In the apartment community I live in, I have a neighbor who happily sits outside every few weekends, working on the flowers he planted in the small patch of land adjacent to his window. The landscapers take care of everything on the property, and the grounds are clean and beautiful. But pretty flowers are sparse, so I was happy to see this man take the opportunity to make at least a small part of the property look that much more vibrant.
There’s something about plants and flowers, how they brighten a living space, add to your decor and lift your mood. Like many who live in apartments or condos, I can’t exactly have a huge garden with veggies and pretty colors. If you’re lucky, you can take part in community garden projects. But if you don’t have that option, here are some great ideas for indoor plants (even if you lack a green thumb).
- Succulents – My niece has a thing for tiny succulent plants, and has scattered several throughout her apartment. They’re easy to take care of, come in all shapes and sizes, and (bonus) some, like Aloe Vera, even purify the air.
- Ivy – Want something with a little more drama? Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos) and English Ivy are both beautiful options, and like many indoor plants, help clean the air.
- Cactus – I’m a big fan of the desert, so it’s nice to bring it home. Want a pop of color? Try the Moon Cactus (Grafted Cactus).
- Moth Orchid – This is a gorgeous plant that’s easy to take care of. My trick? Whenever the moss is completely dry, give it a little warm water directly on the roots/moss until it’s soggy. They like warm areas but keep it out of direct sunlight.
- Ferns – They aren’t as generic as you might think, and come in all shapes and sizes. Try a Crocodile Fern for a touch of interesting texture.
- Ficus – Got a bit more space to spare? This small tree loves sunlight, and you can even braid its stems.
- Shamrock Plant – Feeling lucky? This charming little plant has cheery white flowers and is easy to take care of.
- Palms – Ready for a challenge? Bring the beach inside with smaller indoor palms, like the Areca Palm and the Sentry Palm. They’re a bit tougher to care for, but are worth the extra effort!
- Bonsai – Create a tiny work of art with your favorite Bonsai tree.
Once you dive into the world of plants, start your own small veggie garden in the kitchen! Fresh tomatoes; need I say more?