Plants enhance our lives, whether we’re indoors our outside, in our own home or in a public building. From evoking feelings of love, kindness and peace, to aiding in healing, memory and productivity, plants need to be a part of our day-to-day lifestyles. How are you relaying that message?
Having flowers around the home and office greatly improves people’s moods and reduces the likelihood of stress-related depression. Flowers and ornamentals increase levels of positive energy and help people feel secure and relaxed.
And the good news: plants improve our living space no matter the size, whether it’s a studio apartment or a four-bedroom home in the suburbs. Plants in containers and hanging baskets are excellent ways to fill our surroundings with mood-enhancing colors and textures.
Retailers, use high-quality glazed containers to showcase these living gems. Tip from PlantHaven staff: Check out the unique and elegant containers from Scheurich (www.scheurich.com).
Consider these floriferous selections to uplift and inspire:
Diascia TOWERS OF FLOWERS™
This collection offers four colors to boost your mood – Light Pink, Apricot, Dark Pink and Cherry Blossom. These plants exhibit an erect habit with branching triangular flower spikes and bloom from early spring through fall. Use in containers, along borders or en masse.
SILHOUETTE ™ ‘Lemon Rose’
This hybrid begonia features mahogany foliage with contrasting emerald green veining. Soft-lemon double flowers take on a blushing apple blossom pink in high light. Its compact, rounded symmetrical habit supports phenomenal basal and lateral branching. It grows up to 8 inches tall and up to 16 inches wide.
‘Lemon Rose’ flowers continually throughout the summer, for a cheery addition to any size landscape. Use in containers, hanging baskets or along borders.
For masses of color to evoke peace and delight, add these selections to your mix:
Nemesia LITTLE DRAGONS™ ‘Azure Flame’
‘Azure Flame’ displays vibrant purple and crisp white flowers with a delightful retail appeal.
Its rounded, compact habit is ideal for 4-inch pots and early-season containers.
Nemesia FRENCH CONNECTION™
An elegant display of bicolor flowers in lemon and soft-pink tones, ‘Easter Bonnet’ blooms from early spring through fall. With a compact, rounded habit, ‘Easter Bonnet’ grows to 8 inches tall and wide.
Plants with pleasing scents are also sure to kindle positive emotions and memories. Try these fragrant flowers:
Viola MAGNIFISCENT® ‘Sunny Jim’
All the plants in the MAGNIFISCENT® collection are bred for their amazing fragrance. ‘Sunny Jim’ also offers pure sunshine-yellow flowers that appear from spring through fall. Great for containers or mass plantings.
Whetman Pinks SCENT FIRST® Collection
This highly fragrant collection is available in a wide range of colors to suit any taste or style. SCENT FIRST® Pot is ideal for compact containers and is characterized by its delightfully spicy fragrance, compact free-flowering habit, silver-blue foliage, and lengthy blooming periods. (Pictured is Coral Reef.)
SCENT FIRST® Tall works best in larger containers. Plants in this line also product a spicy fragrance, and they will repeat flower after the main flush of blooms if dead-headed and fed.
- Research shows that people who spend extended lengths of time around plants tend to have better relationships with others. This is due to measurable increases in feelings of compassion, another effect of exposure to ornamental plants.
- Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace. Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens can improve memory performance and attention span by 20 percent.
- The presence of plants in hospital recovery rooms and/or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients to heal faster, due to the soothing effects of ornamental horticulture.
Plant research facts courtesy of Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.