Ispiravit et labora!

The beneficial power of plants

foglie tigrate verde scuro e chiaro in primo piano

very day our mental and physical health and balance depend also on our relationship with the natural elements around us. The further apart we go, the more we feel the consequences. For this reason, plants have an important role in our homes, creating peaceful spaces that encourage the right atmosphere required for our wellbeing.

According to studies carried out by scientists, plants can considerably improve the quality of the air we breathe in indoor areas, absorbing polluting substances and acting like natural filters.

Each space is suitable for a certain type of plant.

Scented plants are ideal for the entrance area of our homes, or in the corridor, to welcome us and create good vibes as we step in.

The common Gerbera daisy has the ability to filter noxious components in materials we use every day, such as trichloroethylene (found in paint and printer ink), formaldehyde (found in synthetic fabrics) and xylene (contained in leather and vehicle exhaust fumes). Unlike other plants, it produces oxygen even at night. Other plants that improve the air quality are Flamingo lilies (Anthurium andraeanum), the Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) and the Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii).

Orchids are a feast for our eyes. Some are even scented, such as the “Nelly Isler” orchid, commonly known as Cambria, that smells of lemon. The Gardenia jasminoides J.Ellis is a plant that belongs to the Rubiaceae family and has a very unique fragrance. The Madagascan jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) is a vigorous creeper with white, star-shaped cluster flowers. The Cape Jasmine (Gardenia thumbergia), with its perfumed white flowers and shiny green leaves, is more suitable for the brighter areas of the house, being a tropical plant, but does not like direct contact with sunlight.

The Geranium brings our balcony indoors and finds its best place in the sun or on the window sill.

Fiori dell'orchidea, viola scuro con centro tigrato bianco
piante di geranio fiorito in balcone con fiori rosso, e rosa variegato
Fiore del gelsomino in primo piano, bianchi con boccioli aperti e chiusi

n our bedrooms, climbing plants create an imaginary path for our dreams to wind through as we gather our thoughts and fall asleep. The varied and decorative Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), with a long and winding foliage, the Pothos or the Canary creeper (Senecio Tamoides), with its yellow daisy-like flowers, hang elegantly from our shelves or from a suspended basket. The Ceropegia, with its heart-shaped leaves, is ideal for romantic souls. The incense plant (Plectranthus madagascariensis) is a very resistant evergreen. With its soft and velvety leaves and delicate inflorescences it is suitable for the terrace or pergola.

Vasi di piante verdi in casa uno accanto all'altro

The bathroom tends to be a humid area with less light. This environment could be more suitable for ferns and mosses (Selaginella kraussiana). The spider plant (Clorophytum) creates a wonderful cascade in shades of green.

The Haworthiposis attentuata (zebra plant), being a water-retaining plant, is easy to maintain and offers an immediate decorative corner on your window or shelf.

Vasi di diversi colori con piante rampicanti pendenti dall'alto su sfondo bianco
Doccia in marmo con porta di vetro e piante pothus rampicanti che pendono dentro
Erbe da cucina in vaso appese al muro bianco di una cucina con sotto elettrodomestico bianco e rotolo carta
bevanda fresca al limone e menta sul tavolo con la menta fresca accanto

The kitchen can be dedicated to herbs, edible plants and natural remedies.

Basil is a classic, horsemint (Mentha longifolia) is a perennial plant, sweet garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), and chives, rosemary, sage, lemon verbena, tarragon, lavender, thyme or dill can be used to add flavour to our dishes and to prepare spicy cocktails.

The rose hip, rich in vitamin C, can power our smoothies.

With plants we can also prepare stimulating and refreshing drinks and remedies, such as the antiseptic beverage with hot water, sage, lemon and honey to calm down a sore throat, a mint or fennel infusion to ease digestion.

Natural and relaxing to the eye, sweet-scented and even tasty (if edible), plants are a pleasure for our senses.

Gaude et Labora!

Thomas Pellizzaro is a Garden Designer and pays careful attention to the relationship with plants, his passion.