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For years, I have thought about growing lavender indoors. I love the look and smell of lavender, and it has the added benefit of being a natural insect repellent. As we get into spring and summer, I start to become mosquito-bait. If a single mosquito finds its way into our house, I wake up with multiple mosquito bites the next morning. Last year, I tried everything except lavender to repel the little vampires, but nothing worked. I have been hesitant to attempt to grow lavender in the past because my thumb is not green; I have never kept any plant alive for more than one week. This year, perhaps out of desperation, I am going to attempt to grow lavender in my home (with the assistance of this guide from SF Gate).
Once I got comfortable with the idea of keeping a lavender plant alive, my ambitions blossomed (pun intended). I started to think about other useful plants that I could grow indoors. In my opinion, the most useful houseplants are herbs. Like lavender, many herbs are insect repellents. And, as an added bonus, there is nothing better than adding fresh herbs to spring and summer fare.
Not only are indoor herb gardens useful, the have become quite beautiful. Here are some of my favorite classic and unique looks. I don’t know about you, but I am inspired to take a trip to my local nursery.
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