After the lush green beauty of summer, color slowly fades from the garden. Bit by bit, the world turns brown and dreary and cold, a perfect reflection of your drooping spirits. Fortunately, you can chase away winter’s chill with beautiful green plants from your local garden center. Filling your home with green and flowering plants during the winter will lift your spirits and make spring seem just a little closer.
Staying connected to nature is good for your psyche. Research has demonstrated a powerful connection between the natural environment and human psychological mood. Plants are known to improve the way people feel and increase our feelings of well-being. Studies have demonstrated the ability of plants to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve concentration and increase productivity. In the workplace, plants increase feelings of job satisfaction. At school, plants improve student performance. In hospital and nursing home settings, plants decrease patient anxiety. Plants just make us feel good in general. Adding indoor plants to your home and office is a fast way to chase away the winter blues.
Reasonably-priced houseplants from your local garden center make a wonderful gift that will brighten the recipient’s day all winter long. A pot of sassy yellow Daffodils (Narcissus) is the perfect antidote to a rowdy classroom and the perfect gift for your child’s teacher. A beautiful basket of English Ivy (Hedera) trailing over the edge of your coworker’s desk makes a wonderful gift for a friendly co-worker. the ruffled blossoms of a Reiger Begonia will bring a smile to the face of a hospitalized friend. A basket of bright-colored Tulips will brighten the day of a relative living in a nursing home or assisted living community.
Green plants and blooming flowers are the perfect antidote for winter chills.