Greenery & healthcare

Research has shown that being able to look out over greenery contributes to faster recovery and results in quicker discharge times from the hospital. Aside from that, it also reduces the amount of medication needed. This type of research has resulted in environments that are much more conducive to healing. Evidence-based design is becoming a more and more popular choice. Read on to find out why healthcare facilities should incorporate greenery, and how best to do so.

Care & recovery

Being surrounded by greenery and being able to see nature outside serves as a great way for patients to take their mind off their illness, encourages positive feelings, and leaves patients feeling more energized. For adults as well as children, it reduces pain. Patients prefer having a green view at healthcare institutions. Being able to experience the seasons helps people occupy their minds, and elderly or sick people in particular much prefer being able to see the outside world through the window.

In rooms such as waiting rooms, consultation rooms, and treatment rooms, it is essential to incorporate elements that make patients and visitors feel at ease. Adding greenery to these rooms helps reduce stress levels. Research has shown that patients give less negative feedback about hospital employees when greenery is present in the environment. Vertical greenery, such as LivePanel Indoor or LivePicture, offers an ideal solution for small spaces.

Care for the elderly

Greenery is not just essential for recovering patients; it also has a major impact on elderly people at nursing homes and care facilities. A courtyard is often a great solution: it serves as a social meeting place for elderly people with reduced mobility who may struggle to go outside. On top of that, a courtyard also helps maintain a healthy indoor climate — an essential precondition, especially for residents who spend most of their time inside.


The healthcare sector is under significant pressure. Plants not only have a positive effect on patients, but they also help improve the wellbeing of employees. Having plants in the working environment results in higher employee satisfaction and lower levels of stress, so why not find out more about the benefits of greenery in the working environment?



green wall system

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green picture in the waiting room

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Advice tailored to your situation

Plants may not be suitable for every healthcare facility. If you’d like to find out more, or if you’d like some advice about the options for greenery at healthcare institutions, contact us via or fill in the form below.


Groningen, the Netherlands

Green forecourt at Martini Hospital — bicycle shelter with sedum roof

‘‘One important reason for adding greenery to the forecourt at Martini Hospital was the impact it has on the health of our patients. International research has shown that patients who are able to look out over living greenery recover faster than patients with a gray and dull view. ’’

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Stevenage, United Kingdom

Hospital’s parking garage gets a green facade

‘‘An impressive green WallPlanter has been installed on the facade of the new parking garage of Lister Hospital in Stevenage (UK). The parking garage was developed with sustainability and energy efficiency at its core and also features a silent wind turbine, as well as charging points for electric cars.”’’

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