Choose crops before ornamentals plants
For indoor plants, it is important that some of them also filter unpleasant and unhealthy substances from the air. Building materials, decor and furniture release fumes, such as benzene, formaldehyde, or trichloroethylene.
A sustainable garden or greenery should not only be a feast for the eyes and be used for decorative purposes. Greenery is only sustainable when it has a benefit.
This has been proven with the following plants:
- Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Bowstring hemp (Sansevieria)
- Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
- Dracaena trees (Dracaena Janet Craig, Dracaena massangeana and Dracaena marginata)
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
- Devil's Ivy (Scindapsus aureus)
Plants in rooms also provide moisture, which is very important when the humidity in winter is very low due to heating air. A well-humidified air of approx. 45 - 60 % ensures that wooden furniture stays in shape and that mucous membranes are not irritated.
If you have pets, find out beforehand which plants could be poisonous to cats, for example.
For pets who like to nibble green, there are also plants that can decorate your home and garden, such as cat grass (wheatgrass or cypress grass), chickweed and catnip.
There are also plants that can be used as a remedy, such as aloe vera, bálsamo de canudo and iceplant.
Also some herbs and edible plants for the kitchen can be kept well on the windowsill.
In the garden, the variety is naturally greater. Fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers that provide food for bees, butterflies and wild insects should not be missing in a garden. Trees and bushes are also important. They provide shade and protect against wind.