We are accustomed to growing plants on the soil in the ground. But did you ever imagine creating a garden vertically?

The trend of vertical gardening has set in for the past few years in Canada. Many buildings and even houses have started to incorporate these vertical gardens which come with many benefits. You may have seen the beautiful vertical garden at Edmonton International Airport welcoming visitors with its colorful cloud patterns.

The Semiahmoo Public Library also has an aesthetically pleasing living wall of plants around its buildings. You can find an amazing mix of yellow, pink and red made up of different plants such as wintercreepers and hydrangeas. In fact, many other countries like Mexico and India are already looking at vertical gardens to help solve the space problem.

How does vertical gardens help improve the city greenery and aid food security?

You are sure to get lost in the greenery of vertical gardening. So before that, let us give you a hint of some of its benefits.

Maximize space

Vertical gardens are great space savers. You don’t need to dedicate any area of your property to the garden and can have it vertically. You have seen the examples of professional vertical gardens on the various building like Edmonton Airport but it can also be done easily at your home.

Edmonton International Airport

You can just hang plants in pots vertically on your wall without compromising your real estate space.

Clean polluted air

One of the main benefits of vertical gardens is that it can be used to clean the polluted air. You can have it indoors but the best use has been seen in some countries where streets are integrated with vertical gardens to keep the air pollution free.

The vertical garden at Edmonton International Airport was created after researching plants that absorb air pollution effectively. The plants were recommended by NASA and included 9 species of air cleaning plants.

Save cost on the long run

Vertical garden is cost savers in many aspects. You don’t need to have any separate space which implies you are not paying for the land.

It’s also less costly to maintain vertical gardens as the professional ones don’t use soil. They can be watered automatically using pumps and pipes mixed with nutrients. The residue nutrient is drained off for reuse once again.

A similar system is used by the Cloverdale food bank which grows fresh green vegetables on vertical walls. They don’t contain any soil and take up minimum space. The vertical garden was installed by an organization called Living Garden Foods which specializes in the niche. They plan to promote vertical garden in communities that struggle with food security.

The installation uses a hydroponic technique to deliver a proprietary nutrient solution to the plants. The technique uses less water and also saves the cost of weeding. Authorities at the food bank were able to deliver fresh green with the help of this system of gardening.  Are you looking to install one for your business too?

Technology controls our lives today – in more ways than we can think of.

Most of the stuff we do between waking up, having breakfast, going to work, coming back, and having dinner have technology in it.

Yet, the concrete of our houses and the various electronic gadgets do not always provide the best companionship – unlike a houseplant.

It’s pretty to look at, and it brings a breath of fresh air to your home- some semblance of real life that you would cherish.

Besides, looking after a plant will give you something more to do and care about. So without further ado, let us look at the 5 best houseplants you can grow:

1.Norfolk Island Pine

A perfect ‘living decoration’ to add in your house, it is subtle to look at and has a comforting feel to it. It also serves as the perfect Christmas tree decoration if you want it to be a part of festivities.

The Norfolk Island Pine grows around 10 feet tall indoors, but bear in mind that it requires plenty of exposure to light and fresh air. Otherwise, it becomes dry and a target for those pesky spider mites.

2. Peperomia

The Peperomia is little in size, with long and waxy leaves of different shades of green. It adds a spark to your living room, while maintaining a soothing environment. As it is not a very tall plant, you needn’t worry about how much space it will occupy. Always check if the surface of the soil is dry before watering this plant.

3. Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is a bright and bushy plant that has lots of leaves, and gives your room a sense of light and air that is a treat to all your sense. It looks pretty and is hence a great addition to your house. Make sure the plant remains evenly moist inall its parts.

4. Grape Ivy

If you want something off the ceiling, this houseplant is the one for you. It is a vine and not a pottedplant, but it will make for a beautiful hanging basket decoration. The plant is vibrant which reverberates in its surroundings, regardless of where it is hung. Like the Chinese Evergreen, the Grape Ivy needs to be kept evenly moist for proper maintenance.

5. Dracaena

 Doesn’t itself name sound exotic? Well the Dracaena lives up to the expectations and is a really beautiful plant to have in your house.

The green and yellow pattern on its leaves are great to look at, and it surely brightens your surroundings. It can grow to be around 10 feet tall, just make sure to keep the soil surface dry between your watering periods because it gets affected by how excess hydration.

Also, please remember that having this plant around a dog can be hazardous. The Dracaena can be poisonous to dogs if they consume it.

So what are you waiting for? Choose the one that appeals to you the most, and order a houseplant to give your home that makeover you have wanted for some time.

Having a houseplant at home leads to certain changes in our daily lives, most of which is for the better.

