How to Start Your Indoor Garden | Homewise

In today’s busy world, we easily forget the important role nature can play in our everyday lives. Some people believe plants emit positive energy as well as oxygen, so a little greenery could influence our moods and benefit our health.

Unfortunately, outdoor space isn’t guaranteed with every property, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a spot of gardening at home. Why not bring the outdoors in and start your own indoor garden?

Not sure where to begin? Sit back, relax and take a moment to read our short guide on how to start your indoor garden this Spring.


Indoor plants in home


Step 1 – Choose the right plants

The first step in starting your own indoor garden is to look at each room in your home objectively. What space and light do you have available in the property? The conditions of the space may influence your choice of plants. Some indoor plants may require plenty of natural light to thrive, where others prefer cooler, darker spaces.

Also, consider the purpose of each room when choosing your indoor plants. For example, you may find herbs useful to grow in the kitchen and perhaps a touch of lavender in the bedroom could help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen; with increased oxygen levels your breathing can be significantly improved, so it’d be great to have a touch of nature in throughout your home. If you’re not sure which plants to choose, visit the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) website where the experts offer their advice for choosing indoor plants.


Lavender basket and potted plants


Step 2 – Get creative with your pots

Planters come in all shapes and sizes, why not get a little creative and recycle objects from around the home to plant in? Jars, buckets, watering cans, baskets, tins… There are many items you could transform in to a first-class indoor plant pot. Take this opportunity to enjoy your gardening and showcase your design flair!

Plant pots and display stands can be customised to match your colour scheme and a creative display is a wonderful conversation piece for visitors. Don’t forget to get creative with your plant placement too. Draw the eye up by using display shelves and hanging plants, this will create the illusion of more space in your property. Need to make more room? Take a look at our guide to spring cleaning and decluttering your home for top tips.

If you’re looking for a fun project for your indoor garden, why not create your own terrarium? This small, indoor garden grows in a glass container and can be a great starting project for any level of experience. Plus, it could be the perfect rainy-day project to try with your grandchildren – fun for all ages! Watch this how-to video from ProFlowers to get you started.


Hanging plants


Step 3 – Keep up the good work

You’ve carefully chosen your plants, where to place them and are now enjoying the added touch of greenery throughout your home. However, without the right care and attention, your plants will begin to wither.

It might seem easy to start your own indoor garden, but the trick to a thriving indoor garden is continued maintenance. A little tender loving care (and some water!) will ensure your dream indoor garden continues to thrive. Set an alarm or mark it on the calendar, whatever helps to remind you when the plants need tending.

With your indoor garden growing, why stop there? If you’re retired or have a little free time on the weekends, you could continue your learning online or take a course from the experts. RHS offers courses all year round, take a look at the RHS website to find a gardening course near you.

There are many benefits to starting your own indoor garden, especially the health benefits you could enjoy with the right plants in your home. If you’re thinking about your outdoor space too, read this easy-to-follow guide to creating a stunning small garden.


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