• Bring the outside indoors and add colour to your home
  • Balcony railings can be used as support for vine plants
  • Hanging baskets and windowsill plants are great indoor gardening ideas

If you live in a flat, apartment or somewhere without a garden, you don’t have to miss out on adding flora and fauna to your home. You can bring the outside indoors, and create your own green space inside your home.

Balcony boxes, planters and hanging baskets

If you have a patio or large balcony, make the most of the available space, adding colour and warmth. Tubs, pots and wood wine crates and even delivery pallets can be decorated and used for growing plants and flowers. Balcony railings offer support for vine plants like tomatoes or beans.

Your pots and trellises need to get enough natural light and complement the space, not overtake or smother it. And if your balcony is sheltered from rain, you’ll need to water them more than if they were in a garden, so they don’t dehydrate.

Hanging baskets are a wonderful way to make a balcony look beautiful and colourful, and they don’t have to be difficult to create. If you don’t know where to start, there are lots of easy guides to creating a hanging basket available.

Kitchen windowsills

They’re a great place for housing plants and herbs, especially if the windowsill gets a good few hours of natural light each day.

Only your imagination can hold you back, you could use jam jars, small boxes, mini plant pots, or something quirky to grow your kitchen herbs and indoor plants in.

With a little bit of compost and gentle care, you can easily grow herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage ready to hand pick for cooking with.

You could have a go at growing air plants. As long as they have natural air flow, you can grow them in anything!

No matter the type of container you decide to use, remember to wash it out properly, making sure there’s no soap remaining.

The front door

It’s easy to forget about the door, but it’s not just there to close behind you! Make the entrance of your home look warm and inviting by decorating the area around your door.

You could use a couple of hanging baskets or vertical trellises placed either side of the door frame, maybe some planters along the pathway to highlight the front of your home.

Because first impressions last, making the entrance to your home look fantastic can make you feel wonderful as it’s the last thing you’ll see on your way out, and the first when you get home.

If you have hanging baskets, it's best to water them in the morning, rather than the evening, so your plants aren't sitting in water overnight. And remember to rotate the basket regularly making sure all sides receive light.