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Seven Ways to Bring Plants into Your Small Space

The eternal struggle: keeping a plant alive in a cramped space, whether it’s a tiny apartment, a cubicle, or a dorm. Houseplants are an effortless way to brighten up a room and bring some nature indoors, but if you don’t have a house, it’s nearly impossible. Or is it? Here’s a few neat tricks to bring some green into your life without leaving the comfort of your cubicle.

NOTE: Many of these tips assume you have the ability to decorate your living space through installing shelves or otherwise modify the walls and/or ceilings. If you don’t have permission, please follow other tips or use removable, non-damaging equivalents.

1. HANGING BASKETS AND WALL-MOUNTED PLANTS

One of the easier ways to add some life is by hanging a plant from a hook on the wall. You’ll need to place a mat underneath to catch the excess water, but it’s a simple and cheap method with a variety of options to choose from. Just be sure to position the basket on a wall where it will get enough sunlight.

2. DRIED FLOWERS

Making dried flowers is not complex: simply tie the stems together with a rubber band and let them hang upside down out of direct sunlight for a couple of weeks. You can then display the flowers in a vase or hang them on the wall. The best part is you don’t have to water them!

A small succulent wall.

3. SUCCULENT WALLS

If you’d rather not take up floor or counter space, succulent walls are an excellent option. You can either make your own or buy one from stores like Pottery Barn or online from Etsy artisans. If you’re feeling extra creative, there are frames that allow you to build your own. Do note that premade succulent walls can be fairly expensive, so it may not be the best choice for those on a budget.

4. TERRARIUMS

Terrariums are fun projects for both adults and kids and are truly customizable by using whatever plants you want. Add color through flowers, make a desert oasis, or use a funky container to house the miniature garden. For an easy-to-care for terrarium, simply put some moss in a fishbowl and add a few rocks. This is ideal for college students and office workers, as the minimal amount of effort (a spritz of water every other day and done) means less stress and more enjoyment out of your plants.

5. WINDOWSILL GARDENS

If you have a windowsill with nothing on it, why not add a few plants? Succulents and small flower pots can really make the space pop and there’s no worry on lack of sunlight. If you’re looking to combine function with style, grow a few herbs on the kitchen windowsill. You’ll never run out of basil again and mojitos always taste better with a sprig of fresh mint.

6. THE BATHROOM

Yes, really. Having a plant in the bathroom can be very beneficial, as it purifies the air and brings a bright spot to what is otherwise nobody’s favorite room. Shove it into the corner, place one on top of the toilet, or (again) utilize the odd window that looks straight into your shower. Bonus points for easy access to water (be careful not to drop in any soap, though).

Plants growing in vertical gardens.

7. GO VERTICAL

Similar to the hanging baskets and succulent walls listed above, keeping vertical-growing plants helps decorate your walls and doesn’t take up valuable floor space. Bamboo planters or upside-down planters are the more common examples, but hands-on types might want to try making a vertical garden out of a shoe organizer or closet caddy.

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