A small outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t have a great garden. Whether it’s a patio, balcony or even your windowsill – there’s always an opportunity to flex those green fingers.
From growing your own herbs, making a feature from foliage to nurturing vegetables – we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to create a green space:
1. Pallet Planters
If you don’t have a big garden, you can still grow multiple plants by using vertical space.
Pallets are a great option – lean them against a wall, or stack on top of each other. Simply add soil and plant your favourites. Leafy cascading plants like Sweet Peas or Nasturtiums create a stunning visual display.
2. Trellis plant wall
This is a lovely idea for both indoors and out.
Add a trellis to fences or walls and hang your pots or baskets. Super flexible too so you can swap in seasonal items, or use for a herb garden. The only way is up!
3. Shoots in a shoe holder
Why not try a shoe holder? Or shoes!? This budget option is also effective for displaying several plants at once.
Transportable and space saving greenery all in one.
4. Plant pot-ty about fences
If you’ve run out of space for plant pots – make sure you utilise fence poles or the edge of your balcony.
These spaces are perfect for hanging your greenery, whether it’s in purpose-built planters, or do-it-yourself with a nail, pot and a piece of string.
5. Umbrella plants
If you’ve only got room on your patio for tables and chairs, you need to be efficient with your use of space.
Why not use the base of your umbrella as flower pot? A wonderful way to get some greenery in a small space!
6. Feature Foliage
Bring outdoors, indoors. House plants are fantastic!
They add colour and texture to your indoor space, make a lovely focal feature, plus they can help to purify the air.
Our top 3 house plants are:
- English Ivy, easy to grow, evergreen and – according to NASA – the no.1 air filtering plant.
- Aloe, known for its healing properties for cuts and burns, it is also great at filtering pollutants from cleaning products (Hint: leaves will display brown spots when harmful levels are in excess).
- Peace Lily, lovely and low-maintenance. Plus, it reduces toxins in the air.
7. House fruit and Veg
There are so many options for growing fruit and veg indoors. Citrus trees are impressive and add a lively scent to the house.
You can also grow your own fresh vegetables inside – tomatoes, spinach, lettuce and carrots are all excellent choices.
If you want to try something different, our recommendation is an avocado plant! You can do this using the clean pit from an avocado.
- Poke 3 tooth picks through the centre so you can suspend it in water (broad end must be at the bottom).
- Keep in a warm place. Roots and stem sprout in 2-6 weeks.
- Move it to rich humus soil, leaving the seed half exposed.
- Give frequent light watering. The most sunlight the better.
8. In-house Herbs
If you want fresh herbs at your cooking fingertips, then planting Thyme or Basil on the windowsill is a fab idea. You can use upcycled yoghurt pots, tin cans, pasta jars, or even pretty tea cups!
Start with a layer of stones, then fill with potting mix. Plant the seed of your choice about 1 inch deep. Water and watch it grow!
9. Table Terrarium
Succulents are having a moment! They are an effortless way to add stylish nature to your home.
So, get involved with these simple steps:
- Line the bottom of a glass container with stones.
- Add soil.
- Plant your succulents.
- Cover with more stones.
Either hang them around the house or arrange them on a table or shelf. Terrific Terrariums!
10. Flower Power
You can also grow your own flowers indoors! They look delightful and make great gifts too.
All you need is a vase, some stones, and a flower bulb – great indoor options are Hyacinths, Daffodils and Tulips.
- Fill the vase with stones, your bulb, and then more stones.
- Keep it watered – covering about ½ inch of the bulb.
- Place in a warm spot.
Hope we’ve given you some inspiration to start creating your own green space!
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