You don’t have to give up gardening just because you live in a small space or have limited space in your home or office. The key is knowing which plants will best suit your needs and how to care for them properly. While some large plants may be beautiful additions to a home or office, they can quickly overwhelm a small space. Let’s discuss the best plants for small spaces.
Most people with smaller homes and apartments tend to have limited outdoor space as well. The good news is that there are plenty of lovely houseplants that will spruce up any area, from mantelpieces and window sills to shelves and tabletops.
Hanging baskets are a great way to add greenery without taking up too much space, too. Simply hang the basket from the ceiling or a wall hook and enjoy the beauty of your new plant friend. If you have an area near a window that gets lots of sun, consider adding a plant that enjoys bright conditions such as a cactus, aloe or even an African violet.
Of course, plants are not just for indoors. Many plants can be grown in containers and enjoyed around your backyard patio, porch or entryway. Specially designed pots are available that can hold several types of plants so you can create beautiful displays without taking up too much space.
If you have little room for traditional containers, try growing plants in hanging containers or wall terrariums. You can also get creative and use an old boot, whiskey barrel or other unique item to display a beautiful plant.
Or simply take things up a notch by creating your own self-watering garden using recycled items such as an old tire or wooden barrel.
Some of the most popular choices for small spaces include:
• Aloe – A beautiful and easy-to-care-for succulent that will add color and charm to any room. Keep in a warm dry place in indirect sunlight and water when soil is completely dry. They can also be planted in outdoor gardens and containers.
• Bromeliads – Bromeliads are a colorful and fun flowering plant that grow in the form of rosettes. The wide exotic leaves make for beautiful accents to any room or outdoor area, but require indirect sunlight. Allow soil to dry before watering again and fertilize every few months with an all-purpose fertilizer. They also do well in hanging baskets.
• Cactus – Most types of cacti are perfect for small spaces because they only need indirect sunlight and once established, very little water. They are also easy to care for making them wonderful houseplants.
• Geraniums – Grown in containers or window boxes, geraniums come in many colors, sizes and forms to add a bright pop of color to any room or outdoor garden. They grow in well in hanging baskets and enjoy moist soil, but only need water when the top two inches are dry.
• Ivy – Ivy is a popular choice for small spaces because it grows easily indoors without lots of direct sunlight or water. If kept inside, be sure to keep this plant away from drafty areas as it is sensitive to cold.
• Rubber Plant – The Rubber Plant is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for tree that makes a dramatic addition to any room. It prefers indirect sunlight, so try placing near a window where the bright light can filter in. Water when the top two inches of soil in the pot are completely dry.
• Snake Plant – The Snake Plant is perhaps one of the easiest plants to care for making it a wonderful choice for any small space. It enjoys bright indirect light, but tolerates dark conditions well. Water when the top two inches of soil are dry and fertilize every 6 months or so.
• Zebra Plant – The delicate leaves of the zebra plant add a touch of elegance to any room or outdoor garden space. Water when the top two inches of soil are dry and place in bright light, but avoid direct sunlight which may burn its leaves.
• Palm Trees – Although palm trees can get quite large with some varieties reaching up to 100 feet, there are a number of small house palms that range from 2-15 feet tall. They do well indoors with a bright sunny room and enjoy moist soil.
• Peace Lily – These beautiful plants have dark green leaves and come in a variety of colors including white, yellow and dark purple. Although they prefer bright indirect light, they will tolerate low light conditions. Keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot.
• Philodendron – This lovely plant comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors making it perfect for small spaces indoors or out. They do well in indirect sunlight and require regular watering with only dry soil before watering again. Fertilize once or twice a month only if the plant is actively growing.
• Umbrella Plant – This lovely and easy-to-care-for houseplant grows beautiful umbrella shaped leaves and tolerates low light conditions well. Water when the top two inches of soil are dry and place in indirect sunlight, but avoid hot, direct sunlight which can burn the leaves.
• ZZ Plant – This is a wonderful hanging plant that does well indoors in bright light and needs only water when the soil has completely dried. Water sparingly as this plant prefers to be on the dry side.
The article above provides you with some of the most beautiful and easy-to-care-for plants for small spaces. These plants can be grown indoors or outdoors and require minimal water and light to thrive. Try adding a few of these exotic beauties to your home for a touch of color, life and fun!
This is the part where I tell you to plant some plants. Plants are awesome because they make your home look pretty, provide oxygen for you and other living things in your house, clean indoor air by absorbing pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (yikes), keep spiders out of your space (spiders suck!); all while providing habitat for wildlife outside your window. And if that wasn’t enough – plants also help insulate walls from heat loss in winter time; reduce dry skin problems; improve sleep quality; increase mental health benefits; serve as an alternative source of food when necessary…and so much more. Happy planting!
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