We have an indoor planter in our entryway that backs to a frosted glass room divider. There were flourescent lights above, so I bought grow lights to put there (not the ones you see, there are fourescent lights along the top of the glass), as there is not much sunlight despite a large window a few feet away.
There is no drainage so it needs to be "planted" somehow with plants in removable clay pots. There was a wooden platform (covered in astroturf) that I probably should not have ripped out (only covered the astroturf) as it had been cut exactly to the shape with holes for the pots. But what done is done. So I need to start over again. So, a two part question:
1. How best to fill it, preferably without creating another platform, which would require tools that we do not have (e.g. to cut holes for pots)? I was thinking of filling the bottom with cheap gravel, with a nice layer of stones on top, which would be embedded with double-layered pots (so I can take one out with the plant for watering and leave the other one behind to hold the stones in place). Is there a better way?
2. What to plant there? I would like one or two taller, thin plants and then some shorter ones. They need to survive with the flourescent grow lights and indirect natural light)...If they are in pots, I could obviously let them spend some time out in the yard (haha, like a dog) to get some fresh air and sunlight when I water them (say, one day per week).
TIA for any ideas! I promise to post pics when I am done...