The best plants for the cold lobby and lounge
Plants that are exposed in a cold hallway or hall are always perceived as a separate and special part of landscaping. And in offices, and in residential buildings, and in official institutions, these green guards are the first to meet visitors and are a kind of calling card. They emphasize and reveal the style of the interior, talk about tastes and preferences, bring cosiness and a sense of atmosphere. Bright and expressive cultures are always chosen to decorate a hall or foyer. But no matter how beautiful they are, the main thing is their ability to put up with low and unstable temperatures, endurance and unpretentiousness.
- Hall or lobby is not just a cold room
- 5 sun-loving indoor plants for brightly lit areas of the hall or hallway
- 5 indoor plants for diffuse lighting
- 5 shade-tolerant indoor plants for the lobby or lobby
Hall or lobby is not just a cold room
Spectacular giants, bright and expressive groups of plants that meet us from the first step in modern offices, business centers, high-rise buildings or town houses always seem special to us. Plants that can settle in a cold hall or foyer, set the tone and mood literally from the doorway and emphasize the style and character of decoration, architectural details and design ideas play a very important aesthetic and decorative role.
But their purely practical characteristics are still much more significant. The conditions of the hall or lobby, regardless of which building they are in, are always specific. And not all cultures are able to adapt to them.
The main problem of landscaping the hall or hallway is the temperature regime. If the hallway is almost always a room with lower temperatures, then for the hall, foyer or lobby, this statement is not always such.
Lower temperatures compared to other rooms, especially in modern office buildings and business centers, are increasingly becoming an exception to the rule thanks to smart heating and air conditioning systems. But even where the average temperature corresponds to the “residential” one, another important problem is far from being solved - differences in its performance, drafts, and streams of cold air.
In any hallway, hallway or lobby, temperature jumps are very sharp. The minimum indicators to which plants are exposed in the cold season, just should determine the boundaries for the selection of plants for such premises. For all hallways, halls and lobbies associated with exiting the building, even with the latest climate control systems, plants are chosen from among the most cold-resistant crops that can not only survive, but also maintain decorativeness at 7-10 degrees of heat in winter.
The conditions faced by indoor plants in the cool "front", anticipating the interior of the room - the lobby, lobby, hallway or foyer - are often compared with ordinary cold rooms. This is the biggest mistake that can only be made when choosing a gardening strategy and finding candidates for the role of the green guard, the first to meet guests at the entrance to the house.
The assortment of indoor plants that are suitable for cold living rooms is much larger than the list of crops that will be good in the lobby or lobby. In fact, plants for a cold hall are a list of "selected" Spartans isolated especially from cold-resistant plants.
If the temperature standards in the hallways and halls establish a universal selection rule, then with lighting everything is much more complicated. The presence or absence of windows, their size, and the characteristics of artificial lighting determine the selection of plants. But still the “lower threshold” of illumination for cold halls is better to limit. The selection norms are slightly shifted, the minimum illumination is equal to partial shaded locations and 1000 Lux.
At the same time, shade-tolerant plants that prefer northern rooms in cold hallways or in the lobby are placed only in partial shade, and partial shade-tolerant plants in a diffused bright place, photophilous - in the brightest light with protection from the slightest shading.
Showcase and panoramic windows make it possible to exhibit even sun-loving cultures in a cold hall or hallway. For most halls, lobbies or foyers with large windows or large areas, the optimal choice is plants that can grow in bright light and partial shade.
Intensive artificial lighting, depending on the indicators of the light meter, can even accommodate crops that prefer southern window sills, but in the matter of artificial light it all depends on whether the plant can grow outside of natural light or not.
The third rule of choosing plants for the "front" regardless of the size of the rooms themselves and their size. Small plants cannot be used in the lobby, hall, hallway or lobby, except for planting large compositions in flower boxes, shop windows and imitations of conservatories. For such premises use only large grassy plants, shrubs and woody. But only on the size of the selection rules are not exhausted:
- indoor plants should have expressive silhouettes or beautiful strict lines;
- the color of the plants should be saturated, bright or light: too dark tones, with the exception of rooms with white walls or panoramic windows, can make the atmosphere very gloomy;
- variegation or original colors can be chosen only when the plant fits into the interior style, does not seem too variegated and retains expressiveness;
- it is better to leave small leaves and lace textures for other rooms: the “cleaner” and more elegant the crown will look, the better;
- if the room is spacious, then there is no better place for massive trees - plants, which in ordinary rooms suppress free space and seem too bulky;
- the layer of plants, the nature of the silhouette and massiveness or visual lightness allow you to "play" on optical illusions.
