How To Make An Indoor Container Garden

by | Oct 29, 2019 | Interior Inspiration | 5 comments

Indoor Container Garden, Alicia Wood Lifestyle

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I’m excited to answer another reader question with this post!  After sharing my fall family room refresh, I got several questions about the indoor container garden I had created in the blue and white import bowl.

Readers had asked this before and I was thrilled I had taken these photos already to show you how!  This gorgeous bowl from Wisteria is an anchor decor piece in our family room. Whether it has had gorgeous orchids the coffee table or a mix of beautiful plants on the game table it is one of my favorite pieces.

To create this indoor container garden, I selected one 2-quart blooming oregano plant, two 4–inch variegated leafy plants, one 4-inch hydrangea and an air succulent. Choosing plants with complementary colors helps to make your arrangement look cohesive. Just as in styling any room adding one piece with a pop of color helps to draw your eye. In this arrangement, that is the hydrangea with the more intense blue that still complements the other plants.

First, I lined the bottom of the bowl with foil.  Then I used Styrofoam to build the bottom of the bowl and line the edges to form a ledge for the different types of moss. Here I’ve used reindeer moss, wood moss and sheet moss in patches around the edge.  Varying the colors gives it a more finished and custom look.  I use these mosses around orchids I pick up at Trader Joe’s to add a special touch.

The next step is to add your largest plant still in its container. Let’s say this one is placed like you’re looking at a clock at 12 o’clock. I then place the leafy plants at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock and the hydrangea at 6 o’clock.  I prefer to leave the plants in their individual containers so I can water each of them appropriately not over or under watering them. It also allows me to pop one out easily should I forget to water! This happens to me often!

There are so many other containers around my home that would work for this as well. That silver punch bowl you received as a wedding gift: perfect! A beautiful champagne bucket gathering dust on your bar: brilliant!

I hope seeing how simple this is inspires you to create a blooming garden for a special spot in your home.  I’ve gathered beautiful container and moss in a boutique below.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. Barbara

    This is a beautiful arrangement and you make it look so easy. Thanks for showing your tricks.

  2. Ashley

    This is such a beautiful arrangement. You make it seem so easy! It would also make a great gift. Thanks for sharing your decor secrets!!

  3. Holly

    Thanks for sharing!! I love that you leave the plants in their pots. That makes it so much easier!! 💗💗

  4. Amy D

    Looks like something even I can do despite not having a green thumb.

  5. Arlinda

    I love this idea and I think it would be a great hostess gift as well.

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