How to create an Indoor Garden
Whether you are a Gardener looking to branch out and offer different services or a tradesperson looking for something new, we have a curveball idea for your homes: indoor gardens. You may have heard Monty Don talking about these on Gardeners World, but we wanted to give you a rundown of how you can create them, what you can offer potential customers and general ideas for popular indoor gardens.
Whether you are looking for a tropical oasis, generally love houseplants or want to make your home more zen, we have you covered.
Different types of indoor gardens
There are various styles of indoor gardens that you can create for yourself or install for a client. Every home or office is different, with varied lighting and environment. Let's talk quickly about some of the best-known styles of indoor gardens:
Indoor Cactus Garden
Cactuses are like Marmite. People either love them or hate them. If you are a lover, consider bringing them inside and creating an attractive indoor garden. The Cacti plant is straightforward to care for and requires little time and maintenance.
They come in a host of shapes and sizes, so you won't ever be bored or lack creativity if you want to spruce up your garden. Better still, consider if your customer doesn't know too much about Cactuses, use your expertise and share all of the fantastic shapes and sizes they could choose from.
Cacti aren't needy and prefer to be kept dry. They enjoy a good amount of air, and when caring for them, they need to be handled with gloves; otherwise, they can be pretty spiky.
Whether a container garden in your home or an entire corner of different plants, you won't go far wrong with a cactus garden. They are interesting for visitors and children and add an element of the Californian desert to your home.
Indoor Herb Garden
Our favourite one. These smart gardens are extremely popular across the UK. If it isn't for the fact you can easily add flavour to your dishes, they also have a cracking financial benefit due to growing your own produce. If you or your customer enjoys cooking, then consider offering a herb garden to utilise.
The most common herbs to grow include basil, garlic, oregano, parsley, coriander and dill. But why stop there? Why not get a Gardener to help with rosemary, thyme, mint and more? The possibilities for an indoor herb garden are endless and can be used all year round.
Be sure to keep any herb plants where they get plenty of daylight but not direct sunlight. Consider placing them on worktops or hanging pots, or have your Gardener craft a personalised area for them.
Indoor Water Garden
Are you somebody who loves water and finds it a calming element? Tradespeople and their customers who are fans of water may seek to install a water garden.
These are perfect for anyone who lacks space in their home and access to a lot of fresh air. The reason is that, instead of loading your indoor garden with soil, earth and plants that need lots of air, you build an indoor garden around water with plants that float or are lowered into the water.
Water gardens don't have to be big; they can be perfect for a home office, living room or kitchen and are great for people who aren't the best at watering their traditional houseplants.
Indoor Zen Garden
This may sound a bit left-field, but who are we to judge? Some customers and even tradespeople may want to create an indoor zen garden. Gardens have always had an air of peace and tranquillity; that's why being all zen and bringing your garden indoors can sprinkle a calm vibe around your home.
Gardeners work on projects of all shapes and sizes and can easily introduce your home to this style. They, more often than not, blend stones, sand and plants in a container. If you want a pro to help you out, they will know the best ways to create a visually attractive indoor garden while suggesting methods to maintain it easily.
Why create an indoor garden?
Helps with productivity
As well as helping to have a calming effect on your home, an indoor garden can also help with your overall productivity.
UK Studies have shown greenery in the home and office can vastly improve productivity. With plants such as Dracaena, Aspidistra Elatior or English Ivy, the toxins in the air will be absorbed whilst all the bad stuff lingering from paint, carpets, and detergents will also be sucked from the air. Essentially, indoor gardens are our allies.
Toxins in our vicinity can have a negative effect on our bodies and cause us to lose productivity. Headaches are increased, for example, so having an indoor garden offers several benefits to your health and well-being whilst making your home look that bit nicer.
It helps with your mood.
Having greenery and fresh plant life around your home is found to have a calming, mood-boosting effect. It may be our inner natural energies at play, but having a kentia plant alongside a snake plant with the addition of a peace lily will spruce up your home's indoor garden.
Most of these plants need little care and have added health benefits due to them releasing oxygen and moisture into the air whilst also soaking up mould within the air.
As well as looking lovely, an indoor garden can really help with your home's ambience, so consider asking your Gardener for help the next time they come around to tend to your plants.
Some best practices for indoor gardens
Consider the expertise of a Gardener.
Gardeners don't just work outside, keeping your plants healthy and your bushes well-kept. They are experts in their field and can provide an excellent service if you are looking to branch out and build a beautiful indoor garden.
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Have an idea of the space you want to use
Once you have your heart set on an indoor garden, consider where you would like to place it. Is it in a bright, airy place, or is it dark and secluded? Will you utilise window space and hanging rails or build a specific area for water?
All of these questions can be asked and answered, and with the help of an expert or online resources, you can seriously build something lovely and have your home upping your productivity and health in no time.
Choose your poison
Once you have your plan in place, it's time to choose which plants you want to go for. Do you want to up your cooking game with some newly grown herbs, offer a tropical oasis to guests with cacti, improve your customer's office with some wellness-boosting plants or create something interesting with a water garden?
Whatever it is you or your client wants can easily be provided. Level up your home or business offerings today by delving into the world of indoor gardens.
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