This time of year everything is beginning to bloom – especially in the garden state! It can be frustrating though if you love having those fresh blooms, herbs, and even food but you live in an apartment and don’t feel like you have the space. Believe it or not, there are some great tricks you can use to bring that homey feeling of a garden into your apartment!

1. Indoor Plants
The best plants for indoors usually don’t require sunlight or pollination to thrive and will spring and spruce your space up quickly. Bromeliads and Lilies are a colorful and popular option, and if you’re wanting more green and lush you could choose a fern, palm, ivy, or papyrus. If you’re looking for something small the Peperomia only grows about 6 inches tall, or a low maintenance succulent like Aloe Vera. You will still have to water them regularly but finding a spot with sunlight is unnecessary. They will also help clean the air in your apartment and help it feel fresh and open.

2. Balcony Garden
Use square foot or hydroponic gardening to maximize your balcony space. You can even grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs to supply your kitchen and lower your grocery bill if you have a balcony that gets sunlight throughout the day. This kind of garden will require more maintenance from you but will bring you the most return and pleasure.

3. Bring the Outdoors In
If you don’t have a balcony that receives sunlight and you really want to grow your own produce or flowers that are normally grown outdoors, you’ll need an Indoor Planting Kit. These range from $50 to $300 depending how big it is and how much you want to grow. They generally come with a low to no soil growing box and florescent grow lights to replicate the sun’s rays. They use the same ideas as square foot gardening and hydroponics to produce great produce in the least amount of space, giving you to bring the outdoors in, no matter how small your apartment is.