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How to Add "Green" to a Small Space

by 97495429 November 15, 2012

When you live in an apartment in a concrete jungle (or any small apartment for that matter), one of the best things you can do for your space is add a little "green" to it. It's one of those space updates that can seem insignificant, but no matter how much of a city mouse you are, having your own window garden paradise will instantly brighten your day.

Not sure your thumb is green enough? Don't know where to start? Follow these 5 tips to easily add some "green" to your space (and keep it alive).


1. Find potted plants and trees that work with the amount of sunlight you get in your place. Do pay attention to the amount of sunlight each variety requires. Don't try to bring an outdoor plant indoors ... it doesn't work.

2. Start small. Not sure if you'll actually keep up with watering? Instead of splurging on a big, expensive plant, pick up a few small inexpensive plants that you can place around your apartment or arrange on a window sill.  It's less of an investment, but makes just as much of an impact.

3. Decide if you'll be able to keep up with a high maintenance plant, or if you're a low maintenance kind of girl ... and be honest with yourself, or you'll end up with a lot of brown plants. Some great low maintenance plants: succulents (hello, terrarium), herbs, mini topiaries, and the fiddleleaf fig (on my wish list!).

4. Plant an herb garden on your window sill. Pick up a few seed packets, a pot, and some soil and plant your own variety for less than $20. The added bonus: you'll have fresh herbs to use in your cooking.

5. Don't over water!!! I am totally guilty of this one. The #1 killer of house plants is probably over watering. Look up or ask a specialist how often each plant needs watering. You'll be surprised – some plants only need to be spritzed with water or watered every few weeks.

My favorite place to find plants is Terrain, but Ikea, Jayson Home, Home Depot, Lowe's (or other home improvement stores) usually have a decent selection. If you're looking for seeds, you can grab them at places like Home Depot, but sometimes even Target stocks them!

What are some of your favorite indoor plants?




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Melissa | The Atelier
Melissa | The Atelier

November 19, 2015

They make such a difference, especially work spaces! :)

alaugh
alaugh

November 19, 2015

Love this, Melissa! I have a friendly little plant on my desk at school and it keeps me company & livens up the room for sure.Alex

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