Of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015, over 80% were millennials, some of whom are choosing a menagerie of plant pets over more traditional four-legged companions. The motivations—and the benefits—are startling similar. Seeing something grow from just a wee thing and thrive under your care connects you to your space, the planet and to a wider community of like-minded people. (#plantsofinstagram anyone?)

From relieving stress and aiding digestion to lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety, having plants in your life, however you manage to do it, can be rewarding on so many levels. Gardening has been shown to boost productivity and creative thinking as well as act as a natural anti-depressant.

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