The Retreat at Mountain Brook, takes pride in its plants. Not only is the upscale apartment community—located just minutes from downtown Birmingham, Alabama—and nestled against the City of Mountain Brook, Alabama, with mature trees and naturally wooded topography, it’s also known for its popular community garden.
The Retreat’s residents enjoy and appreciate easy opportunity to step outside and enjoy some of the benefits and beauty that nature brings. Their homes’ balconies, sunrooms and bright and open interiors are just the right spaces for the pleasant and practical placement of even more plants.
And plants are more than pretty. There’s a healing power to them, both for body and soul: lavender to help you relax and get to sleep, a lush pot of variegated arrowhead vine to round out a corner and serve as an organic air purifier, and that reliable stalwart, aloe vera—it’s not just for sunburns anymore.
Ready to step into the spirit of spring by bringing some greenery into your home? The Retreat at Mountain Brook’s Idea Specialists ™ say it’s hard to go wrong with these popular and hardy indoor specimens:
- Aloe Vera
- Snake Plants
- Spider Plants
Note: When deciding which types of plants to have in your home, do your research. Know which plants are best if you share your abode with pets: Plants and Pets.
They also can’t say enough good about Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market. Located just a few minutes away from The Retreat at Mountain Brook in the heart of Crestline Village, it’s the perfect place for a Saturday morning outing, with a funny and fabulous staff who, among other things, specialize in container gardening. Just imagine one of their Southern Living Magazine-worthy plant collections beside your large living room window!
And of course, The Home Depot is right around the corner on Crestwood Boulevard, with everything from decorative containers to dirt and fertilizer and, yes, the plants themselves. One-stop shopping!
No time for that sort of field trip? Another easy way to get started is to buy fresh herb plants when you’re making your regular run to the Montclair Place Publix. If you’re looking for a fun project, you can make yourself a hanging herb garden with their guidance.
You also can find all manner of indoor garden starter kits on Amazon, including this cute and low-maintenance mason jar set of hydroponic rosemary, lavender, and oregano. (Remember, lavender has been shown to help with anxiety and insomnia. And, speaking of science, check out this study conducted with Texas A&M that showed that being around plants helps with memory retention and concentration!)
Whether you’re new to the greatness of greenery or just feel like you need a little refresher course on care and feeding, a reliable source for guidance is MarthaStewart.com. Martha always offers up great tips and techniques to help navigate plants, both the indoor and outdoor types.
And some aloe vera. Because in addition to being a safe and effective treatment for minor burns? Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a great vitamin-rich and decidedly wallet- and eco-friendly skin serum.
So, with spring right around the corner, March 20, to be exact, plan now to bring the outdoors inside your apartment home at The Retreat at Mountain Brook and enjoy all the benefits plants have to offer!