Corporate Landscaping Advice: Artificial Plants vs Natural Plants
Are you the one in charge of choosing plants to place in pots and containers either indoors or in outdoor areas of your office building, restaurant, hotel or private practice? If so, there is one decision you will have to make early on. Will you choose artificial plants or real plants? Well, there are advantages associated with both and both can be displayed in any type of plant container or planting pot. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of artificial and natural plants in order to help you make the best decision for your company’s needs.
The biggest advantage of artificial plants for office settings is that they require little to no maintenance. To keep artificial plants clean and healthy looking, all you have to do is have them dusted regularly and wipe them down with a damp cloth or cleaning solution if necessary. You don’t have to water them, trim them, transplant them when they outgrow their plant container or make sure they get sufficient sunlight. This is why fake plants can be placed in rooms with no windows or low light.
Artificial plants are also easy to disinfect, which is especially beneficial in hospital waiting rooms, lobbies and exam rooms. However, artificial foliage does absolutely nothing to regulate humidity indoors, it doesn’t provide any fragrance and it doesn’t change with the seasons.
While artificial plants are recommended for some professional settings, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t plant real plants around the exterior of your offices or throughout the interior of your corporate campus. There are actually a number of reasons why professional designers and corporate landscapers choose real plants over artificial ones. For starters, some plants are known to aid in the removal of harmful airborne toxins and also helpful when it comes to maintaining a healthy humidity level indoors. Countless corporations, small businesses and hotel chains have make the choice to display real plants in and around their buildings to provide a safer and cleaner breathing environment for customers, diners, renters or guests. On the other hand, real plants are of course not that easy to keep clean, they have to be watered and they have to get proper sun exposure.
Whether you decide to use artificial foliage or natural plants, we’ve got the perfect pots and planters to put together your displays. From desktop pots and tapered planters to industrial sized plant containers and extra large tree pots, we carry it all. Most of our planting products are available in a range of sizes and colors, which means you can coordinate them with your décor or with your company’s marketing color palette. The trough planters are ideal if you need to create a barrier or a border, while the round pots are typically selected for corner displays in lobbies, reception rooms and so on. Our fiberglass planters are also weather-resistant, so you can use them either indoors or outdoors without worrying about them fading, cracking or turning brittle.