The following is a guest blog post from Katie McCoy Dubow.
The winter blues affects us all differently, but surrounding yourself with fresh, colorful plants all winter is sure to be the cure for what ails you.
With color, texture, drama and a touch of whimsy, indoor plants instantly liven up any room with their individual personalities and will help you beat the winter blues this year. Whether it’s a terrarium full of succulents or the bold colors of an amaryllis, there is an indoor garden that will fit your style, mood and taste.
Besides what they give back in aesthetics, one of the greatest things indoor plants do is provide much needed humidity in the winter months and freshen the air year round.
Here are four, easy indoor garden styles to brighten up your home this winter:
Craft a mini garden with maximum impact.
Terrariums are a popular garden style because they require little maintenance to flourish, yet have an endlessly elegant look. The key to success is choosing the right plants. A great variety to start with is Golden Club Moss because it thrives in a low light, high moisture environment. Other great starter plants include water-retaining, light-loving succulents and cacti. They’re virtually indestructible and come in many colors, shapes and varieties.
Create inner peace.
Creating this indoor garden will help calm and relax your mind. Every aspect of a Zen garden — its nature, construction and upkeep — is designed for contemplation and reflection. Rocks and sand make up the basic elements, but beyond that it’s up to you. NativeCast’s dish containers work perfectly as a base for your Zen garden because of their size and shape. Have fun with it and think of it as an ever changing work of art.
Make your room come alive.
Greenery is growing in surprising places. Just look up and around. Now you can get your nature fix inside with your very own living walls or vertical gardens. If you have the time and resources, or want a visually dramatic look for a room, living walls are the ticket.
Garden expert at Costa Farms, Justin Hancock, says that living green walls are a great way to maximize the benefits of houseplants by purifying the air and beautifying spaces. Try hanging one in the kitchen planted with herbs for fresh kitchen flavors all year long.
Pop a color that will last all winter.
Growing bulbs indoors in the winter lets you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring even though it’s still months away. But now’s the time to get started.
First, choose your bulbs. Amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus from Longfield Gardens are perfect for indoor gardening because they don’t require any chill time. I like to plant bulbs every week in the winter, so I can have blooming flowers all winter long. Paperwhites will bloom in four to six weeks, amaryllis in six to eight.
Katie McCoy Dubow is creative officer at Garden Media, a PR firm specializing in the horticulture industry.
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I was in San Francisco last week and I was so pleased that everywhere I turned there were beautiful containers, giant succulents, and colorful (mini!) city gardens. Here are a few of the plants and containers that really inspired me during our trip. I am dying to add a few more succulents to my collection, and hopefully find a sunny place they’ll thrive.
This succulent container (below) has got to be the healthiest and biggest I’ve ever seen. I love the idea of succulents in a strawberry pot. Here are a few other ideas for succulents in your home!
This one (below) was also huge! I wish I’d gotten a picture standing beside it for scale. It was at least 3 feet tall and as big as my face. It was so fascinating to see so many succulents with stems thick and strong like tree branches. I even spotted a few succulents as big as shrubs. From afar, I’d never have known the difference!
I’m not sure what these purple-headed fellows are, but they are lovely. Nestled in this stone container structure and up against the purple walls of the boutique they belonged to, they really stood out!
Update : A kind reader emailed to tell me these are statice, they like dry conditions and do well in California. (Thanks, Diane!)
This is definitely the biggest cactus I’ve ever seen!
At every storefront and back alley there are containers (mostly wooden, I noticed) like this one, with succulents, grasses and herbs lending an intimate and thoughtful feel to the quick city streets. Here are a few great succulent ideas I’m going to try next in my own garden. I’m definitely inspired by these container gardens and the thoughtfulness of those who created them!
Photos by Whitney of The Curtis Casa
I love how this relaxing patio packs in so many containers – I see a plethora of succulents, a couple of boxwoods, a tall yucca plant, and even an orange tree tucked away in there! My dream patio would definitely have containers galore, just like this. With plenty of places to sit, the red cushions and lanterns lend an inviting, relaxed look.
To recreate this look, feel free to combine different colors and shapes in your patio furniture. A sleek black chair from Pottery Barn or Ikea looks great paired with the traditional teak furniture pictured above. I love the addition of mismatched, colorful lanterns too. A couple of modern strawberry pots, a succulent bowl and an orange tree complete the look for this container-covered patio! Enjoy!
Succulents are hot. And for good reason. They take almost no maintenance, and they’re gorgeous! The images in today’s post are from a recent photo shoot on planting succulent container gardens, which will appear in an upcoming book.
I love the color and texture combinations in the mix at left, which includes a blooming Sedum cauticola Cola Cola, pink-tipped Violet Queen echeveria, purple-edged Gremlin kalanchoe, purple-striped Echeveria nodulosa, Aloe dorotheae Sunset, and Jitters jade plant.
Scroll down to see several other combinations that we shot that day. Which is your favorite? I have a hard time choosing just one.