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Everyday Creativity: Plants And Gardening

This post in the Everyday Creativity series looks at ways to get creative when gardening. You don't need a huge garden for this – a patio or even a windowsill is just fine! And even if you don't want to tend any outdoor plants, consider keeping a house plant or two. Click through to find out more.

This post in the Everyday Creativity series looks at ways to get creative when gardening. You don’t need a huge garden for this – a patio or even a windowsill is just fine! And even if you don’t want to tend any outdoor plants, consider keeping a house plant or two.

The Everyday Creativity Series

Welcome to the sixth and final post in the Everyday Creativity series! Here are the links to the first five posts if you want to check them out:

I believe that everyone has at least a little creativity in them. Some are more creative than others, of course, and that creativity can come in many forms.

But I want to celebrate the creativity in our everyday lives, and that’s what this series of blog posts is all about. You might not be sitting down with a sketchbook and pencil, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find creativity elsewhere in your day.

But now, on to the subject of today’s post…

Getting Creative With Plants

Being able to feel creative has a lot to do with your frame of mind at any given time. I know that as much as my creative time is relaxing and therapeutic, if I’m stressed or too busy it feels like the last thing I want to do. And that’s despite the fact that actually, a little creative time would really help chill me out. It can be a vicious cycle for sure.

This is where gardening (and when I say gardening, I actually mean any plant-based activity, even if it’s just tending a couple of pots on your windowsill!) is great for you.

The activities associated with looking after plants can be pretty calming. Watering, pruning, picking the ripe chillies from the plant on the windowsill…

It’s almost like meditation in some respects. It gives your brain a little space and quiet time to reflect and recharge.

That in turn puts you in a better frame of mind to get creative in other aspects of your life. But aside from being great therapy for the mind, gardening is a great creative outlet in its own right too.

Outdoor Plants

If you have any kind of garden space, you can really get creative when planning out how to plant it.
But if you don’t have a traditional garden, can you put pots on your patio or balcony? And what about a window box?

If you have any of these spaces, you need to plan out how to make the most of what is available to you. What colours would you like to use? Would you like lots of flowers or lots of greenery? And what about the height and spread of the plants?

Indoor Plants

A similar thing applies to the plants inside your home. And besides looking lovely, plants are great for improving the air quality in your home. This can only be a good thing, helping you to feel healthier and more alert (and therefore more creative…?).

Find out a bit more about some of the toughest and hardiest houseplants here. (Coincidentally I have a dracaena and a peace lily in my living room and a weeping fig in the bedroom!)

As well as thinking about the actual plants you will have in the house, consider what you will plant them in. Most plants come in plastic pots, and although these are practical enough they really aren’t that pretty. There are so many lovely planters available to buy, but you might also like to make your own?

Grow Your Own

I think growing your own food is one of the most satisfying things about gardening. The produce tastes amazing and is often cheaper than what you buy in the supermarket.

The best thing of all is that you don’t need loads of space to do this. At the moment I’m growing bell peppers, chillies, tomatoes and basil in my kitchen and it’s definitely not a huge space.

If you only have space for a window box, consider filling it with fresh herbs. They add so much flavour and freshness to meals, and can be very pretty to look at too.

A planter full of herbs is generally pretty low maintenance too, ideal for those of us who aren’t that confident in our green thumb!

Another option is food that regenerates. Certain plants like spring onions and lettuces can actually regrow from the root or bottom portion of the vegetable. Check out the pin on my Pinterest board below for more information.

For More Ideas…



If you want to challenge yourself to get creative in your everyday life in other ways, take a look at my 30-day Get Creative Challenge. When you sign up, you will receive an email every three days with suggestions for ways to get more creative every day. Sign up below:

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