Today’s day and age, has compelled us to spend most of our times inside the four walls of a room with air conditioning, working on our laptops and constantly engaging on the phone and otherwise. It is always an eye soothing experience to witness greenery amongst a concrete jungle. Many experts suggest that gardening can be very therapeutic and helps rejuvenate the mind and body. The combination of the fresh air and the physicality of the tasks helps oxygenate the bloodstream and energises the body while simultaneously releasing endorphins involved with stress alleviation. Numerous scientific studies validate the calming effect greenery by showing findings that reveal simply being in a garden lowers blood pressure. Whether to take a stroll or to sit and relax, when you have your own gardens they serve you the ultimate purpose. It doesn’t take a lot to have your own mini garden at home, and you’ll fall in love with it even more when you’ve done the gardening yourself!
Gone are the days when it was believed that maintaining your own garden was a high maintenance affair. Times have changed and irrespective of an independent house or apartment you live, there are customised options to your convenience, to have your own garden. Gardening has a healing or therapeutic process. The psychological impact of gardening is that it is considered a serene occupation, an oasis of calm, a grounding experience. So here we are, with some great ideas for your own mini gardens, especially for those of you who do not have much time to look after your plants and religiously water them everyday.
Moreover, they are almost impossible to kill. Many people have already named them the “camel” of greenery. Being tolerant of low water levels, they can thrive in dry environments, and they don’t require hardly any water at all. In addition, they are simply beautiful and lend themselves to whatever shape, style or arrangement you may have in mind. You could use things found readily at home for this, and it’s not much effort either. For example, you can upcycle old wine bottles can make a great base for you mini succulent garden, all you have to do is cut open one side of your bottle and plan your succulents in it. Another option could be a glass bowl, where you could plant your succulents. You can also grow succulents in water glasses with some gravel and pebbles. Mason jars are perfect for planting succulents in. You can either plant succulents in transparent mason jars or decorate them with paint in different colours. Old cans at home could double up as pots for your succulents, just paint them in bright colours and you’re good to go. You could even plant succulents in a dish for a centre-piece for your table. Mini tea cups or tea tin gardens also look very cute when placed on a shelf or at your dinner table. Old or unused photo frames are a great way to get your plants off the ground and grown them vertically. They let you highlight your plants as an ever-changing work of art in the same way that you would display a picture framed inside your house.
If there’s one fast growing trend in plant arrangements, it’s the world of succulent gardens. Succulents can make a wonderful addition to any home garden. They are robust, fleshy plants and are capable of surviving in a variety of different environments and require very little upkeep once they’re planted. Cultivating a miniature succulent garden is quick and easy, which is good news for the inexperienced horticulturist, and can even be done inside your home if garden space is at a premium. They’re especially attractive to working, career women who have little time to spend on plants, maintaining them and/or regenerating their gardens. Succulents always give a nice decorative touch to any home or garden. With their juicy leaves, fat stems, and thick roots, they form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy to care options for each household. In addition, succulents look stunning planted alone or accommodated in such a way that looks like a small garden, because the color and foliage variation in succulent seems almost endless – green, blue, pink, red, yellow, white, purple, almost black and much more.
In the kind of atmosphere we are surrounded by, gardening and having these little plants around in your house, will take away a lot of your stress and also keep you busy and probably give you a new hobby! For more ideas and inspiration you could also visit Laura Eubanks website ‘Design for Serenity’ and also see various videos on how to plant your succulents. Laura has worked on various projects in the United States and has some great ideas about decorating your home and some great gardening tips! So go ahead, and get down to creating your mini succulent garden to take a break form all that concrete around you! After all, everyone needs a little bit of green in their lives.