Our gar­den ex­pert Mered­ith Kir­ton shares her ideas for bring­ing plants into small in­door spa­ces.

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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.

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