The climate of the UAE is very hot and humid. In summer, the average temperature reaches above 50 degrees Celsius. The rise in temperature makes the atmosphere quite suffocating and people have no other option than to remain shut in the air-conditioned buildings.
You may not control the rising temperature outside but you can try ways to keep the indoors cool. Plants are natural ways to enhance air quality and keep our homes cooler. They lose water during transpiration that cools the air around and leaves it fresh and purified. You can keep plants in your bedroom, hang in the balcony or decorate at the entrance of the home to keep the atmosphere cool and calm.
Here is a list of some of the best indoor and outdoor plants that will help you beat the summer heat in UAE.
One of the most common household plants, the Money plant is a tropical vining plant native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. It is an air-purifying plant that energizes the home by filtering air and increasing the inflow of oxygen. It can be potted in a small pot or even a glass bottle. If you are growing the money plant outside, make sure to plant it under a covered area.
The Areca Palm, also known as golden cane palm and butterfly palm is the most popularly grown indoor plants. Every year these plants can grow about 6 to 10 inches until they reach the height of 6 or 7 feet. With enough light and warm temperature, the Areca palm will thrive well wherever you keep it.
The Peace Lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant, native to tropical regions of the Americas & southeastern Asia. It makes an excellent houseplant for the home or office that can grow up to 16 inches tall indoor and up to 6 feet tall outdoors. Excellent at cleaning the air, Peace Lily can also be grown outdoors in warm, humid climates.
The Snake plant is popularly known as mother-in-law’s tongue and viper’s bowstring hemp as it is one of the sources of plant fibers used to make bowstrings. It is an evergreen perennial plant, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria East to the Congo. Recommended by NASA as one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality, the strikingly beautiful Snake plant is low-maintenance that makes it an excellent choice for homes and offices.
Succulents are a group of plants with thick and fleshy leaves. They store water in their stems and leaves and thrive well in dry climates that make them perfect to grow in the UAE. They are able to thrive on limited water resources and can tolerate prolonged drought, sometimes for months.
The tropical hibiscus is an evergreen perennial that features large trumpet-shaped flowers. It thrives in warm and hot temperatures that won’t survive under 10 degree Celsius. It is a summer-blooming plant that grows well in pots or in the landscapes. This plant is absolutely perfect to add colors and accentuate the look of decks, balconies, terraces, and gardens.
A common garden plant native to South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina. It blooms white flowers surrounded by bright tracts of pink, purple, red, magenta, orange or yellow. This vine-like plant can grow up to 12 meters, which can cover garden walls and fences while adding a splash of color.
Growing these plants will enhance the beauty of your home and garden and help regulate the temperature in the hot environment of the UAE.
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