Aspen House’s Guide: Realizing a True Garden Inside the House

These valuable tips will guide you towards the creation of a lush indoor garden.

These valuable tips will guide you towards the creation of a lush indoor garden.

Want to create a green corner in your home? Here are all the steps to build a small but delightful garden: from the plants to choose from to the ideal compositions, from the material to use to the elements needed to create lakes, streams and waterfalls.

Do you want to create a green corner inside your home? Here are all the steps to build a small but delightful garden: from the plants to choose from to the ideal compositions, from the material to use to the elements needed to create ponds, rivulets and waterfalls.

Contemporary Entrance by LineBox Studio

Choosing the location

The ideal space in the home to create your interior garden and ensure the ideal environment for the plants, should be very bright and enjoy direct sunlight. 

If you have a closed environment, just opt ​​for a free corner that you will embellish with a container to choose according to your tastes. It is good to remember that the more space you have to use, the more your plants will benefit from it.

Contemporary Scale by Joel Sanders Architect

Fundamental factors

It is necessary to have both a good daily air exchange and the presence of natural light. Furthermore, it is advisable to keep the temperature in your green corner constant, avoiding temperature fluctuations, and making sure it is away from radiators.

Modern Corridor by Window World SA

The container

Once you have chosen the container, you will have the shape of your garden. Prefer a custom-made shaped element to a standard one, it will allow you to make better use of the available space. The material of the container can be of any type: usually wood with a minimum thickness of 1 cm and a depth of at least 25 cm is preferred. It is important to make sure it has a waterproof interior. Once the right container is decided, you can start creating your own interior garden.

50s Living Room by Klopf Architecture

The ground

First of all it is advisable to place a layer of stones on the bottom of the container, better if the size of a mandarin, and about 2 cm of clay expanded into balls. These two layers will ensure excellent drainage to the soil. Then add a good quality soil for about 10 cm.

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Arrangement of plants

To obtain a good composition place the larger plants behind the smaller ones, and the undergrowth plants further down, so as to obtain a more natural effect. The flowering plants will obviously go to the brighter areas. 

It is possible to place the plants in your container with or without a pot: it is better to use the pot for large plants, remembering to cut the bottom, so as to contain the roots, while leaving the smaller ones free, keeping them a little distant from each other to prevent them from being intertwined and to make it difficult to remove them. Potted plants, with or without bottom, should be repotted every 1-2 years.Another suggestion is to use the vase for delicate species, which tend to wither more easily, so as to facilitate removal. 

Each plant will have its root variety different from all the others: but level the soil so that the plants are at the same height. Put large decorative stones near the undergrowth plants that, in addition to beautifying the composition, will also keep the right humidity. You can also create ponds near these plants, so the humidity will always be at excellent levels. 

Contemporary Living Room by Atelier Germain

Direct light

In order for plants to survive, there must be plenty of natural light. But if your interior garden is placed in a corner of the house that does not receive direct light, you can artificially guarantee it through the use of neon lights, specially designed for plants. 

Choose enough neon to give light to your green corner. Keep them turned on while respecting the normal hours of the sun, you can also mount an automatic timer to make it easier. Make sure that the plants receive at least 8-10 hours of daylight in summer and 7-8 in winter. The annual costs of this type of lighting are limited and affordable for everyone.

Also be very careful to place the flowering plants out of the shadow of the others. Remember that the plants grow in height and width, so calculate the right distances between them so that you have the space to enhance them.

Contemporary Garden by Arterra Landscape Architects

Ponds and streams

Even in an apartment garden should not miss ponds and streams: they are of great effect and decisive for a good ecosystem. 

The ideal, to maintain the correct humidity is to place a pond at least 20×20 cm every 70 cm, or a delicious stream of water. To create the pond just a glass container or transparent plastic that you will bury. Then put some gravel on the bottom of the aquarium gravel and fill it with water. Camouflage the edges with barks and stones and make the perimeter of the pond undefined. Create recesses with beautiful large stones: it should look as natural as possible.

If the water is cloudy, do not despair, it will become clear over time. To keep it even cleaner, you can dip a small plant that is rooted in water to filter out impurities. 

Pay attention however to the capillarity: if there is a porous element (for example, wood, fabric or some stones) in contact with water and the surrounding soil, it will absorb all the pond water a little at a time and pour it back in the ground. It can be useful for irrigating, but sometimes it can inadvertently cause a plant to rot nearby.

Contemporary Living Room by Mondo Landscapes

Maintenance

Irrigation:

  • When the soil is so much, it retains a lot of moisture, so it is sufficient to water it a little: it is better to reduce the quantity rather than drown the plants.
  • You can locally water the plants that need it most, perhaps using a dispenser stuck in the ground at the plants.
  • Frequently steamed with distilled water from above to moisten and clean the leaves from the dust and spray the soil with irrigation water.
  • Always use non-calcareous water: to obtain it directly from your taps, leave the aqueduct to deposit for at least 24 hours and use it to irrigate without shaking the container, so as not to move the limestone accumulated on the bottom.
  • Wet the flowering plants a little, because some species suffer from excess water.
  • Wet the stones often near the undergrowth plants.
Contemporary Scale by Prestige Builders

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Fertilizers, insecticides and soil: 

  • Fertilize each plant according to its needs.
  • Spray all the new plants with specific products against harmful insects: it is sufficient that only one plant is infested to infest all those of your garden.
  • Remove the dried leaves and move the soil a little with your fingers to create it.
  • Add fresh soil as it decreases.
  • Dose the quantity of fertilizer well, since, sharing all the same space, could suffer a possible abundant dose.
Modern Rimessa by Flavin Architects

Ponds:

  • Top up the ponds if necessary, with non-calcareous water.
  • In some cases you may experience the formation of algae: remove them and add a few drops of specific product to avoid formation.
  • If the ponds are large enough and the water is circulating, you can also host red fish!

Tell us about it: have you created a wonderful garden inside the house? Share ideas and photos in the Comments.

Want to create a green corner in your home? Here are all the steps to build a small but delightful garden: from the plants to choose from to the ideal compositions, from the material to use to the elements needed to create lakes, streams and waterfalls.

Do you want to create a green corner inside your home? Here are all the steps to build a small but delightful garden: from the plants to choose from to the ideal compositions, from the material to use to the elements needed to create ponds, rivulets and waterfalls.

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