Have you ever wanted to have a dream garden but for one reason or another you have never been able to? Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have a massive yard in order to have a great looking garden, you don’t even need the space to be outside. For one, thanks to the recent increasing appeal of minimalistic spaces and tiny houses, there are numerous methods to achieve a wonderful indoor garden using an extremely small space.
Whether you live in a new age minimalistic home or a small apartment with no planting areas, there is quite a lot you can do using planters, pots and bespoke garden areas on something as simple as a countertop. It is even possible to make use of hydroponic systems and LED lights or simply make use of a couple of wall planters indoors with some sunlight and potting mix to grow your very own indoor garden. If having a garden that suits your style and needs outside seems impossible given your current living arrangements or due to the weather outside, you don’t have to worry. We have decided to get together a list of tips on how to maximise your space and also ensure your indoor garden is flourishing with the right mix of house plants in no time. Let us begin!!
What does low maintenance mean?
The term low maintenance does not mean there is no maintenance, and this is certainly not for lackadaisical harder era. Low maintenance in the sense of this article means low upkeep. This means that you have to make important and integral plant decisions. You also have to do your homework upfront to ensure that you do not have an indoor garden that needs you to put in a lot of work just for it to look good. When you are beginning the initial work of planning out and planting an indoor garden, you have to understand that it will not feel low maintenance at all. What you are doing will feel like quite a lot of work, however, you can be sure that it will be extremely gratifying, and the end result will be something that you definitely love.
In order to help you stick to the philosophy of low maintenance, below are a few tips you can utilise:
Ideas for a Low Maintenance Flower Garden
If you are interested in creating an indoor garden in an apartment, it is important that it is kept small. You have to take advantage of the required space, you could place something close to your front door, perhaps a little patch. You really do not want to do too much, it is important that your landscaping and indoor garden are simplified.
It is also be that you are solely interested in adding low maintenance flowers to an already existing garden design in a bid to add some colour pops and cheeriness.
Actually, beginning an indoor garden might be you starting out a hobby.
Tips to remember when creating an indoor garden
The first thing you have to remember when creating your indoor greenhouse is to ensure that it is kept small. You do not have to go overboard when searching for indoor house plants. You simply have to stick to at least 3 to 4 groupings of the same perennial, filling the rest of the void with annuals when selecting the best indoor plants.
The most pertinent tip that you should remember when creating your indoor garden is mulch. If you were to ask a gardener what their most important tip for gardening was, mulch would always be one of the top rated answers.
Mulch is an essential aspect of any garden and is a gardener’s best friend. Once you have planted your flower garden and watered it well, you can move to applying at least 3 inches thick layer of mulch. It is important that the mulch is completely shredded. If good mulch is out of your budget, then you might consider utilising untreated grass clippings and shredded leaves from the outside as they do the same thing. Mulch can be a great way to ensure that your soil retains its moisture. This makes sure that your plants do not dry out. If you do intend to have a low maintenance indoor garden, then mulch is something you cannot skip out on.
Why should you have an indoor garden?
Indoor plants are good for your mental health
The Journal of Health Psychology states that gardening can be a great stress reliever. A little over 30 minutes of gardening can help lower cortisol hormones which are the fight-or-flight response, according to the study. This is extremely important, when you consider the additional stress levels we have had to endure over the year, due to the numerous issues and problems associated with the pandemic. So rather than taking time to binge watch your next streaming service series, you should instead pick your gardening tools up and get to work. You are bound to feel much better.
Growing home plants can help provide you with a feeling of self-sufficiency and resilience
The surge of growing a garden indoors, particularly during this time of the year can help contribute to you having a greater feeling of empowerment. This enables you to become more self sustainable and resilient. There is actually quite a lot to be said about someone that makes the decision to grow, their own plants, especially when they are the easiest vegetables to grow.
Having an indoor garden can be a great way to leverage upon your space and level it up
If you happen to spend most of your time at home, it makes perfect sense that you make your space actually feel like home. Beginning an indoor garden in your space can be a great way to liven up your home and provide it with a new dynamic. Having some colour specifically something green and being near the presence of nature whilst still being inside can help ease any tension in the air, as well as providing your space some peace. And for what it is worth, you can get some great pictures out of that space.
Having tall indoor plants can help provide a sense of control especially when you are in situations that you do not typically have control over
You would be surprised to find out that quite a lot of people have gone green since the pandemic broke. Gardening it seems has made an astounding comeback and it is no surprise given that it can be quite calming, and it provides people something to do especially at a time when there are quite a number of things out of our control. Plants, particularly the edible varieties require a bit of attention and it provides us with a sense of purpose and something that you can take care of. Think of caring for your indoor garden as having the escape value and getting the opportunity to feel like you are actually doing something positive. When you have a positive control over your environment, you feel much better for it.
Growing plants inside can provide you with something else to do with your hands
If you happen to be in a weird patter of not knowing what to do, something that we are all too familiar with this year, it can be quite imperative to have some form of stability in at least one aspect of your life. When you make the decision to plant an indoor garden, you make the cognitive decision to follow the birth process of a plant, from a seed to a seedling and then a flower. This enables you to have some sense of predictability or rhythm to the madness that is the mundane. You can see it as something to look forward to and depend on. The year has been anything but normal, having an indoor greenhouse can offer you a way to make sense of the chaos.
