There is a lot more to an indoor garden than meets the eye. One needs to make a proper assessment of the conditions that each room has (such as light and humidity) and use this knowledge to select plants and find an ideal spot for each.
Whether your home is classic, vintage or modern, plants melt into the living space and serve a function. They brighten an area, give it a theme, calmness, restive or fun tones and weave magic into office environments. That’s what inspired the birth of a multiverse of indoor garden ideas.
If you have an unquenchable enthusiasm and interest in plants, this guide on loveliest indoor garden ideas will give you an abundance of creative hints with necessary guidelines and plant recommendations for how to make an indoor garden.
But first, some tips to remember when it comes to interior gardening!
5 Hot Tips to Get Started with Inside Gardens
#1 Rooms make good botanical hosts if they provide enough light and humidity for your plants. Familiarize yourself with what type of light exposure each plant needs and find that spot in your house. The same applies to humidity. For example, bathrooms usually offer low light levels but high humidity, so kokedama balls will thrive in them.
#2 Soil is the lifeblood of all plants. As such, it should provide anchorage, oxygen, water and nutrients. It should have a good water-holding capacity, drainage, aeration, weight, fertility and no pests. Use only quality soil.
#3 Containers are important visual elements and they affect how much soil you need. All containers should have a drainage hole.
#4 Pets love houseplants but the feeling isn’t always reciprocated. Display non-toxic plants lower and toxic plants at a safe distance from children and pets- cats, dogs, rabbits.
#5 Water is the key to healthy houseplants. Don’t overwater miniature arrangements such as terrariums, dish gardens and teacup designs.
Now comes the fun part- showcasing your houseplants in 45 unique and stunning indoor garden ideas. Keep reading!
45 Amazing Indoor Garden Ideas
Kokedama indoor garden
Kokedama balls make perfect indoor hanging gardens in Japanese style. In a nutshell, a plant is wrapped in moss instead of being planted in a container. Here is a detailed guide on how to make kokedama.
Since the root system is exposed to the air, it will dry out more quickly than in a traditional container. And you will have to water it more often.
For that reason, displaying kokedama in high light isn’t the best option, because it will increase the frequency of watering. Instead, choose a low-light position in your home. There are many plants for making kokedama and some of them are Calathea, English Ivy and Haworthia attenuata.
Handmade indoor garden
Set or hang succulents into your handmade containers which inject personality into your living space. You can use any wooden object and transform it into a piece of art, including wooden candle holders, jewelry boxes and similar.
And if you find a container that doesn’t have a drainage hole, you have two options. Drill a hole carefully in your container or keep the plant in the original pot and slip it into the decorative container, so the plastic pot will be hidden. Easy, right?
Peace lily is one of the best plants for cleaning the air and it looks quite rustic in the wooden display. If you plant Peace lily in a tall, white plant, it takes on a modern note.
Designing with LED lights
You can keep your home office beautifully decorated even with LED grow lights. They are a great way to supplement your plants’ light exposure and they will reward you in return.
Any species can be grown under grow lights, including herbs, vegetables and fruits.
LED light terrarium
Use a full-spectrum LED to design a stunning and practical indoor growing environment for your beloved plants. You can hang them literally anywhere. The only concern here is what to do when the plant outgrows the bulb and how to get it out. Consider choosing a larger bulb and a smaller plant species.
Bonsai dish garden
This is another form of Japanese style indoor garden ideas. Plants are grown in small containers, pruned and trained to look like trees. You want to use hardy tree species such as maples or beeches, ficus or dwarf umbrella trees. Basically, a trunk needs to have some character.
Besides the plant, you will need bonsai soil, scissors, wire, a mesh and an appropriate pot. Trim your tree, wire it loosely enough starting with the bottom branches and removing any leaves that disturb the view. Cut the mesh and put it over the drainage holes. Now it is time to move the plant from its nursery pot to its bonsai pot, removing excess soil and trimming the roots. Add bonsai soil and work it down into the soil with a chopstick. Water it.
Keep it in an eastern exposure, water regularly and trim annually. Fertilize monthly in the active season using a balanced fertilizer in a ratio of 20-20-20. Repot every four years.
Bonsai is ideal for a living room, where it will attract the views of your guests.
Haworthiopsis zen garden
A zen garden is also one of the most enchanting Japanese style indoor garden ideas that consists of plants, rocks, water elements and sand, so it is a dry landscape. There is also a rake, so the display is said to relieve stress and it will make you feel calmer picking up the rake and admiring the plant.
To make it, you only need two haworthiopsis, a shallow decorative container, sand, mini rake and a well-drained cactus potting mix. You can also use other succulents, or cacti, and you can even mix them.
Put the cactus mix in the pot, leaving about 3 cm at the top. Plant your plant close to each other and firm the soil around them. Add sand in any color that you like and sweep off any sand on the leaves. Never mix the sand with the potting mix.
