You don’t have to have a massive yard to be a gardener in 2023! Small space and indoor gardens are making a big splash this year. Whether you’re trying to make your small city apartment feel like a mini oasis or just want something green to look at while working from home, plants can be a great way to spruce up any living space. And it doesn’t take a lot of effort or money either!

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that are easy to care for and will still make your home or small patio feel full of life. From ivy-covered walls to mini terrariums, the possibilities are endless. So why wait? Get gardening and make your home a little greener in 2023: here’s how.

Growing herbs indoors

Herbs like rosemary, basil, and mint are easy to grow indoors, so instead of buying them at the store to include in your favorite recipes, you can just pick them from your windowsill! All you need is some potting soil, a container, and the plants. You can start small with one or two herbs in separate pots or go all out with an herb garden on your kitchen countertop.


Terrariums are another great way to create a beautiful indoor garden without too much work. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also an inexpensive way to bring a bit of nature inside. Purchase some soil, plants, decorative stones or pebbles, and a small bowl or closed terrarium to house your creation. Once you have all the materials ready, you can start assembling your terrarium in any way you like!

Patio raised beds

Utilize your small outdoor living space with an instant box garden. Grow a variety of fun, themed raised gardens with my helpful book, The Instant Box Garden Miracle. Inside this book, you will find the plans to make box gardens, theme garden projects and tips, and a complete planting and harvesting guide.

Maximize your small outdoor patio space with this book and become a master of growing in containers.

Container gardening

Containers are a great way to garden without too much expense, commitment, or space. All you need are some containers, soil, and seeds or seedlings. You can choose from various plants like succulents, herbs, vegetables, flowers and more. Purchase decorative pots, and your container garden will serve as a fun, colorful addition to your living space — indoors or out.

House plants as healthy home decor

House plants can do more than just make your living space look nice – they also help purify the air and reduce stress. Some popular houseplants to consider for 2023 are spider plants, rubber trees, peace lilies, philodendrons, pothos, and fiddle-leaf figs. Choose one or two that you like best and place them in the corner of your room or next to your desk for a calming, natural decoration.

Vertical gardens

If you’re looking for a unique way to maximize your space, a vertical garden might be just the thing. Grow vertical-friendly plants indoors or in your small outdoor area with ease! I’ve gathered my favorite plants for vertical growing and my top tips for success into a full-color book, The Vertical Garden. It includes easy-to-follow plans for fun, vertical projects that anyone can do!

Small space oasis

One of the biggest trends for gardening in 2023 is creating an outdoor oasis — no matter how much space you have!  Whether you’re limited to a small balcony or patio, you can still create a tranquil spot with some potted plants, outdoor furniture, and maybe even a fountain or two. Add some tall plants for privacy and wind chimes for a gentle soundscape.

Microgreen growing

If you’re short on space and time to grow a full garden, try growing microgreens! Not only are they incredibly nutritious, but they can also be grown in the smallest of spaces. Plus, you don’t even need soil!

The Good Box Grow Kit comes with everything you need to get started! It has seeds, jute grow mats, and a made-in-America box to house your flavorful greens. Plus, it comes with my book, Mastering Microgreens, which includes the best ways to incorporate microgreens into your meals and detailed information about each variety.

Indoor lettuce

Lettuce is an easy-to-grow crop that doesn’t take up much space. However, it doesn’t do well in the heat of summer — especially on a hot balcony. Instead, bring your lettuce indoors and grow it near a sunny window! This allows you to reap a bountiful harvest of fresh lettuce all year!

Exotic houseplants

If you’re an adventurous gardener, jump on the exotic houseplant trend in 2023. These plants are a bit more challenging in terms of care, but they add an interesting element to your home and give you a chance to show off your green thumb! Examples of these unique plants include air plants (tillandsia), staghorn ferns, Dendrobium orchids, and bromeliads.

Dried flowers

Dried plants give your space a unique and timeless look. If you’re looking for an evergreen decoration, dried flower arrangements are the way to go! Natural textures in home decor are trending, so add some dried flowers to your collection. Grow flowers in pots outdoors and hang them upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area to dry for about two to three weeks. Then you can enjoy their beauty in a vase for months!

Large plants

In 2023, large plants are one of the top indoor garden trends. Large statement pieces can transform a room and add life to any space! A few of the most popular big plants for this year are: yucca, monstera, ficus, and philodendron.

Embrace your small space!

2023 has already been a great year for house plants and small-space gardening! Whether you’re looking to brighten up your living space with some potted plants, create an outdoor oasis in a small space, or take on the challenge of growing exotic house plants — there’s something for everyone — no matter how much room you have.

Happy Growing,

Hi There! Susan Here.

(aka the Earthen Mamma)

As a Certified Health Coach, Master Gardener, and Author, my goal is to equip and inspire you to live the healthy and sustainable life you deserve.

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