Why have plants?
Well, why wouldn’t you when you consider the benefits:
- Improves air quality and humidity levels
- Reduces stress
- Reduces absences
- Speeds up recovery from illness
- Saves energy
- Improves morale
- Removes pollutants from indoor air
- Create ambiance
- Look great
Originally research into the benefits of plants was conducted by NASA when it was proven that plants absorb pollutants and toxins and it was established that plants can help reduce what was referred to as ‘sick building syndrome’.
Since that time many research institutions have conducted their own research and established a whole range of benefits many of which are psychological as well as physical. Collectively these benefits have been shown to increase productivity.
Not convinced by the science, then consider this;
Perhaps plants in general do hold some source of appeal or comfort for most of us, after all, why do we gravitate towards our gardens or parks to relax and enjoy ourselves. Green space in general is often where we choose to relax or unwind. It’s fair to suggest therefore that plants at least may have a calming effect on us and possibly even reduce stress as suggested, both of which can affect the performance of other aspects of our lives.
We would suggest that by bringing the outside in helps to humanise an otherwise sterile environment, potentially bringing many positive benefits. Plants can also positively contribute to the general design and aesthetics of interior space just as would a piece of furniture or art. The ambiance of an interior space can instantly be transformed by the inclusion of plants.
With the improved performance benefits on offer from interior planting, they really are a growing investment.