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  What is a specimen plant?

A specimen is an ornamental plant that serves as a focal point in a garden, lawn, or indoor landscape. Specimens are most often isolated in an open space rather than being grouped in a bed. Sculptural elements, woody trunks, age, size, and unusual bends are some of the many characteristics that a specimen plant may have.

When specifying plants for a space a Planterra designer will personally select the specimen that will make the desired impact. Planterra buyers regularly travel and maintain relationships with unique growers from around the world. Architects, interior designers, and property management professionals rely on Planterra to find specimen plants that provide a sculptural element for the room. These exceptional plants are often called "living art."


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Indoor Plants Clean the Air
Health Benefits of Gardens in Hospitals
Plants Create a Consumer Habitat

  Case Studies:
Budco World Headquarters,
Robert Bosch Corporation


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Midwest Landscape Architecture Schools
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