I am always watchful for media articles on the topics of interior landscaping (plantscaping) and decorating with flowers. The following paragraph is an excerpt from Financial Times, April 13 / April 14, 2013 weekend edition, “Around the world in FAQs” by Tyler Brûlé. Tyler Brûlé is the well-traveled editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine and writes a column for Weekend FT Life and Arts section. I never miss his column and this caught my attention as it touches both topics.

Reader’s question:

How do you feel about potted plants in the home? I feel pressure to have only freshly cut flowers in the house but I think some plants could also do the trick?

Tyler’s response:

If you’re feeling like you want to go a bit more jungle with your interiors, then don’t let anyone stop you. I do think we’re about to see a proper return of indoor greenery and you could be a bit ahead of the curve with your plans to be a 21st-century Nebuchadnezzar. While you’re at it, I think you could also start a movement to get more potted plants out on the sidewalk as well. One of the great things about Hong Kong, for example, is how much greenery locals contribute to their neighbourhoods by adding a few trees and shrubs to the pavement.

Interior Plantscaping – Rooted or Rendered

Plants and flowers in our homes, as well as the workplace, provide many benefits, aesthetic as well as psychological. Going “a bit more jungle” in our living and working environment is not only beautiful; it does wonders for everyone’s feeling of well-being. It doesn’t matter if you use live potted plants or artificial plants for your indoor greenery. However, you must use high quality artificial botanicals.

Rooted or rendered, both have their place in today’s home. If you have a green thumb and the time, you know how rewarding it is to nurture an indoor garden. Hopefully the freshly cut flowers being used in the home are locally and organically grown rather than the more commonly imported “fresh” cut flowers which are shipped by air freight and covered with pesticides. If you don’t have a green thumb (or a plant-sitter when you travel), artificial flowers and plants are the 21st century answer to Nebuchadnezzar’s gardens.

In business and commercial buildings, artificial botanicals are the better option for interior floral décor and plantscaping when cost-effectiveness and environmental impact are concerns. Both rooted and rendered have their place – live plants belong in the great outdoors, artificial flowers and plants prove better for interior use.

Tim Hennessy

Managing Director, Silkflowers.com

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