I love plants and in my atelier in Brazil I used to say that I had a secret garden! In the yard, my husband and I did all the landscaping, bought the plants and did all the planting on our own! We turned a concrete space into a beautiful garden! When we had to get rid of it to return the house my heart crashed, but it relieves me to know that most of our plants are super happy at my parents’ backyard and some have gone to new homes!
We live in an apartment here and my garden has now become the woods we have around! Not that I’m not happy with them hahaha after all they are beautiful in all seasons and we still have several trails that we can go for a walk or bike, but I just have to have plants at home too!
They bring life, color and there are several that still purify the air! And this is very important because with the cold, I can not open the windows every day and that really bothers me! I love to open the windows, let the fresh air in and circulate throughout the house! But since we can’t open them, we have to find other ways to deal with it, right?
When we arrived we still had plenty of light. The days would last until past 10pm and although it was awful to sleep (and to get our time zone in order) it was wonderful during the day! Now our days are super short, rising at 9am and darkening at 3pm!
So before buying the plants I had to research which ones would adapt to all these changes and still live with little light!! I found a great variety and these are the ones we chose:
I love this plant! In Brazil, I had a beautiful vase full of mini lilies in the garden and I’m loving having them indoors. Especially now that I know they help to purify the air! Not to mention that both the foliage and the flowers are beautiful!!
I did not know this plant and felt in love for all their varieties we saw! The leaves are beautiful and even getting little light, they still keep the beautiful drawing! It’s also in the list of plants that purify the air!
This was one of the plants on the top our list. A part from purifying the air, they also protect our home, removing the evil eye and protecting against envy and negative energies! We always had them and it wouldn’t be different here! I also love the leaves and I think they look great decorating the house!
How not to have this plant that is a Christmas symbol? She’s been decorating our table since before Christmas and I’ve noticed she’s also suffering a little because of the light! I have to search if she can stand the cold to put it outside during the day! If anyone knows about it, please let me know down here!
I also bought a blue Hyacinth and a white Amaryllis. I’ve never had either of them and I hope they stay good! Both have already bloomed and the Hyacinth’s flowers have lasted only for a few days! I do not know if it’s like that or if I did something wrong! He was also supposed to be blue, but the flowers were kind of purple hahaha maybe they sold it wrong or they just had lack of light!
The Amaryllis still has two flowers, but I think they won’t last much longer! This photo was from when it started to bloom and in total we had five beautiful blooms!
In addition to these, I planted many tulip bulbs that I showed in this video (subscribe to my channel too hehe)! I’m really looking forward to spring to arrive and see our flowerbed super colorful!! I also got some succulents, but I am suffering to keep them well. I think they are not doing well with the dark days =( I have an orchid that was the first flower I bought to decorate the apartment! It was beautiful and flowery at the time, but I guess it’s suffering now as well as it lost its leaves!
Along with the succulents, I bought two cacti and they are doing good! I leave them at our kitchen window and they look super happy!
Here’s a link where you can check which plants have been designated as air purifiers by a study NASA made! There are many options that will let your home beautify!
Our apartment can get very dark when the days are gray. We do not have many windows, there are many trees around and we have double-glazed windows, so it’s not easy to keep them with a good amount of light every day! I know there are special lights and lightning systems for plants here! But I haven’t bought any because we don’t have too much space at home and because I had never been through such situation before!
So if anyone has any tip on what to do to deal with this lack of light and to keep the plants suffering a lot, especially the succulents, please leave them in the comments below!! =)
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!