In the winter, my gardening hobby usually ends up in a stand still as many of the vegetables and plants die out in the winter.
I can cover some of them using some reused plastic sheets that I received from packaging companies in the UK online, but mostly I have nothing to do.
While I am enjoying my freshly harvested autumn crop, I end up missing tending to my garden everyday.
As such, I have a sizable number of indoor plants as well, which I keep in decorative plant boxes and containers.
I feel that they allow me to continue my gardening indoors through the winter, without having to worry about wind chill and the like.
They are also very beautiful and add a certain special touch to some of the more drab parts of the house. Well, at least my wife says so. She is the one who is in charge of all of the decorating!
However, the biggest problem I faced when growing plants indoors is that they do not thrive well in artificial light. They end up looking stunted and shriveled compared to the outdoor counterparts.
It took me some time before I was able to grow some healthy plants indoors, but some plants adapt to indoor lighting better than others, but they are still beautiful and ornamental. Here they are:
1. English Ivy
English ivy is widely available, and it is a very charming plant at that. Since it looks like a vine, it trails down your shelves and tables in a very elegant fashion, and their white and green leaves look lovely and delicate.
I often keep them in the cooler parts of the house, in small pots. They prefer moist soil.
2. Rubber Tree
The rubber tree obviously grows into a much larger plant, especially in the tropics where it originally came from. However, it grows fairly slowly so it is a wonderful plant to keep indoors. It is quite hardy and great for beginners.
3. Peace Lily
This beautiful white flower looks very exotic indeed and is a very popular house plant. Since it requires low humidity and little light, it is absolutely a charm to grow even in the winter months when there is little sunshine.
The ficus plant is quite popular and you will see it in Chinese fortune shops being sold as a money making plant. It is loved because its stems can be braided as a young plant, and it is often topped with a red ribbon.
Highly ornamental, the ficus plant is a lovely addition to practically any space.
If you enjoy the look of succulents, aloe is a hardy plant that can grow pretty much anywhere. This plant requires a little bit more sunlight than most, so you may want to plant it somewhere near a windowsill so that you can ensure that it will be healthy.
It also has wonderful medicinal properties, and you can even make a juice out of its leaves, although I have never quite tried it myself.
There are other plants that are great for the indoors, but these are some of my favorites, as they are easy to care for.