Indoor Plants to Purify Your Home
As winter closes in, our love for gardening moves indoors. While our indoor tropical plants do not necessarily
produce blooms or food for us, they do provide a valuable service in terms of improving our indoor air quality.
When doors and windows close winter, how can we combat stuffy indoor air?
A study conducted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America found that many indoor plants are vital in cleaning the air in our homes. The NASA Clean Air Study was conducted in an effort to clean the air in space stations and concluded that not only do plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but that selected plants are effective in removing toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde from our air. These toxins are present in the off gassing of paints and glues in building materials and fire retardants in carpets and indoor furnishings.
Some of the most effective air filtering plants include:
• English Ivy
• Spider Plant
• Peace Lily
• Chinese Evergreen
• Bamboo Plant
• Heartleaf Philodendron
• Weeping Fig
• Elephant Ear Philodendron
The study not only itemizes individual plant effectiveness in the removal of toxins, it also indicates which plants are toxic to our pets.
To learn more about the study and view a comprehensive list of air filtering plants visit the following websites:
Planting for Vivid Autumn Colour
Temperatures are dropping and blooms fading, but don't despair. There is much to plant for a striking autumn colour display. Dogwood Nursery carries perennials, shrubs and trees that boast brilliant yellows such as Prairie Spire Ash, Golden Globe Cedar and Gingko Biloba;
fiery oranges including Pacific Brilliance Pin Oak, Tiger Eye Sumac, a variety of Maples and Chinese lanterns.
Hot reds that can be found in Autumn Blaze Maple, Burning Bush; as well as selected Blueberry and Barberry.
Dogwood also carries plant varieties that have unusual, variegated colour such as Porcelain Vine, Hydrangeas, Smoke Bush and Staghorn Sumac. These and many, many more seasonal showstoppers are awaiting you at Dogwood Nursery.
Cool Weather Planting
It's also time to plant your seed garlic and other bulbs.
Stop by and check out our selection while selections last.
Seed Sowing for Spring
Looking for seeds appropriate for fall planting? Gardeners can get ahead on their spring planting with these selected varieties from Pacific Northwest Seeds. Alyssum, Calendula, Columbine, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Delphinium, Larkspur, Lobellia, Nasturtium, Nigella, Sweet Pea, Sweet William are among those varieties that can be planted before autumn frost; or can be sown indoors 4 - 10 weeks before last expected spring frost*
Pacific Northwest Seeds are available in our retail department at Dogwood Nursery.
*sowing time depends on specific variety. Check your seed package for specific instructions.