Top 10 Indoor Plants for a Healthier Office
We all want healthier spaces to hang out in, right? As an Interior Landscape Company, we have the inside scoop on the Top 10 Plants to put in your office for some MEGA benefits! Check it out...
1. Snake Plant
The Snake Plant is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It does not require a lot of light and its watering schedule is very simple. It comes in many cool colors and patterns, adding interest in narrower spaces. Its upright foliage makes it a perfect choice for a small, cramped space or office.
The Pothos is one of the most familiar plants out there. It comes in many different shades and colors. It's pretty simple to care for and doesn't require a ton a maintenance. It can be left alone to become a trailing plant from a hanging planter or shelf, or it can be easily trimmed to keep its neat and tidy look. The Pothos is a great plant to have around the office to enhance the more rigid structures of other plants.
The Philodendron is often confused with the Pothos, as they do look similar and have similar trailing habits. But, they are very clearly different in leaf shape and texture. There are many, many types of philodendrons that look lovely in an office space - large leafed, small leafed, various colors, etc. The Philodendron is great at filling in spaces between other plants. It's a wonderful under planting or a great plant for a living plant wall. When you trim the Philodendron, it is always happy to grow right back, making it an ideal candidate for an office space.
4. Dracaena Cane
There are like a gazillion different types of Dracaenas. A Dracaena Cane, one with long tubular trunks as seen in the picture, are great for an office space. Many of these do not require a high amount of light. In fact, your regular fluorescent office lights should be just enough for many varieties. That, along with the fact that these have height, but still remain slim, make them a top choice when decorating the office.
5. ZZ Plant
The ZZ Plant is a lovely plant that prefers you basically leave it alone. It doesn't like to be messed with very often and definitely doesn't like to be over watered. Able to survive in a variety of light densities, the ZZ plant is great to bring into an office for its dark green shiny leaves and smooth sleek texture. Its unruly stems make it a great planting companion for a more manicured plant like the contrasting color and shape of the Neon Pothos. ZZ Plants bring a more contemporary and clean feel to the office space, especially when planted in groups.
The Aglaonema, sometimes referred to as the "Chinese Evergreen," is an incredibly beautiful and versatile plant. There are so many different varieties of this type of plant, which gives you many different, colors, leaf shapes, and sizes to choose from for your design. Although they are typically pretty hearty, these plants usually benefit from some indirect sunlight to bring out their best color and health. They can grow in darker conditions, however, the growth will be very slow. Their beauty is wonderful just about anywhere in the office and they look great in a hanging pot from the ceiling as well.
7. Peace Lily
Often recognized by its single "petaled" white flower (it's actually just a leaf bract and not a flower at all) sticking up from the foliage, the Peace Lily can be found in grocery stores and supermarkets just about everywhere. Although many feel the Peace Lily is challenging to care for, that simply is not the case. It does like water (not too much), and will droop if it is dry, but almost always can be saved by a good watering or sub-irrigation. Not only that, Peace Lilies can grow in a variety of light, although they would prefer some medium light to get those beautiful white leaf bracts to appear. The Peace Lily also comes in varieties where the leaves are massive, and they are some of the most stunning plants you will see.
The Marginata, also known as the "Dragon Tree," is a type of Dracaena. Although it can be a bit more challenging to care for - definitely no over watering of this plant- they bring an amazing tropical interest and feel to a space. The Marginata comes in many colors as well and even many different shapes. The leaves are always delicate, long, and slender, creating a bit of a softness that can be needed in a design. This plant prefers some bright indirect light to thrive, but in some circumstances it can be placed elsewhere. Regardless, the Marginata is a beautiful plant in any space.
If you want a POP of color in your space, then the Bromeliad is perfect. There are quite a few types of "Bromos," and the colors can be very vibrant. Used as a stand-a-lone piece, or within an arrangement, these low maintenance plants are fun to have around.
10. Bird of Paradise
If you want to feel like you're on vacation while at the office, then incorporating a Bird of Paradise plant is a "must do." The large vibrant green leaves make you feel like you're in a tropical paradise even at the office. This plant loves its sunlight. It does best near a window and can tolerate direct sun. Placing these in conference rooms with large corners, or between working pods is a great use of their wide reach.
There are tons of plants that can be used indoors to help create the space you've always dreamed of. This list is just the beginning. If you're left wondering... Well, how does this make my office healthier? CLICK HERE to read all about the Benefits of Having Plants in Your Office.
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