08 May Garden Spot: Indoor or Out
Spring is a fabulous time to get your hands in the dirt and plant flowers. Don’t have much space or time? Not to worry, try planting a container garden. It’s an easy, fun and compact way to add color to a deck, patio, or front stoop.
Find a container that fits well in the location you’ve arranged for your “garden” and make sure it has a drainage hole.
Select plants of many different heights, colors and textures.
Annuals are great to add instant color and most will bloom all summer long.
Select plants based on sun exposure. For shady areas, consider using coleus, impatiens and begonias. Petunias and geraniums love the sun.
The only other thing you’ll need is potting soil and water. Check with your local nursery for more ideas about which plants will work for your climate and sun exposure.
While the nice weather allows us to enjoy planting outdoors, don’t forget that you can enjoy plants on the inside all year long. Besides, brightening up a room, houseplants also help clean your indoor air which can be far more polluted than the air outside. They can filter out pollutants from chemicals found in carpeting, furniture, house hold cleaners, glue, paint, plastics and more.
Here are some great plants that help improve indoor air quality:
Spider plant – a hardy plant for those in need of a green thumb
Aloe – perfect for a bright kitchen sun
Azalea – do well in cooler temperatures such as your basement
Bamboo palm – likes the shady places
Chrysanthemum – full of color and loves a sunny spot
Peace lily – lovely surprise when it blooms, likes shade and regular watering
Snake plant – thrives in those humid, low light places such as a bathroom
Still stuck on where to situate plants in your home? Put plants in the rooms you use the most. Happy planting, inside or out!