Indoor Winter Blooming Garden

Outside it may be cold and wet, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a lovely little spring tabletop garden right inside my home. I do some version of this every year (click here to see another).

This year two things are different:

  1. I happened upon a clearance sale on indoor plants  at Lowe’s right before they started bringing in their Christmas decorations. So I’ve added those (good for air quality).
  2. I found a fabulous iron table at Home Goods that I bought for my screened porch but had to find someplace to put it until I can re-arrange things out there.


So this year I gathered everything on this table.

Every year, Target/Home Depot/ TJX etc have especially prepared or pre-chilled bulbs  available for forcing into bloom for Christmas. I always do at least one Amaryllis for Christmas and then I go to the after Christmas clearance sales and snatch up the pots of  Paperwhites.

forced paperwhites in pots


Good plants to coax into blooming indoors before their normal outdoor blooming time are:  Paperwhite Narcissus, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and certain types of tulips.

Hyacinths are usually the most easily forced spring bulbs as they can be forced in dirt like mine or water.


I’m sure you’ve all seen these pretty forcing vases for hyacinths.

Petite daffodils

The fragrance from these blooms is just amazing! Every day my husband remarks on how lovely the living room smells.

coleus propagated from one I had last summer

Now I have to be honest and admit that I only force paperwhites. The other spring flowering bulbs I always buy at Trader Joes.  But I see them at other grocery stores all the time. TJ just has the best prices  in my area. Or save money and read up on how to force bulbs yourself.

I normally plant everything but the paperwhites (which never come back) in my garden after the blooms fade.  I gradually reduce their water and plant them out in the garden as soon as the ground can be worked. Which for me could be anytime really. If your ground is frozen just keep them in a cool dark room and plant in the spring.

Mine always come back the next year! So I get to enjoy them this year and for years to come.

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  1. says

    Those look wonderful! I have an African violet that I got a year ago for 0.25 at Lowe’s, and a Christmas cactus that just yesterday came into bloom for the second year. I think I’ll have to splurge on a hyacinth or two!

  2. says

    I don’t have any real indoor plants right now…no artificial ones either for that matter. As the Christmas greens get packed away I’d like to bring some real plants in.

    Yours are looking great!

  3. says

    it looks so pretty, I’m sure the smell is divine too! I’ve tried forcing the paperwhites but none of the others. It’s an idea though to try tulips, they are one of my fav’s.

  4. says

    I really should spend some time & do the same! I love hyacinths, they remind me of childhood Springtime when I would sneak out & steal them from my mom’s garden so my room was filled with their fragrance!

  5. says

    So pretty Manuela!!! Wish I could smell them. :) Love how you get so much from them each year…i.e., enjoy them indoors during winter and then transplant to enjoy outdoors for years! Just like you to be so clever/creative with even simple things like plants! Hope you all are enjoying the new year so far.
    P.S. LOve Trader Joe’s plants…like you…their prices in our area cannot be beat!

  6. Alesia Medas says

    Oh, I love flowers! I have many live plants at home because during weekends I use to plant and fetch the flowers in my garden. Paper whites are great too. love to have it on my garden!

  7. says

    Beautiful plants! I think they add a touch of spring to your living room. I have about 10 house plants, but have never tried paperwhites or any other kind of bulb.

    As for an idea for the bottom of that iron table, I’m picturing a large, woven basket to fill up the space. Or, a stack of colorful quilts, if you have any.

  8. says

    Your plants are beautiful, I don’t grow any of them anymore, not inside anyways. I just don’t have the room for them. But, I love my garden outdoors, it looks better every year.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. says

    Just perfect for cold and snowy January in my neck of the woods! Great idea Manuela! Love the smell of paperwhites but usually just have them for Christmas. Mimi

  10. says

    Okay….I love forcing bulbs every year! There is a certain satisfaction about seeing those tiny little shoots poking up from the dirt. BTW…. would love it if you stopped by today for the impossiblity challenge! Your “impossiblity” could even be your gardening plans for 2012!

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