Floating garden, what it is and how to make it

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The floating garden is the perfect solution for those who want to add a green touch to small domestic environments: here's how you can do it.

Floating garden, what it is and how to make it
Cosima Ticali
Cosima Ticali

Floating garden: what is it?

Let's imagine a scenario: you enter a house looking upwards and you're greeted by an exploit of perfumes and colors that float over your head and that of your guests, almost in a magical way. A really suggestive idea, isnt it?

With the floating garden yu can make it real.

The floating garden is one of the modern trends in gardening. Born from a project by the Hungarian designer Gabriella Asztalos who gave life to satin steel vases, with minimalist shapes, which hang from the ceiling at different heights.












The result is a three-dimensional composition of great decorative and functional impact from which you can draw inspiration.

Just use pots designed to be hung from the ceiling or apply a strong support wire to those you already own, to try your hand at creating your own floating garden and recreate a green corner, even if you don't have a lot of space.

It is suitable for those who do not have gardens, verandas or terraces, but do not want to give up having plants and flowers at home. Let's find out how to design it.

How to build a floating garden

Do you want to shape a floating garden?

Here is what you need:

  • not heavy vases;

  • nylon rope about 120cm;

  • a metallic web;

  • hooks;

  • scissors.

There are various types of suspended vases on the market which are equipped with everything necessary to be hung. Otherwise you can opt for the recycling of solutions that you already have at home: bottles or jars of different materials; do not forget to drill holes, if they are not present, through which to pass the ropes to attach to the ceiling.

Vasi sospesi in un floating garden, da balconydecoration.com
Once you have selected the pots, get some nylon ropes. For each vase, proceed like this:

  • take four pieces of string;

  • tie them in pairs at the middle of their length;

  • place them on the upside-down vase;

  • put the threads together until you get a net that will support the vessels.

You can also buy other kinds of nets; just place the vase on one of them and tie pieces of rope to the four corners, long according to the distance you want to achieve from the floor. For an evocative sense of movement, hang the vases at different heights.

Where to set up a floating garden

It is recommended to set up the floating garden in the living room, or the home environment in which guests are welcomed and spent time in the company of loved ones.

But that's not all, you can set it up above the dining table: a great effect will be guaranteed.

You can also arrange it in the kitchen, on a central island, to have the spices and aromatic herbs that you usually use to flavor your dishes at hand. A practical and spectacular way to stay in the kitchen.

Floating garden in cucina, da sugru.com
Now we also know that some kind of plants, such as spatifillus or aloe vera, help purify the air in the house and sleep better; that's why a floating garden in the bedroom or home office is an excellent solution in terms of aesthetics and health.

Always remember to create a common theme with the rest of the furniture.

Tied glass spheres with natural twine are recommended for a more rustic atmosphere, vintage jars are suitable for enhancing a shabby chic style, while metal containers with a minimal design, on the other hand, are suitable for a home with a modern look.

The best plants for a floating garden

In order to set up the perfect floating garden, experts recommend opting for:

  • resistant plants, which do not need special care, such as Othonnopsis cheirifolia, highly decorative thanks to its vitamin yellow flowers;

  • evergreen plants, which keep their foliage even in winter, such as Hedera helix, the best known with its intense green triangular leaves, enriched with silver spots;

  • succulent plants, capable of retaining a certain amount of water and, therefore, easy to manage, such as Aloe vera, which is characterized by its large, fleshy and pointed leaf apparatus.

Piante ideali per un floating garden
Among the other species that adapt to a floating garden we find the Tillandsia usneoides.

La Tillandsia usneoides, da houseplantcentral.com
It has thin silvery-gray leaves, similar to scales, that almost look like a beard. Placed on thread-like stems, they fall downwards, creating a beautiful ornamental effect. Moreover, having no roots, it does not need soil to survive, therefore, its maintenance is even easier.

Pothos (Scindapsus aureus), da vivaifrappetta.it
Pure pothos (Scindapsus aureus) requires little care. The bright green heart-shaped leaves, which stretch when falling down, make it suitable for hanging crops.

Floating garden: some precautions

When creating a floating garden, it is important to choose the right location.
While the room must be sufficiently illuminated, on the other, the plants must not be exposed directly to sunlight and heat sources that are too close together.
The ideal temperature should be around 20 ° C even in winter.

Vasi sospesi in un floating garden, da myscandinavianhome.com

When it comes to watering, given the suspended position of the various specimens, there are two solutions: they can be watered directly on site, using a ladder to reach them and a light and handy watering can to wet them.

You can also use a plastic bottle. The important thing is that the plants have saucers to avoid dripping.
They can also be pulled down to wet them under the tap; let them drain completely before hanging them up.

Un esempio di floating garden, da dewildesalhab.com

It is essential that the plants are firmly placed to prevent them from falling but, at the same time, that they can be easily removed if necessary.

With a certain regularity, diluted in water, according to the doses shown on the label, you can add a specific fertilizer product for green plants in order to obtain even more luxuriant specimens.

Floating garden: some ideas

Finally, here are some ideas to give life to some variations of floating garden.

The simplest is to use the branch of a tree or a stick of the material of your choice and fix it to the ceiling as a base on which to hang species of different sizes, at different heights, as seen above.

You can also use a fence or recycle a wooden ladder.

Variante floating garden, da dewildesalhab.com

Do you have an open space?

Use the supporting structure of the curtains to create a green waterfall that will delimit the different environments with a natural look. You can use existing hooks or add new and more resistant ones to which the ropes that support the plants can be hooked.

Floating garden per separare ambienti, da etsy.com
Do you want to be even more creative?

Focus on overturned vases: in a few moves, every time you enter the house, you and your guests will be greeted by an exploit of scents and colors that will float above your heads, as if by magic.

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