The maximum number of plants that can be displayed in the hall or hallway depends on the functional purpose of the rooms following them and the building itself. If we are talking about offices or public institutions, the number of plants is not limited. In the lobby or hallway of the house with optimal gardening, from 2 to 5 plants are placed, always correlating their sizes with the size of the room itself.
We’ll get to know better the best candidates for the role of decorating the cold lobby, hall, foyer or hallway, which easily fit into the interiors of different styles and will cope well with different lighting conditions.
5 sun-loving indoor plants for brightly lit areas of the hall or hallway
Sun-loving crops - plants from among the exceptional flowering beauties and the best indoor woods of southern origin. Bright and spectacular, such cultures place color spots in the halls and set the mood.
When it comes to plants that need the brightest light and can show off even at the south-facing panoramic windows, palm trees are always the first to be remembered. And among them, it is better with the task of decorating the lobby or hall than squat chamerops (Chamaerops humilis), no other plant can handle it.
Trunks covered with beautiful red fibers, pubescent leaf petioles with spikes perfectly emphasize the beauty of the impressive fan leaves, cut to a third into thin pointed lobes. The beauty is only enhanced by the folding at the base of the lobes and the almost perfectly rounded shape of the wai themselves.
This is a unique palm tree, which is content with moderate watering even in summer, tolerates a strong drop in temperature, and is undemanding to soils. If you turn the crown in relation to the light, the chameroops will form a stunningly effective massive accent.
A new career in sunny places of halls and vestibules can begin common oleander (Nerium oleander) A decorative-flowering shrub is appropriate even in a very formal setting. Thin shoots, narrow long leaves, so similar to willow greens, a dull surface, grayish or dark, decorated with speckles or rims, an unusual arrangement of leaves - three in whorls - emit oleanders on any background.
But they appreciate the plant, first of all, for its spectacular flowering. Twisted buds are transformed into funnel-shaped flowers of unique shades of pink. Oleander will have to provide increased air humidity and abundant watering in the summer, but he will not be afraid of temperature drops, feels good in cold rooms and loves airing.
A rarity in interiors - nandina home (Nandina domestica) This decorative and deciduous shrub is traditionally recommended to be grown in conservatories or greenhouses. But the nandin’s comfortable conditions can also be obtained in the hall or hallway. This is a unique plant with a beautiful change in color of leaves.
Slender shoots are combined with thrice- or twice-dissected leaves, showing off with rhombic segments. The reddish color of young leaves changes unevenly to dark green, watercolor stains seem to blur on the plant, and during the dormant period, the leaves again change color to a red-brown-purple show.
Panicles of inflorescences look airy and graceful, I want to admire the details of the structure of flowers. Nandin is easy to grow if in the winter she enjoys the cool. Moderate watering even in summer, standard top dressing and pruning to form - that's all that is needed to reveal the beauty of this plant.
A representative of indoor citrus fruits can easily cope with temperature drops even to zero and temperature fluctuations in winter - lemon (Citrus limon) The decorative foliage and fruiting ability of this delightfully looking tree are mesmerizing, even if you see lemons for the hundredth time.
The contrast of leathery, oppositely arranged, dark green, shiny leaves in an elegant dense crown with dazzling yellow fruits or fragrant elegant flowers never goes out of style. And although the plant needs artificial pollination for fruiting, it is the most unpretentious representative of citrus fruits. All he needs is bright lighting and standard care. Frequent watering in the summer, standard top dressing and formation guarantee the attractiveness of these plants.
After moving from the garden to the rooms, guelder-rose (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) replenished the assortment of crops that can be used for landscaping not quite ordinary rooms. In the lobby or hallway, subject to proper lighting, it can become one of the brightest flowering shrubs.
