Bringing the Outside In
Things are changing for the greener. By now you’ve probably noticed a resurgence of interior greenery; Boxwood, hanging plants, grasses and flowers are starting to once again dominate the world of interior spaces.
That’s because plants are amazing. They invigorate us, they benefit our mental health, and they just look handsome as all get-out. It’s hard to go wrong with interior landscape design, but today we’re going to look at a few tips to help you do it very right.
1. Go Faux, or Don’t Go
Trust us, you’ve got enough going on without having to worry about your interior decor suddenly dying on you. Artificial Plants are the best solution to interior landscaping, hands down. Live plants, while beautiful in theory, often struggle in low-light environments, and rarely appear as full and healthy as they might in natural conditions.
Live plants also come with a deceptive price tag. While the initial investment might be lower than an artificial replica, live plants also need constant maintenance. Someone needs to water them, move them according to sunlight, clean fallen debris, spray for pests, and diagnose disease. If that ‘someone’ isn’t going to be you, it’s going to cost you real money over the course of the plant’s life. What may have seemed like a reasonable purchase can become a costly long-term regret that leaves you wishing you’d just bought identical artificial plants.
2. Boxwood Is Where It’s At
Now that we know we’re going artificial, that still leaves you wondering, “Okay, but which plant varieties should I use?” With faux plants and trees, you never need to concern yourself with atmospheric conditions - the world is your botanical garden. You could put cacti in your conference room, Orchids in your offices, and ferns in the front hall, but what you’re really going to want is Artificial Boxwood.
This stuff is unbeatable. Boxwood shrubs are dense little things, with tiny round leaves that do a great job of blocking lines of sight. You’ve definitely seen Boxwood if you’ve ever seen a hedge maze or an old English estate--those tall and perfectly manicured topiaries are now totally within your reach.
Boxwood foliage is now available in dimensional mats and rolls that use a flexible plastic backing that makes them incredibly easy to install on any surface - flat, curved, walls, ceilings, floors - boxwood can be anywhere and everywhere. It’s also available with UV-resistant composition that gives it the toughness to survive wind, rain, and sun for years on end, opening up your opportunity for exterior boxwood hedges.
Use it as a backdrop for signage, a privacy wall for your pool deck, or a central green feature at your next big event. We love Boxwood because it does everything, it looks incredible, and it’s so easy to use that it feels like cheating.
3. High, Middle, and Low
Desk plants are a good start, but you can do so much better. A lot of office interiors still treat greenery as an afterthought in their design scheme, filling empty corners and dead spaces with a lonely bamboo or fake fern, sometimes making it worse. It’s not their fault, this is the way interiors have been designed for years. But the Biophilic movement has designers rethinking their green strategies, some of whom are beginning to build around life and nature as a central focus.
When you design with greenery in mind, it becomes a more prevalent theme. In order to get that lush and lively “wild garden” feeling, you need to strategize beyond which room the plants are going in. Greenery falls into three major categories, with a few nuances in between. Those categories are the canopy, massing, and ground cover--or simply put, High, Middle, and Low.
The canopy is anything overhead. This can involve hanging plants and vines but is typically reserved for large trees that create a barrier between the experience of your space and the constructed ceiling. Massing has to do with most ground- and desk-level plantings, usually things that take up a considerable amount of space in height and width. These are often also used as sight blockers. Finally comes ground cover, which denotes areas that should not be tread upon, and controls the path of movement through your space.
Each of these three categories needs to be addressed and configured when creating an interior green space. By paying attention to details like this, you can easily achieve a level of indoor botanical beauty you never thought possible, creating a truly remarkable green experience.