4 Stunning Ways to Bring the Outdoors In
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I would never claim to have a green thumb, but I also don’t have a black thumb either and when it’s come to gardening and keeping houseplants, I’m not perfect, but it’s never stopped me from trying! For years my parents have routinely planted an herb and vegetable garden behind their house every spring and when I come visit, one of my favorite things is to go out in the back with my parents and have them tell me about all the things they’re growing. When it’s time for me to go home, my mom always sends me back with a bag full of fresh jalapenos and banana peppers — two of my favorites!
I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is I love so much about that garden, but there’s something peaceful and serene about all those little plants that makes me smile.
We live in a high rise in the city, so much to my dismay having a big luscious garden is simply not an option. When it gets warm I always growing my favorite herbs (basil and rosemary) in small pots on our balcony. But when it’s cold, I like bringing the outdoors inside.
Thankfully, winter seems to be slowly coming to an end, but we still have a few more weeks (hopefully not months) of freezing temperatures. Personally, I think that adding greenery to the inside of your home is equally as important as growing a garden outside.
Did you know that it’s actually a scientifically proven fact that houseplants can actually make you happier? When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Where do you find most plants? Tranquil and peaceful gardens, centerpieces at restaurants and weddings and displayed in stalls at bustling farmer’s markets on the weekends, among other spots. All places that our brains associate with happy, stress-free and joyful situations. When you put plants in your own place, you can get those same warm and fuzzy feelings right in your own home! Plus, green is such a cheery and happy color!
Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring the outdoors inside…
Potted plants might be the easiest houseplant to care for, so if you’re worried about not having any experience, this is usually a good place to start. If you find that they’re getting too much or not enough sun, you can easily move them around. It also makes redecorating simple because they’re lightweight.
To keep water from sitting at the bottom of your planters (something that can drown and kill your plant), choose a planter with drainage and a plate underneath or do I like I did and place a layer of stones like these river rocks at the bottom to allow the roots to drain. The pot I’m using can be found here (it’s the small one).
Trees are one of the easiest ways to add a big punch of greenery to your home. Last year I added a fiddle leaf fig tree to our home and I absolutely love it. I’ll fully admit, that these guys are a bit tricky, but I’m hoping that it will perk back up come spring!
They obviously take up more space than a small houseplant and while you can get a big planter, I recommend using a basket. They’re easier to move and a less expensive option. Ours is sitting in this one, but I also love this one and this one.
Terrariums are perfect for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time with their houseplants. They also look totally adorable! Succulents are ideal for terrariums because they need very little water and these cute little copper geo terrariums (they also come in brass and plain metal) are the perfect way to display them.
Herb gardens can live inside as well! Depending on which herbs you want to grow, you might need more sun, but if you’ve got a window that gets good natural light, you’re in business! When planting your herbs, make sure that there’s enough space for roots to grow, My favorite herbs are basil, rosemary, fresh mint and thyme!
Lastly, I wanted to share two more tips for making the most of your new indoor garden. Number one — buy plants that are low maintenance unless you’re a seasoned green thumb. You can read the little plastic tabs to get info on your plants and also ask anyone who works in the garden section of your local nursery for suggestions.
Number two — make sure to water them appropriately. Some plants need lots of water and some barely need any. Knowing what they need will insure that they live long, healthy plant lives! If you’re like me, I forget about watering, but I’ve found that keeping a cute watering pail on display as decor reminds me to water my plants!
Do you use houseplants in your home decor? Do you find that they make you feel any happier? Any favorite plants?