In this article, we read about some uses of ornamental plants. Ornamental plants are grown for decoration, rather than the food or other by products. Decorative plants may be grown in a flowerbed, shaped into a hedge or placed in a window. They are most intentionally planted for good appeal, but a plant that occurs naturally and enhances the landscape are also considered as an ornamental plant. While most apparent use of ornamental plants is for visual effect, they serve a few less obvious purposes.
Uses of Ornamental Plants
1. Add Beauty
- Decorative plants are used in landscapes and throughout the home to beauty of the surroundings.
- A large, tropical plant in the living room provides the pop of color and helps outcome the harsh lines of furniture and architectural design.
- Colorful flowering decorative plants break up the browns and greens that naturally occur outside.
- Even the fruit and the vegetable trees and plants are sometimes used for decoration when the plants lend themselves in some way to improving the visual appeal of the landscape.
- Lavender is largely considered for the pleasing fragrance; although widely harvested for lavender oil, it is commonly planted in home landscapes for its scent while in bloom.
- Roses are the type of flower which is well known for their pleasing scent.
- Some fragrant plants prove the beneficial at the repelling outdoor pests, such as ants, mosquitoes and flies.
- The fuzzy blossoms of ageratum plants are prevalent in flowerbeds, but the flowers also produce coumarin, a natural mosquito repellent.
3. Attract Wildlife
- Decorative plants provide nutrition and shelter for many wildlife species.
- While some of the wildlife wreak havoc on planned landscapes, other species are responsible for pollination and the transfer, making this attraction vital to the ecosystem.
- Ornamental plants that produce berries include the hawthorn, crabapple and native plants such as the baneberry and Pacific madrone.
- Entire gardens of decoration are often dedicated to attracting butterflies.
4. Clean Air
- Without the plants we would not have clean air to breathe, because plants create oxygen during photosynthesis.
- Plants intake carbon dioxide as food and release clean oxygen, acting as natural air filters.
- They are especially helpful for indoor environments, where air circulation is limited compared to outdoors.
- Keeping the decorative plants has been shown to improve the indoor air quality, even removing smoke and so many volatile organic compounds as the formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.