Upright shoots and egg-shaped leaves up to 20 cm long with a dark upper and yellowish-light underside surprise not only with a sense of massiveness, but also with their unique wrinkled surface with a velvety edge. Panicles of yellowish flowers also look fluffy, further emphasizing how this viburnum differs from other species.
Caring for this viburnum is simple: standard top dressing and watering (taking into account its cold tolerance), the possibility of pruning and shaping - that's all that a wrinkled beauty will need.
5 indoor plants for diffuse lighting
Magnificent vines, flowering shrubs or decorative and deciduous stars of diffuse lighting can cope with the task of landscaping a cold hall or lobby. A large selection of the nature of growth and massiveness of plants allows you to find a suitable candidate for any task.
One of the best vines that can cope with the task of landscaping a cold hallway - Fatshedera Litz (Fatshedera lizei) This is a hybrid plant that inherits its characteristics from ivy and fatsia. Large rounded leaves with a diameter of up to 20 cm show off with a palmate-lobed structure and sit on long petioles. The leathery shiny surface and rich dark color look spectacular and elegant, seem fresh and surprisingly bright in large rooms.
Small nondescript flowers do not distract from the beauty of greenery. Fatshedera looks great on vertical supports, creates visual dividers and background, but does not get lost in the role of a foreground soloist. Caring for a liana is simple: moderate watering with protection against waterlogging, a universal substrate, standard dressing is a strength for beginners. Yes, and unpretentiousness to lighting allows the vine to adapt well to the conditions of the "hallway" of the premises.
So far, a plant that is not very popular with us, preferring to grow in cool rooms - Tobira Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira), or tarry. This is a magnificent shrub, rightly related to decorative and deciduous, and to flowering species. Reaching a height of 1.5 m, the plant surprises with leathery, obovate, up to 10 cm dyne glossy leaves, in which a lighter central vein always emerges against the background of bright green leafy plates.
Creating a flat crown, this indoor shrub stands out against the competition and the unusual arrangement of foliage, which gives the branches a special elegance, and star-shaped fragrant flowers that adorn the second half of spring. All that is needed is the pittosporum - it is moderate watering, protection from direct sun, light earth mixtures with the optimal response.
The plant loves airing, and in the hallway or hall feels great. Despite the fact that by nature the crown of the shrub is beautiful, it can be formed as you wish.
Many gardeners who have problems growing indoor laurels are surprised to find that it is in the hall or in the bright hallway that the plant feels much better than in residential premises. Laurel noble (Laurus nobilis) Is a room classic, the appearance of plants is familiar to everyone.
Smooth brown bark, perfect-shaped fragrant whole leaves with a grayish-green color and umbrella-shaped inflorescences with whitish flowers ... Laurels are beautiful when formed into slender trees, and without it. Growing this plant is not at all difficult. Ample summer and moderate winter watering, winter coolness, a love of airing, universal substrates and top dressing, ease of pruning - these are the main “moments” of caring for room laurels.
Among cereal crops and their competitors with linear leaves gathered in lush curtains, the favorite for decorating a hall or an entrance hall is, of course, an ophiopogon, and almost all of its species that have worked well in pot culture are equally able to cope with this task. The undisputed favorite for a modern interior Ophiopogon (Ophiopogon planiscapus) and other office workers.
These are herbaceous perennials, forming a very dense sod of linear leaves, magnificent, large, from 30 to 70 cm in length, dark green up to purple-black colors. Curtains of the plant look luxurious, and racemose or spike-shaped inflorescences with tubular flowers only emphasize the beauty of greenery.
This is the most amazing of plants that feels great in any diffused lighting. Moderate watering, standard top dressing, a slightly alkaline earth mixture and timely transplants are all that are necessary for success in growing ophiopogon.
Again returned to the lists of trendy plants and hibiscus chinese (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) with its many varieties and hybrids. This plant was once almost obligatory in the design of the hall or lobby of any official institution and was so fed up that it was almost forgotten at the beginning of the new millennium.But the breeding of new varieties, elegant, graceful and bright, forever replaced the memories of boring Chinese roses.
