Creating an indoor “winter garden” is easier than you might think, and it needn’t be expensive. In fact, it can be as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 to turn the winter “blahs” into winter “aahs” in your home!
Pick your best spot. A table or shelf under a window, a windowsill, the floor next to a window or patio door, or any combination of the above is perfect. Make sure it’s a spot in a room where you spend a lot of time, or where you’d like to, so you can be sure to see and enjoy your “garden” frequently. Perhaps your spot is in your living room, your dining room or area, or your family room. Make sure you have a comfortable sofa, chair or chairs where you can sit to enjoy the view. I chose a spot in our living room, right next to our sofa and patio doors that look out onto the deck.
Looking through the doors gives us a nice, indoor-outdoor feeling any time of year. It also happens to be a very sunny location, which makes it easier to grow flowering plants.
Find some plants. First, take a look around your home to see what you might already have. Most likely, you’ll need to add at least one or two new plants. I found I already had a good-sized Spathiphyllum and a small Heart-leaf Philodendron. At Christmas time, a good friend sent us some Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs in a beautiful silvery pot. My thoughtful brother had given us an Amaryllis bulb (whose stem now seems to be growing to epic proportions!) All I needed to add was a Cyclamen, which I snagged for just $7.99 at our local Market Basket supermarket.
TIP: If you have enough light in your spot, you’ll want to have at least one flowering plant.
If not, choose green plants in shades that range from green to white to yellow to purple. You might want to add a plant that has scented flowers, such as a Hyacinth. For some ideas and inspiration, just search: “easy-to-grow houseplants.”
“Plant” your “garden.” Gather all your selected plants into to your chosen spot. Your garden might look nicest on more than one level – some on a table and some on a floor, for instance. My garden seemed to look best when I arranged some of the plants on a metal and glass table and some of them on the floor beside it.
TIP: Keep in mind that you want to put taller/higher plants in the back and shorter/lower plants in the front, so that everything can be seen and enjoyed to its fullest. Having a variety of pots or containers adds visual interest. Move the plants around until you find the arrangement that’s most pleasing to you.
Now, take some time, sit down, relax, and enjoy your beautiful winter garden!
Michele O’Connor is co-publisher of a blog called “Ahh The Simple Life,” www.ahhthesimplelife.com, along with her dear sister, Carol Preibis. Carol loves to write about cooking and voluntary simplicity, and I love to write about everything to do with the home. It seems like I’ve been interested in creating beautiful interior environments forever, and I have a fervent desire to help people have homes in which they will be happy and healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
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