Are you thinking about creating your very own botanical garden? If you are, you no it's no small task, especially if you are only just getting into the gardening world.
For those that don't know, a botanical garden is a type of garden that includes a wide variety of different plant species and is regarded as a public area that the whole community can use. They typically have cards displaying their scientific and common names as well. If you take that idea and transfer it to your home, the botanical garden becomes a space for just you and your guests and still offers the same diversification of species, except with your own personal twist.
So let's say you want this atmosphere inside your home. This isn't just possible, but totally achievable with the right guidance and care! After taking a look at this guide, you'll be ready to start your own indoor botanical garden in no time.
Like every design phase, the planning stage is essential. Find a place in your home that gets a lot of sunlight and that gets a good cross-breeze for ventilation. Also make note of where the shady areas will be. This will help you figure out where to plant which species depending on their light requirements.
One of the best ways to start any garden, especially a botanical one, is to gather shrubs and use them as a ground cover. It's important that they are native to your region. This helps promote sustainable living and makes it easier for you to care for the plants. You'll never have to worry about their needs–all they need is whatever your climate is able to provide. And they're guaranteed to live and thrive longer, eliminating the need to constantly replace ground cover.
As we've said, plants from your region are preferred, but if you just love tropical plants and can't do without them, you need to make sure you take care of them properly. Tropical plants love a lot of heat and water, so ideally these would be placed in a greenhouse or a room that you don't mind is continually warm. The greenhouse provides maximised light and heat and will give each plant a uniform climate to live in.
If you vary your species and find that some like to be watered once a day and need tons of sunlight while others only need watering twice a month and could do without the light, this is where your notes from the beginning will come in handy. Simply place the low-maintenance at the shady end and the more difficult ones where the sun shines most. But when in doubt, contact a gardening specialist–they can tell you exactly how you can arrange your plants for optimal flourishing and minimal upkeep.
As part of its definition, a botanical garden should have some markers to signify which plants are which. We'd like to say that this is more of a suggestion and you don't need them to have the garden you desire. It's a great idea to include small cards with a plant's scientific and common name because it not only tells your guests what you have, but it helps you to better identify your species and will help you when it comes to learning about their care and needs. And no doubt, once your guests see the name of the plant they just fell in love with because of its miraculous appeal, they'll turn around and buy the same one for their garden.
A botanical garden doesn't have to be a simple flower bed with labels. Just like any garden, it is what you make of it, and we think the best kinds of gardens are the ones that surround you with their fresh greenery. This room uses vines as its main attraction, plus a few sizable trees and low-lying potted plants and the overall colour scheme shows us varying degrees of green. For your botanical garden, you can add as much colour to it as you like with big blooming flower petals.
What makes this area stand out to us so much is that the plants are in an all-white environment. This really allows the green of the leaves to pop out at us. Add some cubby holes and paint them in bright, bold colours for a more poly-chromatic look.
Your indoor garden should provide you with a multitude of feelings once you're done with it. You will get a sense of new life, not just because of the added plants, but because of the new, enriched oxygen they bring to your home. You will feel relaxed being nestled among Mother Nature's children and you'll feel the same calm you would feel lying on the grass near a forest. You'll also feel a sense of livelihood and you'll be invigorated by the new energy that they bring. So with all of these perks, this how-to and the great quantity of colourful plants to choose from, it's no wonder why botanical gardens are so loved and sought-after.
Wondering which plants to include in your indoor botanical garden? Check out this list of indoor plants that help you breathe!