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The Benefits of Interior Landscaping

(Updated May 18, 2023)

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What is Interior Landscaping?

Interior landscaping is the planning and installation of plants, water features, rocks and other natural elements to create an attractive, relaxing indoor atmosphere. Designers balance elements like color, texture, shape, and light to create ornamental installations that complement a building’s layout.

Function of Interior Landscapes

First and foremost, interior landscapes contribute to the overall aesthetics of a building. Such landscapes work to create natural, pleasant spaces using greenery, color, and light in a man-made environment. The Biophilia hypothesis, or humanity’s attraction to nature, plays a substantial role in our desire to bring greenery indoors.

Indoor landscapes contribute a variety of health benefits! Green spaces have been proven to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase productivity in the workplace. Most employees spend 90% of their workday indoors, and the air inside buildings can be heavily polluted with mold, chemicals, and carbon dioxide. Interior landscaping improves indoor air quality by releasing oxygen and filtering out harmful pollutants.

Incorporating plants shows support for green initiatives and represents a commitment to green building practices. The shift toward environmentally-friendly structures built from sustainable materials has been gaining momentum in recent years. Interior landscaping helps reduce noise levels in open spaces and maintain temperature levels, which reduces energy costs.

Types of Interior Landscaping

You’ll see interior landscaping in a variety of commercial applications, from restaurants, schools, businesses, and offices to hospitals, lobbies, and atriums.

There are lots of ways to integrate plants into your home as well, such as living walls for herbs, small fountains or potted plants in living areas, entryways, on sun porches, and in bathrooms.

Interior landscaping is broken down into a few different installation types:

Green Gardens/Horticulture

Interior garden in a residential kitchen

These interior gardens can be made up of trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs or vegetables. They often incorporate a variety of elements, including water features, stonework, seating, and fireplaces. It’s important to consider a variety of factors when planning an interior garden, such as humidity, available light, and temperature of the enclosed space.

Living Walls/Vertical Gardens

Vertical garden in a living room

These green installations are planted upright for aesthetic, environmental, or space saving purposes. Living walls started as part of the “green movement” but have solidified their place in modern landscaping, and can contribute to a building’s LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design) criteria. They often incorporate hydroponics, drip irrigation, climbing plants, and are popular for kitchen herb or vegetable gardens. Vertical gardens are functional, highly customizable and can be tailored to the building's needs or your personal preferences.


Water feature inside a home

Water features are popular for both homes and businesses. These features can be incorporated into other interior landscaping elements, or stand alone as an attractive addition to any building. Water features can include pools, fountains, waterfalls, man-made streams, and fish ponds.

Contact The Grounds Guys for Interior Landscaping

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