Why I chose this topic? I really get a creepy feeling when I find out – a plant or a tree which is kept in a space is a fake one! Why! Guess I just feel that way…But this blog is more about how much I love the real house plants 🙂 and thought of sharing some useful information with you all hoping you could start this practice of having house plants, which are cost-effective as well as low-maintenance. And of course have plenty of positive points for a healthy living.
For those who seek clean, natural solutions to environmental issues, live interior landscaping can serve as a living illustration, affirming belief in nature’s intelligence.
Back to the artificial plants – I researched a little bit into the history of Artificial Flowers, to learn where it comes from.
Artificial flowers have existed throughout history and include ancient Egyptian flowers made out of papyrus, the recorded period of silk flowers begins in the 18th to the 19th centuries when Europeans wished to preserve the fleeting beauty of real flowers. Read More on history of Silk Flowers.
Foam and other products soon crept their way into the silk flower industry and colored foam sheets as thin as petals were to overshadow crepe paper flowers. A small segment of traditional artists still folded real silk flowers, but these were very expensive compared to the foam flowers. Nevertheless, the accuracy and realistic look of silk flowers was rarely to be found with the foam flowers.
I would always choose to have a natural plant over a fake one. The craft behind creating nature like plants is very unique and does solve its purpose for decorations of certain kinds and arrangements of bouquet, also looks good. but there is a limit to how much you can mimic the real plant or use it for certain spaces.
The climate has a big role behind selection of artificial plants over the real one for many people. But these days there are plenty of indoor plants available in the market which require the least effort. Houseplants fulfill the decorative purposes, bring positive psychological effects, or help for health reasons such as indoor air purification.
- Plants fulfill an ancient, profound need of Biophilia-a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms.
Plants Provide a Natural Solution to Cleaner Indoor Air. They are great for producing oxygen and contributing to a zen feeling in any environment.
Read more about how beneficial the Green Plants are.
Newer homes and buildings, designed for energy efficiency, are often tightly sealed to avoid energy loss from heating and air conditioning systems. Moreover, synthetic building materials used in modern construction have been found to produce potential pollutants that remain trapped in these unventilated buildings.
- The trapped pollutants result in what is often called the Sick Building Syndrome. With our ultra modern homes and offices that are virtually sealed off from the outside environment, this study is just as important now as when it was first published.
While it’s a well known fact that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis, the NASA/ALCA study showed that many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air which are responsible for Allergic reactions, Infectious diseases and Toxic reactions.
Mimicking a palm tree and placing it in a courtyard like space inside a house or an office…to me it adds a dead spirit into the space and does exactly the opposite of what it was intended to bring! Would you like to sit on a bench under a fake tree?
Imagine someone using artificial flowers to decorate their wedding hall – would you do it? I guess not…why? Isn’t it a cheaper and easier option..it is..but it would just not solve the purpose which is to add beauty in the space..with its real texture and aroma.
Plants are auspicious from the point of feng shui..no wonder it brings the positiveness into your living..as anyone would have little joy of seeing a plant grow after nourishing it for days and weeks. The fruit is more enjoyable then. As someone said “There is no substitute for hard work.” You can not enjoy the beauty of a fake flower as much as of a real bloomed – long awaited flower after putting in the hard work in taking care of it!!
Click here to get inspiration for Indoor plantscapes – amazing way to bring texture and life inside the space. One could start by simply reusing some of the containers from the kitchen which otherwise you might put in the recycle bins..to plant and take it step by step until you get used to watering them from time-to-time. 🙂
Here are some images showing a variety of house plants that could help in air filtration; also some photographs I took at the International Flower Show at Philadelphia Convention center this spring. The theme this year was Hawaiian – Islands of Aloha.