Plants have many different uses. They provide shade and shelter. They grow fruit and things for humans and animals to eat. They purify the air and are an important part of the ecosystem. They provide habitat for insects and animals. They provide wood, building materials and sources of income for humans.
Decorative plants come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Over the ages, decorative plants have made their way into our homes, on our porches, in our gardens, in our restaurants, in our places of worship, and in our businesses. People use decorative plant stands or simply place the decorative plant directly into the ground.
Some gardeners prefer to use decorative plant stands instead of directly planting into the ground to avoid unnecessary weeding and the problems that come from introducing the plant, which may not be native to the area, into the surrounding garden. Having a decorative plant container, several of which can be grouped together, allows the designer the freedom to move the decorative plant around for variation or if the plant needs more or less sunlight.
Decorative plants are an easy way to spruce up an otherwise bland interior environment. They bring a little bit of the outdoors inside, and whether or not the plant is artificial or real, they add texture, greenery, warmth and a landscape to the room. Many decorative plant stands, planters or containers have the added bonus of being décor for the room, as well as the decorative plant itself.
Decorative plants can become a conversation starter, an entry point for any room or showcase. They are invaluable tools and can frame photographs with their beauty and punctuation. As the world becomes smaller, decorative plants become easier, faster and less expensive to acquire. On any budget for anyone, decorative plants are a creative outlet, affordable, for anyone’s taste to suit what he or she is looking for.
However, “invasive” decorative plants that are planted into the ground can become a problem over time. The federal government spent $631 million dealing with invasive plants and animals in 2000, a U.S. General Accounting Office report said. The state of Florida spent $54 million in 1999 working to control nonnative plants, the GAO report said.
The California Invasive Plant Council estimates 3 percent of the plant species growing in the wild are invasive. The council maintains an invasive plant inventory list on its Web site.