Our garden expert Meredith Kirton shares her ideas for bringing plants into small indoor spaces.
How to bring greenery into compact indoor spaces.
Suspend terrariums for spacesaving baubles of green.
1. PLANT UP A TERRARIUM These are an easy-care indoor option. The enclosed environment means the plants can cope with challenges like heaters, airconditioning and chemicals (from room fresheners and scented candles) better than most indoor plants. To create a strata effect to the soil, try layering charcoal at the bottom, then peat or sphagnum moss and pebbles. Succulents and air plants are good plant choices. You can even suspend some terrariums for space-saving baubles of green. 2. MAKE A VIGNETTE When planting in large containers, imagine each tub as a mini garden and position plants so there’s a backdrop, centrepiece and cascading front runner. You’ll extend flowering potential and get more bang for your buck from each tub. 3. TRY BONSAI These miniatures make fabulous “pets” for the horticulturally inclined. While they need to be grown outside, they can be brought inside as a display but require good light and air movement. Bonsai like to be watered daily and both roots and shoots pruned annually to keep them in check. Many are decades old and part of the family, being passed down along generations. 4. HANG THE GARDEN Suspending potted plants is a great way to bring greenery indoors, using vertical space. Macramé hangers, baskets and jellymould-like planters filled with foliage are all making a fashion comeback. Try hardy indoor plants like devil’s ivy and spider plant, or ferns on shady balconies. In brighter areas, use creeping succulents like string of pearls and chain of hearts. 5. LIMITED ON SPACE? Plants like succulents are perfect for unusual and smaller vessels like terracotta roof tiles, shells and wall-mounted planters. They root easily from cuttings and come in so many varieties that their appearance ranges from looking like cabbages and roses to jelly beans and fuzzy felt! 6. CONSIDER A CLIMBER Plants that grow up or down create vertical interest. Train climbing plants to grow over a wall-mounted trellis, old window frame or picture frame, or allow the fronds to spill down from an elevated pot placed up on a high shelf or on top of a cabinet or bookshelf. Lush leafy vines like devil’s ivy and heart-leaf philodendron are fast growing, fairly indestructible and among the best plants for purifying the air – but be aware they may be toxic to pets.
Variety is nice Choose plants with a range of foliage shape and colour. Position, position Arrange a cluster of pots based on height.