Urban gardening: How to get green when you’re stuck for outside space

With Patch Plant, the world’s first hotel for plants, newly opened in London, and ‘indoor gardens’ trending on Pinterest, here’s how to get your green groove when you’re stuck for outside space.

Group on a grid

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Make the most of every inch of space by adding a feature wall of plants and building upwards, grouping the plants together in clusters of no more than two for a clean and contemporary display. Stick to a monochromatic palette to keep the look cohesive, or paint random pots across the display for bursts of colour. Succulents are perfect for this design as they require little maintenance. For a similar shelving unit, go to stringfurniture.com.

Pay and display

Urban GardeningConstruct a portable plant frame in an instant using a pegboard and a fresh lick of paint. Air plants (those which have roots above ground and need very little soil), such as lady orchid and vanilla orchid, are especially suited to this sort of display, as you can showcase them in terrariums, glass pots and trail them from hooks on the board. Move the display from room to room when you fancy a change of scenery. For more of a dramatic take, try painting your pegboard in a dark shade.

Climb the wall

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Construct a portable plant frame in an instant using a pegboard and a fresh lick of paint. Air plants (those which have roots above ground and need very little soil), such as lady orchid and vanilla orchid, are especially suited to this sort of display, as you can showcase them in terrariums, glass pots and trail them from hooks on the board. Move the display from room to room when you fancy a change of scenery. For more of a dramatic take, try painting your pegboard in a dark shade.

Screen with green

Urban GardeningPlants are a great way to zone open-plan spaces. This powder-coated metal frame defines the kitchen area and is the ideal structure for climbing plants to eventually take shape as a living wall. For a similar plant frame try ikea.com.

How to avoid growing pains

1. All plants have general needs but it’s worth doing a bit of research or asking at the nursery for more specific requirements for optimal growth and longevity of particular species.

2. Get yourself a good spray bottle (or two). It’ll be your best friend in keeping your indoor plants happy and hydrated.

3. Decorative foliage is better suited and more adaptable to indoor environments than flowering plants.

4. Yellow leaves can indicate over-watering; brown leaves mean the plant needs more water.

5. Indoor plants require less watering and seasonal feeding during the winter months.

Report by Nicole Gray