Let’s face it: plants rule. They can add an instant pop of vitality to almost any space, while helping purify the air. Also, several studies have shown that plants have long-lasting calming effects on people. And you don’t necessarily need a backyard garden to reap the benefits. Container gardening (the practice of growing plants in containers and pots instead of planting them in the ground) is an easy and DIY-friendly solution for anyone looking to add a bit of all-season zen to their home.
If you’re looking to make the most of your colourful flowers, consider using a stone planter and/or stones as a top layer to draw out the vibrant hues.
Hanging planters are the perfect way to add a little life to almost any corner. Pro tip: darker corners are perfect for ZZ plants or pothos, which can thrive in low-light conditions.
Even the tiniest condo balcony can benefit from a tiered shelving unit, like this one, which adds a bit more space to showcase your greenery.
Mix and Match
Pots come in many shapes and sizes. For a bit of whimsy, try playing with different colours and shapes. Jugs, mugs and vintage pitchers are all great options.
For a more minimalist look, glassware and stone can help draw out some richer greens.
Bath in the Forest
Where there is light, there can be a container garden. For diehard green thumbs, the bathroom can be a perfect place to set up a green space with ferns and ivy.
Looking to draw out an accent colour? Consider hitting up your local garden store. Here, a pot of flowers draws the eye toward the geometric rug.
Soak up the Sun
The great thing about hanging planters is that they can go almost anywhere. Consider installing one along the edge of a window (like the Property Brothers did here) where the sunlight will make your job easy.
Hallways are a great space to set up a container garden, as long as there’s enough light.
Green doesn’t go with everything – and thankfully, it doesn’t have to. In this space, designed by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team, plants help draw a strong contrast between a dusty pink armchair and the clementine sofa.
When it comes to hanging planters, more is more. And don’t worry about matching the pots or ropes – variety is the spice of life.
Dinner in the Garden
Sure, flowers on the dinner table can be nice. But a dining space can also be ideal for a container garden. When choosing your pots, make sure to leave room for plates and cutlery.
Order in the Courtyard
Playing around with levels and volume is one of the most fun parts of designing a container garden. Here, pots overflowing with plants are organized on a high shelf to showcase their voluminous vines.
Great Wall of Green
A living plant wall is peak container gardening and they can work exceptionally well in outdoor spaces. If you’re looking to go this route, make sure you choose a spot that has plenty of sunlight.
More is More
Worried about matching your plants? Don’t be. A maximalist approach can capture a wonderfully lush feel.