Interior Design with Salad Gardens – Yes, they CAN be pretty

Often, thoughts of indoor gardens include the (incorrect) visions of dirt and mess, or something aesthetically unapealling or unmanageable.

Although it’s readily agreed that fresh salad and herbs in your home or kitchen is a great idea, so many people pass up on having these even when they learn how easy they are, because of these sad misconceptions.

In my previous post “Growing a Winter Indoor Salad Garden – The Basics“, I went over what the essentials are for growing your own delicious greens indoors. Yes, plants do require soil to a certain degree, but shallow rooted plants do not require anything deeper than a few inches, and if you move to hydroponics most of the soil requirement disappears.

Do you have to plan your indoor garden into renovations?  No.  Only if you want to, or have grand ideas (which I’m a huge fan of, but you should probably start small).

So let’s look at a few of the “pretty” and simple ways of having an attractive indoor garden.  I’ll focus on ones using a fluorescent light system versus sunlight, but skylights are pretty too, right?


Micro and Small (also Portable)

Not sure how well you can grow lettuce or herbs?  Not sure of where you want to set things up?  Want to give things a try before you use a lot of space?

There are a lot of small options available (yes, including a warm South window with, minimum 6 hours of daylight).  Some as you will see are trendy and stylish, while some do lean more towards functional versus style.

Benefits include lower cost, portable, and obviously less space and electrical draw.  You will also get a much smaller crop and might find you want a bit more.

The Lightpot

the lightpot

GENIE Kitchen Garden

GENIE Kitchen Garden

HERBIE Indoor Garden

HERBIE Indoor Garden

HERBIE Indoor Garden

HERBIE Indoor Garden

"My Green Lights Garden"

“My Green Lights Garden”

AeroGarden7

AeroGarden7


Interior Design! (Medium to Large)

There truly is no reason your interior garden cannot be an enjoyable part of your everyday surroundings.  We use houseplants to soften and freshen a room, so do the same with lettuce and herbs 🙂  Plus you get to eat them which in my mind equals Awesome!

I love the ones integrated to the kitchen, but I also love that your salad garden does not need to be isolated to one room 🙂 Grow it anywhere that it will add ambiance.

I must admit, I’m really loving the Urban Cultivator .  Pretty and versatile and ….I’ll just stop there.  Here’s a quick gallery to drool over:

Mid-Size Kitchen with Urban Cultivator

Mid-Size Kitchen with Urban Cultivator

This can also be adapted with solid doors.

This can also be adapted with solid doors.

Small Kitchens can also have them

Small Kitchens can also have them

Of course, you can go commercial big (Chef anyone?)

Of course, you can go commercial big (Chef anyone?)

More images of Urban Cultivator kitchens HERE


In truth when adding an indoor urban garden, the only thing that might hold you back would be imagination.  Here are a huge pile of ideas for integrating the garden into your home.  I really hope some of them are inspiring.

In your entrance way or hall.  Make use of those walls!

In your entrance way or hall. Make use of those walls!

Get rid of dead space

Get rid of dead space

Make a conversation piece

Make a conversation piece

Add interest to shelving

Add interest to shelving

Large family?  Might need more

Large family? Might need more

Enjoy Herbs?  This must smell heavenly..

Enjoy Herbs? This must smell heavenly..

Good use of a sunny wall

Good use of a sunny wall

Another sunny wall?

Another sunny wall?

More sun :)  Or add track lighting

More sun 🙂 Or add track lighting

Keep it functional and pretty

Keep it functional and pretty

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Re purpose old shelves

Add ambient light to a bookcase

Add ambient light to a bookcase

Minimalist ?

Minimalist ?

More fun kitchen cabinets :)

More fun kitchen cabinets 🙂

A great new use for a china cabinet, and it keeps the pets out

A great new use for a china cabinet, and it keeps the pets out

Add even more enjoyment to watching the fish tank.

Add even more enjoyment to watching the fish tank.

If you really need to, you can still hide it all away.

If you really need to, you can still hide it all away.


And if you are building…and have the space….. Why not just go big?

Make the best use of the under stair space

Make the best use of the under stair space

Use the garden as a perfect room divider (I'd make levels, but that's me)

Use the garden as a perfect room divider (I’d make levels, but that’s me)

Stairs always need plants, right?

Stairs always need plants, right?


So I hope I’ve at least helped to prove that your indoor salad garden can be absolutely stunning beautiful and a great addition to your home decor and ambiance.   If not, there’s even more browsing joy to be found on my Pinterest Board “Indoor Gardens“.

See something you love, or have more designs to share?  Please add them in comments, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Interior Design with Salad Gardens – Yes, they CAN be pretty
  1. Sierra

    Are they safe for pets that graze? My kitten ate an entire houseplant O.O.

    • Pam Tallon

      Yup! They can either let pets graze or keep pets out with glass or solid doors. But certainly if you want your pet to graze they can have the lettuce or other bits. Just make sure you plant things they can have (cats, dogs, birds, etc are all a bit different), or plant them their own unprotected garden while yours stays safe for making dinner 🙂 Even the micro ones can be set inside a closed cabinet for protection.

      My cats always gathered around my indoor garden when I went to harvest the lettuce, begging me to share.

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