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Bringing your dream garden indoors this summer

28th July 2017 Print

We have become known as ‘generation rent’ as houses prices rise and wages stay stagnant, meaning that owning a home and therefore a garden to potter around in is, for many, just a dream. 

Our capital city is expected to become a city of renters by 2025. Despite the fact that the government are attempting to make us a nation of homeowners, only 40% of those in the city will own their own home in just eight years time. This is a reversal of 2000 when 60% of Londoners owned a home. 

But, these urban areas, also suffer the most with air pollution – this year London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution alert in the city for the first time after levels passed those in Beijing, meaning that the cities ‘filthy air’ is now a ‘health crisis.’

This polluted air means that those living in the city could benefit most from being surrounded by plants, but have the least access to them, as gardens are hard to come by whether you rent or not. This also means that you may never get to create the dream garden you have been planning in your head for the last few years. 

But, how about if you bought your dream garden indoors this summer? 

Fill your home with plants and you won’t only purify the air, you will lift your spirits too. Plus, nature helps provide a sense of peace and tranquility – which is a much-needed escape after you have fought your ways through a sea of tourists amid the beeping of horns. If that wasn’t enough – gardening is known to have significant health benefits, not just for your physical health, but for your mental health too. 

So, where do you start? 

Firstly, if you are too busy to tend to real plants, but would still like to fill your house with bright colours and a sense of calm – you could always get artificial ones. Take a look at – where you will be able to find pretty flowers for your vase, luscious green foliage and flowering pot plants. They look so realistic that no one will be able to tell the difference and you don’t have to worry about them dying on you because you forgot to water them. 

But, if you do have the time you could fill the floor and shelf space with pots of plants that just need a little watering, or if you would like to stretch your green fingers a little more why not look into growing your own herbs, fruit and veg on your windowsills. 

There are plenty of quirky ways to bring the outdoors in – you could use a shelf ladder to display more plants or why not upcycle your old teapot or cup instead of using a pot, for something a little different. Don’t forget to make the most of all the space you have available – this includes the ceiling!

There are multiple ways to bring your summer garden indoors and it is much easier than you might think. So, why not give it a go – purify the air, while brightening up each room in your home.