Indoor Container Garden
Hello there friends!
I don’t know about you, but I am chomping at the bit to get out and work in the dirt.
I am a wee bit behind in my outdoor gardening tasks. Between weekend trips back and forth to college for our daughter’s spring break, taking my son to visit colleges on his spring break and 2 robot competitions, all in the past month, our normal spring garden schedule has been thrown asunder.
Sadly, the rest of April is not going to slow down, but Terry and I have committed to spend a couple of days next week trying to catch up. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to plant my container gardens. I like browsing through several of our local garden stores and putting together groups of plants to see what combinations blow my skirt. I haven’t had the time to really consider how all my containers are going to work together this year yet, but I was able to put together a mini version with an indoor container garden after a quick 5-minute pop-in to a great plant store in my area.
Bring Spring In With an Indoor Container Garden
I found this great planter recently which I used for my grass and tulip gardenThe tulips have long hit the road but the planter remained on my counter, showcasing a bunch of dead grass.? It was an easy refresh to add these new plants to re-spring my kitchen.
I chose a Reiger Begonia, a pot Club Moss and 2 ‘fairy’ spider plants. My plant store has a whole section of plants in wee, 2″ diameter pots for those looking to make fairy gardens. I love the combination of the spiky with the mossy, topped with the red/orange begonias. All of these plants grow will with bright, but indirect light. My kitchen is always bright but doesn’t get direct sun on the counter.
At the suggestion of my helpful garden sales associate, I left the spider plants in their wee pots to keep them from growing too big. Keeping their roots bound will constrain their growth.
I think it was love at first site with this club moss and I’m going to look for more ways to use it.
I scraped some moss off of my outdoor steps to fill the area to the left of the elf (as you’re looking at the image). This elf is a special little guy who sat on my Grandma’s bureau forever. I’m honored that I am now his caretaker. He moves around our home throughout the year, making his landing in some auspicious area. I can’t blame him for wanting to spend his days under this begonia…and next to the club moss of course.
This indoor container garden is a great example of the “Thriller, Filler and Spiller” method of container gardening. The begonia is the thriller, the club moss is a filler and the spider plants will be both spillers and fillers.
So, if your weather is not quite right for working outside, then bring the outside in with an indoor container garden. Since the begonia is a cool-weather annual (which also means it needs longer nights), I figure I’ll be switching it out in a month or two. But I do think the spider plants and club moss will grow year-round, establishing themselves in this pot for quite some time. And as for the elf? Well, who knows where he’ll land next. But I do think he’s pretty happy for a while.
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Happy Thursday morning Lynn! What a great idea to bring in some green onto your kitchen counter top! I remember the planter with the grass from before, I loved it then and I still am loving it now! Great tips as well to keep the spider plants in their little pots so they don’t grow too big! I will remember that, I always think they need to get out of the plastic asap! But I don’t fancy the jungle look, so for the planter it’s ideal to keep it in proportion!! Lovin this, I’ve been wanting to hit our garden center for some herbs, as I’m planning a herb garden but have been down with a tooth infection this week, so hopefull on the weekend! Love the garden center but not so much with my WD look of a zombie with a huge cheek, lol! Have a great day, hugs!!
Hi there Katrin! I hate to hear about your tooth infection! Yikes…I’ve never had one, so I can only imagine how very painful it must be!!! Ouch! I so appreciate you stopping by in spite of your aching mouth…that’s a true friend! I really hope you are on the mend.
Wishing you a good weekend.
and I forgot to mention that little elf! So cute and I love that he means so much to you! Those kind of deco’s are the lovliest!! He fits right in there!
And thanks for the ‘elf’ love…he’s a sweetie, isn’t he?!
So cute! Love that.
Thanks Lindsay! It makes me smile and realize that the warmer, blooming months are right the corner.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Lynn you have been very busy for spring break. I can understand you need for wanting to go out and plant beauty all around you. As I’ve mentioned before I have a brown thumb, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring the beauty that is all around! You did a fantastic job of bringing spring indoors with this container garden. I can learn a lot from you as I had never heard of the “thriller, filler, and spiller” method! Long name but it looks great! As does that cute little elf keeping the plants company.
Hi Mary, the ‘thriller, filler, spiller’ theory is key…if you only learn one thing from this blog, make it that! (hee hee!!!) And with all the lovely greenery surrounding you, you need a green thumb! It’s everywhere.
Thanks for swinging by today friend.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
I love your re purposing of the mods on your steps. The stuff is so hardy! It’s a beautiful addition to your home.
Thanks Kathryn, as is always the case, I pass moss all the time, but when I needed it found it hard to come buy! I was out scraping it off the vertical sides of my shady steps trying! I’m curious how fast it will grow inside.
Thanks for coming by.
This is so cute!!
Thanks Stacey…I’m so pleased because it really still looks so great. The begonias continue to bloom and the club moss is starting to fill out. Thanks for swinging by today.