Whether making a bold statement or simply enhancing your surroundings with some natural colour, plants have the ability to transform your work space. The modern office environments in which many of us work in the 21st century can be augmented by careful and well planned planting and give employees the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world that is proven to improve wellbeing at work.
7 Plants Suited To The Office
From the thousands of choices available, selecting the most appropriate variety for the kinds of atmosphere and ambience found at work is vital to prevent the premature demise of the plant and is not always as easy as it may initially seem. Poorly maintained, drooping or dying foliage is worse than no planting at all! In order to gain the maximum advantage from your interior planting, we have selected some of the best plant species suitable for a range of locations at work with some tips for their healthy upkeep, should you choose to maintain them in-house!
All these species can be seen in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Dracaena Marginata (branching) – Dragon Tree
A hugely popular choice for offices and reception areas, the Dragon tree should never be over-watered so as long as you maintain a warm temperature away from direct sunlight, it can grow happily to more than 3 metres tall over time and create a fabulous interior feature. The Marginata can be pruned in order to keep it looking balanced as it grows.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ – Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s tongue
As an evergreen with pointed, robust leaves, the Snake Plant makes a visually striking addition to any part of the workplace. It can survive happily in low light areas and requires minimal watering. Combine the dense leaves (in China they are called Tigers Tail) with a solid planter to create a statement in canteens, receptions and break out areas of your building or simply place in dead spaces such as corridors for an attractive supplement.
Dracaena Reflexa ‘Song of India’
With its beautifully evocative name you would expect the association with a striking plant. The Song of India Tree produces lush, abundant green and yellow leaves that grow up to 30cm in length. It favours humid conditions and so is unsuitable for excessively air conditioned spaces. The Song of India has been noted in NASA studies for its ability to remove toxins from the air so can make a difference to offices where poor air quality causes issues for employees.
Croton ‘Mrs Iceton’
Notable for its array of green, red and yellow foliage, the Croton is a colourful and eye-catching office plant that reaches heights of around a metre. It will thrive in sunny window spots or only partially shaded areas, so if your workplace has plenty of access to natural light this would be a perfect addition. Owing to its love of light and warmer temperatures, Croton will require regular watering with good drainage along with a light spray of its foliage in the hotter months.
Also known as a Gold Dust Plant owing to the attractive flecks of colour across its leaves, Surculosa is a resilient specimen that can cope with drier indoor conditions making it ideal for the office. Best positioned in light places but not in direct sunlight, the plant will require warmth away from drafts but, although we would advise against neglect, it is very low maintenance during months when its growth is less active.
Ficus Ginseng/Microcarpa – ‘Ficus Bonsai’
A fascinating architectural plant that, depending on size, can be utilised in a number of locations from break out areas to cabinet tops or as talking points in sunny receptions. The ficus bonsai, a member of the mulberry family, should be pruned to encourage the retention of shape. It requires a non-shaded place to really thrive and as with all plants, over-watering should be avoided. If you heard that bonsai varieties can only be kept successfully by experts, you needn’t worry; the Ficus Bonsai is among the easiest to maintain.
Aglaonema ‘Pattaya Beauty’
Another far eastern evergreen that can survive in low light environments, Aglaonema is a highly popular indoor plant that lends itself well to the workplace owing to the fact that it enjoys indirect sunlight and warm, airy spaces. Those without a window view can easily maintain one of these in their immediate surroundings. Keep its glossy leaves free from dust and simply water when the top few centimetres of soil have dried out, and you will have an appealing, low maintenance companion.
How we can help you make the right choices
With more than 30 years experience in creating distinctive and stunning interior planting displays for business across London and the home counties, Aureo offers a consultative and bespoke service to its clients. Our popular rental plans come with a comprehensive maintenance service so that you never have to worry about your plants losing their appeal; any that begin to fail will be replaced free of charge.
To bring your work place to life with natural colour, improved air quality and the proven sense of wellbeing that is associated with corporate planting, contact us today. We will be happy to provide you with a competitive proposal tailored to your needs.