Living in an apartment can be great, especially if you don’t need a lot of space for yourself. However, one thing that people often miss when they move into an apartment is that they don’t have the space for a garden anymore. However, you can turn parts of your apartment, like your balcony, into a beautiful and vibrant garden with the right design. You just need to be able to make the most out of the space available to you. Whether you want to keep your plants outside, or you’d prefer to have a few inside, there are a number of ways you can bring your apartment to life with help of some lovely flora.
Add some edibles
Edible plants are not only functional, but most of them look great as well. When you are living in a small space like an apartment and you don’t have a large area to work with, having plants that have both a functional and aesthetic purpose in your space is always a good idea. If you don’t want to have these plants on your balcony, then you can always move the smaller ones to your kitchen or another space inside the apartment, like a large window sill. This way will also allow you to keep an eye on them throughout the day because you will be able to see them more frequently and notice differences earlier. If you are starting small, it may be a good idea to start a micro-herb garden, which you can keep on your balcony or in the kitchen. A lot of herbs only require a small amount of space and upkeep, so they are easy to look after for beginners. They can also go in a window box, which will give them the sunlight that they need to grow.
Buy some long-life plants
If you are a novice gardener, or have little time to tend to your plants regularly, you can still find ways to bring plants into your space that require minimal effort. Succulents and cacti make great houseplants because they have minimal upkeep and can go for long periods without any water or plant food. A lot of people who are more serious about their gardens tend to shy away from these two varieties of plants because they don’t flower, but there are many varieties available these days that will suit any garden theme. Succulents and cacti are also great at filtering air and absorbing bacteria and toxins, so they are an excellent addition to any home.
Create A Balcony Haven
If you live in an apartment with a balcony, then you can absolutely have a garden - it is just a matter of designing it with an experienced landscaper, in a such a way that it is aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. You want your balcony garden to be an extension of your apartment’s aesthetic and to act as a place where you can relax alone or entertain friends. Rather than cluttering your small balcony area, it is vital to think about the placement and size of plants and how you can make the most of your space. Consider how much sunlight your balcony gets and how often the plants you will use will require watering when planning out your balcony garden.
Bring your plants inside
There are a lot of plants that thrive on warmth and many of them will be an excellent addition to your apartment. There are a number of different plants that people usually go for when they are looking for indoor plants like the ficus or pothos, but there are many more options than those. If you’re looking for a plant to put in your bedroom, then a snake plant may be a good idea. These plants work well indoors, out of direct sunlight and only require watering every now and then. But best of all, snake plants are good for in the bedroom because they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, which promotes better breathing while you sleep and thus more oxygen to your brain. Another space in your home that you can add some plants to is the bathroom. A bathroom is a great place for plants that enjoy a low level of light and high levels of humidity. Large-leaved varieties like the fiddle-leaf fig or dieffenbachia, work well in these areas or if you’re after something smaller, then look to something like an orchid to give the space a bit more interest.
Use some funky pots and planters
Most people forget that you can see the pots and planters that your plants are growing in. When you live in an apartment and most of your plants are in pots or planter boxes, you need to take the time to make sure they look nice and fit in with the rest of your surroundings. Different types of pots and planters can found at any home improvement store or garden shop, and you can usually find a number of different solutions to suit many different styles and budgets.
Bringing plants into your apartment is easy. If you have an idea of what plants you like, and you know what plants you want to bring into your space, then you won’t have any issues finding the right ones for you. If you have any issues deciding which plants are right for you, it is always a good idea to talk to the experts at your local garden shop or speak to a garden designer who can advise you on what would work for your space and skillset.