Deeply desire a garden but think you’ve nowhere to grow anything? Think again.
Plants grow everywhere, such as in humid and dark spaces. Help nature thrive on your porch railing, in a raised bed or indoors. From aquatic plants to vertically-grown vegetables, here are six flower trends you can adopt no matter where you live.
Six flower trends you can adopt no matter where you live
You’re totally a mermaid. Right?
Is your green thumb more Poison Ivy than the Good Witch vibes? Do you tend to over-water your plants? Aquatic plants live in water, and therefore, you can’t over water them.
Channel your inner Ariel and search for beautiful and eccentric glass containers and jars to house your beautiful underwater garden. Go to a pet store and you’ll find the basics you need to get started. Take a jar and drop some pebbles in it around the strong roots of the amazonicus — or Amazon sword plant.
You typically find the amazonicus in aquariums which means you have an excuse to make new fish friends. You probably want to upgrade from the jar if your new friends decide to move in with you. Whether you live in a large house or a shoe box apartment in NYC, aquatic plants are low-maintenance for high-maintenance lifestyles — and mermaids.
Dark Space Plants
Do you live in a cave? Does your home not get much light? Some smaller apartments and homes are lucky to get a few hours of light at sunset, and that’s it.
Dark space plants live on low light indoors and don’t have to look like boring office plants. In fact, many vary in color, like the plant genus dracaena, — which differ vastly in shape, size and color. They only need a little water and like dark spaces. Dracaena are also called “corn plants,” and you frequently see them in commercial developed areas.
Dwarf Fruit Trees
You don’t need to wait a generation for an orchid to sprout fruit for you. Invest in a few dwarf trees for your indoor spaces, and grow your own lemons, limes and oranges like you run the gardens of Versailles.
Meyer lemons and kaffir limes grow well indoors. Calamondin orange tree has high tolerance for the inside life, and they live happily in six-inch deep soil until three or four years old. Then, you add another two inches of soil. Enjoy the fruit and flowers for months.
Stones at the bottom of the pot help with drainage and prevent root rot. The soil should be slightly acidic. Place the dwarf fruit tree in a sunny room, and when it’s nice out, slowly integrate the plant into outdoor life and back again as needed. They prefer warm and milder weather.
Flower and Herb Raise Beds
Raised flower beds are perfect for those sharing space with other renters or owners, such as in a townhouse. Several row houses are each connected by a side wall. If you imagine what a townhouse yard looks like, it makes sense to incorporate raised beds to compliment the architectural aesthetic while providing space in a small area to grow beautiful flowers and herbs as a part of the health food trend. Raised beds can elevate all the way up to your waist, offering relief bad back pain in older folks that don’t have to strain to garden.
Shop for or collect seeds from your favorite herbs to grow in a 4×4 foot bed which allows you to reach over to the center from all sides. These little beds allow you to grow complimentary herbs that you can categorize as your aster or salad bed. 4×4 beds aren’t difficult to maintain.
According to Pinterest, the popularity of pins associated with patterned plants went up by 533 percent in 2018. The most popular patterned plant is the maranta, or prayer plant. This stylish plant folds up its leaves in the evening and expands them during the day. The plant is also nontoxic to dogs and cats.
The plant needs partial shade and moist soil. Grow in soil enriched with compost or peat and mist the plant regular to maintain humidity levels. The maranta is great for small apartments, shady back porches and other indoor areas. Plant several to get a tropical feel.
Don’t have room to grow out? Grow up by making a flexible trellis out of bamboo to let the expanding vines move with freedom. Make a loop and bundle three poles together. Between two of these tripods, you create a netting like a soccer goal. You can grow beans, peas, cucumbers, melons and squash.
This is the perfect answer for small lots where the only answer is to grow up. You can use railing and other trellis-like structures to grow veggies. Research the strength of the plant in advance and keep up with your pruning.
You don’t want to grow these indoors. Many vines sprawl outward and keep going.
Environment and space limitations look like impossible obstacles to cultivating a thriving garden at first. Don’t lose all hope.
Get creative with your plant choices and space usage. There’s a plant for every type of home and environment that will likely survive your lack of a green thumb.