When you think of plants, you might think of the snake plant that sat on your grandparents’ windowsill, or the spiky cactus in your office meeting room. Yet plants also cover the steppes and tundras, and make our countryside green and picturesque. Just think of the heather on the moor, or the forests alongside motorways — and what about the fruit and vegetables we eat? These green beings we share our planet with provide us with enormous abundance and riches. We could do with thanking them more often.
NO LIFE WITHOUT PLANTS
The history of plants is part of the history of the Earth itself. They are essential for our planet's survival. Thanks to their ability to convert sunlight into energy via photosynthesise, plants are the world's main producers of oxygen, and also the basis for most food chains. In terms of evolution, the existance of animals on land could only occur after plants had arrived. Without them, there would be no oxygen, no food, no animals — and we wouldn't exist, either.
WHAT PLANTS DO FOR YOU
Everyone can enjoy houseplants. It's been shown that they make our environment considerably more pleasant, as they regulate the temperature indoors to keep us feeling cool. Help your children discover their benefits with our kids' guide to growing plants, and bring plants into the office to boost your mood and your work output. At home, use our plant style guide to make your living spaces feel friendly and welcoming. And if you're nervous about caring for houseplants — don't be. Follow these simple rules to keeping your plants alive and you'll have no problems. All they need is water, light and air.
Plants are great mood boosters, and you can use them to create a holiday feeling from the comfort of your home. They'll also help you reduce stress and wind down when things feel like they're getting too much. Transform a corner of your home into a zen refuge, or step out into the forest and clear your head by practicing the Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku. If you enjoy cooking, follow our DIY to make a fragrant herb rack for fresh and dried herbs. That way, you can continue admiring the wonders of nature while sitting down to a delicious meal.
Since plants do so much for us, it would be a lovely gesture to give them some extra attention in return. So make the effort to get to know these living things. Water them regularly, give them a feed, and polish their leaves until they shine. They really do thrive on that — and it will also give you a boost too. Houseplants are more than just home decor objects, they're well and truly alive. In fact, they're life itself. Thanks, plants.