Swinging plant garden
This project takes less than an hour to make, yet it makes a unique way to display your plants with a combination of wood, metal and string.
You will need some metal rings, an oval-shaped piece of wood, 3 cotton yards, 4 small heavy-duty hooks, a ceiling hook and an air plant/ a small potted plant.
To begin with, tie the rings together and add the wood to the bottom. Having marked the spots on the wood, screw the hooks in, pointing them down. Finally, place the hooks over the rings and your project is done.
DIY indoor garden idea
This air plant trio is a real show stopper for your bedroom, living room, or bathroom. Decorate the shadow boxes the way it fits your setting and your personality.
Nail the edges together to form a box, paint it or leave it natural. Hang the boxes in a diamond shape. Alternatively, let them be square and you have a plant shelf, so you can put another plant on it. Level them straight. Create a web inside or add any other object of your choice. Place your air plants in the openings of the boxes.
If you don’t have any source of light in your room, install a small clip-on LED light. Soak your air plants often.
Low space indoor garden
Do you only have a small area available for plant decoration? No problem, this idea can help you. And you can even select some taller species.
Choose a spot near a window that’s protected from direct sunlight. Get a high stand with a flat top or a small neutral table. Select a variety of plants that look good together as a collection and have similar needs when it comes to light.
This is not only aesthetically pleasing but will also help to increase humidity and reduce the frequency of watering.
Enclosed terrarium garden
Terrariums help you grow plants that otherwise wouldn’t perform well in our homes. They keep humidity-loving plants happy and healthy.
The first part of it is choosing the container and options are countless. Consider the ultimate effect you want to achieve, size, color and also if there is a lid or not.
Choose a quality, fast-draining soil and put just a few inches of it, depending on the size of your container and plants. Leaves shouldn’t touch the walls of the container because humidity will gather on them and cause rot. After planting, water lightly.
Now, the most creative part of it – adding details such as rocks, sticks, small figures, benches, handmade figures, dwarfs or lamps, along with a groundcover like orchid bark or moss.
Find a bright spot in your living room or bedroom.
Dish garden ideas for kids
Dish gardens are groupings of plants that have similar growing conditions in a container. Kids adore creating these indoor garden ideas because it is fun to combine, arrange, decorate and add small accessories to the dish garden.
Don’t mix this up with a terrarium and putting these in a terrarium will lead to rot because they can’t take high humidity.
Find small houseplants such as cacti and other succulents, as well as some decorative elements to use. Make sure that your pot has drainage holes and if not, drill two of three and use mesh to prevent the soil from draining out.
Also, check plants for toxicity and make sure your kids are wearing gloves.
Miniature indoor garden
A cup, a glass, another glass… Whoa, hold on. Is that… (speechless). This will be the reaction of your guests when they notice this cutie in your kitchen cupboard.
No theory whatsoever behind this one, just select a tiny succulent in a color that matches or contrasts the color of your setting and place it among your cups and classes, and it will do the magic.
This idea is great for indoor apartment gardening because it takes only a few minutes to do yet it is so rewarding.
Living picture garden
Succulents can grow when hanging vertically against the wall because they thrive without much soil. That makes them ideal for creating living pictures. In this way, you have a living picture that’s constantly transforming and changing. Or they can be a table decoration, works great either way.
You can make an entire wall with these pictures or you can make it smaller and more personal. Choose succulents that have different shapes, textures and colors. Rosettes are very popular for this type of project, along with some trailing species.
You only need a frame, succulent cuttings, soil and sphagnum moss. Make a few holes in the frame beforehand. Sphagnum moss should be soaked beforehand then placed over the layer of soil in the frame opening. Remove some of the lower leaves of your succulents and start decorating the frame by putting plants close to one another, filling in any spaces between them with moss. Wait for a few weeks for them to develop roots, then hang them.
Open glass terrarium garden
Plants in glass look exceptionally intriguing. A terrarium is a plants’ tiny world in a clear container, allowing you to see in. Select a shallow bowl with a wide opening to allow airflow.
Now, the difference between enclosed and open terrariums is that plants in open displays prefer drier, desert-like conditions and slightly less humidity.
You can create many different projects with terrariums, selecting a variety of colors for rocks and pebbles. Using succulent plants that resemble coral for an under-the-sea look is an interesting technique you can try.
Whatever you choose, a terrarium adds interest and a sea note to any space. The only disadvantage is that these projects can last for only a few weeks. If you want to ensure longevity, pick one that has drainage holes (or make one) or else you would have to repot occasionally.
The usual soil combination for succulents in a terrarium is diatomaceous earth, coconut coir, moss and decorative rocks on top.
Or simply put a potted plant inside a glass jar and there you have it. Effortless!
