21 Small Indoor Garden Ideas for Tight Spaces

Herbs in a Box

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Don’t have a backyard?

No problem.

Here are the most amazing small indoor garden ideas you can get inspiration from.

They’re perfect if you live in an apartment, condo unit or home that doesn’t have a lot of extra space or grass outside.

Look through them and see which ones you like best you can apply to your own home.

DIY Skinny Planter Stand

Small Indoor Garden Ideas

This planter stand is perfect if you don’t want to take a up a lot of space.

It’s slim design and ability to be rest against a wall makes it perfect for small homes and apartments.

You get to plant a garden without using a lot of room.

Of course, what it lacks in width, it can make up in length.

Since it’s a DIY, you can adjust the dimensions based on what you want to grow in it.

DIY Wall Planter

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Simple, yet amazing to look at.

This is all I can say about this wonderful wall planter.

By adding the frame on the back, you’re able to set up everything for your plants.

Plus, it blends very well with home interiors.

Beer Bottle Garden

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This is super creative.

And, it’s lovely to look at as well.

Best of all, you only need a glass and half beer bottle.

With both, you’ll be able to create a garden along your window.

Do make sure to smooth down the edges of the bottle when you cut it. This way, there’s less risk of anyone getting scraped by it.

Or, if you have kids, you can replace the glass bottle with a plastic one with a similarly interesting shape.

DIY Wood and Leather Trellis Plant Wall

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This is one of my all-time favorites.

It looks so natural. And, the design looks flawless.

At first glance, you’d think that it was purchased from the store.

But, it’s completely DIY.

That’s the best part. You can make it yourself at home and watch your guests stare at it in awe.

Pallet Wall Garden

Pallet Wall Garden

Another option to the trellis wall garden is to use a pallet.

This is probably easier to make since you’ll be keeping the pallet’s structure in tact.

Thus, all you need to do is pick out a pallet that isn’t too damaged, malformed or dirty.

Then, clean it up and set up the plants on it.

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

This is another one of my favorites.

I love it because it’s unique and beautiful to look at.

And who would have thought that just a simple design would look so awesome.

Think about it.

It’s made of up square boards each held on by ropes on each side.

And in these boards you slide in a container plant.

Yet, the end result speaks for itself.



This is probably the smallest of the small garden ideas in this list.

It’s a terrarium.

Terrariums can be as small or as big as you want them to be.

The size of the container pretty much depends on what you want to put in it, what container you have and the space you plan to set it on.

That said, terrariums are lovely because they’re packed with so much plant life.

Vertical Mason Jar Garden

Vertical Mason Jar Garden

Here’s another super creative vertical garden.

You probably already know how much I love mason jars.

And this is yet another reason.

Look at how easily you’re able to use a small space to instantly upgrade your home’s design.

All it took was a few mason jars. And, a lovely colorful backdrop.

Ikea Cart Succulent Garden

Ikea Cart Succulent Garden

Sure, you can go out and get a cart from Ikea.

But, you probably already have something similar at home you don’t use anymore.

This gives you a chance to repurpose that cart.

You can repaint it and add some color to liven it up.

From there, you’ve got yourself a rolling succulent garden.

Hanging Garden by the Window

Hanging Garden by the Window

Windows are not the easiest things to decorate.

That’s because of their vertical nature.

And, you also don’t want to put things on the window for fear or damaging the glass.

Finally, the window lets you see outside. If you cover it, you’re pretty much defeating the purpose.

So, the trick here is how to beautify the your window without overdoing it.

This ceramic hanging garden is perfect for just that.

Window Garden

Window Garden

Speaking of window gardens, here’s another option.

It somewhat similar because you’ve got your plants hanging in front of the window.

But, the frame, hanging apparatus and plant containers are completely different.

This changes the entire look, feel and design.

Either way, they both work.

It all depends on your preference and what your home’s interior matches better with.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden

Recycled Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden

This is so cool!

At first glance it looks like a chemistry experiment.

But, if you look closer you’ll see a wonderful vertical garden made from recycled plastic bottles.

It’s such a great way to use those bottles.

And, make something that looks amazing to boot.

Mini Tabletop Container Garden

Mini Tabletop Container Garden

Sometimes, simplicity is all you need.

That’s the case with this mini garden.

It’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of free space on the floor.

So why not use the table instead.

That plants make for wonderful decor. And, you can arrange them however way you want anytime.

Hanging Pots

Hanging Pots

Here’s another way to hang pots.

This time it’s against a wall instead of a corner.

So in addition to the hanger’s vertical nature, you can also use up a little bit more space to the sides.

This allows you to grow more plants.

Hanging Pails

Hanging Pails

This hanging pail garden is perfect for your kitchen window.

You can grow herbs in them. And then, label the pails for extra effect.

Doing so lets you decorate your kitchen.

And, you’ll also be able to use the herbs in cooking and preparing meals.

Succulent Cabinet

Succulent Cabinet

Do you have an old desk or cabinet you don’t use anymore?

Here’s what you can do with it.

Lining them up with small succulents makes it a lovely decorative piece.

This lets you plant lots of different colored plants. And, arrange them to harmonize with your home’s interior.

DIY Vertical Container Garden

DIY Vertical Container Garden

Pots, pots and more pots.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your home or balcony for a container garden, why not hang them vertically.

This is a creative way of setting up 20 small containers.

In doing so, you’ll be able to plant different things in each. This not only adds variety but also color.

Hanging Coconut Planter

Hanging Coconut Planter

What about used coconut shells?

If you have some, why not put them to good use.

Doing so is much better than just throwing them away.

This simple DIY hack lets you use the coconuts as hanging planters.

Herbs in a Box

Herbs in a Box

This tabletop box container is perfect for an herb garden.

Plus, it’s easy to move as well.

You can put it against the window so the plants get enough light.

Or, you can station them in the balcony or right outside.

Either way, it’s lovely to look at and functional as well.

Mini Greenhouse

Mini Greenhouse

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t have a greenhouse.

Well, at least not in its traditional form.

But you can have a mini greenhouse.

This not only looks amazing, it’s a good place to grow your plant as well.

Hanging Shelf Garden

Hanging Shelf Garden

If you have a modern looking home, here’s a great idea.

This shelf garden is elegant looking.

And, it comes with a sleek design that fits that of a modern home.

It’s size is perfect for growing herbs.

Plus, you’ve got enough shelves to grow a variety of them.


Living in the city or in an apartment often means you don’t have a backyard to grow a garden.

But, it doesn’t mean you can’t.

The small indoor garden ideas above are proof of that.

Not only can you grow all sorts of plants and flowers indoors, you can also make set them up to be beautiful.

What kind of indoor garden do you have?


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