08 May Garden Spot: Indoor or Out
Spring is a super time to dig your hands in the soil and plant some flowers. If you don’t have tons of space or time, not to worry, try planting a container garden. It’s a quick and compact way to add color to a deck, patio, or front step.
Tips to create a container garden:
• Select a container that fits the area you’ve designated for your “garden” and be sure it has a drainage hole.
• Select mixed plants of different colors, heights and textures.
• Annuals add instant color and many will bloom throughout summertime
• Select plants based on your sun exposure. For shady areas, use coleus, impatiens and begonias. Petunias and geraniums love the sunny spots.
• The other things to have on hand are potting soil and water. Ask your local nursery what other kinds of plants will work for your climate and sun exposure.
While the nice weather allows us to enjoy planting outside, you can also enjoy plants on the inside all year long. Besides, brightening up a room, houseplants are known to clean your indoor air which can be much more polluted than the air outside. They can filter out pollutants from chemicals hidden in carpeting, furniture, glue, house hold cleaners, paint, plastics and more.
Check out some great plants that help improve indoor air quality:
Spider plant – a hardy plant
Aloe – perfect for kitchen sun
Azalea – likes cooler temps such as your basement
Bamboo palm – enjoys the shady places
Chrysanthemum – full of bright color and loves a sunny spot
Peace lily – pretty when it blossoms, likes shade and also regular watering
Snake plant – thrives in humid, low light places like a bathroom
Still not sure where to put plants in your home? Put the most plants in the rooms you live in the most. Happy planting, inside or out!