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Plants are an easy way to liven up a space and improve a home’s interior. Along with the pops of color and beauty they provide, plants are also natural air purifiers and have practical uses. Local florist and veterinarian Mary Alford of Rockford, Tenn., visited two Designer Series homes to offer some tips on finding the right flora for interior living spaces.
Clearing the air
Commonly used chemicals and household cleaners can contaminate your home’s air with toxins. Aloe, Peace Lilies and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are just a few plants known to help clear toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Breathe easy and add some beauty to your home.
In addition to its air purification benefits, Aloe also contains anti-inflammatory components that can help relieve pain and heal minor burns. Alford suggests keeping an Aloe plant near the oven for a practical pop of color, as well as keeping it handy in case things heat up while cooking.
Thriving in low light
Ferns and orchids are both beautiful examples of flowering plants that thrive in low light conditions. Alford’s favorite is the Phalaenopsis (Phals). According to the American Orchid Society, you should place Phals in an east window to get the proper amount of sunlight.
Caring for cut flowers
Alford says “heat is the enemy of cut flowers.” These types of arrangements thrive in darker, cooler spaces. You will also want to regularly clean the flowers’ vase and water supply to keep harmful bacteria from contaminating their veins.