Calling all urban gardeners…We’re all used to working with space constraints and the dreaded air pollution. Lavender, said to be one of the hardiest of plants, barely survived a week in my make shift window box. So, I’ve had to resign myself to faux flowers in said window box, as well as succulents, air plants and indoor-friendly palms.
Here are a few hacks useful hacks to make apartment gardening a reality…
The hanging garden
Suspended planters or trailing vines are a great way to hang foliage wherever you want, without taking up any floor space. You won’t be short of options with their popularity continuing to rise. For a bohemian feel, pick a planter with a macramé holder or opt for metal for a more industrial feel.
The vertical garden
If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony, or just have some free wall space, gardening vertically is a great option. Recycled palettes are now commonly used to plant flowers and herbs. Stack them on top of each other and, for an extra stylish touch, opt for wine boxes or old crates with place names and vineyards emblazoned on them.
Reused Kilner jars are ideal for attaching to the wall and are really on trend. Make sure to keep things simple by using glass, wood and metal materials, so the planters fit in with any interior.
The great thing about vertical gardening is you can stack as high as you want without taking up any extra square footage.
The window box
One of the obvious choices if you’re lacking space and looking to introduce some colour is the window box, which is easy to assemble. Mesh baskets work particularly well as they allow for good irrigation, while a wooden box adds a real rustic touch. If you’re placing yours near the kitchen window, fill it with herbs to enjoy while you’re cooking.
Make your garden work overtime, serving as both greenery and a decorative ornament for your surfaces. A terrarium or pretty ceramic pot can make a real statement on a table. You’re also simply placing something on top of an object already taking up floor space, so it’s a win-win.
The forever faux
If the flowers in your window box are struggling, your flat has limited natural light or you simply don’t have time to look after your plants, opt for fake foliage. The highstreet offering is extremely impressive with the likes of Neptune, OKA and Abigail Ahern selling remarkably realistic flowers and plants in a multitude of colours.
So, whether you decide to embrace one (or all five of these tips), it’s easier than ever to introduce a bit of greenery into your apartment, be it on your balcony or indoors.