One of the latest trends in gardening, which is gaining followers, is interior landscape design or Plantscaping, which consists of placing potted plants in an interior area, but at the same time involves the strategic arrangement of plants in space with an aim. This trend became more important after the pandemic, as people seek to maintain contact with nature.
Plantscaping refers to the use of plants and vegetation in the interior in a strategic way, to enhance and highlight aspects of architectural design. In this way, depending on the format of the plants, they can be used and adapted to different spaces.
It´s a combination of art, design and cultivation techniques to personalize interior spaces. When done correctly, it can bring outstanding visual appeal to the home or office and health benefits for the inhabitants or users.
For the implementation, plantscaping depends on a series of factors, such as what you want to achieve with the plants. If you are looking to create more modern spaces, you can use symmetrical plants such as succulents; If it´s intended to improve the aromas of an environment, plants such as lavender can be placed.
About the term plantscapes, it was used by Richard Gains in his 1977 book Interior Plantscaping. In this book, the author used the term "plantscapes" to separate it from interior landscape office planning. For Gains, the definition of a plant landscape is limited to plants inside closed structures.
In any case, the first uses of plants date back to 1000 BC, where the Chinese grew plants at home as a symbol of wealth. Later, over the years, architecture techniques and nature became more integrated. Houses began to be built with higher ceilings, more floors, larger windows, and central heating, creating a more livable environment for different types of plants.
In addition to the architectural complement of indoor plants, they have various benefits, such as purifying the environment, regulating temperatures, generating a sense of well-being for people, contributing to a better functioning of the work environment, or daily life. Likewise, the indoor foliage helps improve mood and energy.
Integrating nature into a home or office is a trend that allows the incorporation of natural elements and the creation of more pleasant and relaxed spaces for the inhabitants or employees. In the same way, plants oxygenate the air and reduce carbon dioxide and environmental toxins. Plus, they help to baffle out excess noise and reduce visual distractions.
Various studies have shown the placement of plants in the workplace improves productivity, as well as generating greater well-being and reducing stress. This can translate into less absenteeism and employee turnover.
Regarding productivity, as an advantage, employees achieve greater creativity and problem solving, making employees healthier and happier.
Offices with a higher number of houseplants showed an increase in cognition and sleep quality. In general, having plants in the workspace is highly beneficial for mood and productivity.
Therefore, at the work level, plantscaping as a tool generates better health, satisfaction and happiness in general. The larger the plants, the cleaner the air will be and the more visually appealing it will be.