Just because you don’t have big garden, it doesn’t mean you can’t grow beautiful, colourful flowers indoors. The plants on this list are easy to grow, and require little attention other than putting them in the right spot and giving them the correct amount of water. Even if you’re not much of a gardener, you can still grow gorgeous indoor plants that will liven up your interior and add a little extra colour and variety to your home.
1. African Violets
One of the world’s most popular houseplants, African violets come in a variety of vivid colours and will flower throughout the year with little effort on your part. They like a nice bright windowsill and warm conditions. Because there’s so much variety, it’s easy to find a plant that matches your décor.
A relative of the African Violet that also goes by the name of Cape Primrose. Like the African Violet, it’s another very popular plant that comes in several colours. It can tolerate lower temperatures than its cousin and is best suited to filtered or indirect light.
Also known as Purple Shamrock, this plant is known for its intense purple, clover-shaped leaves and delicate white or pink blooms. It originates from warm climates in South America and Africa, and therefore is suited to indoor growing where it can be kept nice and warm. Be aware that Oxalis can be toxic if eaten, so may not be suitable for households with pets or young children.
Geraniums are another plant that can thrive both outdoors and indoors and are incredibly easy to grow. With enough light they can bloom all year round and many varieties have a lovely, distinctive scent.
Polyanthus are great for giving your home some much-needed colour during the winter. You can pick them up for cheap and they come in a wide range of colours. They like bright but indirect light and humid conditions.
Otherwise known as Sow Bread, this is a hardy plant that’s easy to grow and requires little attention. You should water them from the bottom in order to avoid rotting, and keep them away from excessive temperatures.
Chrysanthemum is an extremely popular flower that is often given as a gift. Growing them indoors is nice & simple – they just need good soil, regular watering (preferably from underneath) and not too much humidity.
Flowerpots and vases are classics that always look great in any home, but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not try upcycled containers? You can use all sorts of household items, from old paint cans to teapots. There’s a great list of ideas to get you started here – the only limit is your imagination!
The flowers above are just a few of the most popular indoor plants – there are plenty of others out there. Get down to your nearest garden centre or farm shop and have a look for more, and don’t be afraid to experiment!