Urban Oasis: Plants and the City

A crack in a sidewalk, an old crumbling wall, the median on a busy highway, a vacant lot, — you will see plants springing up everywhere you look in every major city! It's Mother Nature's way of telling us that things can grow anywhere ... and that is an important lesson.

Beautify Your Space

For city dwellers, a garden isn’t impossible — you can create a mini oasis in the middle of your busy, hectic concrete jungle.

A simple clay pot, some seasonal hanging baskets, even an old boot can be transformed into a beautiful flower or delicious herb garden.

Many websites can tell you how to get started, and also be sure to check out your local nursery or home center, who always have great tips for the urban gardener.

When it comes to the big city, don’t be afraid to get a little dirty — in the garden that is — so get out, and get growing!

Purify Your Air

Take a deep breath. The likelihood is that you don't smell a host of gases and chemicals that exist right along side you.

Now, before you invest in a piece of man-made equipment to help clean the air, why not give Mother Nature a chance?

House plants are nature’s air conditioners ... many plants that are simple to grow right in your home can help to purify the air and make your living space cleaner and greener.

Experts have found that indoor plants like spider plants and golden pothos absorb carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air. Philodendrons, dracaena massangeana, and spathiphyllum were also shown to help remove pollutants and harmful gases from indoor spaces.

Future studies will probably find even more plants with purifying capabilities. NASA plans to aggressively test the abilities of houseplants to absorb contaminants from the air on future space station missions.

Who knew that a little houseplant could have such a big impact on the air we breathe? But now that we’ve cleared the air about houseplants, it's time to get out there and get growing!

Check out iMag for more ways to go green!