April showers may bring May flowers, but studies show that fragrant blossoms do more than freckle the landscape with vibrant charm. They can actually benefit your emotional and mental health. Take advantage of this month’s bloom with these tips for sprouting wellness:
- Arrange bouquets based on the mood you hope to inspire. Certain splashes of color help stimulate specific vibes. Bright hues like reds, oranges, and yellows deliver a vivid pop that energizes and rejuvenates, while cooler tones such as violets and soft blues promote calmness and serenity.
- If you want a floral ambiance that lasts longer than cut stems, try plants that flower like the peace lily, African violet, geraniums, or bromeliads; some can survive low–light conditions and still produce beautiful blooms. You can also try window boxes as miniature flower gardens that grow in partial shade.
- If you have a sensitive nose, avoid flowers with strong fragrances, especially in enclosed spaces. Orchids and daisies are known for their more understated scents, while lilies, roses, and narcissus are generally potent.