green corner at home: ideas and possibilities for the cold season

Winter is a season that can prove to be merciless towards us lovers of the green: the green thumb, in fact, particularly suffers the chilblains of this period of the year denoted by intense cold. Cultivating the passion for the green is not simple: first of all because many plants can not grow in the cold months, and then because the weather conditions make it impossible objectively to care for your garden. However, the last word is not said: we can create a nice green corner at home. Interesting opportunity also from a design and furnishing point of view.

For the outside of my entratina, where there is no shortage of flowers in winter or in summer, I do my shopping twice a year (both to contain costs and for time matters):

  • in spring, buying flowers that can withstand, more or less, until the end of summer
  • in the fall, buying plants that arrive until the month of March

Over the years, I have experimented with various plants, discovering those most suitable for my corner, in relation to solar exposure, air currents and humidity. Now I know what “risk” when I choose some flowers and what is really resistant.

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<h2>Winter plants: what are they and how to treat them?</h2>
<p>First of all you need to understand and study <strong>which plants are “winter-proof”</strong> : this is because, even if you create a green corner sheltered from the walls of your home, you will still have to concentrate on seasonal plants. That is on those plants capable of growing in this specific period of the year.</p>
<p><strong>What are they?</strong> The <strong>heather</strong> is the most tenacious for mountain areas, it is really resistant to cold and therefore always represents a guarantee against frost. Then there is the <strong>camellia</strong> , which does not require high exposure to the sun: in the summer a direct exposure to the sun could burn the leaves, but also attention to the too harsh temperatures. In the latter case, better choose a sheltered place, such as a small canopy.</p>
<p>Other winter plants? The <strong>rhododendron</strong> and the <strong>Christmas roses</strong> {beautiful, for me it is a very chic plant}, which typically grow in January. How to cure these plants? We must however protect them from drafts, make them take at least a little ‘sun and then be very careful not to overdo the water.</p>
<h2>Green thumb in winter: the greenhouse option</h2>
<p>Greenhouses are a great idea, both for the gardens and for the home: they are an <a  href=''>exceptional component</a> in terms of design and furnishing, and naturally also allow non-winter plants to grow. For example, rustic plants {very delicate} are highly recommended, as are geraniums, roses, gladiolas and primroses.</p>
<p>Generally, any <strong>spring plant</strong> can grow protected from the greenhouse; the smaller ones are more suitable for indoor spaces, while the larger ones are perfect for gardens and large terraces. For example, greenhouses for design gardens such as those of Unopiù can be pleasant outdoor furniture components and at the same time very functional elements, since their capacity allows the cultivation of different plants and vegetables.</p>
<h2>Plants and innovation: the Sprout pencil</h2>
<p>And finally, a treat: a few years ago, a group of MIT students launched a start-up author of Sprout, a green pencil perfect for lovers of the green thumb . This very <strong>special pencil</strong> instead of the canonical rubber has a capsule containing some seeds: when it fills its function, it can be planted on the soil. The idea, besides being brilliant, is also varied: there is not a single Sprout pencil, but many, each with its own type of seeds. It goes from basil to rosemary, through sage, mint, thyme and coriander: <strong>the next step of the start up?</strong> Do the same with the tires.</p>
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