Plants For Small Spaces

17 May


In a few months I’ll be moving from a tiny apartment with zero natural light to an apartment with large windows and an actual balcony. I AM SO PUMPED. Sure, the new place will be comfier and more spacious, but what I’m most thrilled about is the ability to have plants in my life once again. I’ve already got grand plans for an herb garden of sorts on my balcony and perhaps some planters full of flowers.

If you’re not lucky enough to have outdoor space, there’s still a way to incorporate plants into your home in fun ways. Thankfully the DIY blogosphere has plenty of advice/tutorials on how to mix small plants in with your decor and generally keep them looking pretty. Behind the jump are some of my favorite DIY projects for people who live in itty bitty apartments sans jardins.

Teacup Succulents from Epheriell Designs:

Teacup Succulents

Terranium Centerpieces from Indie Bliss:

Terrarium Centerpiece

Coffee Pot Herb Garden from Blueberry Craft and Hobby Time:

Herb Garden In Coffee Cans

If all else fails, there’s always Kate’s DIY Miniature Tin Gardens: These would look pretty awesome on your desk at work or at home. I’m planning on making a set as a gift for my teacher friend…

Kate's Miniature Tin Garden

Kate's Miniature Tin Garden from Design*Sponge

Now, If like me you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or other small area for outdoor urban gardening, I’ve got some tips and tutorials to share with you as well.

This is a great place to begin: Starting an Urban Garden: The Basics

Life On The Balcony is a website entirely devoted to growing container gardens on one’s balcony–just what I need! They have a bajillion useful posts, particularly for beginners. They recommend starting here for great tips for newbie gardeners. Some examples:

Pallet Garden via

Pallet Garden via

For an herb garden, first look through this post on ApartmentTherapy on the 11 easiest herbs to grow at home and then check out this Hanging Herb Garden via Instructables:

Hanging Herb Garden


One Response to “Plants For Small Spaces”

  1. auriollw June 3, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I used old drawers to make colourful flowerpots – check it out!

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