Now here is an idea for the wall you face from the entryway! Do a skylight in the hallway and then a living wall to accommodate many of your plants! There are systems to automate irrigation and allow for easy removal / swap-out of plants as it grows!
I want to do this for my kids to make reading exciting - for every stair, we'll read the book. Staircase to Knowledge by sungazing: Stairway to the reading room at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum in Kirkwood, MO