Oval or ovoid leaves, bushy or tree-like forms, the choice of green colors are just a “preview” (preview - preview, presentation) of this hibiscus show: large single gramophone flowers of the most unimaginable shades of acrylic and watercolor colors can bloom in new varieties throughout of the year.
And at the same time, the newfangled modern hibiscus have not lost their unpretentiousness at all. They require standard watering, can easily withstand sharp jumps in temperature even in winter, adapt to different lighting conditions, and they are undemanding in the rest. And the possibility of forming a crown and a wide color palette allow hibiscus to fit into even the most modern setting.
5 shade-tolerant indoor plants for the lobby or lobby
Among the crops that can be satisfied with minimal illumination in combination with drafts, the most hardy shrubs dominate. Beautiful, but somewhat austere, they look like an interior classic and bring elegance not only to the decor of offices, but also to the hallways of private houses.
Indoor yew is rarely decided to grow in residential premises because of the toxicity and love of coolness in winter. But in the hallway or lobby, he is one of the favorites. And not only because it provides a wide selection of original colors. True, they do not grow as a pot yew berry (Taxus baccata) a magnificent capitate – Cephalotaxus.
This is a magnificent coniferous shrub. Peeling gray bark, branches with thick whorls, tight spiral or semi-raised rows of linear leaves with a very sharp tip and rich green color are no less advantages than a beautiful silhouette from nature. Yew trees require moderate watering, amazingly shade-tolerant, grow only in special earth mixtures and allow you to form a beautiful crown.
Strict silhouettes are the virtue of yet another shade-tolerant plant that loves wintering not even in coolness, but in the cold and not afraid of constant air flows - common myrtle (Myrtus communis) Perfectly transferring the formation and considered one of the best boles for decorating the hall, the myrtle conquers with the beauty of lanceolate-ovoid leathery leaves, muted color, glossy shine and the ability to choose between dark green and variegated forms and varieties. Fragrant myrtle greenery and fragrant whitish flowers are a nice bonus, as well as its phytoncidal properties. Myrtle trees require abundant watering only in the summer, grow well in the shade and in bright light, like pruning.
Iglitsa (Ruscus) Is a plant that is not very popular with us, but deserves universal admiration. This is a decorative-leafy crop of rather modest sizes - from half a meter to a meter in height, with hard branches, leaf-like side shoots with a pointed tip, nondescript flowering and very bright berries. The needle looks like an elegant relative of boxwood, although the plant is completely different in nature.
Strict, classic and strikingly elegant, the needle surprises with its ability to grow even in extreme conditions. And caring for her is very simple. Minimal watering, rare top dressing, universal soil - that’s all that this crop will need. In addition, the possibility of formation and good tolerance of the scraps allow you to adapt the appearance of the needle to any interior style.
Favorite among plants with variegated color - aucuba japanese (Aucuba japonica) This plant, despite the small spotting on the leaves, looks great even in the smallest interiors of the hallway or hall. Ornamental deciduous shrubs capable of growing to more than 2 m in height without pruning are flaunted with large oval leaves with a pointed tip, on a dark green background bright cream and golden spots and specks.
For a speckled pattern, we like to call aucubus a sausage tree. This plant requires careful watering, moisture-loving and drought-resistant at the same time, tolerates coolness all year round, is not afraid of temperature changes and tolerates strong shading. The main thing is to plant the aucuba in a light substrate and protect the roots from damage. This plant, like other shade-tolerant favorites, perfectly tolerates the formation.
Suddenly fashionable today has become and araucaria (Araucaria), whose coniferous appearance can eclipse even genuine evergreen design stars. The secret of its popularity is graphics and visual transparency, surprisingly beautifully emphasizing the free space and the play of light and shadow.
Outwardly resembling an elegant Christmas tree, araucaria with its branches arranged in horizontal whorls-tiers, next to the second-order drooping shoots and needle-shaped needles up to 2 cm in length seems fresh and radiant due to its light color. The plant does not like waterlogging, needs special earth mixtures, but it tolerates fluctuations in conditions well and when placed in free space it surprises with its symmetrical pattern.