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Container Garden Décor

Embellish your home with cordial warmth using annuals, perennials, flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, foliage, shrubs and even small potted trees! Plants for indoor container gardening include just about any plant you can imagine!

When choosing the best plants for indoor container gardening, first choose your location.

How Will Your Indoor Garden Grow?

An indoor container garden can be several pots with a single plant or several plants in a single container. To begin, measure the area you want to decorate and decide how many plants your space will comfortably hold. Add extra space and vertical interest to small areas with a wall sconce, hanging planter, or other mounted container.

When choosing your plants for container gardening, carefully consider your needs as well as theirs. Some plants need more care than others do. A high-maintenance container garden paired with a hectic schedule can fast turn an indoor gardening hobby into a headache.

Location as well as light is an important factor for healthy plants. For instance, some ferns grow best in low light, but an active hallway heat vent might be just as harmful to them as no heat at all!

Don't Let Plants Rub Either You or Each Other the Wrong Way!

Select compatible plants. Aggressive plants can quickly edge out non-competitive container garden neighbors by competing for light as well as water and nutrients. The ivy that looked absolutely charming may decide to sneak over and overshadow your aloe!

Especially make sure that companion plants, those that share a pot, have elbowroom. Even small plants can be vigorous in bloom and quickly encroach on neighboring territories.

Choose your containers with the same care you put into selecting your plants. Although a ceramic bowl is decorated with a cactus motif, it may not provide adequate drainage for your prickly pear.

Also, make sure that as well as space for your pots, you save space for plant saucers under plants that need them. Drainage for plants becomes unimportant if your carpet becomes drenched with overflow!

A good tip for indoor plant drainage is to use containers that have drainage holes at their outer edges rather than those that have a single hole. Containers with side holes help to evenly and quickly purge excess water, giving your plants a better drink at watering time and letting your potting mixture retain more moisture than planters with a single bottom hole.

Indoor container gardening is both an adventure in decorating and a relaxing way to spend leisure time. In either case, decorating with indoor container plants is a satisfying way to add warmth to your home on cold, dreary days and extra brightness to your décor every day.