood Gardens= also extensive indoor gardens for eons.
      Doris Duke’s home -ditto
      check the butterfly house at the Baltimore Acquarium

      Also, there is a long tradition of indoor gardens in England- they grew everything and there are lots of books on these.
      As far as the plants you name, jasmine, ferns- absolutely no problem- they are in every glass house I’ve ever been
      The essentials for most lavenders is poor soil, relatively dry, lots of light.
      I have grown all of these indoors, just home garden- windowsill or plant lights
      The iris I grow are the tall bearded – delicious fragrance-like candy- I would think with enough light and dark, they should grow well.
      With flowers: name it: roses if you have the room or are willing to work at the pruning (we have grown roses in a bed i brick high on concrete!! The rose has thrived for 50 years!
      Lilies, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, bulbs: hyacinth, daffodil, crocus etc IF you have a cold frame to give these a winter conditioning; salvias-the flowering decent kind,

      The list is virtually endless, depending on the climate conditions you are going to create: temperature, humidity, direction the space faces, number of hours of daily sun. One crucial factor is air circulation; a ceiling fan may be enough, depending on how much natural ventilation there is in the space. Also, consider using plant lights to help meet your light conditions if there is a plant you really want to grow that needs more that the available light. Catalog your conditions, and then compare these to the needs of plants you like

      Sites: the victory garden is reliable as will be your state cooperative extension assoc.

      {the spots you can’t see on this response is me drooling over the opportunity you have. Hope you have a grand adventure.}

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