Adding greenery to your home can make it look so much fresher and full of life. There are some other great benefits to a greener home too, from making it more sustainable and eco-friendly to improving the air quality. Both the interior and exterior of your home can be made greener with the addition of plants, flowers, grass, trees, or even just artificial greenery. You don’t even need to have a lot of space or a huge garden to achieve this. There are multiple techniques that you can use to achieve a greener home and make your home more relaxing, airy, and connected to nature.
Bring Some Greenery Indoors
Plants are definitely not just for the outdoors. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, or even if you do, bringing plants indoors is the perfect way to make your home green. Potted plants are easy to contain, you can move them around and you can put them anywhere you have space. You can even use vertical space, making use of hanging baskets or putting containers on your walls. Just keep in mind the extra moisture that could be in your home when you’re keeping your plants watered.
Plant Some Native Plants
If you’re thinking of planting some things outside, choosing some native plants is a great idea. It’s good for the environment, they’re likely to do well in the local soil, and it’s also excellent for attracting things like bees, butterflies, and other insects. Wildflowers are a fantastic option, and there are plenty to choose from. There are also some great native trees and shrubs that can look awesome lining your garden. Some tree ideas include silver birch, holly, or hazel, while some shrubs that are native to the UK include dogwood, juniper, and buckthorn. If you don’t have a lot of space, choose smaller trees and shrubs.
Create a Green Roof
When you’re low on space, one way to make the most of the space that you do have available is to use your roof. If you have a flat roof, it can sometimes cause problems if water doesn’t drain from it properly. But, as Rubber4Roofs points out, a green roof can help with this problem. Installing a green roof can help to improve drainage and it also creates a pretty green space on your flat roof. As well as installing grass, you can add some other plants that look good and attract local wildlife too.
Install a Living Wall
As an alternative to a green roof, you could consider a living wall. This is something that you can create in a few different ways, and it’s a great way to use vertical space. You can get living wall panels or modules that are ready to go so that you don’t have to make anything for your plants. Then you just have to fill it with peat or soil, plant your chosen plants and then hang up your wall using the brackets supplied. It’s most practical to do this outside, but there are also artificial options that you might consider for indoors.
Use Balconies and Window Ledges
Another option for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space for greenery is to use spaces like balconies or even window ledges for plants. Your kitchen window ledge is the perfect place to have some herbs in pots. Not only will they look great, but you can use them when you’re cooking too. A balcony is an ideal place to put some plants, whether in pots, planters, or hanging baskets. Using these spaces will allow you to add some greenery to your home without taking up valuable space that you might use for other things.
Add Plants Around Your Home Exterior
As well as planting in your garden, you might have space around your home’s exterior where you want to add some plants. If you have a front porch or a front garden, you could put some potted plants or hanging plants in. Even putting some hanging plants or potted plants on either side of your front door can be a great way to add some greenery to the exterior of your home. If you have a patio or any paving, or maybe a deck, you might want to use it for some potted plants. Walls and fences can be great for climbing plants or planting things vertically.
Swap Paving for a Lawn
Having paving outside gives you a low-maintenance space, and you can add some potted plants if you want to. But if you want to make the space a little greener, switching the paving for a lawn can transform your garden. Putting grass in doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have to do a lot of work to take care of it. Mowing it when necessary and keeping it watered are your main tasks, although you might sometimes need to do a few other things, such as reseeding or aerating your lawn.
Get Some Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers might not last forever, but they can still brighten up your home with some greenery and a range of beautiful colours. A lot of people only have flowers in their home on special occasions but displaying them more often can make your home look bright, fresh, and welcoming. Flowers can give you something to smile about, and they add an elegant touch to your home too.
Buy Some Artificial Plants
If you don’t want to bother with real plants or flowers, there’s always the option of artificial plants. While these can be made from plastic, there are plenty of eco-friendly options that make a good alternative. They are often made from recycled or recyclable materials, so you can buy them and display them in your home without any guilt. They can look super real too, so you can hardly tell whether they’re real or artificial just by looking at them (and sometimes not even by touching them).
Make your home greener with plants, grass, and even artificial plants and flowers to connect with nature.