Spring is finally here, and with it a craving for new beginnings. Whether it’s a new job, new relationship, a revamped interior, or a newly-discovered passion, they all have the ability to bring a plus of energy to our existence.
For me, it’s always flowers that do the trick. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than a garden in bloom, inviting to reverie and joyfulness.
My dream garden is filled with daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, roses, peonies and lilac.
And although I’m positive that I’ll get there someday, for now I have to settle for a small urban garden, pretty and refreshing nonetheless.
If you’re looking for simple, low-cost projects to spruce up, add color or bring new life to your apartment as well, here are a few ideas to get you started.
First you need to find a good place for your plants to thrive, preferably a sunny balcony, terrace or outdoor flowerbed; window sills are also a good option to grow flowering plants, as well as other places around the apartment that benefit from natural light.
Orchids are my favorite when it comes to enhancing interior spaces. They always strike me with their beauty, so delicate yet totally impactful. I’ve collected quite a few varieties, including Oncidium, Vanda, Miltonia (scented), Cymbidium, and Paphiopedilum (or slipper orchid), and they are equally impressive.
Among the many commonly cultivated plants, Phalaenopsis hybrids are probably the easiest to care for. They enjoy the light behind curtains and window blinds so they are a perfect option for apartment gardening. Just keep in mind that orchids, Phalaenopsis included, are extremely sensitive to excessive watering; over-watering is frequently cited as the main reason leading to their demise, so place extra care when you feed your orchids water. The general rule of thumb for plants grown indoors is to water every 5 to 12 days, depending on the type of orchid, the temperature the plant is grown in, and the time of year.
Balconies are the closest thing to a garden that most urban dwellers may hope for. Don’t let your outdoor space go to waste and start by adorning it with hanging baskets. You can easily turn your terrace into a lush oasis by placing a couple of blooming petunia plants, fuchsias or gardenias in hanging baskets or containers. Their superb verticality will add colorful depth to the space and surprise you with their cheerfulness every time you step out into your balcony. Plus, they will bloom all summer long with a bit of attention.