TROUTVILLE, Va. -

Apartment living can sometimes mean expensive rent, and not very much space. But there are ways to grow your own garden and save money.

Cynthia Holt, garden center manager for Troutville's Southern States, says it's easy and affordable to grow flowers, plants and even food inside your home or apartment.

According to apartmentguide.com, there are several flowers/plants that make a great addition to your home:

  • Peace lily: It survives very well with low levels of light. Direct sunlight actually damages the peace lily’s foliage, so keep this plant within five to eight feet of a window for best results. However, this plant does require heavy watering, but the leaves will start to droop when it's time to water.
  • African violet: This plant doesn’t require a lot of maintenance to keep it healthy. It only needs a bit of sunlight a day, and moist soil. But the flowers will rot if you overwater. Make sure you don't get the leaves wet because that can cause dead spots.
  • Marigold: These flowers easily brighten up a room. They grow quickly and easily. Marigolds don't require much care, but they do need to be placed in a window with lots of sunlight. They bloom year-round with the right care.
  • Cactus: If you're looking for the southwestern look, cacti are the way to go. Most varieties of cacti are flowering. Cactus should be plant in an unglazed clay pot that can be drained easily through a hole on the bottom. It only needs water about once a week and a well-light spot in a window.
  • Begonia: This plant is tough, low maintenance and free flowering. Make sure your apartment doesn't get too hot, because begonias like cooler temperatures. This plant needs plenty of sunlight to boost growing. Water every few days.

Several blogs list plenty of fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow well indoors with the right care:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Carrots
  • Salad greens
  • Scallions
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Cilantro