Adding a touch of greenery to your home is important. Not only can an indoor garden look really great, it works to improve the air quality in your home by releasing healthy oxygen into the environment which helps to remove toxins.
From terrariums to ladder pots in your conservatory, we look at 4 simple ways to create an indoor garden. All these gardens can be put together in a short space of time regardless of how green your thumbs are!
1. Pots on the Windowsill
The simplest way to build an indoor garden is to simply find a suitable, wide windowsill and fill it with a variety of plant pots. Ideally, you want an area that has enough light but not too much direct sunlight.
You can opt to have a mix of different plants, for example, a herb garden or high oxygen plants such as aloe vera. Some plants are more difficult to maintain than others and a lot will depend on how confident you are. If you want something easy to maintain but which looks impressive, a cheese plant is the perfect option. Country Living has a great guide to some of the best plants to choose
2. Choose a Terrarium
A terrarium is a sealable glass container and acts as a mini-greenhouse for your plants. It’s not only an attractive way to keep your indoor garden in one place but is ideal for plants that require a good deal of moisture rather than the dry atmosphere you normally find in a home.
Terrariums are great for plants like ferns, dwarf palms and succulents such as cacti. Here is a great list of some of the best plants to pot in your terrarium.
3. Are Hydroponics Complicated?
Hydroponics are a way of growing your indoor garden without using soil or using low quality soil. Instead, you grow the plant in a mix of water and nutrient. It’s a brilliant option, however, if you have limited space or want to get involved with the different methods of growing.
It can be a complicated process. Simple hydroponic systems are fairly easy to maintain. The Independent has a list of some of the best Hydroponic systems for you to try.
4. Building an Indoor Garden Wall
Garden walls involve building your garden space vertically rather than horizontally. This has been used indoors successfully for business and commercial properties around the world but there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t create this kind of space in your own home, including areas like conservatories. Take a look at this fabulous guide from the folks at Ideal Home
Options such as vertical ladder pots which can be fitted to the wall or placed on the floor are an easy way to set up a small garden wall. There are plenty of stylish examples to be found online including this wooden ladder from Sarah Raven.
If you are looking for something more expansive, and have the wall space available, building individual shelf units can be a great option. What you do need to ensure is that your garden wall gets enough light and is tended to regularly.
You can even choose to mix and match the above ideas in your home. For example, you can use a ladder pot to create a herb garden for your kitchen. How about putting high oxygenating plants like the peace lily and aloe vera in the bedroom? If you prefer lower maintenance, cacti and other succulents are really easy to manage and don’t require a lot of watering.
The great news is there is no end to the options and the chance to be creative with your indoor garden!