A Guide To Terrace Plants That Will Help You Find The Calm of Nature

 

 

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the calm and joy that comes with engaging in nature seems to evade us. For some, the prospect of gardening might be too challenging or impossible due to lack of space. In such cases, low maintenance potted plants are great for incorporating the calm of nature into your busy life. Take a look at six potted plants that you can easily keep on your terrace…

 

 

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Engaging with nature and gardening has numerous mental health benefits. Research shows that spending time in nature can significantly decrease cortisol levels, a hormone commonly associated with stress. Natural environments can distract from daily worries and reduce symptoms of anxiety. The repetitive tasks involved in gardening, such as weeding or planting, can be meditative and soothing. Taking care of a plant or two can be highly rewarding and provides a restorative break from the cognitive demands of work and daily life.

Potted plants can offer similar mental health benefits to having a full garden, making them a convenient and accessible option for many people. As well as having a positive impact on mood, the caring of plants is also meditative in that it requires mindful activities like watering, pruning, and observing growth, which can be meditative and stress-relieving. Furthermore, the presence of potted plants can improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. This can lead to a healthier living environment and reduce symptoms of respiratory issues, contributing to overall well-being. Take a look at the six potted plants that are best for terraces or balconies.

 
 
 
 
 
 

ALOE VERA

When it comes to potted plants, Aloe vera is a superstar. By now, you would be aware of the plethora of benefits that Aloe vera contributes, from being a hydrating skin and hair care ingredient, to healing cuts and burns, as well making a great add-in to a healthy smoothie. Apart from these benefits, Aloe Vera only requires water when the soil is completely dry, and this insect-resistant plant will rarely need your attention.

SNAKE PLANT

This vibrant and tall plant will add both color and positive vibes to your home, for according to feng shui, snake plants enhance the energy of a room. Snake plants do not need to be watered frequently and thrive best in shade or dim lighting. They are excellent for purifying the air and removing toxic pollutants.

JADE PLANT

Known for its glossy bright green leaves, a jade plant will enhance the beauty of your terrace. They are succulent plants which means they are easier to care for. Jade plants require infrequent watering and can thrive well in bright light. Young plants should be kept in bright, indirect sunlight; large, well-established jade plants can handle more direct sunlight. The plant has a long life-span and according to feng shui, they bring luck and good fortune!

LAVENDER

If you wish to try your hand at a potted flowering plant, lavender should be at the top of your list. Lavender grows well in full sunlight and only needs to be watered sparingly. Its fragrant flowers will repel fungi and bacteria, as well as repelling pests and improving air quality.

ROSEMARY

Trailing varieties of Rosemary, such as 'Blue Rain' and 'Huntington Carpet', are very good for indoor growing. The plant thrives in lots of light and only minimal watering once it is established. Rosemary provides a range of uses from being a seasoning in the kitchen, to being used for medicinal purposes.

ECHEVERIA

Echeveria is another versatile and easy succulent that will add an aesthetic appeal to your garden. The plant provides many benefits. They clean the air, add oxygen to our houses. They can improve concentration, memory, the ability to handle discomfort, & psychological well-being. They grow well in bright light and only need watering when the soil is completely dry.

 
 
 
 
 
 

TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF POTTED PLANTS 

 When it comes to taking care of potted plants, it's important to use well-draining soil to prevent roots from rotting. This is especially important for drought-tolerant plants like lavender or rosemary. It’s crucial to check that plant containers have drainage holes that are not clogged. Water infrequently and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Remove dead or yellowing leaves to promote healthy growth and prevent pests.



 
 

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Liza Silva
Luxiders Magazine