Small windowsill arrangements
Try grouping smaller arrangements together for extra impact. Put them on a windowsill sheltered from fierce direct sun and you’ll love the way they look together.
Use matching pots to get a more unified look and choose plants that have contrasting colors for extra pop. This kind of indoor garden ideas is ideal for living rooms, offices or bedrooms.
Decorative plant stands
Plant stands give your succulents extra height and add even greater visual interest, especially if you choose colors that contrast the color of the plant and pot, such as in the photo below.
Finally, one of the most beautiful plant stands I have seen is this artistic plant holder in the shape of a woman, ideal for office desk decoration.
Hanging indoor gardening ideas
Hanging planters are a simple but unusual way to display your succulent plants and they are viewed from below or at eye level, adding to their charm.
The best plant for hanging planters are trailing plants. Trailer plants are those that hang over the rim of a pot or planter.
You will need a hanging planter, trailing succulents, soil, coconut liner, decorative rocks and top dressing.
Trim the coconut liner to fit the planter and place it inside. Add some soil and put your plants inside, placing trailing ones near the edge and the tallest ones in the center. Place rocks over the roots for extra security. Fill in with the rest of the soil, add your top dressing and hang the planter once you are finished decorating it. Secure it tightly.
Piano plant decoration
Do you have a piano in your home? Perfect! Why not decorate it as well instead of keeping it plain? This is one of those indoor garden ideas that will make people pause and want to play.
Long and narrow potted plants are ideal for this, as well as some trailing ones for the sides. Choose pots and elements that would enliven the dark color of the piano.
Displaying plants in whimsical objects
Go window-shopping in your own house. Find old shoes, boots, tea kettles, baskets, cookie tins, old tires, wheelbarrows, small old sinks, colanders, old metal rectangular boxes, fish bowls, old decorative watering cans-any vessel or weather-resistant material can work. Rock-solid kalanchoes enjoy the additional drainage of a colander and so do aloe plants.
Or visit garage sales, thrift shops or even your basement or attic.
Only one thing to remember here, the object you choose should not contain toxic chemicals for the plants, but it should provide good drainage, longevity, durability and it shouldn’t overheat in the summer.
Plant stands for front doors
A group of plants like bird’s nest ferns (Asplenium nidus) combined with some optic grass plants like Isolepsis cernua make a good indoor garden. The ideal positioning for these is just close to your front doo, if it lets some light in.
Showcasing plants on a staircase
Now, this next idea adds harmony of scale and allows the display to echo the outline of the steps. The plants used are three kentia palms and white pots of the same size. This creates equilibrium and is a great way to decorate the steps.
Designing for color in the living room
Do you want to add liveliness and summer vibes into your living room? This idea is great for you. Select four plants whose color palettes of foliage and flowers create harmony, setting a welcoming and happy mood. Display them on a neutral tray and position them in the center of the room, on the table.
Displaying humidity-loving plants
Humidity is quite an advantage when it comes to displaying indoor plants. And what is a better home for them than a bathroom?
This is because the steam will naturally mist your plants. Plants that perform well in bathrooms are ferns, bromeliads, air plants, kokedama balls or carnivorous plants. Choose plants based on the mood you want to instill in your bathroom.
Living wall garden
Instead of using pictures to fill the empty walls, why not try decorating them with plants and create a living wall? This is one way to turn your space into an indoor oasis. Use climbing plants for this idea and train them to indoor walls.
Climbing frame garden
Fill a pot with compost and insert 6 evenly spaced willow poles. Gather and secure them. Once you weaved the final willow through the poles, remove it from the pot. Pot the plant as you normally would and then insert the willow frame back into the pot, wrapping and weaving the stems of the plant around the poles.
Living space divider
This is a trailing and movable construction that accommodates bushier plants that prefer bright, indirect sun like string of pearls, string of hearts, mistletoe cacti and other tall and mid-sized foliage plants like spider plants and ferns. Get macramé hangers to hang them.
Indoor propagation shelf
Why not make amazing displays using plants rooting in water? They have tremendous potential too and look great on a shelf or side table. As soon as you get accustomed to them, they will be replaced with new cuttings, so your display will often change, creating a new look every time.
Ideal cuttings for this idea are those from mature Philodendron, Begonia, Crassula and Pilea.
Decorating home offices
Home offices also offer many possibilities to get creative. Unusual containers and cacti are ideal if for your light source is almost non-existent, but if your desk is in front of the window, you can even choose plants that prefer bright indirect light.
Vintage coffee cups and glossy ceramics are nice vessels for succulents, too. Minimal effort, yet maximum style and a perfect design for indoor garden ideas for apartments.
Decorating home libraries
Your place for reading looks dull and needs a change? Plants are ideal, silent companions for when you are reading and relaxing.
