9 Indoor Gardening Ideas That Bring Color And Vibrancy to Your Home

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By Contractors.com Team July 15, 2021

When the days get warmer, it seems they’ll never end and we’ll get to enjoy the great outdoors forever. However, summer doesn’t last forever, and the warm months will come and go. This means you’ll have to do a lot of work to keep your outdoor garden in good shape; you have to prepare it for warmer weather, build a raised garden bed or two for your plants, and do a lot of watering.  

But if you’re thinking about starting your own garden, you should consider indoor gardening because it can come with a lot of cool benefits that your outdoor vegetable garden might not have. For one, you may not have an awful lot of outdoor gardening space to work with. You might even live in an apartment block, and if that is the case an indoor garden is one of your few viable options. But beyond that, an indoor garden allows for a lot of practicality because you no longer have to worry about bad weather. That means you don’t have to cover your plants to protect them from frost or have your plants washed away in heavy rainfall, and you don’t have to stop gardening when winter rolls in. 

An indoor home garden presents a lot of possibilities for the aspiring gardener. There are indoor gardening ideas to consider, each of which can be tailored to your specific setup. 

Easiest Plants to Grow Indoors

Easiest Plants to Grow Indoors

Hanging Garden 

The ultimate space-saving solution is to take advantage of your vertical space, and a hanging garden is the best way to do this. Ceiling-mounted planters are quite easy to install and can be put almost anywhere (just avoid hanging them near windows). Be sure to get some colorful pots for your hanging garden so that you can maximize the confluence of green plants and all the colors they’ll vibe with. To maximize the colorfulness of this setup, be sure to get a bunch of different plants, including those that will bloom during the spring. 

Biophilic Room Designs with Gorgeous Natural Accents

Biophilic Room Designs with Gorgeous Natural Accents

Window Sill Succulent Garden 

Succulents are great choices for indoor gardens because they are very resilient. Succulents are desert plants and are therefore more prepared to thrive in harsh environments. Because of this, succulents don’t mind the hot, dry environment that pervades in many indoor spaces. They also don’t mind going without water for several days and store water reserves in their thick leaves for when the going gets tough. All these qualities make them excellent indoor plants, particularly for the indoor gardener who doesn’t have much time to spare. Once you give a succulent a nice spot in which it can grow unhindered, it won’t need much else except a tiny bit of water about every two weeks (check the water requirements for your succulent variety). In return, you’ll get a uniquely luscious indoor garden to adorn your window sill.  

Potted Plant Inspiration to Spruce Up an Indoor Garden

Potted Plant Inspiration to Spruce Up an Indoor Garden

Floating Shelf Garden 

Floating shelves are great for giving a space a minimalist vibe and contemporary look, but they can also be quite useful for indoor gardening ideas. This is another cool way to take advantage of vertical space in your room as a way of maximizing your gardening space. The benefit of using floating shelves is that your garden space can be easily accessible for watering, and will be on full display for guests and residents alike. This makes floating shelf gardens ideal for those who want to start an indoor botanical garden because the shelves can be used to show off all your botanic colors. 

How to Build Your Own Living Wall

How to Build Your Own Living Wall

Wall-Mounted Herb Garden

You might not have enough space to create a full-sized vegetable garden in your apartment, but you can certainly have a miniature herb garden. Herb gardens take up relatively little space and can spice up your life (not to mention your home cooking). A herb garden can easily be set up on open shelves, or even just on a window sill, and can be used to grow a host of tasty things like basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, and ginger. This means you don’t have to worry about sacrificing worktop space in your kitchen, but your kitchen will still benefit tremendously from being right next to a herb garden. 

The Benefits of an Indoor Garden

The Benefits of an Indoor Garden

Hybrid Garden

Instead of just settling for a green space that is wholly indoor or outdoor, consider a hybrid garden that captures the best of both worlds. A garden that is half indoor and half outdoor will have the coziness of the former as well as the expanse of the latter seamlessly play off one another. This makes for a house that blurs the lines between the two spaces and can make even the smallest indoor space feel bigger and airier. To set up a garden like this, all you have to do is make a “bridge” of plants whereby your green life is clustered around the inside and outside of your home’s entryways. For example, you could have potted plants in your mudroom which are complemented by a variety of plants just outside the door such as hanging plants, wall vines, etc. Another way of doing this is to bring the outside indoors with a sunroom, which will maximize the amount of sunlight your plants receive. 

Rewarding DIY Potted Plant Projects

Rewarding DIY Potted Plant Projects

Plant Cuttings Wall 

If you love your plants, you’ll want to hold on to the best ones so you can grow them again next year, and an indoor garden makes that pretty easy. If you like to collect cuttings of your favorite plants so you can replant them next year, you’ll need a place to put those cuttings. In an indoor garden, this is a simple matter of making a little wall display where you can hang the cuttings and keep them until it’s time to plant. This is a cool way of storing the cuttings somewhere out of the way and prominently displaying them so that everybody can appreciate the beauty of your plant life. This way, plant cutting wall shelves can serve both a practical and an aesthetic purpose for your indoor garden.

Why You Should Be Growing Your Own Herbs for the Kitchen

Why You Should Be Growing Your Own Herbs for the Kitchen

Green Mudhouse 

Your mudroom is another great place where you can take advantage of unused space. Most mudrooms are pretty utilitarian spaces with little to no real styling or aesthetic qualities. If this is the case for your mudroom, an indoor garden is a quick and easy way to spruce things up. Plants can help bring vibrancy and color to these dull spaces, making them more interesting as well as more visually appealing. Nobody likes to do laundry, but we might all feel a bit more encouraged to do it if we got to walk through our greenhouse mudroom or “mudhouse” first to get to the laundry room.

Many of us store our gardening tools in our mudrooms anyway, so it makes sense to have some indoor plants set up there as well. If your mudroom doesn’t get much sunlight, an indoor grow light can help you to start seeds indoors which you can then replant outside.  

Rooms That Always Need a Little Plant Life

Rooms That Always Need a Little Plant Life

Bathroom Garden 

If you’re short on room, it’s time to go to the bathroom...to do some gardening. A powder room is a good place for plants because it is usually more humid and wet than other parts of the home. You can easily build a small shelf for some plants, or even hang them from the ceiling. Adding greenery to your bathroom can help to make it a nice and cozy place to be, which can help if your bathroom is a stodgy little water closet. Some plants can even help to reduce odors in the bathroom, as well as absorb moisture and dust. A bathroom garden therefore can be used to help keep your bathroom clean and free of nasty stuff like mold and mildew. Just make sure you have enough natural sunlight so your plants can thrive, and keep bleach and other cleaning products away from your plants. 

Interior Elements That Will Brighten Up Your Bathroom

Interior Elements That Will Brighten Up Your Bathroom

Cactus Indoor Garden

As with succulent plants, cactuses are quite resilient plants, requiring very little water. Their prickly exterior protects them from being eaten, and also helps to reduce water evaporation. As a result, cactuses are fine with sitting in a hot room with little to no water for months on end. A cactus is so hardy that it can live as much as two whole years without so much as a drop of water. So if you would like to have an indoor garden without much work, a bunch of cacti just might be the best option. You’ll be saved from having to water your plants every day, and you’ll have an indoor garden with a cool Southwestern flair.

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Contractors.com Team

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