Brighten every room in your home with plants – The Ukiah Daily Journal

Brighten every room in your home with plants – The Ukiah Daily Journal

Moisture-loving plants such as orchids are a good choice for growing in a bathroom where the growing conditions are suitable. (Contributed)

Anytime is a great time to add some houseplants to your home. Adding greenery indoors expands your gardening opportunities and provides many benefits to living with and caring for plants. It can boost your mood and reduce stress while adding beauty or nutritious food to your home.

Increase productivity and creativity by including plants in your home or business office. Green spaces help reduce stress even when working at your desk or tackling homework at the end of a long day. Place some plants on or near your desk or other work space. Expand your growing opportunities with the help of these stylish, energy-efficient full-spectrum plant lights to fit any decor while directing light where it’s needed to promote healthy plant growth.

Enhance the flavor and nutrition of meals year-round by growing leafy greens and herbs in a sunny window or under artificial lights. Start plants from seed or purchase transplants to grow indoors. Place your indoor kitchen garden in a brightly lit location, free of cold drafts, and with easy access to harvest and use. Turn family meals and friend gatherings into unique and memorable experiences by getting them to harvest some vegetables for their salads and herbs to season their meals.

Plant ferns, orchids, bromeliads and other moisture-loving plants in your bathroom. Consider these and other low-light plants such as cast iron, pothos and philodendron if natural light is limited. You will enjoy getting out of the shower and into a little tropical area that allows you to get through your day with ease.

Get a good night’s sleep with a little local aromatherapy in the bedroom. Grow lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and other calming herbs in your bedroom near a sunny window, on a shelf, or in another bright, naturally or artificially lit spot. Simply give the plants a pet to release their fragrance into the air before crawling into bed for a long, restful sleep.

Create a miniature aquarium tropical, moss or desert garden to serve as a focal point in any room or as a centerpiece on a dining room table. Use an open terrarium for succulents and other plants that need air flow, less humidity and room to grow. Enlist enclosed terrariums for mosses and tropical plants that benefit from the high humidity and condensation that constant watering provides.

Indoor greenery is always a great addition when rethinking or redecorating your home in any space. You and your family will enjoy the beauty and many other benefits that plants provide.

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Midwest Gardener’s Handbook, 2nd Edition and Small Space Gardening. She hosts the amazing “How to Grow Anything” instant video courses, DVD series, and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment radio show. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ website is

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