When plants that grow in natural light develop weak stems, pale leaves, and few or no flowers, they maybe in need of more light. Natural light can be supplemented with daily doses of 4 to 6 hours of additional light using planter lamps or other lamps you may be using in your home. Household sockets for incandescent will hold a wide range of bulbs, from a 71/2-watt, walnut-size globe to a huge 200-watt bulb.
Corridors, entryways, dark corners, stair wells, or recessed walls can be a glowing garden area when spotlighted with portable or stationary lamps. Add some style to your foyer by highlighting your plants under a pulley lamp. Light up a buffet, counter, or desk with plantings growing under lamps of cylindrical shades. Using a surface-mounted 75-watt R-30's or 150-watt R-40's could shed light on potted plants or planters. Clamp-on lamps added to screens or room dividers could focus the lights on growing greenery, and the area will bear new importance. Modify an ugly corner into a conversation piece using big, bold green plants lighted by flexible wall lamps. Set up fluorescent strip lights under valances to cast off extra light on window-grown plants.
Versatile pole lamps that have spaced lights and reflectors can also be used as daylight extenders for unusual ceiling-to-floor gardens. Aim the lights on split-level room-divider gardens; you can focus them on a collection of gem-toned, silvery pewter, colored glass, or gleaming copper, and flowering plants or lavishly hued foliage; level them on little, plant-filled baskets hanging from a budget-wise bamboo partition.
If you want enough rays for a small shadow box decorated with emerald-green foliage plants, a slender 20- or 40-watt incandescent showcase light does the job. Some have handmade a pine planter that not only serves as a sorter for family mail but also a repository for a cream and green pothos. A 40-watt day-extender light maintains the vine in fine fettle, even though it gets dim daylight.
In a kitchen area with some natural east light, a set of maple shelves covered with small pots of scented geraniums-nutmeg, peppermint, apple, and lemon is a great accent to the room. Bracket lamps having glass chimneys, used as four-hour day extenders, will give this lighted garden an early American touch.