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Question: I have upstairs apartment with no balcony and I really would like to have a garden even if it is inside. Any suggestions on how to do this without breaking the bank?

Answer: Most flowering plants will require supplemental lighting, unless you have a bright window with space for plants in containers. There are many, many foliage plants that grow well indoors so if lighting is a concern, concentrate on the foliage rather than the flowering plants.

Plants that do well in low light include Aglaonema commutatum Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema commutatum cv. Silver King (Silver King Evergreen); Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen); Aspidistra elatior (Cast-iron Plant); Aspidistra elatior cv. Variegata (Variegated Cast-iron Plant); Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm);
Epipremnum aureum (Golden Pothos); Epipremnum aureum cv. Marble Queen (Marble Queen Pothos); Monstera deliciosa (Split-leaf Philodendron); Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant); and Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Laurentii (Goldband Sansevieria).

If you have moderate light (enough light to cast a shadow on a newspaper if you hold your hand over it, you can grow medium light requiring plants such as Aechmea fasciata (Silver Vase); Asparagus densiflorus cv. Myers (Plume Asparagus); Asparagus densiflorus cv. Sprengeri (Sprengeri Asparagus); Asparagus setaceus (Fern Asparagus); Aucuba japonica cv. Variegata (Gold-dust Plant); Brassaia actinophylla (Schefflera); Brassaia arboricola (Dwarf Schefflera); Caryota mitis (Fishtail Palm);
Chamaedorea erumpens (Bamboo Plant); Chlorophytum comosum cv. Variegatum (Spider Plant); Cissus rhombifolia (Grape Ivy); Dieffenbachia amoena (Giant Dumbcane);
Dieffenbachia maculata (Spotted Dumbcane); Dizygotheca elegantissima (False Aralia);
Dracaena deremensis cv. Warneckii (Striped Dracaena); Dracaena fragrans cv. Massangeana (Corn Plant); Dracaena godseffiana (Gold-dust Dracaena); Dracaena marginata (Red-margined Dracaena); Dracaena sanderana (Ribbon Plant); Fatsia japonica (Japanese Fatsia); Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig); Ficus elastica cv. Decora (India Rubber Plant); Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf Fig); Ficus retusa (Indian Laurel);
Gynura aurantiaca (Velvet Plant); Hedera helix and cultivars (English Ivy); Howea forsterana (Kentia Palm); Maranta leuconeura cv. Erythroneura (Red-veined Prayer Plant); Nephrolepsis exatata cv. Bostoniensis (Boston Fern); Peperomia caperata (Emerald Ripple Peperomia);Peperomia obtusifolia (Oval-leaf Peperomia); Philodendron bipennifolium (Fiddle-leaf Philodendron; Spathiphyllum cv. Clevelandi Cleveland Peace Lily; Spathiphyllum cv. Mauna Loa Mauna Loa Peace Lily; Zebrina pendula Wandering Jew.

By concentrating on these plants, you won't need to purchase supplemental lighting fixtures and you will still have a lush, tropical look in your home.


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