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Step into a garden on a sunny morning and you immediately feel both calmer and more invigorated – nothing beats a coffee and croissant in the early open air. Or, later in the day, a glass of prosecco with friends as you unwind after work. All are enhanced by a touch of greenery, a trellis or terracotta pot – just a few nods to the garden can put you in the right frame of mind and make a world of difference.
Living, and potentially renting in London, often means that personal outdoor space is scarce and may be restricted to a balcony or even a windowsill. But with a little creativity, you can bring the garden indoors and create a small haven of greenery that will brighten up your life.
Minimalist it may be, but some carefully chosen easy-care indoor plants in attractive pots are a great way to add a sense of the garden to your home. Miniature variegated ivy and air purifying plants such as Areca Dypsis, the Spider Plant, Spoon Plant and Splenium ‘Cripsy Wave’ are ideal. It may also be possible to position some outside on your window ledge, (but be sure to anchor them in some way to ensure they don’t slide off in the wind!)
Bring the garden into your living space by creating a collection of plants arranged together with attention to pots and stands to make a pleasing array of greenery. Floor based ferns create height and soften hard lines, shelves and wooden console tables are a great way to add more surfaces to house your plants. Look for indoor plants with different colour foliage and shapes and sizes, such as the Areca Palm, Bird of Paradise, Swiss Cheese Plant, Peace Lily, Leopard Lily and Variegated Nerve Plant. Pull up your favourite chair, open a window and let in the breeze and your flat-garden experience is complete.
A balcony is the perfect opportunity to create a little haven. A small table and folding chairs provide a place to sit and sip, or read a book. A trellis can create a division if neighbours are close by whilst still allowing light through. Use planters and different heights of pots to create an area of varied foliage, colour and texture. Hanging baskets are another opportunity for a attractive floral display with plants gently spilling over.
A rooftop apartment space offers opportunities for outdoor seating and dining. Additions such as outdoor rugs, trellis work, planters, parasols and lighting can create a wonderful ambience in bright sunshine or evening twilight, and provide protection from light drizzle and variable UK weather conditions.
If you’re lucky enough to have a small garden with your rental property a great deal can be achieved in this outdoor space. It’s important to establish the direction of sunlight so you can choose plants that will thrive. A south facing garden will receive direct sunlight, whilst a north facing garden will receive less light and favour shade-loving plants.
Once again, use pots and hanging baskets to make a great wraparound display of colour and foliage. You could consider planting herbs for your kitchen too. Rustic furniture, cushions, candles and lanterns add a cosy homely quality. Pop open a bottle of bubbly and relax!
Happy planting and we hope enjoy your garden spaces!