Decorating with Outdoor Plants

outdoor plantsThe best part about summer is that your living space can be greatly expanded. Whether you have a wrap around porch, a wood deck or a stone patio area – with a little creativity and ingenuity, you have a whole new space! In order to entertain in style, there are a number of ways to bring your own personal flair to your outdoor room.

Accessorizing the outdoor furniture with color is a great way to change with the seasons – or your moods! A synthetic throw rug allows for barefoot comfort – and rinses clean easily! Matching eclectic glassware, vases and tableware can really bring fun to any space. Even though outdoors, decorate with artwork and mirrors in the same way you would inside, bringing your personality to the area and defining the experience for your guests. And as always, lighting can make or break the ambiance – from candles, to hanging lanterns to a fire pit – the options are yours!

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Pink Azalea

All weather baskets in different colors and textures add interest and allow you to stow all kinds of outdoor necessities. When it comes to flowers and plants, playing with baskets and different containers is a creative way to add color and beauty in all corners of the space. People’s Flower Shops have many ideas as to how to best accentuate with floral details. From traditional basket flowers to tropical floral arrangements, we have the flowers that can best express your style and personality.

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Bromeliad Garden

Of course, classic green ferns, plants and trees are traditionally beautiful. At People’s five Albuquerque flower shop locations, we have an extensive inventory of ambiance-enhancing plants and floral arrangements. What will you choose? We can’t wait to find out! Call us today.

How to Show your Employees You Appreciate Them

footer-590pxCompanies all over Albuquerque have the chance to show their employees, how much they appreciate them on Friday March 6th. Ever since 1995, when the first ever National Employee Appreciation Day was observed, the first Friday of March has been recognized as the official day on which bosses throughout the country can express their appreciation for the employees who make companies what they are. Without the hard working employees whose efforts often go unrecognized, most companies wouldn’t be as successful as they are.

We decided to help employers recognize the contribution their employees make to the company, so we came up with some suggestions to help bosses who may be looking for gifts for their workers.

Croton Plant

Croton Plant

If your workplace has plenty of light, there is no better way to brighten an employee’s office than with a Croton Plant. This spectacular plant has very large leaves. As long as the plant grows in a sunny enough location, the entire workplace can enjoy the unique color combinations seen in the variegated leaves. Shiny dark green leaves are mottled with yellow, while other leaves combine bright yellow and red, or deep red and green. This plant truly brings the outside atmosphere right into the office.

Pothos is a very easy plant to grow. It doesn’t require much care, and it can grow in any environment. Best of all, this plant thrives in areas where there is little to no daylight at all. Pothos is often confused with Philodendron, the plant with small heart-shaped dark green leaves. One of the things people love most about this plant is the fact that you can take cuttings from it, and you can root the cuttings quickly in water. Place this plant on the floor, on a desk or table, or hang it from a hook in the ceiling. It is a spectacular hanging plant.

Add a splash of color and a tropical flair to the office with this Bromeliad Plant. Bromeliads are found in tropical rainforests, but your office will perk up and feel like a relaxing oasis with this spectacularly showy plant. Bromeliads are characterized by heir shallow roots, interesting leaves, and a flower that grows from the center of the plant. Pineapple is probably the most familiar bromeliad.

This year, show your employees how much you appreciate them. Give them a fun, colorful, easy-to-care for, plant. You’ll purify the office air and help your employees focus and concentrate in the process.


National Houseplant Appreciation Day

The holidays are over, the Christmas tree is down and disassembled. The flowers you had in the house to create a special atmosphere for those festivities have seen better days. January 10th is National Houseplant Appreciation Day. It’s the perfect chance for you to bring a bit of brightness into your house – make it feel warm and tropical, do a wealth of good for your mental and physical health, and bring a bit of outside inside. It is a day when people who deal with plants and flowers, like us at People’s Flower Shops, can help you see the benefits of adding houseplants to different places in your home – or to your office.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Houseplants?

  • Houseplants are helpful for removing impurities from the air – especially VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are found in paint, carpeting, computer ink, and many typical household chemicals that you probably use for cleaning or other things.
  • Houseplants are thought to improve thinking, increase productivity, awareness, and foster greater creativity.
  • Houseplants can also elevate mood, and help stave off that winter depression that affects so many people.

Tropical Houseplants

Bromeliad plants are found in tropical Rainforests. They are very easy to grow and offer a lot of interest. Whether you are looking for an unusual houseplant that will a touch of exoticism to your home or office, or want something that’s very different than the usual houseplants – either for a gift, or for yourself, you’ll find all this and more in a colorful bromeliad.

The flower shoots up from the center of the plant. Healthy bromeliads produce “pups,” or babies that grow off the main plant. After flowering, the main plant eventually dies, but the baby plant continues to thrive, producing more and more babies. Grow in a place with good light and consistent temperatures.

Anthurium plants have very unusual flowers that look more like leaves than actual flowers. The bright red flowers offer a nice contrast against the shiny, dark green leaves. These tropical beauties are common in Hawaiian gardens. They are long-lasting, fun to grow, and truly bring a touch of the warm air and cool ocean breezes that many mainlanders dream about during the long cold, dreary winter.

Croton plants are easily recognized because of their colorful, variegated leaves that are usually a combination of yellow, red or burgundy, and light and dark green. These interesting plants brighten any home or office, and add color to spaces that might otherwise look boring and monochromatic. These long lasting plants can be taken outside during the warm summer months where you can let them grow on a patio or deck. Provide them with plenty of bright light to bring out the best color in them.


Green Plants Enhance Indoor Health and Bring Brightness During the Gloom of Winter

jan15p1Research has shown that indoor green plants offer a wealth of health benefits for people who have them in their home or office. In many places, in fact, “sick building syndrome” has been recognized as a real ailment due to chemicals, adhesives, and other pollutants that are making office workers sick.

Benefits of Green Plants

Instead, adding green plants has been found as a good way to compensate and overcome the effects of these pollutants as well as provide mental and emotional benefits.jan15p2

First, on a physical level, green plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. This cleanses the air of these harmful chemicals and toxins while providing more oxygen that helps people to be more alert and feel fresher.

This means fewer headaches and cases of fatigue, thereby increasing productivity at work and maybe even at home!

Second, indoor green plants provide mental benefits. Research shows that the green color and contact with the natural world helps to relax the mind and remove stress. This can also result in greater creativity and productivity as well as fewer cases of absenteeism in the workplace.jan15p3

And, considering that winter can be depressing due to the cold and lack of bright sunshine, the green plants in a home or office can provide the brightness that is otherwise missing this time of year.

Our Indoor Green Plant Selection

We have a wide range of indoor green plants available through our online shop and at our five locations throughout Albuquerque. The variety provides you with a way to enjoy many different types of green plants, including a few that offer flowers, such as Spathiphyllum and Bromelaid.

Other green plant options currently available include the croton plant, dieffenbachia, and schefflera. We also have others throughout the year, according to the season and availability. All have their own unique look, offering a beautiful addition as décor and a health benefit to your home or office.jan15p4

All of our indoor green plants are priced affordably and come in various sizes to meet your budget. This offers a way to not only add them to your own space, but you can also send them as a gift to someone else so they can enjoy the benefits offered by green plants.