Indoor plants are a great way to bring the benefits of the summer garden indoors during the winter months.
Indoor plants help purify the air, adds fragrant aroma and visual appeal to indoor spaces, and enhances our well-being during the cold northern winter months. Whether for the home or the office, research shows that indoor plants are beneficial to our well-being.
Natural Air Cleaners
Indoor plants are an ‘eco-friendly’ way to clean the air of the rooms in your home or office. Place them in areas where you work or relax. They add humidity to the air; and help remove bacteria, chemical toxins and help reduce airborne particles.
For best results, add 1 potted plant every 100 feet.
Some of the best air-filtering plants include: Corn Plant, Bamboo Palm, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dragon Tree, Florist Mum, Warneckei Dracaena
Natural Air Fragrance
Some popular aromatic indoor plants include:
- Gardenias have a sweet smell, as well as a stunning white flower
- Geraniums are simpler to care for than the Gardenia and have a variety of scents available from lemon, peppermint, chocolate, orange and lavender. Surprising, the scent from the Geranium comes from the foliage and not from the flower that makes for a more subtle and long lasting fragrance for a room. Because of this, a Geranium may be a better choice if worried about overpowering a small room.
- Herbs such as Lavender, Rosemary, Oregano, and Basil offer a hint of aroma to a room and look lovely on a kitchen window. Growing windowsill herbs have the added benefit of having fresh herbs available for cooking during the winter months.
Flowering Plants offer Visual Appeal
Add a tropical flowering plant to your indoor space to offer visual decor to a room. Flowering Hibiscus s a beautiful plant that can stand as tall as 6ft in a stand-alone container that are a great choice for a large entrance way or reception area. A flowering Gerbera Daisy offers colour to a side table, or on the top of an office cubicle. An orchid is elegant, and positioned in the right room can accentuate the interior design of the room. Beautiful indoor plants offer a nice distraction to inspire the creativity of your working team; they add a natural element to a home or workspace. Geraniums (Pelargonium) are a nice plant to bring indoors over the winter; if you have a bright south-facing window, you can enjoy their colourful blooms all winter.
Plants enhance our well-being, relaxation & productivity
Clean air, fragrant air, visual appeal are all key factors in creating an environment that helps us relax, improves happiness, and inspires us to be more productive and create. Research shows that green spaces impact us physically, mentally and emotionally. Positive results continue to be found including the results from this one study:
“…employees working in offices with both internal and external green spaces along with plenty of natural light reported higher levels of well-being, in comparison to those working in environments without these natural features. Our study reported levels of well-being and productivity that were 13% and 8% higher, respectively…”