No balcony or patio? No problem!
We're not talking about adding a vase of flowers here and there. Think bigger, think greener, and think outside the box! Living in an apartment doesn't mean that you can't enjoy cultivating flowers, herbs or even a small veggie garden in your home, as there are plenty of ways to bring the outside, inside. Here are a few tips on how to create a fabulous indoor garden.
Use the space available in your apartment
Instead of hanging art on a large wall space, consider creating a 'green wall' as a focal point in your living room. This can easily be done by adding shelving for a modern and organized option; put up shelves either in rows or in an ornate cluster, and pop a variety of potted plants on them, to fill them up. Try to incorporate flowers and leafy greens that hang down or stand straight up at different lengths.
If you want a more organic feel to your indoor plants, choose a corner area where you can hang plants and setup a small oasis on the floor below. This is best done in an area with ceramic or hardwood floors, to avoid any messy cleanup. Macrame plant hangers are still trending, can be made or purchased in different styles and lengths, and look great with small plants that have leaves or blooms that hang low. Below these, small potted trees or palms can add a fantastic burst of green and are typically easy to maintain.
Use an Indoor Greenhouse
Indoor greenhouses come in many different shapes and sizes. Some you can DIY, while other options are available for purchase, ranging from a simple tabletop water garden, to a cabinet-sized, up-cycled structure! Decide what you'd like to grow and how much space you can dedicate to a greenhouse structure before you commit. From there, it's time to get that green-thumb into action! Whether you choose to grow flowers, herbs or small veggies, you don't have to wait for the nice weather to see the fruits of your labor!
Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere!
If you'd prefer to have your entire apartment lush with plant life, this can be done! First, make a list of the rooms you'd like to add foliage to, and determine the light situation: is there direct, indirect or no natural light sunlight? Next, figure out where in the room you can fit in a plant or two. Mix in potted plants with counter-tops, shelving, bookcases and half-walls. Decide where you can hang globed air plants or succulent gardens. Do you have floor-space to add a few standing potted trees or ferns? Once you know the light and space you have to work with, it's time to shop for your plants! Keep in mind their needs for sunlight & watering.
If you need low-maintenance options...
Whether you're not home often enough to keep up with a strict watering regimen or you simply don't have much luck keeping your plants alive, all is not lost! There are options out there, just for you!
- Air Plants
- Snake Plant
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
Pets in the home
If you live in one of our pet-friendly communities like Waterstone at Carriage Trails, and have a beloved cat or dog at home, please be aware that some plants and flowers can be toxic to them. Before purchasing any new flowers or greenery, check with your arborist or do a simple online search for what is safe to bring home. If you have a pet that loves to munch on anything at their level, consider keeping your plants off the floor.