You might be surprised to know all the amazing range of personal, social, health and economical benefits that plants have on our lives. Just read further and it will become clear that flowers, plants, trees, and quality landscaping are NECESSITIES... not luxuries.
Health and Lifestyle Benefits
Studies have proven that there is a link between flowers and plants and a person's well-being. They can increase happiness and physical health.
-Gardening is a great form of exercise for all ages! Stretching, bending, pushing, pulling, weight-bearing....gardening offers a broad range of benefits to all your muscle groups. Even those who don't garden appreciate exercising in green spaces.
-Hospital patients experience accelerated healingnot only when exposed to flowers and potted plants in their rooms, but also when they have views of beautifully landscaped areas around the hospital.
-Plants and flowers put us in a good mood, reduce stress and depression, and make us feel less anxious. For example, just think about how you feel when you see a pleasing landscape as you arrive or leave home, and how it gives you a sense of well-being and contentment.
-Plants reduce air pollutants and can decrease sick time. That's probably because plants function as atmospheric filters, and in fact plant-filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants.
-Being around plants in the home, workplace, and even schools has been shown to improve memory, attention, concentration, and boost creativity.
-Studies have shown that a landscape of grass/turf, trees, and shrubs outside (about 2,000 square feet in size) can generate enough oxygen for one person for a year.
-Window views of nature in prisons are associated with lower frequencies of prisoner stress symptoms (headache, upset stomach, etc.), and therefore lower use of health care facilities in comparison to views of walls, buildings or other prisoners.
Social and Economic Benefits
Studies have shown that natural beauty, plants, and landscaping bring positive benefits to communities. Attractive civic plantings is one of the top factors residents associate with the place they call home, and they also make a community more inviting, safer, healthier, and more prosperous.
-Statistically, the more plants you have, the lower the crime rates, because when residents feel greater pride in the beauty of where they live, then they are much less likely to detract from it. That value of self-worth is projected to outsiders as well, sending a bold message that their community will not be an easy target.
-In addition to making your home or business look more attractive, enhancing your landscape adds to your property value. Data has shown a well-kept landscape will add a property value greater than what you spend, providing a home with a recovery rate of 100 to 200 percent!
-Vacant land improvements increase surrounding housing values by as much as 30%. The impact of a community garden goes beyond monetary value. It can give residents the opportunity to learn new skills by growing flowers, fruits, and veggies while getting to know your neighbors.
-Planted borders and medians along roads can increase the level of safety. They help to define the roadside, slow traffic, as well as calm drivers by creating a more pleasant, less stressful environment in which to drive.
-Beautiful plants, trees, flowers, shrubs, parks, etc. within a community encourage outdoor recreational activity, increase tourism, and attract businesses/employers to the area. All of this translates into more finances flowing into the community.
-Shade trees reduce cooling costs during the summer. Actually appropriately situated trees and shrubs can also serve as windbreaks, saving money on winter's heating bills. You can even use trees and shrubs as added privacy, or as a living fence.
-Plants assist in controlling storm water runoff, and lessen water pollution. They also preserve and protect soil by reducing wind and water erosion. They can even reduce the noise levels around the city.
*There is no doubt that we SHOULD add more landscape, flowers, and plants to enrich our lives, and we've only touched on all the benefits plants offer. Volumes have been written on these topics, and below are some of our references for further reading on the subject: