Have you always wanted a green thumb but don’t know where to begin? There are a few ways to get started on that green thumb now to do indoors this winter. Check out these indoor gardening ideas for beginners.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to grow beautiful flowers indoors. In fact, you don’t even need much space or time to do them either.

Because indoor gardening doesn’t require much room or energy, and there’s so much you can grow to enjoy flowers and greenery inside.

Wait until you see these indoor gardening ideas!

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Why You Should Garden Indoors

There are lots of benefits to growing a garden indoors.

Bringing the outdoors in with plants and flowers is a great way to:

  • decorate your home
  • reduce stress
  • boost the mood
  • purify the air
  • improves focus
  • increases creativity and productivity

Here are 5 easy indoor gardening ideas to try this year.

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5 Easy Indoor Gardening Ideas to Grow a Green Thumb

I am a huge fan of gardening both inside and out. There’s just something about plants and flowers that is tranquil and soothing.

But gardening wasn’t always my thing.

My passion for it started while attending law school and grew from there. And I was totally drawn to it.

It started with a few annuals outside our condo. Then it progressed to a houseplant or two.

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My front yard gardens in fall

When we moved, I started gardening with more perennials and flowering shrubs.

Then added lots of spring-flowering bulbs. Grew some more houseplants. Started propagating them.

And then BAM!

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My home is covered in air-purifying plants and cottage gardens.

You don’t have to be a crazy plant lady like me to enjoy plants and flowers.

Start with one or two plants and see where it takes you.

Check out the ideas below to get started!

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Grow Easy Care Houseplants

One of the best ways to enjoy an indoor garden in winter is to grow some houseplants.

I know. I know.

Some of you think you have black thumbs.

But that could not be further from the truth!

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Sunroom Before and After

It’s more likely, the plants you tried to grow than you just killing stuff.

With plants and flowers, there are some that are super easy and resilient to care for.

And others that are not.

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Before choosing and growing any houseplant, it’s important to understand your home’s growing conditions.

Equally important, is knowing how much work you are willing to do. Because there are plants that require more care than others.

Knowledge is power and it goes a very long way when learning how to be a plant parent.

Click here to learn the basics of houseplant care.

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If you think you kill everything, I challenge you to start with one snake plant.

They tolerate various light conditions and are SUPER EASY to care for.

Watering is minimal (I water mine like 1x a month) and they add lots of personality and drama to living spaces.

I recommend snake plants to anyone who is just starting out. It is no fail.

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If you would like to try other plants that are easy-care, I made a great list of low-maintenance plants that purify the air.

What does that mean?

It means there are actually plants that clean the air we breathe.

And that’s important because it ultimately helps cut down on the amount of illnesses in our home.

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Now I can’t promise you that you’ll see an immediate reduction in illnesses, but I can tell you that my family has significantly cut down the amount of times we get sick in a year.

And I attribute it to my air purifying plants.

Here are a few more plants that are easy to grow:

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Plant Flowering Bulbs For a Green Thumb

There is nothing easier than a few flowering bulbs that you can grow or force indoors.

Seriously, this is an easy win for the novice gardener because it takes very little effort to grown them.

This year, I am really loving all the amaryllis that I started growing.

I received a bunch from Gardener’s Supply and Breck’s that started blooming on Christmas Day and is still blooming today! They are fabulous!

close up of amaryllis flower at Christmas in the living room

If you are new to gardening and want something that will bloom with NO CARE AT ALL, try the waxed amaryllis bulbs.

I literally took them out of a box and sat them on the shelf.

And these are the gorgeous blooms that grew!

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You can also force spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils indoors.

Just be sure to throw them in the fridge well before you plant them.

They need a chilling requirement to bloom.

Pink Tulips in my cottage garden

There are also bulbs, like paperwhites that don’t need to be chilled.

And they are super easy to grow too!

I didn’t grow them this year but my friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew did.

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Photo by Kelly from The Tattered Pew

Starting Plants from Seed

Have you ever started vegetables, herbs, or flowers from seed before? It’s really rewarding to start them indoors and plant them outside in the garden.

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get your green on while it’s still snowing outside.

Plus, you can grow lots of cool things you might not find at the local nursery in spring.

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I just started a blog series about how to start seeds indoors without a greenhouse.

Since I live in New Jersey, hardiness zone 6a, I can’t start sowing my seeds until mid-February. So for now, I’m still accumulating my seed starting supplies and setting up my grow system.

Want to start some seeds indoors with me?

Dahlia 'Tropical' is great for the cut flower garden
Dahlia ‘Tropical’

Follow along with my seed starting series and let’s start growing stuff!

The first blog in the series talks about what I’m growing and the supplies needed to prepare.

I hope you’ll join me.

It will be fun!

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Make a Flower Arrangement

There is nothing better than a beautiful flower bouquet to brighten up the home and boost the mood, particularly during the winter months.

Whether you cut flowers from the garden or drop by the local florist or market, grabbing a few bunches of blooms to make an arrangement will brighten your day.

It’s not only less expensive to make a flower arrangement yourself, but it also boosts the mood and provides a sense of pride in your work.

While you can make a simple arrangement using one type of flower, it’s really fun to make a designer bouquet with different varieties.

And it’s not hard to do either!

To get the most out of DIY flower arrangements, you’ll want to follow these tips to help the blooms stay fresh longer.

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How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Forcing Stems Indoors

Another way to have a green thumb is to bring the outdoors in!

We can do this by forcing flowering stems indoors.

It is super easy to do and looks beautiful in our homes!

I’ve had great success forcing forsythia, weigela, and some flowering fruit stems.

Because most early blooming plants grow their buds in the fall, they’ll need to be dormant for 6 weeks before cutting and bringing indoors.

It’s about that time for me now.

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With a sharp set of pruning shears, make cuts at desired lengths and drop in water.

Keep the branches hydrated until you are ready to arrange.

Cut stems at an angle. This helps the branch take in more water to stay hydrated.

Then arrange in your favorite vessel.

Easy peasy!

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More Houseplant Care Tips and Tricks

I am really excited to join the Winter Botanicals and Gardens Blog Hop hosted by my talented friend, Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

Check Out These Winter Botanical and Garden Ideas!

Have a Green Thumb With These Indoor Gardening Ideas

Thanks so much for stopping by my home today. Next up on the tour is my good friend Michelle from Thistle Key Lane

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  4. These are all such great tips, Stacy. Your garden photos–outside and indoors–are simply lovely! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. I always love all your tips Stacy! I really want to be better at houseplants. I am so intimidated. I think it was two years ago that I bought a bunch of them with really cute pots and containers. I would forget to water them. I have one remaining, but only because my husband has taken of the watering duties. I always love to see your garden inspired posts.

    1. We will get you going on them – build confidence on the ones that are no fail and you’ll have a greenhouse in your beautiful home in no time! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! I loved your paperwhites post! I’ve grown them before but didn’t do them this year. xoxo

  6. You have an amazing green thumb! I adore your outdoor gardens and the seed packets are just fabulous.

  7. Your indoor and outdoor gardens are amazing. You’ve captured such beauty with your pictures too. Thanks so much for the wonderful tips.

  8. Stacy, all the tips you shared our awesome! I love your gorgeous garden as well as all your plants in your indoor decor – it’s all breathtaking! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  9. It sounds like we have a similar background with flowers and gardening. I started out playing around with flowers just after high school and over the years I just kept learning more and “collecting” plants over the years.
    I love your gardens and the way you style houseplants indoors. It is hard for me since I love plants and gardening so much but have issues being around soil and any kind of mold, I just don’t take chances with indoor plants as much as I do like them. Luckily there are some really nice faux plants these days that look real enough to brighten things up. I just use essential plant oils to clean the air since I don’t get the benefit of purifying the air with real plants. I can still force some bulbs that don’t require soil when I am craving real flowers.
    I will be starting seeds outdoors soon using the plastic miik jug method. It allows me to get a head start with later winter seed sewing without having the soil trays indoors. I’m getting excited!

    Love your tips on forcing branches too. There’s a forsythia bush that grows wild on our street where I swipe branches for spring bouquets. I think I will force some soon!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration and joining the hop!


    1. Thanks Amber! Faux plants these days look so authentic don’t they? I’ve got some great ones mixed in with my real ones and not even my husband can tell the difference! I can’t wait to start seeds with you! I’m going to be sowing my first set in mid feburary! What are you growing? Thanks for organizing such an awesome hop. I loved being a part of it! xoxo

  10. I think most of us could use tips on houseplants. I know the right lighting is more my issue than anything else. I’m in love with your wonderful seed packets, just gorgeous. I’m looking forward to your series, I’ll be there!

    1. Thanks so much Debra! Are you growing from seed too this year? Aren’t those seed packets so pretty? I love the vintage vibe! xoxo

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  12. You are so right (of course) about my black thumbs just needing to try other plants. I now have two plants that are growing and couldn’t be more excited! I clip branches all the time and put them in a vase behind the sofa because it’s a large empty corner and I’ve always wanted a live tree there. But alas, I haven’t found one yet that can take the very low light (north facing window but with a covered patio added on) and that doesn’t look super tropical. I was hoping a Ficus would work but think it’s to finicky. Oh well. I’ll keep clipping those stems. Happy Winter!

    1. Thanks Cindy! It truly is about the types of plants we put where! Do you have any snake plants? They can grow pretty tall and if you have it on a plant stand you’ll get some height out of it. Sounds like it would tolerate that spot pretty well. I know its not a tree but they get pretty big and add some character without a lot of work.xoxo

  13. Stacy, I am so inspired by all of your gorgeous plants and gardens. I need to go get a few more houseplants to help get me through the winter. Can’t wait to get outside this spring!

    1. Thank you Jen! They really do help! I started with super easy no fuss ones which really helped build my confidence. I can’t wait to get outside this spring either – we just got about 26″ of snow.

  14. What a wonderful and informative post… my fave pic is the dahlias! My son’s fave flower, too! Pinned, and I think I’m adding a couple of live plants to my home!

    1. Thanks Julie! Aren’t those dahlias amazing! I am going to be growing a lot more this year! I’m so excited!!! xoxo

  15. It’s wonderful that you have filled your home with indoor plants to both enjoy and to purify the air. A snake plant is definitely tough as nails and almost impossible to kill. They remind me of the 70s because I think everyone I knew had at least one in their home. I always enjoy seeing your gardening pictures. It won’t be long until you’ll be back in your yard making it beautiful for another growing season.

    1. I can’t even wait Paula! It’s been really nice having things bloom this winter. I enjoy it so much outside during the growing season that it’s nice to do it indoors too. xo