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Whether you start gardening from scratch or revamping existing ones, selecting ideal plants is crucial to create a healthy and vibrant landscape. Our articles can be your valuable resources on various garden plants. We have tried to explain them in simple ways.

Plants

Being humans, we are attracted to plants naturally. Science calls it biophilia. Home gardens are a means of relaxation, pleasure, and calmness to us. They never fail to revitalize our souls and senses.

Whether you live in small spaces or large castles, you can find well-suiting plants to fit almost any space! Decorate your terrace, balcony, living room, bedroom, or any other space with suitable plants, and feel the priceless difference!

Flowers

Home gardens are beautiful with flowers. They fill the air around them with lovely fragrances. Being a source of peace and joy, this scented air rejuvenates human senses. Flowers on plants are just cherries on the cakes!

Make your loved ones feel special by gifting them with flower banquets. Strengthening bonds are just that easy!

Make your memorable life events sweeter by decorating the venues with floral arrangements. Once in a lifetime events are guaranteed to leave ever-lasting happy impressions!

Importance of Gardening

A number of scientific researches and studies indicate the goodness of gardening and its positive impact on human health. Well, traditionalists and gardeners have known this for generations intrinsically.

The human culture all over the world, especially the US, has become nature deprived and technologically obsessed over the years. This has led to human health crises with substantial social and economic implications.

As an example, let us study how human culture has evolved in the US today.

1.) Spending more than 90% of the time indoors, people live an extremely sedentary, unhealthy, unnatural, and disconnected life.

2.) About 33% of adults are obese, contributing to 18 % of adult deaths. They spend around 148 billion USD per annum medically.

3.) In proportion to per capita income, US health care costs are among the highest in the world. The sad part is, this cost continues to increase steeply every year!

4.) In a week, Preschool kids spend about 12 hours of their time outside. This time drastically decreases as the children grow older. 16 years children spend weekly about just 7 hours outside.

These statistics show the importance of spending time outside. Gardening helps to achieve this goal in a happy way. In addition, it also has physical, social, and economic benefits. We have elaborated some of them below.

Benefits of Gardening

Health

In fact, gardening itself is an exercise. You can lose weight through it. In addition, gardening reduces stress, lowers cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure levels, and decrease depression. (Source: Shovel It – Nature’s Health Plan, Author: Eva Shaw, Ph.D.)

Just a mere look at plants or gardens can change the brain’s electrical activity. It invokes emotions of calmness, happiness, and tranquility. From just a feel-good pastime, gardening has evolved into sorts of therapies for rejuvenating bodies and souls.

Environmental Impact

Gardening benefits the environment. Through photosynthesis, plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. They also serve as air cleaners by absorbing air pollutants and releasing the fragrance.

Photo by James Steakley (Wikimedia Commons) (CC BY-SA 4.0)

In addition, they prevent soil erosion by holding soil in place. Rain gardens treat polluted stormwater runoff efficiently. These are just a few ways in which plants benefit the environment.

Environmental landscapes, when designed effectively, can warm your home in chilling winters and cool your home in hot summers. Energy-efficient landscaping can reduce energy consumption by about 20% (Source: Plants for Clean Air Council)

Most modern gardens, including the rain gardens, are strikingly beautiful, easy to propagate and maintain.

Consumption

In some cases, fertilizers and pesticides are overused for commercial gains. If you happen to consume those vegetables, your health may have adverse effects.

To prevent these hiccups, you can grow the vegetables on your own for consumption. This ensures freshness and quality. In this way, you can ensure the safety and health of your family.

Just prepare the vegetable gardens on a little bit large scale. You will find your neighbors and known friends visiting you frequently for fresh vegetables. Thus, you can benefit yourself socially and commercially too!

Impact on the Commercial Value of the Property

The Post office money surveys and estimates of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), National Association of Realtors (NAR) Etc., indicate beautiful garden landscapes do boost home value.

However, the financial website Investopedia has other views. Although it agrees the buyers to have “positive reactions”, it says the addition of gardens does not increase selling value.

Naturally, all humans including buyers of the property are attracted to greenery. This tendency is supposed to increase at least the sales probability of garden homes compared to others!