When you don’t have access to your own garden, but still want to bring the outside in, look into creating your very own container garden indoors. There are a wide variety of houseplants that can survive happily year round in your apartment. Not only do they bring a bit of vibrancy to your home, but they also purify the air — a great benefit for small spaces. In this post, we’ll fill you in on the hardiest houseplants and some fun ideas for indoor summer gardening to inspire your green thumb.
Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors
Head to your local nursery or Home Depot store to peruse their wide selection of starter plants — they’re already well on their way to healthy growth and are easy to transplant into pretty terracotta or plastic planters. In a sunny window, try your hand at growing hearty herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, chives, and chervil. Learn some handy tips on indoor herb growing HERE.
Houseplants don’t need to be all leafy green varieties (though we love those too!). You can add a pop of color with low-light flowering plants such as Bromeliads, which have a tropical look and brightly hued, waxy flowers (Ikea carries these, and a great selection of other low-light thriving house plants, at affordable prices). We also love delicate African Violets, whose thick, fuzzy leaves and tiny purple blooms are both cheerful and charming. Click HERE for more flowering houseplant ideas.
The beautiful Bonsai tree has long been connected to ancient customs and mind-balancing, zen practices. They thrive in warm environments, so in Minnesota, growing them indoors is ideal. Place in a sunny spot and enjoy incredibly low maintenance care and infrequent watering responsibilities. If you really want to get into the bonsai spirit, regularly trim and prune your tree to influence its shape. Find Bonsai online or head to Ikea’s garden department.
Hardy Leafy Varietals
Your local garden center is rife with good, hardy houseplants at affordable prices. Add some lush greenery to your apartment without worrying about needing full sunlight or dealing with finicky plants that need a lot of attention to survive. Fiddle Leaf Fig plants offer dark, waxy green leaves and grow high, not wide, saving you floor space. Pothos plants can be hung in a basket or potted normally, with tie-dye looking leafy vines that are known for their air purification properties. Learn more about many other wonderfully hardy houseplants HERE.