Gardening when you have no extra space can be tricky. Want to add some green to your home or apartment? Just because you don’t have a large yard or live out in the country doesn’t mean you can enjoy gardening.
Add a few potted plants. While most would like large sprawling bright flower gardens around our home, it’s not always possible.
You can find potted flowers nearly everywhere in the spring or you can start your own from seed. Start with small pots and plants that won’t outgrow their containers. Your local garden center should be able to point out a few good varieties for you for your area. Many plants and flowers will do great in pots.
Plants like Begonias, Dwarf Hydrangeas, Pansies, Violas, Hostas, Zinnias, Coralbells, Dianthus, and Ornamental Pepper will grow nicely in pots without having to plant in the ground.
You can even grow your own fresh vegetables in containers or pots, both standard and hanging baskets. Lettuce, peppers, greens, herbs, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries all grow good in containers.
Plants for low Light
If you dont have many windows or don’t have much space around them you can find plants that don’t require as much light.
Plant that do good with little light like Ivy, Snake Plants, Ferns, Pothos, Philodendrons, Begonias, and Spider plants work well.
In the Yard
If you have some room outdoors and want a flower garden but don’t have as good a green thumb as Grandma did, you still have great options. If you have a deck, small patio, or corner of the yard, you have great options to add some plants.
What’s your Hardiness Zone?
Every plant has it’s limits on cold and what it can take to survive. Planting outside to early can result in damaged or dead plants. Wherever you buy your plants from can tell you when you can safely put your seedling out. Or if you would rather you can find great information online from the United States Department of Agriculture or the Old Farmers Almanac.
Think Small and Learn
When first starting out get advice from those who know. Your local garden center or extension service would be your best places to find information about your area. What’s good in the Southeast isn’t going to be best for someone living in New York or Chicago.
Find out about your soil by having it tested or use packaged potting soil. Different plants will grow best in different soils. Some plants can be finicky on PH levels or moisture content, etc This is something you garden center should be able to help you with as well.
Make it Easier on Yourself
Set yourself up right to start with by choosing plants that are great for beginners or someone who has a tendency to kill every plant they get.
Plants that grown without much care like Pothos, Aloe Plant, Ponytail Palms, Succulents, Snake Plant, Spider Plants, and Luck Bamboo make the best starter plants.