Benefits of Adding Greenery to Your Space

Posted on March 13, 2018 by Downtown Market

Whether it be home or office, we all like to decorate our spaces to reflect ourselves. Adding plants bring color and interest to a space, but they also have benefits that are beyond aesthetics. 

Our little green friends release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to help purify the air in your home or office. Houseplants can even remove unexpected organic compounds that come from grocery bags, vinyl and other common household items.

Research has shown that plants can sharpen focus and reduce stress, and because plants humidify the air, the decrease in dust can help fight viruses that cause the common cold. These benefits are powerful for both home and office.

Plants can also improve overall well being. Studies in hospitals have shown that patients who face garden views had a quicker recovery than patients who did not. Plants can contribute to general happiness and optimism, adding vibrancy and health benefits to spaces we spend most of our time in.

Now that you know some perks of adding plants to your home and workplace, use our guide below to decide what kind of plant will fit easily into your space. The Downtown Market Plant Stand is now open for business! Head up to our second floor and take a peek in our greenhouse to pick up these beautiful plants:

 

Common Name: Austral Gem Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Asplenium dimorphum x difforme Austral Gem

Light: part shade to full shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: This shiny waxy looking plant is ideal as a houseplant. It stays quite small, maxing out at about 12" tall and 12" wide. This hybridized fern is sterile so you won't see any spores.

Common Name: Banana plant

Botanical Name: Musa 'Lacatan'

Light: full sun

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: The fruit of this banana tree is often used for dessert because of its sweetness. Here in Michigan, you can enjoy its giant leaves as it is unlikely to give you fruit here.

 

Common Name: Bird of Paradise

Botanical Name: Strelitzia nicolai

Light: full sun

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: In its native habitat, this plant can grow to 30 feet tall. Its flowers are white with blue tongues.

 

Common Name: Bronze maidenhair fern

Botanical Name: Adiantum hispidulum Bronze Venus

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: New fronds are bronze!

 

Common Name: Dwarf Silver Lady Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Blechnum gibbum

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: This is one of the few tree ferns that stays small enough to make an ideal houseplant or patio plant in the summer. She'll grow to four feet tall and three feet wide and make a real statement inside.

Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Botanical Name: Ficus pandurata lyrata

Light: bright indirect light

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: This African native plant is called a fiddle leaf fig because the large leaves resemble the shape of a fiddle or violin.

 

Common Name: Foxtail Asparagus Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Asparagus densiflorus Myers

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: This plant isn't a true fern and isn't edible either. It's easy to grow and its arching tail-like fronds make it a winner anyway.

Common Name: Japanese Birds Nest Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: Like many orchids, this plant is epiphytic. In its tropical rainforest home, it lives on the surface of a plant or tree and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.

Common Name: Kimberly Queen Fern

Botanical Name: Nephrolepis obliterata

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: Early fern fossils are as old as 360 million years!

 

Common Name: Korean Rock Fern

Botanical Name: Polystichum tsus-simense

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: This fern's lacey fronds are full, delicate, and have black veins.

 

Common Name: Leslie Birds Nest Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus Leslie

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: This fern's fronds are crested and often mistaken for a salad green.

Common Name: Macho Fern

Botanical Name: Nephrolepsis biserrata Macho

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: Ferns were thriving on earth 200 million years before flowering plants developed. They're older than land animals and dinosaurs!

 

Common Name: Netherlands Staghorn Fern (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Platycerium bifurcatum Netherlands

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: The brown basal fronds are also called shield fronds. They provide support for the foliar fronds, which are fertile and reproduce via spores. They're commonly called "staghorn" ferns because the fronds look like the antlers of stags.

Common Name: Philodendron Selloum

Botanical Name: Philodendron Selloum

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: The giant serrated leaves of this South American native bring a tropical flair to any home or summer patio.

 

Common Name: Philodendron Xanadu

Botanical Name: Philodendron Xanadu

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: This South American native is an easy to grow houseplant with true tropical flair.

 

Common Name: Rattlesnake Plant (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Calathea lancifolia

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: If you think the top of these leaves is stunning, check the back!

Common Name: Rosy maidenhair fern

Botanical Name: Adiantum hispidulum

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: keep soil moist, not wet

Fun Fact: New fronds are pink!

 

Common Name: Variegated English Ivy (Pictured Below)

Botanical Name: Hedera helix Variegata

Light: indirect light to part shade

Water: water when top of soil is dry

Fun Fact: In the wild, this plant can grow to 100 feet. As a houseplant, it can be trained on a trellis, is ideal as a hanging plant, or can be pruned to any length you desire.

Common Name: Various Succulents (Pictured Below)

Light: direct sun, or bright indirect sunlight

Water: typically every 10-14 days

Fun Fact: Succulents are popular because of their colorful variety and they are easy to grow.