Houseplants for your flat
by Housesimple on 7th July 2018
Nothing says “competent grownup” like being able to keep a houseplant alive — but for some of us, that doesn’t come so easily. But even if you don’t have a green thumb, there’s no reason that you can’t have a thriving garden in your flat, no matter how small it might be. Plenty of greenery is really resilient to indoor living (and the occasional lack of water from your forgetfulness), so it’s time to get creative.
When planting indoors, don't be afraid to get creative with your planters. Wine bottles, pallets, old tea tins — there are so many different items that can be repurposed with creative flair. Once you have your vehicles picked out, you just have to find the plants to match. Here are some houseplants and other living things that even you can’t kill. Probably. Maybe.
Create Your Own Aftersun By Growing Aloe Vera
Aloe is pretty much the holy grail of plants for when you’re sure you can’t grow anything else. Not only will have a gorgeous plant, depending on the variety can also pick the stems for fresh aloe on a hot summer’s day. The dream. And though some aloe grows up to three feet tall, smaller varieties, like aloe vera, can fit in even your teeny-tiny flat.
Mount Mason Jars For An Indoor Herb Garden
Herbs are way easier to grow then you might imagine — and it will end the frustration of them always turning brown and horrible after one day in your fridge. Take some inspiration from Etsy and mount some mason jars for a simple garden. The depth of the mason jars is perfect for growing — and it will look incredibly on-trend. Into something a little less trendy and a little techier? There are plenty of herb garden containers that use technology to take out the guesswork.
Grow Your Own Avocado And Impress... Everyone
Who knew that with just an avocado pit, some water, and a few toothpicks, you can be well on your way to growing your own avocado? It’s actually way easier than you would imagine, you just need some sunny space and a little bit of patience. OK, a lot of patience. But then you’ll be able to make avocado toast with your own avocados.
Once you master that, you can branch out. Micro-greens, carrots, tomatoes — there are plenty of edible plants you can grow.
Create A Dramatic Corner With Some English Ivy
English Ivy is a great indoor ivy variation — not only does it grow quickly, but it has a more delicate feel than other ivies, so it looks great in a living room or bedroom. Greenery continues to be a modern decor favourite, so check out other green plants that grow easily indoors — like Spider Plants and Rubber Trees — to get your indoor garden started.
Embrace Your Inner Hipster And Go Full Cactus
Having a cactus or succulent used to mean you were basically admitting defeat and accepting your inability to nurture any living plant — but then, they became incredibly trendy. Cacti and succulents are a great way to pretend you’re just really hip, rather the horticulturally-challenged, and the mini-varieties add a wisp of whimsy to any flat.
Top Your Salad With Mason Jar Sprouts
OK, so maybe you’re not growing them, but this is such an easy and helpful tip it had to make the list. Sprouts pack a huge protein punch and are a great addition to a salad or sandwich — but they can seem a little pricey in most supermarkets. Instead, all you need is some mung beans or other sprout-ables and a jar. Cover them with water that you keep replacing and, before you know it, you’ll smothering everything you eat in sprouts.
You may not end up at the Chelsea Flower Show, but there’s no reason you can’t have a little greenery in your life. Picking the right plants and knowing your limits is key. Once you do that, you can combine them for a truly lush indoor space — without the fuss.