Houseplants for Small Spaces
Bonsai is another way to maximize a small space. Bonsai is the shaping of a potted plant into a pleasing form using pruners to nip off unwanted growth and sometimes wire, as well, to guide the branches into a shape you like. You don't need to be formally trained in the art to enjoy bonsai in your own home, though reading a few books on the subject isn't a bad idea. Some plant species often used in bonsai include maples, bougainvilleas, boxwoods, cotoneasters, and pomegranates, though you shouldn't feel limited by what is traditional.
Rethink where you might keep a plant. Most people picture keeping one on a table or desk, but why not on the wall? A shelf is one way to take advantage of empty wall space. Another idea would be growing a plant that is mounted on cork. Many orchids, bromeliads and even some ferns do extremely well on mounts.
There is always room for a plant. Whether it is the first time you're trying to incorporate one into a particular room or the hundredth plant you're trying to squeeze in is completely a matter of how deep you are into the hobby! Whatever the case, enjoy being creative with it and the result will inevitably be pleasing.
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