Flower of the Month

April In Bloom: Creeping Phlox

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Creeping Phlox (Phlox Subulata) Perennial Ground Cover, zone 4-8, Full Sun

Ground Phlox produces a deep green carpet needle like foliage that blooms in early spring. It’s small vibrant, five pointed, starry like flowers in shades of pink, white, lavender, red or blue and are known to be one of the most colourful options for a ground cover. This evergreen perennials will grow approximately 6 inches tall and will spread up to 2 feet wide.

Creeping Phlox is low-maintenance, hardy, deer resistant, and can grow in difficult areas. It is often used to cover up or camouflage unsightly sloped areas, rockeries or to brighten up rock walls, ledges, railings, and along walkways. It is also often used for bordering along flower beds.

After the first bloom had died off, shear back the stems, this will promote a second bloom. As the Creeping Phlox ages it will produce long spreading stems, which become woody. Over time these woody growths will not produce flowers, to encourage new growth that will bloom, the woody stems should be cut off. The plant will continue to grow and the foliage will stay lush and green over the rest on the summer season. It should be left till late fall, when it can be cut back for spring growth, this will allow for rejuvenation and will help to produce more compact stems

March In Bloom: Air Purifying House Plants

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March In Bloom: Air Purifying House Plants

Most people spend more than 90% of their day indoors, this means the quality of air you are breathing is important. Our homes and workplaces are full of toxic compounds such as formaldehyde, exlene, toluene, benzene, trichloroethylene, bacteria, molds and more.

Ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health are indoor air pollutants. The biggest cause of this is lack of air flow in our homes and work spaces, causing pollutants to build up in greater amounts then we should be breathing. This can cause a number of health risks, including increase chance of having a stroke, heart disease or lung cancer, sick building syndrome, increased respiratory infections in children, it can increase asthma attacks, as well as symptoms of fatigue, nausea, skin irritations, dry cough, eye, allergies, dizziness, and personality changes. These are only a small amount of issues, there are just too many to list.

Research has shown one of the best ways to improve air quality in your home or workplace is plants. As plants absorb carbon dioxide they are also absorbing harmful toxins from the air, especially in spaces with little air flow.

Not only do plants help with to make your air healthier they have been proven to make people overall happier by increasing mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory, and reduce stress and fatigue. So here is a list of some options for air purifying plants to try in your home.

Collection of eight different studio-isolated shots of gorgeous indoor plants.

• Aloe Vera
• Eucalyptus
• Peace Lily
• African Violets
• Spider Plant
• Chinese Evergreen
• English Ivy
• Chrysanthemum
• Boston Fern
• Dracaenas
• Bamboo Palms
• Rubber Plants

 

Before you purchase your indoor plant, do some research and read the tags. Make sure you have a suitable place in your home or workplace for it to grow properly, do you have enough sunlight or too much etc. Also some house plants are very toxic to pets, be sure you are purchasing plants that won’t harm you pets.

 

“Plants give positive energy! So make yourself happy, plant a plant!”

– COLLEEN