Remember, you are not restricted to displaying your plants in the same places you grow them. If, for instance, you have a sunny kitchen window with a wide shelf, an ideal spot for growing plants, but not much of a showcase, there is no reason you can’t grow them there until they flower and then bring them into the living room. If you can return them to the sunlit window during the day, so much the better. You can set a pot of trailing ivy on either side of your mantle piece, brighten up the dining-room sideboard with two or three philodendron plants. Nothing adds to the charm of a room like plants. A flowering geranium in the guest room makes your home a much more attractive place to visit.
For the more experienced gardener, a really striking display can be made with a tray arrangement, in which a number of different plants are set out together, in individual pots, in one large box or tray. This type of set-up can consist of anything from a specially built box to go under a picture window or on a sun porch to a small garden growing in a baking dish. By grouping plants in a box or tray, you can really achieve some interesting effects, and with deft handling and wise choice of the plants you use, you can make a miniature flower garden which will bloom all year round. There are problems with this kind of arrangement, as we have indicated before. Since all the plants are placed together, they must live under the same physical conditions of sun, humidity and, to a certain extent, water supply. These problems are, of course, not insurmountable since the range of plants that will live together is broad, but a great deal of care is necessary not only in the choice of plants selected but in the handling once the garden is started.