There is a wonderful trend out there in the designing and architectural world that is gaining more and more attention. We all know that including houseplants here and there in a homes and buildings is quiet common. But there has been a rise in even more plant inclusion in exteriors and interiors. An association by the name of Green Roof’s for Healthy Cities includes architects, landscape architects, engineers, and horticulturists are trying to get the word out as to why and how plants improve our living environment. Plants have many benefits to bring to the table. First they are aesthetically pleasing, can be planted in an artful way, have a soothing quality on our nervous systems, purify the air, absorb toxins, produce oxygen, and aide in sound and heat absorption. According to the website, pollutants such as formaldehyde, VOC’s, Trichloroethylene-coming from ink, dry cleaning, and paints, carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, and xylene are in homes eminating from man-made materials. The plants are an additional combatant towards minimizing these toxins in the home by absorbing some of the pollutants. follows up by listing which plants are good for absorbing categories of pollutants. The website states that Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.), Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’, and English ivy (Hedera helix) is good for absorbing Formaldahydes. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), Janet Craig Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’'), and Ficus sp. is good for absorbing carbon monoxide. Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures,), Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), and Philodendron sp. is good for absorbing VOC’s. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’), Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium) Dracaena good for absorbing Trichloroethylene. And finally, they state that Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata), Orchid sp. (Phalenopsis sp.), Dieffenbachia sp. is good for absorbing Benzene, Tohuene, and Xylene. Many beautiful pictures can be found online with pictures of plants and lighting being used in imaginative ways, most notably vertical planting using modular trellis panels and cable and wire-rope net systems. For more information and pictures visit and