3 Awesome Alternatives To Indoor Gardening and Landscaping

We love indoor plants, but wouldn’t it be great if you could actually recreate landscapes indoors? Well you sort of actually can. Read on to learn more about the ways how you can do so.

1. Aquascapes

Credit: Gergely Hideg / flickr.com

Credit: Gergely Hideg / flickr.com

Aquascaping, in a nutshell, is gardening underwater. To be more precise, gardening underwater in fishtanks.

There are different types of aquascaping, some of which are below.

Dutch Style

The Dutch style is characterized by a densely planted tank with plants that have varying heights, colors and shapes. The tank floor is often covered with a carpeting of low growing aquatic plants, with the taller plants placed around the sides and the back.

Jungle Style

The Jungle style is meant to mimic, well, a jungle’s underwater landscape.

Nature Style

The nature style stems from the Japanese style of gardening, emulating natural landscapes.

Iwagumi Style

The Iwagumi style is a subtype of the Nature style, is perfect for the minimalist gardener. It is characterized by hardscaping in odd numbers, usually one large stone and 2 smaller stones arranged in the tank. The largest stone is placed following the Rule of Thirds, and the smaller ones are arranged in other areas of the tank. A carpeting of green Java moss is often used to dress up the floor of the tank.

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A paludarium combines underwater and terrestrial landscaping.

2. Terrariums


Whereas aquascaping is landscaping underwater, terrariums employ landscaping inside tanks or containers in a smaller scale. Terrariums are meant to be above water, so it pretty much resembles your typical garden.

Mini terrariums made with jars and fishbowls are popular these days, with moss and other select plants, along with rocks or pieces of driftwood are used to create a tiny landscape. How bout going bigger and plant a huge glass tank?

3. Bottle gardens


Bottle gardens were popular decades ago, but it seems it’s starting to creep back into fashion again. Recently featured in several news websites is the story of a man who planted a seedling in a big bottle some 40 years ago, sealed it shut and let it grow untouched. Today, his jar is packed full.

A bottle garden is a contained and very self-sufficient garden. Sealed shut, it self waters through condensation created inside the bottle from the very small amount of water it has inside. These ecosystems in a jar require very little maintenance; requiring only watering and trimming occasionally, like once every 5-10 years.

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