But to make sure that we gain the benefits of having a natural and living houseplant fully, we need to do our part as well. It is our responsibility to care for it and raise it like just another living being. We need to make sure at all times, that it stays healthy.

It is not exactly similar to raising a pet or a baby, but it does require a sincere effort on our part and a willingness to look after it. Unfortunately, not everybody knows how to do it and a lot of people tend to assume that all that is required to raise a plant is some sunshine and water.

If you aren’t careful enough, the houseplant may die – and you wouldn’t want that.

So how to raise a houseplant? Here are some tips to follow if you are raising a houseplant:

Water it Regularly

The most basic and obvious step in caring for a plant is to water it on a regular basis. A plant requires hydration in order to grow properly. As long as it receives its fair share of water, the plant will stay alive and continue its growth.  So playing your fancy games or some addictive online casino – don’t forget about your flowers!

Now there is a certain approach for this that you will need to follow but the bottom line is that you need to water your plants according to a schedule that you must strictly follow. In case you go out of town, ask your neighbours to do it for you.

Do not Overwater the Plant

While a plant requires watering, overdoing it will kill the plant.

Flooding the soil in the plot on a regular basis will result in the plant and soil being unable to absorb it all which will ultimately result in the plant’s death. There’s only so much water the small amount of soil in a pot can absorb.

When you exceed the limit, it will hurt the plant by letting fungal infections grow on it causing the soil at the bottom of the stem to stink.


Plants also require light to grow. The catch is that most plants grow better with natural light, which isn’t easy to provide inside a house. But there are measures we can take to solve this problem.

Houses that have windowsills can have the plants placed there. In most of these cases, the plant manages to get ample light but if it doesn’t you can always buy a grow light from a local plant shop.

Selecting the Right Plant

There are different kinds of houseplants that have different requirements for growth. When deciding as to which plant to buy, you can read up on the Internet or ask the local herbalist about the plant’s needs and what you need to do ensure its health. Based on this information, make sure that you select a plant that you know you can maintain and care for.

Maintaining Temperature & Humidity

Aside from water and light, plants require a certain temperature and humidity level in order to survive. To do this, make sure that you are growing your plant in a room where you can set the temperature accordingly, using an adjustable thermostat or naturally.

It goes without saying that houseplants have different temperature and humidity requirements according to their nature.

So give your houseplant the care it deserves!

If you are somebody who lives the fast life in a city apartment or resides in a residential area near the city, you’d be familiar with how monotonous and boring can get sometimes living inside a concrete house with no connection to the natural world.

To make up for this, you can fill your home with beautiful houseplants. Many people are opting to have houseplants inside their house to maintain it and see it grow. This helps in developing a sense of responsibility towards another living being that so many of us tend to ignore because we think it hampers our lives.

Houseplants can make the walls of concrete come alive. They add color, vibrancy and new life to your home that will definitely revitalize you.

Let us go over the benefits of having a houseplant. 

They’re the Perfect Stress-Busters

The primary reason that you should have a houseplant is that they are stress-busters. Our work-loaded busy day in a city, surrounded by structures of glass, concrete and electronic devices, wears us out. At our workplace, we need to keep up with our deadlines and deliver results so as to succeed.

This is not an easy task to do, and we need something to rid us of the stress and digital screens at the end of the day. A houseplant will do just that.

We need to maintain it to ensure that it lives and doing so will serve as a distraction from our daily lives. Looking at a houseplant grow at its own pace is also a stress-free activity as it makes us forget our anxiety for a while.

Improves the Quality of Air in the House

Regardless of all the windows, ventilation methods, ceiling fans and air conditioners in our house, sometimes it still feels that we need fresher air to breathe properly. Houseplants improve the quality of air in your house.

These houseplants are, just like every other plant in the world, breathe in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen which is beneficial to our health considering the pollution all around.

When you gulp in fresh non-toxic air, you also get more energized to finish your work.

Helps in Noise Reduction

Here’s a little something you probably didn’t know. Plants not only reduce air pollution but noise pollution as well. Ever wondered why you can hear yourself more clearly when you’re surrounded by trees?

Research claims that plant leaves can absorb, refract and deflect noises in the surrounding area, reducing the impact on human ears. It makes your daily life so much better because your house feels less noisy and more tranquil. It will drown out the city cacophony that you are tired of. Now you have all the more reason to get a houseplant.

Should you get one?

Having a houseplant not only improves the aesthetics of your place but can also affect the quality of living positively. They’re not any average indoor decoration- there’s a lot more to them.

So raising one of these in your house, caring for it and maintaining its growth can make your life better considerably.

Don’t believe us? Try getting one, and see if you are benefitted or not. Especially if you live alone and you are not into pets for companionship, a houseplant will add that little something more to your life.