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One of the best things about miniature gardens is their versatility. Whether you spread out your fairy garden over a large backyard or have room for just one or two containers in your apartment, a miniature garden can fit into your space. These days, with more and more people living in urban areas on a budget, studio apartments are becoming the norm, and minimalism is in style. With just 400 or 500 square feet of space inside, you might think to yourself, “How could a miniature garden fit?” While you may not be able to devote an entire room in your apartment to the big garden of your dreams, there are many ways to incorporate miniature gardening into a small space. Here are a few of our favorite space-saving fairy garden ideas.
In a studio, you may have trouble finding enough light for your plants. One way to solve that problem is to move plants close to the windows by putting them on tables, sideboards, and shelves. With small pots, you can feature miniature gardens on your nightstands and bookshelves. If you have a small breakfast bar or dining table, you can even build a miniature garden to use as a tasteful centerpiece. Start with a narrow tray and fill with your favorite small pots, fairy garden plants, and miniature accessories. If you have an apartment that lacks much natural sunlight, select plants for shade gardens.
Container gardens are an easy way to incorporate small-scale gardening into your studio. When planning a miniature garden, you can utilize larger pots that sit on the floor and even experiment with unusual containers like suitcases, books, buckets, or large bowls. Zen Gardens are the latest trend in gardening and the bonsai planters work well in small spaces. You might also consider using faux plants that look very realistic. A miniature garden planter can brighten up a corner, add color next to a full-length mirror, or even replace a bedside table.
Not all studio apartments include outdoor space, but if your apartment does, you should take advantage of it! Whether you have a tiny patio, balcony, or even just a little area outside your door, you can use miniature gardens and fairy garden plants to make your outdoor space reflect your personality. If you get inventive with space, you might be able to fit a raised bed or large pot on your balcony. Life in a studio apartment also makes it easy to move plants indoors when the weather gets cold. By placing your planter onto a base with wheels, this task will be easy-to-do.
If you find yourself decorating your apartment with wall art, take a moment to consider alternatives - wall planters! Hangable planters come in all shapes and sizes. These offer your fairy garden plants access to more light, and they give you more space to grow your miniature gardens. Hanging glass planters and terrariums have become popular too. These glass shapes can be filled with hardscape, moss, air plants, and other miniature garden accessories.
In a small apartment, it can be scary to think about adding too many decorative touches. You do not want to overwhelm the space. However, plants add color, texture, and nature to rooms and dorms that might otherwise feel dull or utilitarian. Miniature gardens can help soften out the rigid feel of a furniture-filled studio. Fairy gardens in particular, with their small accessories and details, can make your studio look intentional rather than cluttered.
One way to emphasize intent is to locate your miniature gardens in unexpected places. Air plants might sit on a dresser, or be attached to the refrigerator with a magnetic planter. A small terrarium could sit on the kitchen counter next to the mixer or cookie jar. There are even waterproof planters that can hold tropical miniature plants in the shower! To successfully fit miniature gardening into your studio apartment life, you may have to be a little inventive. Once you look around at the flourishing plants, bright containers, and a sense of excitement in your home, though, you will be glad you did.
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