I can't do much about the garden outside right now, but I can start working on rebuilding our inside garden life. When we moved, we lost most of our plants for some reason. The only ones still hanging on are our fiddle leaf fig and one of my baby lemon trees. Be it changes in temperature or sun, the rest just did not like the new house and that was that. Even my very happy lavender that I started from a cutting is pretty much gone. So, I'm looking around for new plants to green up the new place. Before we moved, we focused on plants that would be easy to care for, easy to replace quickly if needed and would just look good while the house was for sale. Now however, we can just go ahead and start building up a garden's worth of house plants just because we like them. We usually have lots of lavender, thyme, basil (think edible in case our little "scientists" decide to experiment in their mouths- nothing is real here until it's been licked at least once), which grown well inside and look lovely plus our fiddle leaf fig that soldiers on no matter what we do it it. I'd like to add some maiden hair ferns & scented geraniums this year and, againk as with the yard, I'm looking for new plants that we haven't tried before.
While I was looking around at both indoor & outdoor plants (because all that white outside is really making me miss green), I saw avery helpful post on Decor8, 22 Hard to Kill Houseplants, which includes quite a few of my favorites and several I'd not see before. If you're looking for easy care houseplants, it's a great resource. Another interesting site is florandia which helps you pick just the right houseplant for you and is full of lovely images. I've pulled a few ideas from these and added them to my list of plants i'd love to add to the house. Starting plants from seeds or making cuttings is fun when you're patient and can wait for everything to take hold, but I'd really like some immediate gratification in some ready to take home full on plants to help perk up the house while we are working on fixing it up. The kitchen has a very nice, very sunny, very long marble window ledge that I'd love to fill with plants and we've just added many good spots for plants in the office/sunroom, but we still need find some plants that work well in the less sunny spots like the living room & dining room. By the way, if you go looking for images of lovely house plants, Scandinavian websites are your best bet. Here are a few of the very lovely plants I've pulled together so far:
myrsine (african boxwood) in some parts of the country this is a perfect outdoor option, tolerating low light & poor soil conditions well, but up here, it's a nice option for a pot. And it looks really cute. Little bushes and trees for the house.
mother & child (Tolmiea menziesii) is an interesting house plants that also can live happily outdoors. It features pretty green leaves hovering above citron colored balls and grows well in low light situations.
kalanchoe blossfeldiana: this one is a nice little plant that flowers in a variety of colors and does best with indirect sunlight. Once the weather warms up, it can go outside and hang out on the patio or deck. And it looks super cool too.
ginkgo biloba: another lovely indoor/outdoor option with a lovely leaf. This one also does well in indirect sunlight.
staghorn fern: I first saw these in a shot of Julianne Moore's city garden in Architectural Digest, and I have wanted some ever since. these amazing ferns really do hang from the wall, which is oh so fun. And I love those leaves or are they fronds I suppose? (see the Apartment Therapy tutorial on how to hang your staghorn here)