Houseplants are a many-splendored thing. Not only can they improve the air quality and flow of your home, research suggests that simply looking at them can lift your spirits, too.
Good news: Growing an indoor (and even renter-friendly) garden is easier than you might think. To prove our point, we gathered a handful of beautiful and beneficial indoor garden ideas that you can try at home. From mini windowsill herb gardens to living walls and beyond, here are five ways to use houseplants at home that are every bit as fun as they are rewarding.
1. Start a windowsill herb garden.
Your windowsill is teeming with garden opportunity, it just takes the right plants. Fill a handful of petite pots with soil and sprinkle a few herb seeds into each—think basil, chives, and cilantro—and voila: you’ve got a mini windowsill herb garden that you can quickly pluck from whenever you’re cooking dinner.
2. Hanging planters FTW.
Why display your houseplants the old-fashioned way when you can show them off in style? Available in a wide variety of materials and finishes, hanging planters allow you to hang your houseplants from the ceiling, so you can reap the air purifying benefits of an indoor garden in any size of space. Or if you have a leafy green plant that’s already situated in a sleek planter, like the Philodendron Green in Small Grant Planter by The Sill , consider a rope or macramé plant hanger so you don’t have to repot.
3. Regrow veggies from scraps.
Looking for a goof-proof way to grow your own vegetables indoors? Believe it or not, you can cultivate certain veggies, such as garlic, onions, and celery, by simply planting their scraps in a planter with nutrient-rich soil. Just make sure you place them somewhere super bright and sunny, such as a sunroom or even your porch, or near a grow light, since they require lots of sunlight to properly regrow.
4. Forge a living wall.
If you aren’t already to hip living walls, then now’s the time to smarten up. Whether with a plant trellis or floating planters, living walls are a stylish way to score an indoor garden at home without taking up an inch of surface space. DIY your own indoor garden display by installing a plethora of pretty wall-mounted planters in a humdrum room, or consider filling a wall rack with shelves with chic succulents, such as the Echeveria Agavoides in Mini Prospect Planter by The Sill, for a more streamlined houseplant scene.
5. Try an aquatic garden.
Have a bad track record with keeping houseplants alive? No worries. Certain plants, including English ivy, pothos, and philodendron can grow in a jar filled with nothing but water, so you can reap the feel-good benefits of having houseplants around your home—no green thumb necessary.