In the modern workplace, it is necessary for people to adapt to a wide variety of environments – from booths with little natural light, to huge open plan spaces where the opportunity to find a quiet place to concentrate is much more challenging. Intelligent plant selection is required to complement the environment in which they are placed.

Office Plants
Office plant selection

Interior planting has long been associated with productivity and well-being and effective senior managers have recognised the importance of creating an environment that promotes health and creativity in their staff. People often adorn their surroundings with plants but the correct species for the environment will make a far greater impact than one in which it is wholly unsuited.

The only thing worse than a space without plants is one in which the plants are dried out, dead or dying!

Equally as important as selecting the right species is expert plant care. Surprisingly few people know how to care for a plant properly and it is useful to know how to ensure many happy hours with your plants, particularly as their appearance reflects your business.

The variations in ratio of natural to artificial light, the types of electric lighting employed in the premises and number of hours of direct sunlight available to plants mean that it can be tricky to select the correct species. Plants with dark leaves commonly need less light so choose these for darker areas while flowering plants need the much more so will fare better next to a window. The Anthurium is ideal for lower light areas that will benefit from its vibrant colours.

Watering plants excessively is the most common way that plants are destroyed; they should be watered thoroughly after potting and then the soil should be allowed to become fairly dry before watering again. If your office is one that leaves lights on at night for shift workers or security purposes then plants may actually need a little extra water and occasional supplementary nutrition.

Central heating is a contributory factor to the demise of a healthy plant; spray leaves with a fine mist dispenser if it is hot to increase humidity. For a plant to flourish it is a general rule that the interior temperature should not be too extreme and rather cooler than hotter. In the situation where a plant, having flowered, is now shedding the dying blooms remove them from the plant and surrounding pot along with any yellowing leaves to ensure strong growth the next time around.

Improved air quality is very important in the workplace and intelligent use of flora can completely transform a workplace – choose a plant possessing a leaf with a large surface area. Alternatively select a plant with a small leaf but one that is abundant as the overall surface area is the important factor, like the fig.

At Aureo we create outstanding environments that are enhanced by our expertise in landscaped planting solutions. Our resilient Ecoroot™ planting has been specially created to ensure your office landscaping flourishes all year round.

Talk to us to discover more about plant selection for your workspace.

What people are saying about Aureo

Thank you for all the work you and your team do, ensuring our plants are cared for and providing suitable replacements when required.
The installation was really smooth, and we are pleased with the new machine. Thanks for your time with this.  I will make sure we are in touch when the review of coffee machines happens.
I have been dealing with Aureo for many years, always found them to be competitively priced and easy to deal with, the customer service is always excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team.
Thank you for the biscuits, what a suprise. Its always a pleasure doing business with Aureo.
The feedback is very positive; the staff appreciate the new options available and the pleasant new machines.
I just wanted to thank you for your hard work and support over the last couple of weeks during my absence in arranging for the installation of our new vending machines.
All has gone smoothly. Thank you for making our machine switch over so easy.
The coffee machines are operating very well and are a joy to clean as the process is so much easier than the previous models
Just a quick thank you for our new machine, it is proving to be quite the success! Thank you to you and Gary for your help and efficient service
The service we have received so far has been second to none and the quality of the drinks and the machine itself is of a really high quality. I’m just sorry it took us so long to get around to making a change with the hot drinks we provide to staff!
We have had the coffee machine installed now for less than a week on a trial basis.  I don’t think there’s any way our staff will let us hand this back now!
What a transformation!  Real plants in our new offices have been very enthusiastically received by all our staff and visitors and have created a positive improvement to the overall atmosphere.  Thank you Aureo!
Our bottled water has been supplied by Aureo for several years now. Their staff are friendly, they provide an efficient service and fast delivery. On many occasions, we have received our delivery within hours of ordering.
The plant displays and your service levels are a distinct improvement to our old provider – my only regret is that we didn’t switch earlier.
Having used Aureo’s services for some time, I have found them to be professional, prompt and always reasonably priced. Their service is very good and the new Flavia Coffee machine we have installed is a big hit with our customers.
I’m so sorry, I have just realised that I didn’t say a huge thank you for the wonderful plants that you arranged so quickly for us. Everyone was really impressed, they do look great. Thank you!
Aureo provide an excellent service. They always deliver our order next day without exception. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They have a wide selection of products to choose from which we can offer our clients. Thank you.
I just wanted to say thank you for our plants – they arrived this morning and look really good. I have already had comments from staff and also our building manager who may be contacting you regarding changing her supplier!
We have been using Aureo to provide hot water for our staff refreshments for the past two years; we have found this method an excellent alternative to boiling kettles which tend to be uneconomic and time wasting.
I have just arrived back in the office to see our new plants, they look very nice :) very pleased!! Thank you
Just wanted to say over the past four years, the service we have received from Aureo has been second to none.  We would thoroughly recommend Aureo as a company with first class customer service. Many thanks