Why might you want to have real plants in your home? Artificial plants require no maintenance and no work to keep alive; however they do not offer any of the benefits that indoor live plants do. If you are interested in some indoor plantscaping in your Brisbane home, the positives are sure to outweigh any concerns you have about indoor plant maintenance.
The NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Lucky for us the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Two great options for this are Aloe and Spider plants. Aloe is easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.
This plant is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns. Spider plants are very resilient so, you’ll have a hard time killing them even if you tend to neglect plants.
With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
Their beauty has inspired the term ‘interior plantscaping’ which is the combination of the arts and sciences of horticulture, interior design, and environmental psychology to create indoor spaces that are welcoming, inspirational, and visually pleasing.
Because they grow and change, live plants are like sculpture that is always new and exciting. Even if you don’t have a lot of money for furniture and accessories, if you have a clean, uncluttered space with a plant or two, it always looks nice and feels like home.
Plants also offer many health benefits, depending on the aesthetic qualities of the plant.
Furthermore, plants are therapeutic. Studies show that plants help with concentration and memory, speed up healing, reduce stress, and just generally make people happy. Keeping a plant alive and watching it grow does results in a certain satisfaction that just buying an artificial plant or flower doesn’t.
As for maintenance, it is a good idea to keep plants in rooms that you are in frequently. Not only can you enjoy them more, but you’ll notice when they’re droopy or dry looking. You will want to avoid placing plants in trouble spots, such as near heat or air conditioning ducts, on a television or a radiator or between curtains and a frosty window. And the right type of light is very important. Plants that require full sun will thrive in a south-facing window. East-and west-facing windows have moderate sun and north windows have very little sun.
Make sure to keep you plants watered. Alternating periods of drought and flood can really stress a plant’s root system. Most plants like having their roots consistently moist, but not wet. For new plants make sure to check the care label to help you determine the right watering routine.
Indoor plants help in so many ways to add warmth and beauty to your Brisbane home. So have fun exploring different types of indoor plants for your plantscaping designs.
Please contact us for more information and help designing your space with our plants.