With the arrival of fresh blooms and plenty of lush green foliage, the spring and summer months bring an abundance of colour to gardens and outdoor spaces. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to embrace the hottest planting trends for a hot summer. This will bring a new lease of life to restaurants, pubs, hotels, offices, and retail spaces; in fact, pretty much any premises you can think of!
Although it isn’t quite the same as feeling the sun hit your skin as you stroll through the park, bringing summer plants into your premises will still bring the same mood-boosting benefits as being outdoors. This is because office plants are proven to ease feelings of stress, and anxiety.
Fortunately, there are plenty of summer plants that can be brought indoors. These aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching; they’re also relatively easy to take care of. The Peace Lily, for example, is one of the easiest plants to maintain because they can tolerate low light and humidity levels. They’ll even let you know when they need watering as they’ll start to wilt! However, although Peace Lilies are a great plant for any time of year, they bloom most heavily in the summer months.
If you want to make an impact with colour by matching your plants to your existing décor or branding, opt for pretty Geraniums. Their flowers bloom in vibrant shades of pink, red and purple, so they’re an ideal choice for adding a pop of colour. Unlike the Peace Lily, Geraniums need direct sunlight, so place them in windows and water them when the soil seems dry.
When it comes to summer plants, another popular option to bring indoors is Golden Pothos. Although its bloom period is typically in mid-summer, the patterned heart-shaped leaves create an impressive display all year round. They’re also one of the best plants for purifying the air of mould, bacteria, and dust. To care for them, Golden Pathos should be kept in bright, but indirect sunlight.
Summer planting trends
When it comes to summer planting trends, vertical planting will continue to be popular. This is because it enables you to bring nature into your premises, even if you have a limited amount of floorspace. To embrace the trend, we recommend installing a living wall or moss wall, which are attached to interior walls with a unique bracket system. This gives the appearance that lush foliage is literally growing out of your building’s structures!
Another planting trend that’s taken 2018 by storm is plants with patterned leaves and foliage, such as Golden Pothos, Hosta, Canna Lilies, and Rattlesnake Calathea. Although these plants make enough of a statement on their own, they pair very nicely with colourful summer flowers, such as Dahlias, Daisies, and, of course, Geraniums.
Finally, don’t just swap your winter plants for summer ones; you can also give your premises a refresh by changing up your pots and planters. Glass vases can be bought in various shapes and sizes, such as cubes and bowls, or you can mix and mix and match a range of patterned pots in different hues. Indoor troughs are also a great way of giving your indoor summer planting a quirky feel.
phs Greenleaf supply a range of office plants and indoor and outdoor planting services to businesses across the UK. For more information on how we can help you to refresh your planting for summer, contact us!