How does your garden grow?
You don’t have to live in a large space to have a garden all of your own; you’d be surprised how easy it is to incorporate plants into your home.
If you’re stuck for space or perplexed by an expanse of empty wall, a hanging garden could be your green solution. It works well with succulents and hardy grasses that need little care and water. Choose a cylindrical container that sits comfortably against the wall and plant a selection of species with interesting shapes and colourways. Alternatively, choose plants with scented flowers and allow the fragrance to waft through your home.
Hanging gardens planted with herbs and vegetables are increasingly being seen in urban environments. Keep in mind that they require plenty of sunlight.
Create a mini garden using pallet wood nailed together into a neat grid and criss-crossed with fishing gut, and deck it out with epiphytes, or air plants, which can grow without soil.
Bromeliads are popular at-home epiphyte choices, as are some species of orchids. Watering is best done by removing the installation, submerging it and the plants in water for up to 20 minutes, then draining it well.
A terrarium garden is easy to install and maintain. You’ll need a glass container with an opening that’s big enough to fit your hand through. Start with a base layer of pebbles followed by some horticultural charcoal (to absorb fumes due to decomposing plant material in the closed environment), and on top of that goes a thick layer of potting soil. Adding moss in-between plants will help to retain moisture in the soil. Plants that are suitable for terrariums enjoy high humidity and low to moderate light levels, and will remain relatively small; these include ferns, miniature orchids, African violets, cyclamens, air plants and peace-in-the-home.
Bonsai can be used as decor objects to make a style statement in your home. These miniature ornamental trees command attention and look great in a modern, minimalist space.
Some of the species that do well inside are the Natal fig (Ficus natalensis), tiger bark fig (Ficus etusa), Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) and Chinese maple (Acer buergerianum). The tree on the left below is a Chinese maple that is about 40 years old.
Credits: TEXT Vicki Sleet PRODUCTION Genneth Lyn PHOTOGRAPHS Micky Hoyle, Warren Heath, Lar Leslie/Bureaux