Beautifying your Off-Grid Living with Plants

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All is set and now you are officially living off-grid. Still, is there something amiss or are you getting bored somehow. Do you think your space is lacking aesthetics or your Off-grid experience is in a dire need for an enhancement? then buckle up on this ride with me.

This neo pioneering lifestyle may become a little tiresome but it’s all about the freedom, tranquility and pleasure. We think that these feelings are also directly associated to plants. Woah! That’s a big claim but if you are a plant lover, you know it is true.

Living off-grid has many benefits but it is a perfect opportunity to surround yourself with all the plants you ever wanted, that sounds like fun. Whether is the tallest tree or the smallest bush, who’s gonna stop you from planting it in the wilderness.

Eating freshly picked veggies and fruits, sipping brewed tea of your own grown mint, inhaling flower scent and relaxing in the hammock while surrounded with lots and lots of plants, that sounds truly like living the dream

Selecting the plants:

The very first step is about selecting the right plants considering where you live and the conditions around you. Here are some of the points necessary to keep in mind while doing this.

Space:

Some plants require large space like big trees while some don’t. Before selection, you should measure the available space for plantation. Then choose accordingly. If you have little space then opt for bushes, grasses or flowering plants. For vines you can erect trellises. Well, if you live in the wilderness, every nook is yours. Plant sequoia trees if you want lol.

Zone:

Checking your zone beforehand is very important. Only select those plants  that can withstand and survive the temperature and climate of your area. See if the plant will thrive in your kind of soil or not. Rain patterns, light intensity, hardiness adeptness is also necessary. All of this will decide the success of the plantation. Native plants are always the top choice.

Water:

Plants will need water to survive. Keep the water resources in mind while choosing. If you live in arid or desert regions, the water will be very scarce even for yourself let alone for plants. Pick the ones that don’t need much water like cacti and acacia. Also, keep the number of plants in count. More plants mean more mouths to feed.

Light:

Some plants need more daylight than others, If you have a space that cannot provide enough sunlight then partial sunny plants will do. Full sunny requiring plants will be very hard to grow under trees if you are residing in forest.

Usage:

You can always select plants with multiple usages and benefits. You can plant fruit trees, grape vines, vegetables etc. You can grow herbs or medicinal plants too. Plants that will attract bees and butterflies are also a good choice.

Aesthetics:

Colorful plants are always a sight to behold whether it be tress of flowers. Some plants will look great with others while some will not. You will have to pick ones that do great among each other. Use different color combinations. Try to stick to just seven or eight different types and arrange them in repeated patterns for a harmonious and coordinated effect.

 

List:

Here we have made a list of some bright and dazzling plants for you to pick:

Ground Cover & Grasses

Flowering Plants

Vines and Lianas

Shrubs and Trees

·Ravena Grass

·Dwarf Pampas

·Little Bluestem

·Alyssum

·Candytuft

·Feather Reed

·Rush Grass

·Blue Fescue

·Japanese Forest Grass

·Purple Fountain Grass

·Fountain Grass

·Maiden Grass

· Switch Grass

·Liriope

·Zebra Grass

·Canadian Anemone

· Creeping Thyme

·Blue Oat Grass

 

·Daffodils

·Hellebore

·Irises

·Hyacinths

·Delphiniums

·Peonies

·Hydrangeas

·Tulips

·Cosmos

·Blazing Star

·Geraniums

·Roses

·Sunflowers

·Phlox

·Lavender

·Asters

·Cone Flowers

·Daylilies

·Daisies

·Yarrow

·Black-Eyed Susan

 

·Virginia Creeper

·Passion Flower

·Akebia

·Honeysuckle

·Sweet Pea

·Clematis

·Trumpet Vine

·Flame Lily

·Boston Ivy

·Hardy Kiwi Vine

·Morning Glory

·Angels Trumpet

·Bougainvillea

·Star Jasmine

·Grape vine

·Climbing Roses

·Wisteria

·Emerald Gaiety

Winter jasmine

·Mandeville

·Eastern Redbud

·Kanzan Cherry

·Golden Shower

·Arborvitae

·Fire Thorn

·Dogwoods

·Weigela

·Crape Myrtle

·Magnolias

·Hawthorn

· Common Lilacs

·Cotoneaster

·Hibiscus

·Azaleas

·Oakleaf

·Rhododendron

·Yews

·Forsythia

·Weeping Willow

 

Photography showing a pampas grass (cortaderia selloana). 

Photography showing Fire Thorn. 

Planting them:

Once you are done selecting the perfects plants, it’s time to plant.

Hanging baskets:

They are a great option. You can fill them up with vines, ivy, flowering and variegated plants. Tie them up to trees where animals can reach or hang them in your patio.

Making trellises:

Vines and lianas will also do great on trellises. You use them to hide your space from the public eye. Climbing roses are perfect for them.

Pots and containers:

They have an advantage. You can bring them indoors during winter or can create a plastic sheet green house for them. Also you can grow plants that are not suitable for your area’s soil.

Directly in the ground:

This option is perfect for planting trees and bushes. Plant them while taking horticultural landscape into consideration because once planted they will be impossible to move around. You can also make flower beds directly on the ground. Pick natural stones to outline it.

Getting creative:

You will definitely have to incorporate hardscape and elements too.

  • Pond & water features
  • Bird feeders
  • Bird houses
  • Stepping stones
  • Bird baths
  • Fire pits
  • Garden sculptures & ornaments
  • vases
  • seating
  • Hammock
  • Wind chimes
  • String lights
  • Rockeries
  • Wood logs

The list is endless.

Taking care:

When the plantation is done, then you have to take care of them properly. This will involve watering them and protecting them from rodents, animals and sometimes humans too. When they start becoming wild, you will have to prune and trim them down. Let nature be your guide. Check for diseases and deficiencies. Add homemade compost.

 

You will be repaid many times over once you are done designing your garden. The time spent in planning, designing, and preparing will be worth it. You will have a proper place to reduce anxiety and stress and relax.