Snake plant on the floor, a trailing succulent on the shelf and aloe on the table and viola.
Speaking of home libraries, another part you can decorate is your bookshelf. Choose plants of different sizes and pots to add intrigue to the design.
Decorating sunny bedrooms
Sunny bedrooms are ideal for sun-loving ornamental plants, and hence fantastic for experimenting with indoor garden ideas. What’s more, you can choose plants that purify indoor air and breathe more easily, and dream more beautifully with your leafy companions.
Large trees and shrubs indoor garden
Who says you can’t cultivate larger species indoors? Careful placement of larger and smaller species lends a warm and welcoming note to your living space. Shorter and bushier shrubs are ideal for the front entryway door.
Edible inside garden ideas
Even if you don’t have an outdoor space, you can still grow your own food indoors and try luck with such indoor garden ideas. Some of the best indoor edibles are herbs such as basil, mint and rosemary, fruit like strawberry and fig, and vegetables like carrots, lettuce and radish.
Consider growing herbs and other edible plants under artificial lights if your room lacks sunlight. This DIY grow light can help you with this project.
On the other hand, trailing species like cucumber look great if suspended beneath a skylight, while tomato and pepper are ideal floor displays. Strawberries do best in window boxes.
Hang edible plants in pots, hang them upside down to dry, set them on a wall hook – they look amazing either way.
Another display of succulent plants, a glass lantern is easy to create yet a very stylish centerpiece. Of course, you’ll have to drill drainage holes in this one as well. Add a plastic strip across the bottom, add a layer of grit and then potting mix, arrange a selection of succulents, add some moss and there you have it. Simple yet effective.
Don’t throw away food cans. Use them for unusual floral displays. Make a few holes in the bottom with an electric drill. Mix soil-based potting mix, horticultural grit and gravel. Plants that work well with these projects are Echeveria agavoides “Rose Quartz”, sedum and some types of echeveria and haworthia. And of course, cacti.
Moss pots for small indoor gardens
Now this is nature in a teacup. Moss pots make lovely displays at home or work.
You will need to make a drainage hole in the center and put the mesh over it to prevent the soil from draining out. Put lava rock particles over the base, place the plant in and some moss. Press over the soil and trim. Mist well.
If you have a balcony, try these easy-to-make saddlebag planters for your flowers, herbs and edible plants, like rosemary and strawberry “Elan”.
For this idea, you will have to remove plants from their pots and position them in the pockets of the saddle.
Air plant chandelier
Since air plants don’t need any soil to grow, they are perfect for growing in decorative features like this stylish chandelier.
Select small plants such as Tillandsia aeranthos, Tillandsia ixioides and Tillandsia tectorum.
The right way to do it is to attach air plants to the base of each cup using a silicone rubber sealant. Don’t use glue since it harms plants. Wait for it to dry.
Keep potted humidity-loving plants like English ivy in a cloche as in the picture below. A cloche adds to the beauty of the display. Position it on a desk or a shelf.
Choose a large philodendron for a wall display because it is a great climber. Let it grow up the wall and use some smaller species to decorate other elements on the walls.
Create a cozy bedroom with a dozen plants in a variety of forms and textures. You may think it looks crowded and claustrophobic at first, but plants add a tone of intimacy and comfort to any bedroom.
Take it one step at a time and let your collection grow slowly. Don’t overcrowd your room at once.
Kid’s room indoor garden
Having plants in a kid’s room will give them fun objects to look at and a bit of responsibility. Involve them in the process of choosing the plants for indoor garden ideas in their rooms and teaching them about how to care for them, about the process of photosynthesis and transpiration.
Choose only nontoxic plants. Start with plants that don’t require fussy care.
Bathroom kokedama displays
Kokedama balls are ideal for bathrooms because they require occasional watering. Display them at the sink or in a soap dish in your shower.
Home office indoor garden
Some of the best plants for offices are air plants, haworthia, sanseveria and lucky bamboo.
If you have a wiry organizer for sticky notes, you can use a roll of string, some air plants and make a fun project by wiring air plants on the organizer.
Decorating dining rooms
One idea for a floral display on a dining table is to create a plant with a candle in the very center. This adds a romantic note to your every dining experience in a botanically decorated feast. Or simply put potted plants on shelves. Bon appetite!
It is obvious by now that plants make powerful displays in our home, transforming it into an indoor oasis. Many plant species are easy to maintain and will thrive in regular household conditions, but for others, you will need to make some adjustments. The three most important conditions are light, drainage and water. When those are met, any of these indoor garden ideas will come true in no time.
Take a look around your house and truly get to know it. What conditions does each room meet? What areas can you decorate? What objects can you use as planters?
Find the perfect spot in your home for your arrangements to get them noticed. Have fun trying new things and experimenting with different indoor ideas.