Inspiration, productivity and inventiveness are all strongly shaped by your workspace. Whether you feel energized or experience low energy is a direct result of the working environment.
In a recent study completed by Netherlands based research firm, TNO Quality of Life, after an office plant was introduced to the workspace and placed in a peripheral view, workers experienced:
- improved energy
- less stress
- greater productivity
Noise reduction and better air quality may also result in the workplace. The study recommended one large plant should be provided for every two employees or for every 12 square meters of office space.
My favorite office planter is the Lechuza Delta 15. With a 4.5″ footprint, it takes up very little space on my desk and with a built-in reservoir - it eliminates clean up after watering and ensures that plant has a water accessible at all times.
Phoenix Perennials is one of my favourite garden centres for finding specialty perennials that really set my clients’ gardens apart from the rest.
Phoenix Perennials is located at 3380 No. 6 Road in Richmond, BC Check-out their website at www.phoenixperennials.com
I recently sourced some Kangaroo Paw at Phoenix to use as a unique seasonal hit of yellow! Although this plant is too tender for Vancouver's winters, I'll use it in containers to be enjoyed for the upcoming season!
German-made Lechuza planters are one of my favourite lines! Not only are they stylish, but they feature a built-in sub-irrigation system that reduces watering requirements to once-a-week!
Your plants flourish naturally with the sub-irrigation system.
Lechuza has several families of planters that are suitable for either outdoor or indoor use!
This exceptional site in West Vancouver required a facelift. As the pool deck was resurfaced, my clients ordered several sleek planters from IAP.
Pool and jacuzzi as viewed from upper patio
Combining various foliage colours is a way of making a dull part of your garden more vibrant!
At this Palm Springs residence, privacy is ensured with a lush Ficus hedge; but the hedge lacked punch! I installed a tall ceramic planter to punctuate the space. I chose a blue ice plant that picks-up on the blue glaze in the predominantly brown pot.
I surrounded the pot with light-coloured river rock, which adds a textural extention to the concrete pool deck.
Now we’ve gone from simply ‘a hedge’ to a dynamic focal point!
An upright planter is a nice way to accentuate an entry. This 30″ tall ceramic pot places a succulent an arm’s length away as you approach the door.
The play of shadows add to the beauty of this entrance.
When choosing a planter for your entry, consider the scale of the entrance and select plants that are well-suited to the exposure. For sunny locations, it helps to use drought-tolerant plants or use a planter, such as Lechuza, that has a built-in reservoir!