Having an indoor garden enables you to surround yourself with indoor greenery provides a sense of community and resilience
There is something about an indoor garden particularly if you live in an apartment complex that brings people together. This is more so true when the indoor greenhouse is large enough to house a collaborative effort. This communal triumph over growing plants, particularly when you begin to see your plants fruit, or you pick your first harvest. You can exchange tips with neighbours and friends and even share the food you’ve grown. You can stand on the porch watering your herb pot while waving to the next-door neighbour standing on her porch doing the same thing. It feels like you are doing something that’s bigger than yourself and that is no small feat.
Flowers that Require Little Upkeep:
The flowers and indoor hanging plants that do not require a lot of upkeep are those that have no need for deadheading and even if they do require very little of it. To clarify, deadheading means to remove any spent blooms of a flower.
Just because a flower is easy to grow does not mean it doesn’t require a lot of care. Flowers, such as, marigolds are perhaps one of the most seamless flowers to grow, however, they can never be termed to be low maintenance. This is down to the fact that they require quite a lot of deadheading just so that they can look great.
When you begin to think of your indoor garden, you should consider that it has to be low maintenance and that means the indoor flowering plants you select have to take this into account. It is imperative that you refrain from flowers that are termed aggressive, vigorous spreaders or invasive. You really do not want to have to deal with clearing out a couple of seemingly weedy plants in a couple of years just because you wanted something that was low maintenance.
When selecting indoor flowering plants, you have to consider plants that have the following characteristics:
● Flowers that are not too picky in terms of soil
● Flowers that are not vigorous spreaders
● Flowers that do not require a lot of deadheading
● Flowers that require minimal deadheading
● Flowers that do not require staking
● Flowers that able to survive a little bit of neglect
● Flowers that aren’t prone to diseases or pest issues
If there is anything you should remember, Perennials should be seen as the foundation of an indoor garden’s flower bed. This is because they tend to come back every single year. Conversely, annual flowers, have to be replanted each year, however, they do tend to provide a bit of colour that remains constant during the entire growing season.
Perennials suited to receiving sunlight or partial sun
Perennial Geranium (cranesbill)
Autumn Joy Sedum
Low maintenance annuals that require sun light or partial sun
Low maintenance perennials more suited to the shade aka low light plants
Ferns (not ostrich)
Low maintenance annuals more suited to the shade aka low light plants
Polka dot plant
New Guinea Impatiens
Important tips on properly maintain a low maintenance indoor garden
When it comes to gardening, whether indoors or outdoors, watering is perhaps one of the most bothersome chores available. If you are really interested in having an indoor greenhouse that is low maintenance, you might consider installing some sort of irrigation system near your indoor garden. There are numerous out there for purchase and the majority of them enable you to connect a hose to a timer, letting that chore handle itself. If you are the forgetful type or are not really interested in remembering to water your plants, you might consider getting a timer for any water faucet you have. This tool can also be quite useful when you are going away for an extended period of time.
It might not seem like it, but weeding is a garden chore that you still have to do in a indoor garden. The weeds you get tend to come from seeds in the soil or mulch used, particularly if you do not use pre-packaged soil or mulch and have been sourcing for it by yourself. It might seem strange, but the most effective way to ensure weeds are kept at bay in the very first place is to utilise mulch just like stated above. However, this does not mean you will not have weeds. What you should do, is see weeding as another integral part of gardening.
The most effective way to get rid of weeds is to simply uproot them. If you are consistent in your efforts to get rid of weeds, then the number of weeds that appear in your indoor garden tend to decrease over time.
There are a few sidenotes you should bear in mind, it is important that you refrain from using weed cloth or landscape fabric as these tools do not work. If you are interested in laying down some sort of barrier, it is more efficient to use cardboard. You should also refrain from using any sort of weed killer, even if it has been labelled as organic. You should also steer clear of home remedies as well as they tend to cause more problems than they solve in the long run.
What you have to do is simply take about 20 to 25 minutes each week to conduct a weed pull through your home plants flower bed.
When it comes to a gardening chore that is commonly overlooked or neglected, deadheading takes the cake. While the flowers on the plants listed above are either self deadheading, meaning that the spent blooms simply fall off the plant, or those that require just a little bit of deadheading, there is still nothing wrong with taking the time out to tidy up your flower bed, ensuring that your home plants are continuously looking their best.
Just as with weeding, you have to set out a bit of time, anything from 15 to 20 minutes a week, depending on how large your indoor garden is to deadhead your best house plants. It is actually possible to combine the process of deadheading with weeding, basically killing two birds with one stone, to ensue that both chores are done at the very same time.
To deadhead, you simply need to get a pair of gardening shears which would be used to clip the spent flowers off from your plants. Doing this ensures that your house plants continue to look beautiful, providing more blooms which would then enhance the overall beauty and landscaping of your indoor garden. Indoor gardening can be more than just a hobby to pick up, there are quite a number of benefits associated with it.