Modern and Eco-Friendly Indoor Gardens


Organic, recycled, reused, upcycled or urban green.  You can call it whatever you want!  Here are some fresh design ideas you can use to create your own modern and eco-friendly indoor gardens.

Many of us are apprehensive about having to care for houseplants, whether we believe to have a brown thumb, haven’t quite mastered creating the “perfect” environment plants need to strive or simply find it hard to incorporate them into our modern living spaces.  It is time to think outside the box with these innovative options for modern and environmentally responsible gardening.

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Hanging string-bound gardens, found via String Gardens, are the work of Fedor van der Valk.  These Kokedama balls of moss and dirt are enveloped in a web of string, and sprout everything from fruit trees to orchids.

Minigarden makes planters that are modular in design that  can be stacked and mounted onto a wall.  The compost adds a layer of insulation reducing the amount of energy used in a home.  Perfect for a kitchen herb garden wall.

Family-Pot series are cone-shaped plant pots made of the eco-friendly material Teralite.  It is designed by Mauro Canfori and manufactured by TeracreaTreille is an indoor trellis of cylindrical vases designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

Flora Grabb Gardens makes planting bags using recycled plastic bottles, the Woolly Pocket Garden, to create vertical gardens.  Urbio makes modular wall plates with eco-plastic magnetic pots.  Wall tubes and boxed planters can be found at Flowerbox.

Ceramic planter wall tiles, known as “Green Pockets”, are by designer Maruja FuentesH2O Architects designed the mirrored planter.  Terrarium is by Paula Hayes.  Vertical garden is by Michael Hellgren of Vertical Garden Design.

Hanging white Sky Planter, part of Boskke’s urban gardening line, won the 2011 Red Dot award.  Sky Planter Recycled™, by the same manufacturer, is made from 100% recycled polypropylene plastic.  The succulent hanging Orbs can be found at Dig Gardens.  White oak plant pods are by designer Domenic Fiorello.

Paula Hayes is a New York sculp­tor, painter and land­scape designer.  I have featured some of her living necklaces, terrariums and dry gardens.  Tiny air plants, or Tillandsias, are easy to maintain, do not require soil and have been very popular lately.  These plants could be your starting point towards creating one of your many modern and eco-friendly indoor gardens.  Featured wall bubble Aerium, cube Aerium and hanging Aerium are by Flora Grubb Gardens.  The grape wood and Tillandsia sculpture is by Eucca.

The pillow-shaped PVC foam pot is a design by Martino D ’Esposito and is manufactured by Ligne Roset.  Brick succulent planter found via ReadyMade.

Emily Wettstein uses reclaimed walnut and steel to craft tables with a removable planter.  Succulent Table is by Far Out Flora.  Domsai are little glass dome covered “houses” for cacti; designed by Matteo Cibic Studio.

Da Morto A Orto planters using recycled furniture are by designers Peter Bottazzi and Denise Bonapace.  Ted Baker designed the Indoor Fabric Garden.  Recycled book planters are created by Gartenkultur.  Concrete-like cube garden can be found via Viva Terra.  Reclaimed stiletto planters are by Rachel Mahlke and can be found on Etsy.

A portable kitchen herb garden, la table- potagère, is a green design by Les Ateliers Ouvert.  The arm-chair planter is by Angelo Grassi Design.  Eva is a kind of self contained biosphere homefarm system by Francois Hurtaud.

Other sources: Real Living, Denise Grünstein, Infoteli, Style Garage, Airy Obsessions, Jen HuangMichelle Anderson, MetaphysCollaboration.

Are you inspired yet?

Now you can start to create your own modern and eco-friendly indoor gardens.

Happy planting !

Note. Within the next coming weeks I will post DIY tutorial articles on how to make your own Topsy Turvy like planters as well as hanging string gardens.

Update.  DIY tutorial for hanging string gardens can be found here.

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