Reap what you sow: 5 secrets to creating a home garden like no other
Picture it: Bushes, trees and flowers as far as your eyes can see. The scent of blooms fills your nose, and that unmistakably crisp air gently strokes your back. Truly, nothing can compare with being out in nature.
Cultivating a lush green corner in your home is a close second, and in this case, it’ll most certainly do. Bringing a slice of the great outdoors indoors with both artificial and real plants can mean lower maintenance, better cleanliness, subtle fragrances and – if you do it right – some very pleasing aesthetics.
Don’t start dreaming about which plants to get just yet. First, let’s make sure you have these 5 secrets down pat:
- Do your research: Once you fall in love with indoor greenery, it’s tempting to want to fill every room to the brim. But before you turn your living room into a literal living room (see what we did there?…), fight the urge and take the time to look up various plants. If you have allergies or sensitivities, going faux is a great option. If you’re considering the real deal, be prepared for higher maintenance and the possibility of the plant not thriving in the conditions of your home.
We’d all love to grow orchids and peonies year round, but there’s a reason these flowers are costlier and more rare than others. They’re kind of a (huge) pain to keep alive. If you’re up for a challenge, by all means, go for it – there are numerous guides available to teach you how to maintain a beautiful bloom throughout the seasons. If that’s not your cup of tea, explore other plants that are easier to take care of and just as lovely. Succulents are (almost) as low maintenance as artificial plants and are notoriously durable and simple to keep alive. Not to mention, they’ve been having a ‘moment’ in home decor for the past 3 years or so. Come to think of it, is it still a ‘moment’ when it spans multiple years? For the best of both worlds, get an artificial succulent.
- Location, location, location: Once you know which plants you’d like and have a more-or-less solid plan of how to care for them, it’s time to decide where each one will go. If you’re going the faux route, you can decide purely based on aesthetics. If you’re using real plants, you’ll need to take into account light, temperature, humidity, infant or pet accessibility, and even nearby plants – as one may disrupt another’s growth.
Once a decision has been made, pay close attention to the plant during those first few weeks. You’ll notice if its location needs to be changed because it’s either obstructive or it’s in distress. Real plants that aren’t getting enough sunlight, water or humidity will exhibit thinning, withering or browning in its leaves, stem or blooms. If you aren’t sure what to pinpoint as the cause, speak to a gardener, someone at a nearby nursery, or even a relative with a green thumb to guide you.
Or… Get an unkillable plant and place it wherever.
- Find your shade of green: One of the best parts of introducing plants into a home is that they work with every single style of decor. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that the particular style of plant that you prefer aligns perfectly with your decor style, there’s a good chance there’s a shade of green out there to suit your home.
If you’re looking to warm up a neutral or minimalist room, try to look for warmer green tones that involve a golden, reddish or brown undertone. You could add interest with bright green, textured and vibrant plants that take up significant space, such as even colorful stems. If your decor is already bold and somewhat crowded, try incorporating more understated plants in smaller pots, showing greater attention to detail.
- Think outside the pot: A potted plant glistening beautifully in the afternoon light may look amazing on your coffee table or windowsill, but did you consider that non-traditional surfaces in your home can get a green upgrade?
Invest in that ladder bookshelf you’ve seen all over Pinterest, and fill it with cascading plants of varying sizes, colors and textures. Alternatively, line up succulents on a wall for an accent feature that’s both bold and classic. If you’re a bit of a romantic, display your smaller plants in glass terrariums – these work well on a vanity, in a bathroom or even on a side table next to books and candles. Finally, lay off your shelves and tables and utilize your floor space wisely by adding a medium height indoor plant resting in a decorative basket. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that was technically a storage basket. Think of it as hiding greenery in plain sight.
- Get all the green, with none of the grief: Not everyone has the patience, preference or time to take care of plants. Nevertheless, nearly everyone loves to be in a room that has greenery. There’s a simple way to overcome this discrepancy…
By scattering artificial plants around your home, sometimes even in combination with real plants, you’ll be able to up the green factor without adding on much to your to-do list. What’s more, artificial plants take the guesswork out of figuring out where to best place a plant so that it thrives, and what to do when you decide to take a vacation. From the smallest detail to the largest statement accent, artificial pieces can easily pass for the real thing – so indulge yourself this harmless shortcut, just this once.
We trust you’re feeling inspired and can’t wait to jump into your home’s spring reawakening. When you’ve got a good idea of which plants could work and which probably won’t, turn to Pinterest for endless inspiration that’ll help you finalize your vision.