Plants and Flowers That Make Great Gifts. There are so many general benefits to plants, both psychological and physical. These include increases in work productivity and office morale, mood improvement, and even speeding up the process of healing and boosting pain tolerance. But some plants and flowers add several more specific strengths of their own that can be tailored to the people you’re giving them to. Here are just a couple:
A Restful Night’s Sleep
The smell of gardenias can make you tired - in one study it was even as effective as valium on GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps to regulate behavior, cognition, and the body's response to stress, and the scent of jasmine helps to soothe anxiety and your central nervous system. Lavender takes these effects and adds a decrease in the amount of time it takes to wake up in the morning.
Improve Air Quality
Sleep can tie pretty heavily into air quality. Aloe vera, bromeliads, and snake plants emit large amounts of oxygen during the night, which combats insomnia and can help clear ‘stuffiness’ in a room. Areca palms, bamboo palms, and peace lilies are natural humidifiers -
The moisture from a peace lily’s leaves can improve humidity up to 5%, which can help those who suffer from allergies and cold symptoms. but Other plants and flowers that filter toxins from the air are English ivy, anthuriums, Gerber daisies, and chrysanthemums. You can pair these different qualities with messages for the receiver as well. Gerber daises can symbolize loyal love;
lavender is devotion; peace lilies send sympathy; jasmine in the United States is a sign of romance. There are so many layers of meaning that can come with giving flowers or plants as a gift,
far beyond just brightening a room and looking pretty (though those are, of course, benefits in their own right!) If you’re stuck on ideas, So you can never go wrong with offering these or any of their fellows!
Here are a few starters for you:
Winter is commonly thought of as the season without colorful flowers and plant life. In colder parts of the world, it is referred to as the "dead period", in which nothing but white and cold is visible. However, did you know that may winter flowers are perfect for non-winter seasons? This is because most winter flowers are not exposed to much sunlight throughout the winter season, so they thrive in damp and shady areas.
There isn't a better analogy for family togetherness and comfort in the world of gardening than the winter Snowdrops. This is because these flowers clump together in shady areas to keep each other hydrated. Once they clump together, they create a picture perfect fullness which can make your garden look like a snowy forest trail. For the proverbial cherry on top, the tops of the flowers droop down like little bulbs.
Being winter flowers, Snowdrops require minimal effort when it comes to planting. All they need is for the soil to be loosen and then planted with compost or dried manure and granular fertilizer. Make sure to blend the soil and fertilizer together, so there are no clumps. The Snowdrops need the blending of the soil to be able to freely move to clump together with the mother bulb in offsets.
Where To Plant?
Due to the season that these plants thrive in, they require little of the sunlight that seasoned flowers require, but they do require an abundance of rain and general water source to stay hydrated. There is no such thing as over watering when it comes to Snowdrops! One thing to keep in though; Snowdrops are dormant during the warmer Spring and Summer Seasons and go into a sort of flower hibernation during those times. Because of this, you must be very careful to keep from uprooting these petite pretties when planting and maintaining your Summer and Spring flowers.
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By Neha Kamran