Maybe you don’t have ample space to grow plants, vegetables or herbs, but never fear! You don’t even need an outdoor area to plant anything. If you want to add a little greenery to your home whether it’s for nature’s sake or because you like the idea of growing food, you don’t need a lot of room to do it.
Maybe you’ve recently bought, rented, or even built your own home. Local homebuilders from Newcastle are noticing that after much to-do about getting everything in order, a bit of greenery could go a long way. Here are some suggestions to add a little plant life to your home, no matter the size.
Indoor plants to consider:
- Pothos – This leafy green is ideal for adding lively accents higher up in your small space. They are perfect for hanging baskets or as a climbing plant. Plus their purifying qualities allow them to absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde often found in common household items like carpet and area rugs. They can survive in a variety of lighting conditions, but please note that low light may reduce the leaves’ variegation.
- ZZ Plants – Native to Zanzibar, Africa, this plant is one of the lowest light species available, and only needs to be watered three times per month. It also rarely attracts pests.
- Iron Plants – These leafy greens can add a visually striking aesthetic to any dark corner. They also have an affinity for low lighting and can survive with very little water and poor soil.
- Cacti – These easy to care for plants can survive in the desert, so if you have a window available, it’s likely your apartment will be an equally equip environment to provide these plants with everything they need to thrive. They come in all odd shapes, sizes and colors so adding a bit of flair is easy.
- Succulents – Known as the hardest plants to kill, these little guys only need water every other month. You can hang them in clear glass bulbs or place them strategically around your place.
- Ficus Tree – If you have enough room, then the Ficus is what you should be after. Also known as the weeping fig or Braided Ficus, this is a low-maintenance, attractive plant perfect for your indoor oasis.
Layered and Hanging Plants
Going vertical is a fantastic way to incorporate plants into your home. If you only have a small corner of space, then you could stack terracotta planters with overflowing flowers. Another option is to use a shelf, wooden or metal, as a home for plants. Installing some hooks around your home in naturally lit areas can add plant-life to any room by hanging greenery.
Take that old wine crate and turn it into something extraordinary. Placing soil and a couple of plants or seeds in the box near your windowsill will turn an unused crate into a mini garden.
Repurposing items not only helps the environment, it adds a different kind of chic to your home.
Find a wooden pallet, and turn it into a raised plant bed. Clean out old mason jars and turn them into plant containers.
If you have a few extra jars of any kind, mason jars are most popular, creating a home for herbs is a great idea. Rather than having dried out ones on a rack, you can make one for fresh herbs. Grab an old piece of wood, find a couple wires, pipe clamps and nails, place the jars in the clamps after they’re mounted on the board, make sure everything is secure and place them right on the wall.
Hanging herbs in front of a window is also an option. Opt for the window in your kitchen, as this is the most likely place you’ll be using your herbs. Rosemary, oregano, cilantro, basil and parsley are all great herbs for this.
If you have zero space, and little know-how concerning plants, maybe a zen garden is right for you. Sometimes you just don’t have much wiggle room when it comes to adding a functional garden or greenery appeal to your home. Luckily there are precious stones available for decor, or some sand a little rake for relaxation techniques.
Whatever the size of your home or your plant expertise, it’s easy to make the best out of your small space. Adding a bit of greenery, ambience and cleaner air is as easy as smelling the roses.