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nterior landscaping has become a viable profes- sion which designs, ar- By Caroline Shelly, CID, LEED AP, HF Planners, LLC Headache #35 – Interior landscaping: tips for selecting and caring for plants in the office space I P lantscaping

elements, ornamental, and fo- cal points as well as the ability to help build brand awareness, and help attract and retain employees. Survey results from exten- sive research has proven that plants in the office space can decreases stress, boosts produc- tivity, inspires creativity, and improves air quality by reduc- ing carbon dioxide and filtering toxins. However, the addition of plants can bring on a host of ad- ditional headaches; from lack of sufficient lighting, insects, and mold due to over watering. In order to take advantage of the benefits that plants have to of-

fer in the workplace, it is best to develop a strategy which identi- fies which plants work best for the various work environments. There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to interior landscap- ing or “plantscaping” the office environment. A primary factor in selecting a plant is light- ing. Labels on pots or planters indicate the best environment to help them flourish. Here are tips from experts for selecting and caring for plants in the office: • Full sun plants should take advantage of window locations. • The Bamboo Palm is famous

for filtering formaldehyde and flourishes in full sun or bright light. • Spider plants are easy to grow and benefit from bright, indirect sun. Partial sun plants can survive a distance from windows. • Boston Ferns are an ideal choice for this type of sun-light. They prefer the space to be cool with humidity, which can be a challenge for some offices spaces, particularly in the win- ter months. • Shade flourishing plants in- clude the Peace Lily. They are easy to grow and will flower for much of the summer. While

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ranges, and cares for liv- ing plants in enclosed en- vironments. I n t e r i o r Landscaping is the process of combining exterior en-

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vironments inside; interior spaces also have angles, plains, and horizons that are accentu- ated by the addition of plants. Interior landscapes enhance spaces with color, sculptural


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