Saturday, April 13, 2013

Invest in plants to improve your workplace or home

I recently got caught up buying plants at the nursery near my place because I felt bored. Most of them have died but that will not deter me from having plants at my future home and office desk. The benefits of having plants at work and living spaces cannot be understated. According to this Daily Mail article, having potted plants at your desk, especially when you do not face a window, can help relieve stress. I can testify to the mental benefits of having greenery in front of you. Until recently, I had a small aquarium tank filled with plants and some small fish in the office  and I often find myself staring at it and feeling a sense of ease.
There are more options for your home because you do not face any workplace safety constraints. You can check out Vertical Green, which is the first website on my Google search when I look for vertical gardens - it seems to charge a very high price. If you did not realise, vertical gardens can be found at Hort Park and smaller displays along the Orchard Road shopping belt. I believe if you go to the landscape firms near Macritchie Reservoir, they offer you something similar but without blending the interior design.

There is always the more traditional plants-in-a-pot but this Lechuza Patio Cottage above really caught my eye. As usual, stuff made from Germany or of German design cost a lot and the price tag I saw locally was SGD 450! I am sure I can DIY something similar at a lower cost but the Lechuza planter's sleekness and integrated functionality ( you don't have to water continually after the first 12 weeks) is making it difficult for me to resist. If I ever do get this for my new place, I will post photos.

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