House Plants have come back with a vengeance. It’s hard to look anywhere without seeing some beautiful greenery, especially when it comes to home decor. Pinterest, Instagram, and home decor blogs are filled with beautiful indoor plant inspo.
Attending to house plants is no longer your granny’s hobby either. Younger generations are now making a big impact in the plant industry. According to the National Gardening Association U.S. sales have surged almost 50 percent to $1.7 billion in the past three years. With all of the amazing benefits indoor plants bring, it’s no surprise why they are growing in popularity. Not only are they eye catching and visually appealing, they have numerous physical and mental health benefits as well.
Indoor plants have a way of making any space feel bright and alive. They are also as unique as you are. There are so many varieties of houseplants that there is bound to be the right one for your home. Have an empty corner that just doesn’t look quite right? Put a beautiful fiddle leaf tree for a charming and natural look. You can also explore all of the different looks of pots for your home. Going for a minimalistic look? White ceramic or geometric pots will look amazing. Maybe you’re going for a more eclectic look, in that case macrame plant hangers or terracotta pots lend a natural and well traveled look. The possibilities are endless while decorating your home with plants. Just be sure to research the care requirements of your new plants.
Having plants in your home is a great reminder of nature's beauty that surrounds us while we are living in a fast paced society filled with constant tech and interactions. They are calming and peaceful and can help you get out of your own head. According to a study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, interacting with houseplants can reduce physiological and psychological stress and can even reduce your blood pressure!
We recently interviewed plant enthusiast Ashley R. from Salt Lake City, Utah about the mental health benefits she’s found since becoming interested in indoor plants. “Caring for plants has changed my life. I love learning about different plants, researching their requirements, caring for them, and watching them thrive! It makes me feel so accomplished. I’ve also made so many new friends in the plant community that share my same interests that I wouldn’t have otherwise met. I definitely would say that plants have made a positive impact on my mental health and would recommend them to others who are looking for a therapeutic outlet.”
Certain indoor plants can also improve your quality of sleep. Some plants such as Lavender or Jasmine lend a soothing fragrance that encourages a calm and relaxing environment for a good night’s rest. Other plants have actually been reported to improve air quality in the home and give off oxygen at night unlike other plants. Some of these C02 absorbing plants include; Snake Plants, Orchids, and Peace Lilies.
Many people report an increase of creativity and focus with plants present and there are several interesting studies to back this. One of the most surprising studies found was conducted by the University of Michigan that showed that going outside or being around houseplants increased memory retention up to 20%! Another interesting study conducted by Texas A&M found that having plants in the workplace improved concentration and accuracy leading to better overall performance. With amazing benefits like this no wonder it is becoming more common for employers to carefully place plants throughout the office.
There are many more amazing benefits of indoor plants. Even if you’re not known for having a Green Thumb there are many beginner plants that don’t require a ton of attention and care but still have all of the great benefits.