As more of us work from home, it’s not only the view that’s become more important, but also the air quality. Did you know that plants actually improve your indoor air quality? NASA recently did a study to find out which plants are best for filtering (producing oxygen from CO2) and which are ace at absorbing benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (nasty air pollutants). Top recruits include English ivy, the Spider plant, and the good old philodendron. My Mom will be so happy about that one.
It’s possible to dress up your digs with some snazzy plants and classy little trees that won’t make it look as though you’re expecting a visit from George of the Jungle. The key is to think of your plants as green sculptures. The Fiddle Leaf Fig and the Norfolk Island Pine are absolutely perfect for adding panache and drama to a bare corner. Cover plain, old dirt inside the pot itself with swirls of velvety moss, colorful stones, or seashells.
Peace lilies are lovely or, if you really want something spicy, Orchids are the largest group of plants in the world with some 30,000 known species and tens of thousands more hybrids. Sheesh! I’ve got two in my bathroom that just keep blooming, for years now. Hibiscus and amaryllis are fantastic flowers, too.
If you’re looking for something a little more masculine and low maintenance, don’t forget how well cacti grow indoors. One easy-to-care-for option is Schlumbergera, also known as the Christmas cactus. If you’re looking for something more exciting, how about a plant that eats meat? There’s the ever-popular Venus Flytrap, the brightly colored Sundew, the Butterwort or the Cobra Lily. Flies, beware!
Ways to err.. organically incorporate living, growing plants seamlessly into your décor include the “Smartwall”, which is used as interior landscaping in lots of upscale hotels. In fact, you can get lots of indoor landscaping ideas from your favorite getaways and restaurants. There are really neat upside down pots that hang from the ceiling on stalks, modular planters, and even clear-glass containers that show off all the intricacies of the root system.
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Next time you want to add some color to your living room – consider green! What room would YOU put a houseplant in first?