Joanna Gaines-Approved Ideas For Your Next Container Garden

Is your home in desperate need of some green? Is it too cluttered to possibly imagine adding plants to the mix? Fortunately, we've got a fix: Container gardens are a great way to incorporate different plants into your home without making things feel too busy. They're practical, too. According to CBS News, it's becoming harder and harder for middle-class Americans to support themselves. Growing some of your produce might require a minimal upfront investment, but it can save you money in the long run. Even more so if you grow plants from cuttings and repurpose old jars as planters — just be sure to add some rocks at the bottom for drainage.

Plus, you'll be in good company. HGTV star Joanna Gaines is a big fan of container gardens; they constantly seem to be popping up in her renovations. Since Gaines has a flair for décor, her designs are great inspiration for incorporating container gardens into your own home.

​​Don't be afraid of unconventional locations

Do you ever feel like there's clutter everywhere you look: in your drawers, on every shelf, covering every table? Chances are that a container garden on your shelf won't exactly be helpful — if it even fits. Instead, don't be afraid to put a container garden in an unconventional location. According to HGTV, Joanna Gaines has mounted container gardens on walls and even hung planters from hooks in the ceiling. Talk about a statement wall and one that's practical, too! Long story short, if you're willing to experiment, the sky is truly the limit.

That being said, be careful if your walls are made of thin drywall. Planters can be heavy, especially if you choose a larger model meant to house multiple plants, and the last thing you'd want to do is accidentally rip your wall in half. According to Alpha Building Inspections, your best bet is to place a heavy planter along a wall stud or use an anchor.

Plants make for great décor

If you're low on space, you'll probably appreciate a 2-in-1 — so why not let your herbs or other small plants double as décor? According to HGTV, Joanna Gaines isn't afraid to shy away from plants as centerpieces. But why stop there? Your plants can also be used to spruce up an awkward shelf, add a bright pop of green to a neutral color scheme, or fill in any empty spaces. If you really want to up the ante, consider placing your plants in a planter that matches the room's décor; you'll be taking things to a whole new level.

As a bonus, certain plants may be able to elevate your home beyond just aesthetics. For example, according to findings from the Universitas Negeri Semarang, pothos and snake plants can both remove carbon monoxide from the environment. If you're frequently burning candles or smoking, a helpful houseplant can be a 3-in-1, eliminating the need for an air purifier and keeping you safe.