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8 Clever Ideas for Apartment Plants
Getting your green thumb on is easy when you’re living in a spacious house with a yard. But apartment and condo dwellers need to get creative when they want to bring the outdoors in. Luckily, we have eight easy ideas here.Producer: Angela Ufheil
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Bring the outdoors inside
For many across the Midwest, home is an apartment or condo, not a house. And while a high-rise might offer great city views, it usually lacks a backyard with space for gardening. Which is too bad, because digging in the dirt can improve sleep, decrease stress levels, and more.
Apartment dwellers need not despair. Indoor plants give many of the same benefits as outdoor ones (some have even been shown to purify the air), and having leafy greens around creates a calming atmosphere. Plus, they’re just plain pretty. That’s reason enough to try one or more of our ideas for apartment gardening and natural decorating, including creating a vertical garden like the one pictured.
If your apartment lacks counter space, plants that hang on the wall like a painting could be your best option. Find a vintage frame you love and hit the hardware and garden stores for everything else you need.
How To Create a Vertical Garden
Stylish indoor plant display
You can toss a house plant in the corner and call it a day. Or, you can design a sweet-yet-sophisticated display to show off a variety of foliage (and your artsy side). Find more inspiration here: 4 Ideas for Stylish Indoor Plant Displays.
Grow some basil
Basil is the workhorse of indoor plants. The easy-to-grow herb thrives in sunny windowsills. And just think of all the dishes you can flavor with basil’s distinctive taste.
7 Bold Basils to Grow at Home
A cake stand provides the base for a succulent collection that doubles as a centerpiece. A piece of florist’s foam hides beneath the rosy exterior and keeps plants hydrated.
How to Create a Succulent Arrangement
As long as you’re getting some green into your apartment, you might as well choose plants with colorful blossoms, too. The flowering maple seen here is rarely without blossoms as long as it’s well cared for. Check out more luscious options at the link below.
10 Top Flowering Houseplants
Create a self-contained woodland scene that delivers a touch of green without adding to apartment clutter. Added bonus: a layer of moss retains moisture, cutting down on watering needs for this tiny piece of forest.
How to Make a Creative Terrarium
Trim a few spring branches from a friend’s yard and place them in a cute container with some water. This approach also works in the autumn when the leaves change.
10 Beautiful Spring Branch Displays
Pick the right indoor plant
A novice indoor gardener may run into a few problems along the way to a fully developed green thumb. Luckily, these low-fuss plants can survive curious pets, inconsistent watering and more.
Pick the Right Indoor Plant