“It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet.”
All growing up my mother had plants. We had plants in the house, on the porch, and lining the outside of our home. Every spring and fall we would go to Ace Hardware to pick out new plants, and every day you could find her outside tending to them At the time I enjoyed helping her for a little while, and then I began to realize that it was a lot of work. Weeding, watering, fertilizing, etc. All of this work, when you know that they are going to die. Some for a season, but some for good.
I remember very clearly asking her one day, why she did it. Why she spent so much time gardening, and she said,“It’s my happy place. This is fun and relaxing for me.” I guess she realized her need for them long before it became trendy.
Since moving out, and now having my own home, plants just feel like they belong. I’ll be honest, I am not near as good at taking care of them as my mother, but I have this aching for them when we don’t have any. Every change of season it feels like we need to make a trip to the store and get our new flowers. If we don’t have plants in the house (because I’ve killed them all), I always have to have fresh flowers. There is something about having a living thing in the home that brings such warmth and peace.
Studies have proven that spaces with greenery really do promote a more more peaceful environment, as well as promote a sense of well being. In addition to that though, plants clean and purify the air, and reduce excess noise. In an article on Ambius, it says,“Plants have long been used to reduce noise from busy roads. More recently, research has shown another benefit: interior plants can help to reduce background noise levels inside buildings, too.”
Despite all of the many benefits, I feel like they are so intimidating to people. They seems to take too much care and time.
People ask me all the time which type of plants I would recommend, especially indoors, and to be quite honest with you, I am not the one to ask. However, I found this guide on a blog called Headed Somewhere that gives a quick overview on 14 plants and their maintenance needs, and it was incredibly helpful. Especially for a beginner.
*Fun fact: if you buy your plants from Home Depot and you kill them, bring them back with your receipt and they will give you your money back!
However, even though I am still working hard on the whole keeping them alive thing, I do have suggestions of how to bring plants into your home. Tips and tricks to combat any excuse that you may have as to why you don’t want plants. Plants can easily replace some decorations in your home, creating a more simple and natural environment. Yes, you’ll have to water them, unless you get self-watering pots, but when your plants are flourishing, it gives you an unexplainable sense of pride that makes the work well worth it. It’s almost therapeutic.
So, if you’re a newbie, here are just a few suggestions of how to bring plants into your home without overwhelming yourself
- Small potted plants on shelves : these can be scattered all over the house
- Aquaponics aquarium : water the plant and feed the fish all at once
- Herb Garden : in the kitchen on the window sill so that they are always available when you need them
- Fresh flowers : nothing beats a fresh bouquet on the kitchen counter or table
- Indoor trees : these do wonders for that awkward corner that just feels a little bare
- Hanging plants : if you have children that you know will get into things, this could be a really good option. Hang a hook in the ceiling and hang it from there so they don’t get into the dirt. Something like this, this, or this.
- Wall planter: again, another great out of the way option. I like these here and here
I have a couple larger plants, but mostly small ones. They are scattered on bookshelves, hanging shelves, and tables. My goal is to be able to see some sort of greenery from every room in our house. It doesn’t have to be a jungle, but a pot here and flowers there create such a warming environment.
My suggestion would be to start with one. Choose a spot, pick a plant, and just begin. Most indoor plants thrive on neglect believe it or not, so I know you can do this. And if nothing else, have fun while doing it. Get your hands dirty and just enjoy.