We all know that nothing pretties up a space like plants, but did you know they also lower your blood pressure and boost productivity? A cute infographic says so, so it must be true! DesignTAXI recently featured this infographic on The Benefits of Greenery in the Home. Now, the bottom third of the graphic is where it loses me — unfortunately this part is all about the benefits of artificial plants. I am skeptical. The top two-thirds, however, are fascinating. Click on the detail on DesignTAXI to see the full infographic and learn that "reaction time in offices with plants was 12% faster than in an absence of plants". What with the lowered blood pressure and improved air quality they bring, houseplants start to seem like a necessity rather than a luxury or hobby.
What do you think of these stats? Do your own experiences reflect the wonder-power of plants? Or do you question the correlations — perhaps an office with plants also fosters creativity and sharp-thinking in many other ways, so the plants shouldn't get all the credit?