Growing plants isn’t just something that only people with back yards and lots of huge open spaces should get to do. In fact, with plants delivery options popping up more and more these days, it’s never been easier to fill up your home with all kinds of plants and flowers.
With just a few clicks, you can have the seeds you need delivered home, get same-day delivery on floral arrangements, and much more. Not to mention your local farmer’s market and florist’s shops, and that you can start your own little kitchen garden just with the help of some scraps leftover from when you cooked a certain vegetable.
Whether decorative or functional, there are countless ways for you to set up an indoor garden so you can bring a little of the outdoors inside – in times like these when going outside comes with such risks, we feel that it’s the smartest course of action.
Kitchen Herb Garden
Kitchen herb gardens can add a little brightness and cheer to the kitchen. Not only this, but it can also give you an endless supply of herbs to sprinkle over savory dishes, add into sauces, and to use in several ways to improve your food’s taste.
The ideal place to grow herbs is next to a window with ample access to light, or under full-spectrum glow lights. Some herbs need to be grown from seeds, and others can be fine even when you plant some clippings in a small pot.
Here are some details on how to grow certain common herbs:
- Rosemary: Rosemary needs to be watered whenever the soil feels dry to the touch on top, and you should never let the soil dry out completely. It also needs a lot of sunlight, and you might need a strong bulb or light to make sure it grows well. But give it enough sunlight and water, and it will thrive on your kitchen counter.
- Mint: Mint needs to be grown in a wide plastic container for best results, and you should only grow one mint plant per container. This way the plant will have the most room to grow and thrive, which it does pretty easily all year round.
- Thyme: Thyme needs to be grown in well-drained soil with regular fertilization for best results. It will also need a lot of sunlight like most herbs do, so be careful about that!
Hanging gardens can contain anything from small flowers to herbs and even indoor moss. A lot of variations exist to the hanging garden.
- You can place some flower pots on the wall with the help of the right hooks and shelves for a hanging effect.
- You can also make the garden literally hang with the help of small flower pots hanging from the ceiling. This is especially wise when you have taller, wider rooms and don’t want to put any flower pots on shelves or tables.
- You can grow a number of things in this garden, and the most popular are mosses, herbs, trailing vines, and small flowering plants.
If you’re not home often and you want some degree of green at home, consider a succulent garden. They’re small, they’re hardy and can survive some level of neglect, they’re beautiful, and they come in all shapes and shades.
A couple of succulent plants on a side table in your bedroom, a coffee table in the living room, on the bookshelf, or on one of the other shelves around the house will add a certain level of charm and character to the space that just wasn’t there before.
If you feel like the plants are too green – and succulents often are – consider adding color to the small collection with the help of colorful and artistic flower pots. You can hand paint them yourself or buy them online from stores who sell custom made or colorful flower pots.
Of course, almost everyone would want their room bustring with flowers but there are some things to consider before you commit yourself to a flowering plant – or multiple! Flowering plants don’t flower all year round. You might end up with a plant that only has flowers on it maybe three months a year and is otherwise a pretty green plant. And even then, flowering plants often need a lot of care, water, and sunlight in order to grow flowers.
It might be more of a commitment than you’re ready for, but the good news is that you’ll have a lot of options. Consider plants like African Violets, Orchids, Hydrangeas, Jasmine, Begonia, and others.
There are countless plants that will love the humid environment in your bathroom, and are a great fit for a small garden. Having plants in the bathroom and next to the shower will improve the atmosphere, cheer you up and make the space look beautiful.
Some clusters of small plants in the windows or a couple of flower pots on counters are a good idea, but you can also just hang flower pots from the walls like described in an earlier section.
Trailing Vine Curtain
This garden idea is dramatic and interesting, but it would certainly be a fun addition to any doorway or entrance.
Hang some flower pots from the ceiling and grow different varieties of trailing vines in them. With time, the vines will grow below the pots and give the entrance a very dramatic effect.
This idea is for the people who don’t want any live plants to take care of, but would still love having some greenery in the house. Glass pressed flowers, herbs, and other fresh cuttings can be arranged beautifully to make a striking but natural home “garden” everyone will love and enjoy.
The good thing about glass pressed plants and flowers is that you will be able to enjoy them from both sides, which makes them perfect not only for walls but also for places like work desks and study tables.
Aim for a balanced combination of colors, sizes, and different parts of the plant to make sure every one in the collection stands out on it’s own as well as going well with each other.