With their own special way of calming spirits, soothing souls and nourishing minds, there’s nothing quite like the quiet, colorful energy of indoor plants for enlivening moods and fostering a blossom of creative brilliance that nurtures the seeds of success.
It’s no wonder, then, why so many residents and businesses at Farmers Park have welcomed such a vivid array of botanical beauty for an instant burst of life throughout this growing community in Springfield, Missouri.
As Green Circle Projects Event Coordinator Valerie Rooney notes, “You can paint walls and utilize fun wallpapers, but there is something special about accenting a space with live green color.”
Benefits of Indoor Plants
In addition to their natural talent for adding pops of real color to any space, indoor plants offer a kaleidoscope of advantages that make them a staple of workplace decor.
- They create a natural sense of elegance and attention to detail
- Growth – it’s fun to see the changes of the plants, especially when they bloom in season
- Clean and healthy – having plants in an office gives off the impression of cleaner air
More than just an impression, actually, according to science.
A growing body of literature suggests that indoor plants do, in fact, absorb a number of pollutants, which may help with indoor air quality.
- Researchers at the University of Exeter compared offices with and without indoor plants. They found that so-called “green” offices boosted productivity by 15% compared with their plantless “lean” counterparts. Green offices also saw increases in workplace satisfaction and employee concentration.
- NASA has done lots of research to determine the best plants for purifying indoor air. They’ve found that many varieties, including spider plants, philodendron and dracaena, absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde and benzene. It helps astronauts breathe a little easier while traveling in space, and may help clean the air for us earthlings down here on the ground.
Indoor Plants Growing at Farmers Park
When choosing the perfect plants for an indoor space, look for varieties that will thrive in the levels of natural and artificial light they’ll be getting.
Farmers Park offices emphasize plants that “grow well without direct sunlight,” Rooney points out. “This allows darker office spaces to utilize unique plants for design and not worry about the health of the plant.”
It also helps to enlist the help of botanical experts like those at DreamGrowers, who specialize in caring for indoor plants for maximum benefit. Spencer Fane LLP beautified its Farmers Park law office by completing its green space with succulents, bromeliads palms and more.
Here are just a few of the plants adding the perfect natural touch to the indoor spaces of Farmers Park.
- Silver Bay. The Chinese evergreen boasts big leaves with cool splashes of gray and green. This robust plant reaches 30” tall and 36” wide when grown in a 12” pot.
- Snake Plant. Tolerant of low light and drought, the strappy leaves of the snake plant absorb toxins like formaldehyde and benzene, and retain their impressive architectural shape with minimum of care.
- Raphis Palm. Also known as the lady palm, this small fan palm is the perfect size and shape for thriving in indoor spaces.
- ZZ Plant. An abbreviation of the scientific name Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ’s graceful wand-like stems and stylish oval-shaped leaves can thrive in low light conditions.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig. Aptly named for its violin-shaped leaves, this tall, columnar, sculptural plant likes warm conditions and filtered light.
- Dracaena Art Plants. The red resin in its stem inspired a moniker taken from the ancient Greek word for “female dragon.” This hardy plant does well in filtered indoor light, with occasional watering and comfy temperatures.
- Warnekei Plants. This variation of the dracaena plant intrigues with its leaves of beautiful dark green in the middle and lively lime on the outside, and is an excellent choice for absorbing benzene.
- Pothos plants. What’s not to love about this long, leafy vine with its heart-shaped leaves? It grows well in all sorts of spaces from dorm rooms to executive suites, even with limited sunlight and infrequent watering.
- Philodendron Congo. The leaves on this beautiful accent shrub unfurl into a shiny red before deepening into a lovely dark green with reddish cast as the plant matures.
- Janet Craigs. A tropical plant that loves the indoors, the cane-like stem of the Janet shows off her cluster of shiny dark green leaves and can be pruned so she doesn’t get too tall!
Valerie Willis, Office Coordinator for Spencer Fane, is thrilled with the final results in her company’s office and says people are always asking if the plants are real.
“Our plant lady, Bev…she takes care of them every week. Dream Growers does a fantastic job and is so knowledgeable as to what will work with the décor and lighting available!”
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