healthy home – breathing life into your home with plants
With all this glorious sunny weather there’s no easier way to bring the outdoors in than with plants. Creating your very own natural wonderland indoors… and they aren’t just beautiful to look at, they are good for our health too.
Long lasting love affair
It was the Victorians and their renewed interest in the natural world that rekindled our love for indoor plants. Bringing back exotic plants from their travels made it very fashionable to keep potted plants indoors.
Nature’s clever air purifiers
Plants are truly amazing. Purifying the air and providing oxygen for us to breathe. Given all the toxins, VOCs and other nasties in our home, NASA has found some very clever plants effective in removing certain indoor air pollutants. Plants absorb noise as well as positive ions emitted from computer screens and other office equipment, perfect for your home office.
NASA suggests one potted plant per 100 square feet to be effective ‘air cleaners’. They are also ideal indicators as to whether a home has good, fresh airflow.
Look out for plants such as Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Palms, Peace Lily, Mother-in-Laws Tongue, Spider plant and the humble English ivy.
Creating a design feature
Designers having realised standard potted plants may not be for everyone have come up with some unusual ways to display plants within the home.
Looking after your plants
Some plants are delicate and fragile, others tough and virtually indestructible. Some plants love full sun, others are shade loving. Some needs lots of watering, others just a dribble…. your plant seller will be able to advise you on how best to care for them.
If you’re like me and sometimes forget to water your plants, especially those thirsty ones, you can use beautiful hand blown glass balls. Just fill them with water and push the spike into the soil.
Enjoy bringing colour and life into your home.