Plants can help to breathe life, literally and aesthetically, into any room.
Not only today are they a huge home decor favourite, but, particularly for office workspaces where we find ourselves cooped in for hours each day, they can be a great mood booster for full-time workers.
And even the experts share the well-documented benefits of plants in our homes, offices, schools and public spaces.
But it’s now widely believed that indoor plants can positively impact our wellbeing and productivity, with a recent study revealing that 42% of participants said that being around plants improved their mental health.
But, as we know, plants need to be looked after. And, in working environments particularly, the general upkeep of our plants can be neglected in replace of tight deadlines, endless meetings and busy work schedules.
In turn, dying plants make a workspace look even more dreary than it did before, not to mention the negative opinions it can create when important visitors notice your withering ‘weeds’ in the corner of the room.
So, when incorporating plants into your office space, instead of choosing plants that need regular upkeep and may die quickly, it’s important to select greenery that will thrive in that type of environment.
There are a wide variety of plants out there that are perfect for office spaces and can stay looking fresher for longer, with little maintenance.
At Plant Plan, we know exactly what office plants can thrive where, so, we’ve shared our top choices with you, so you and your team can experience the magic of plants and their benefits.
Our Top 5 Choices for Office Plants:
Crassula Ovate AKA the Jade Plant
If you or your workforce aren’t green-fingered fanatics, the Jade Plant is a perfect addition to your office plants collection.
It needs little maintenance and is very easy to look after, so any watering needed will be minimal. Those days of dead plants in the forgotten corner of your office will be long gone.
With its thick, shiny leaves, it has a very striking look that will help to stand out in any modern workplace.
One of its many other benefits is its durability. Offices today have to be well lit to minimise eye strain for workers, and the Jade Plant is able to tolerate bright light.
It even thrives at normal room temperature, so it will be very happy to be placed anywhere indoors – what more could you ask for in an office plant?
Spathiphyllum AKA the Peace Lily
We could all do with a little peace at work, couldn’t we?
Well, the Peace Lily can help you to find your inner zen at your desk. With its attractive white flowers and low maintenance nature, you’ll be able to achieve a beautiful office space with minimal effort.
The soil needs very little watering, and only requires being out of bright light to add some beauty to your otherwise dull office interior.
The Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ – AKA ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’ or ‘Snake Plant’
With Sick Building Syndrome causing many employees to struggle with symptoms such as headaches, dry, sore eyes and other debilitating ailments, the importance of purifying the air in an office is vital.
The Snake Plant is one of the most effective toxin-removing plants on the planet, according to NASA. It is supposedly successful in removing 107 different air pollutants – which is just one of the reasons why this is a favourite of ours.
This means that if you were to place just two Snake Plants in a 100 sqft room, they would be able to clean any air pollution that exists in the space.
What’s more, the plant is easy to grow, hardy and has a long lifespan.
Dracaena Janet Craig
For offices with insufficient lighting or in an enclosed space, the Dracaena Janet Craig should be your go-to office plant.
One thing this plant does is make a big impact. Its large leaves stand proud in any space and can improve the level of greenery in a space immensely.
Like the Snake Plant, the Dracaena Janet Craig is also effective in air purification, so is a great addition to a busy office space.
One of our personal favourite office plants, the Aglaonema Maria is a type of plant we use in office installations to create a real impact.
What makes them perfect for office spaces is that they are tough and can withstand lower light levels than other species.
With its recognisable patterned leaves, this works with a variety of different office interiors and can bring style and sophistication to space, without the upkeep.
So, will you be adding desk plants in 2021 as we make a return to the workplace?
To find out more about the power of Plantscaping, check out the Plant Plan website.