Do you have windows that face outward toward a view that you would rather not see? Perhaps it is the view of the house next door or a bare wall, or maybe you need some protection from the sun. To solve this problem, have you ever considered using plants in place of curtains?
In my garden, I have east-facing windows, which heat up the house early in the day. When our home was being built, I designed the landscape so that there were plants placed in front of those windows.
Why would I put plants in front of these windows you may wonder? Well, I needed some sort of shelter from the sun, but I didn’t want curtains that would block my view of the garden, so I chose to add Mexican bird-of-paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana). This yellow-flowering shrub can be pruned into a small tree, which is what I have done, which still allows me to view the garden beyond, while providing some protection from the sun’s rays.
A few years ago, I was working with a client who was an interior designer who had employed this same strategy for adding beauty while shielding her windows from the sun. She had decided that instead of curtains for her windows, that she wanted ‘natural, green’ window coverings.
This is the view from her living room where the lush green foliage from the ‘Orange Jubilee’ create interesting shadows inside and she is able to enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful plants, even while indoors.