This is why plants are so good for us
For all intents and purposes, plants are the best possible roommates. They can be attractive, exciting or stylish – and they are known to reduce airborne pollutants. A philodendron (Greek roots “love” and “tree”) is a good living room companion, for example: it grows very fast and therefore has significant potential for purifying the air. Bowstring hemp (Sansevieria) is especially suitable for regulating CO2 in the bedroom. Cacti are perfect for people without green fingers who have a soft spot for unusual shapes. Here are a few suggestions on the best ways to present green elements in your home.
A partition on wheels: the indoor hedge
A mobile hedge element pre-planted with philodendron functions not only as a room partition or privacy screen, but also as a sound absorber. It is equipped with hydroponics and a long-term fertilization system, and can easily be left for several days without attention. Concealed wheels ensure that the indoor hedge remains mobile. Hedge features are available in different widths. A version measuring HxWxD 1,635 x 1,200 x 400 mm costs around 8,000 francs.
A greenhouse on your desk
Want to watch your little plant grow? Of course a greenhouse in the garden is great, but not everyone has the space for it. There is also a mini version: Swedish designer Caroline Wetterling has designed “Grow”, a pretty little greenhouse in two parts, the top half of which can be used as a bell jar and the bottom half as a water container. This hand-made miniature greenhouse is available in various sizes and costs between 35 and 80 francs.
Free hanging or wall decoration? With the “Hanging Vessel” flowerpot, you don’t have to decide between the two, because it has a flat back. The manufacturer, Menu, produces the ceramic pot (16x13x8 cm) in four different colors. It costs around 90 francs.
Plant walls have many advantages: not only do they look good, they also improve indoor air quality and acoustics. However, they must be well cared for to ensure that they don’t dry out, become moldy or start to smell. That’s what makes the Vivit set from the Swiss company Gomes Design & Technik such a good idea. The product won the Gold Award at the “Giardina” trade fair in 2016 and looks after itself, as it were. The “Plug and Plant” wall garden system includes a quiet water pump, a circulation tank and a soil-less vegetation mat measuring two square meters with regular watering intervals. It can be planted as you wish and costs 1,490 francs, including assembly equipment.
If you prefer not to grow your own plants from scratch, but still want to have greenery on your walls or ceiling, you can also buy jungle walls, moss islands or similar finished products, or have them made to order. At “Stylegreen”, for example, each square meter of jungle (approx. 14 kg) costs 1,330 francs, while a square meter of moss island (approx. 17 kg) is available for 975 francs.
This trellis is a sculpture in itself
Most trellises look beautiful when clematis, roses or honeysuckle are climbing up them. In winter, however, they no longer seem so attractive. Unless the trellis is a design object in its own right – like Michael Koenig’s version. “Paro” can be individually extended and is available from a starting price of just 55 francs.
One final warning...
Many, but unfortunately not all plants create a good indoor climate. Many people place rubber trees in offices with the best of intentions – only to find that even more employees are coughing and rubbing their eyes than before. That’s not surprising: the rubber tree is highly allergenic; in Europe, one in five people are allergic to the tiny pieces that constantly come off its bark. In the worst-case scenario, the rubber tree can even trigger a life-threatening allergic shock.
We hope that we have inspired you with our tips – and that you may soon decide to bring a green roommate into your house.