Your Favorite Flora: Plants or Flowers?

Reader Survey

Indoor plants and flowers: the apartment-dweller's easiest method of bringing the outside in. Even if you have no outdoor space to speak of, you can always accessorize with flora on a small scale indoors. Whether it's potted plants or cut flowers that float your boat, there are pros and cons to each choice.

Potted Plants...
• Are cost-effective. Plants are generally cheaper than flowers, especially considering how much longer they can last. If you can keep them alive, they're a fantastic way of decorating on the cheap.

• Are low-maintenance. Apart from remembering to water them and maybe occasionally trim some dead leaves, potted plants are easy. In comparison, choosing, trimming and artfully arranging a bunch of flowers, only to throw them out and clean the vase a week later, can seem like rather a lot of work.

Cut Flowers...
• Offer color. The bright hues of fresh flowers can accent a room in a way that most green plants, lovely as they are, just can't do. Whether they're a panacea for the winter blues or a celebration of summer, colorful blooms just tend to make us happy.

• Give you options. This makes me feel strangely guilty to admit, but sometimes I get bored of my potted plants. When you've been staring at the same miniature shrub for months or even years, it can lose a bit of its allure. Fresh flowers, on the other hand, die long before you can tire of them, and changing the type, color and vase is as easy as buying a new bunch.

Of course, there's no real reason to choose between the two, and I'll wager that many homes sport a mix of plants and flowers. But just for fun, where do you stand here? Plants or flowers?

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