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Apartment living got you down? There are 'plant'-y of choices to get green!
by Laurel |  Aug 6, 2012

I love being outside - whether I'm hiking, exploring a new park or simply hanging out in the garden, being in nature just makes me so happy! When I moved into my tiny city apartment, I was a little concerned about how to reconcile my love of all things green with my love of city living. With no backyard and not even a fire escape on which to have a few potted plants, I had to figure out how to bring the outdoors in.

Not only do plants, flowers and other greenery beautify your space, they keep the air nice and clean, too! Here are some of my favorite ways to use nature to decorate - breathe in the beauty (and fresh air!)

For the less-than-green thumb

I love gardening, but even I have trouble remembering to water my plants and keep them healthy sometimes. If your thumb is more black than green, you need low-maintenance houseplants. Fortunately there are plenty of choices that are easy to care for but still pretty!

Leafy green plants are typically the least fussy of all houseplants. Grow pothos, commonly called Devil's ivy, in a tabletop pot, guide it to wind up a pole or hang it and allow it to hang down. This plant thrives with moderately dry soil, low to bright light and temperatures between 60 and 75. Almost all succulents are also good choices for plant-lovers who have little time to care for them. Snake plants, with their tall, architectural leaves, almost want to be neglected, and NASA rated them as one of the best for filtering your air!

Potted plants - go big or go home

Miss that tree canopy hanging over your window when you were a kid? Your view in the city may have more streetlights than cedar trees, but you can create a similar effect by planting trees in large pots in your apartment. Of course, you can't really grow a full-sized maple tree in your living room. You need to choose trees that can establish their roots with a limited amount of soil and space. Boxwood, crepe myrtle, Japanese maple, star magnolia and many palms do well in containers. Ask the local nursery which ones will do best in your apartment's "climate."

Making use of the ceiling

If you don't have room in your apartment for vast green arrangements and pots all over your floors and tables, try hanging plants. I really like air pods, which kind of look like hanging light fixtures, only they emit leaves (and oxygen!) instead of light. You can grow a number of plants from these hanging fixtures, but they have to be "air plants." Air plants don't need a pot or soil to stay green, but they do need to be soaked in water every now and then to stay alive. These also look really pretty hanging from the ceiling in glass orbs. 

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