Especially now in the deep dark trenches of winter, I often find myself admiring the plants sitting along the window sills in my home. I find their presence to be inviting, cheerful and of course beautiful. Apart from those more obvious traits, did you know that house plants have many other benefits for you and your home?

The first, and most important in my opinion, is that they actually give us oxygen. If you recall from biology 101, when we exhale, we release carbon dioxide. Well, those pretty little plants will actually absorb that carbon dioxide plus release more oxygen - making the air you breathe more oxygen-rich. On top of that, they also purify the air--trapping and retaining toxins. Its like humans and plants are natural partners because of this process.  

These two wonderful benefits unleash an important domino effect. When the space around you is cleaner, we feel more at ease. People who have plants are reportedly less stressed then those who don't.  Additionally, plants are known to boost productivity. According to a study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, their students showed 70% greater focus when learning in classrooms that had plants in them. Surprisingly, student attendance was also higher in those classrooms! 

Quite often you'll see plants in work spaces, like offices, for this very reason (which reminds me that I've been meaning to introduce some plants to our office at The Moore Group!). 

Now, the next question is what plants should you have in your home? The greatest thing about house plants is that there is so much variety. Some are easy to care for, so if you're a beginner you can start with those and work your way up to the more high maintenance plants. According to www.bioadvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-houseplants -- they recommend to place one large plant per every 129 square feet of living space for best air purification results.

Having plants does come with additional responsibility. Plants require differing levels of sunlight, heat, humidity and watering. So it's important to do your research and learn about your plants! Once you become more experienced you can be a little more independent, but if its your first foray into plant ownership, Winnipeg is absolutely loaded with outstanding garden centers staffed with knowledgeable and helpful people--I would definitely recommend a visit with the pros at Lacoste, Jensen's, Shelmerdine or St Mary's Nursery

Plants are the perfect addition to any space, and whether the home or the office, they can help brighten even the darkest winter blues!