Best Office Plants for a Cold Office

Few things make an office feel more like a home than a healthy plant giving off an enticing aroma.

Unfortunately, many plants for the office fare poorly due to cold temperatures, poor lighting, and a general lack of care – especially when left alone for weekends and holidays with no water.

Thankfully, there some plants can flourish under such circumstances, survive on less water, and brighten the office environment for all.

Here are some of the best office plants for cold office rooms that won’t require a lot of time, effort, or maintenance and still look great.

Cast Iron Plant

It has a simple name that suggests hardiness and durability, and that’s exactly what you get with the Cast Iron Plant, whose scientific name is Aspidistra elatior. The green, leafy plant tolerates poor growing conditions, including cool temperatures, poor lighting, and a general lack of water, and still looks good. It’s long, wide, flat leaves grow about a foot in length with an elegant bend near the top as the weight of each leaf causes it to bend. Noted for tough, leather-like foliage, the plant was a favorite in royal chambers and is one of the best office plants you could choose.


Dark green leaves and vibrant red flowers that bloom all year make begonias among the best plants for the office. Although known as an outdoor plant, their waxy leaves come in many varieties, and its red flowers continuously will bloom throughout the year. The plant can tolerate temperature variations but doesn’t grow well in very hot or very cold weather, which makes them ideal indoor plants for the office. Begonias grow best indoors when you place them near a window, where they can soak in even more of the sun’s nutritional rays.

Norfolk Island Pine

If you enjoy larger plants and the scent of pine, the Norfolk Island Pine is one of the best office plants that grow larger and provide a pleasant outdoor aroma while indoors. The Norfolk Island Pine is more fern-like than the pine trees you typically might envision, and it does not dry out and shed needles, like a traditional pine would. The plant should be kept near windows to get as much natural light as possible and rotated weekly to keep it from leaning toward the light. The Norfolk Island Pine will withstand cold temperatures and thrive inside your office all year.

Best Office Plants for the Fall Season

The Importance of Office Plants

One surefire way for you to avoid a tired, dreary office, which often leads to tired, dreary workers and a decrease in productivity, is to decorate your office with plants. You have a lot of responsibility already as an office manager, so you’re probably not interested in being a full time gardener, but there are some beautiful, low maintenance plants out there that would be perfectly at home in your office, even during the Fall.

The Best Office Plants for the Fall

Flowering Maple

The flowering maple blooms with muted shades of white, yellow, pink, orange and red, perfect for adding a bit of color to your office in the Fall without overdoing it. This plant is an evergreen which requires minimal light. A south facing window is best for this plant.

Ficus Elastica

The ficus elastica, also known as the rubber fig, is a wonderful plant for your office. The ficus has broad, glossy leaves with several varieties offering different colors, such as red and black. This plant does fine with minimal light and watering and is tolerant of a variety of temperatures, but any drastic changes in temperature or light levels can be detrimental. It does well with peat, bark and coarse sand for potting soil.

Gold Capella

The gold capella, as its name suggests, is a gorgeous plant with dark green and gold leaves. It’s also an easy plant to grow, and requires minimal care in the right environment. This plant prefers indirect light, preferably by a west facing curtained window. It’s very drought tolerant and disease resistant, but for optimal growth regular watering is recommended. You should never leave this plant in water, as it can quickly become over saturated.

In conclusion, these plants are all good plants for the office in the Fall, with minimal care and sunlight required, but keep in mind plants are living things and they will require some basic oversight on your part. For more information on office plants and plant care get in touch with the specialists at Plant Interscapes.


Best Office Plants that are Easy to Maintain

There are many benefits to creating a work environment that is warm and welcoming. Plants add a touch of personality to otherwise drab spaces, but it’s important to choose the right ones for your needs.

Some plants don’t do well in an office environment, so it’s best to choose plants that are tolerant of poor light and erratic watering schedules.

Here are some of the lowest-maintenance house plants that work very well in an office setting.

Best Office Plants for Easy Maintenance

Spider Plants

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The spider plant is perfectly suited for hanging baskets or sitting on high shelves.  They require little light and can happily grow in partially sunny or shady areas.  They’re an excellent option in office spaces where there aren’t many windows or much natural light.  They only need an appropriately-sized pot filled with good-quality potting soil.  They can survive with an erratic watering schedule and should do just fine under plain fluorescent lighting.  If you notice a spider plant start to look droopy or brown, it might need a dose of brighter light and a bit more water.  Otherwise, they’re one of the hardier varieties of indoor office plants.

We also discussed spider plants here.


Peace Lilies

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These shade-loving beauties are perfectly happy far from windows and natural light.  Peace lilies are exceptional natural filters and have gorgeous, softly-scented blooms.  Their easy care and hardy nature make them some of the best office plants around.  They should be planted in good-quality, loosely-packed potting soil in a pot that provides good drainage.  The soil should never be allowed to completely dry out, so a stable watering schedule is needed.  With proper care, their leaves are gorgeously green and they bloom frequently.







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Philodendrons are an excellent choice for office spaces because they’re very difficult to kill.  Hanging baskets or pots on high shelves work well for these hardy plants.  They don’t mind a little sunlight, but can thrive in artificial lighting conditions, too.  They need to be watered fairly regularly, about twice a week.  By providing them a decently-sized pot and good, loosely-packed potting soil, they’ll be happy and healthy; a truly beautiful addition to your office area.






Making the Right Choice

Choosing the right plants for the office will ensure that you have a workspace that is warm and welcoming, as well as healthier.  From better air quality to greater productivity, having some green plants in the office can make all the difference, both for your business and your employees. Read more about the benefits of office plants.

The horticulture specialists at Plant Interscapes can also help you choose the best plants for your environment. Contact us today!

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Best Office Plants that Look Great

Perhaps you’re a fan of indoor office plants in your workspace, or perhaps until now, the thought of adding plants has never really crossed your mind.

Regardless, the addition of office plants can breathe life into any space and make it feel more homey. Plus, there are proven benefits of office plants from reduced stress to improved air quality. Read more

But today, we’re just focusing on the best office plants that look awesome! The following office plants are sure to catch your eye, as well as the eye of your coworkers and customers.


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Pothos plants are lovely with their green heart shaped leaves, splotched with white spots. These popular plants have green stems that are rope-like, and can grow quite long. This potted plant will look great on your desk or a nearby shelf.


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One species of Philodendrons,which are beautiful foliage plants, happen to be climbers. This species make wonderful office plants and are ideal for adding height to any space that is small. Place this plant on a file cabinet or go with a hanging basket.

Spider Plants

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The spider plant is sure to make a statement with its spiderettes, which are spider plant babies, that hang from the main plant. Generally pretty small white flowers appear and then become spiderettes. Spider plants can be found in variegated and green varieties and are great conversation starters.

Snake Plants

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For truly unique indoor office plants, snakes plants, also sometimes referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, are a must. The attractive green leaves,which sometimes have yellow along the edges, look like swords and can grow quite tall. This plant makes a great focal point in any office.

You do not want to miss out on these and other attention grabbing plants for the office!

A professional designer from Plant Interscapes will assist you in choosing the best office plants for your business that not only look great, but include the best benefits of live plants for your space. Contact us today!

Also enjoy this free Green Living Wall Guide. Green Living Walls are another aesthetically pleasing plant design for your office.

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5 Best Office Plants for Employee Wellbeing

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Placing indoor office plants where you work can help soften the utilitarian look of your office and bring a peaceful touch of the outside world to your daily routine. But plants for the office aren’t just for looks; they can also help buffer noises, increase employee productivity and even reduce job stress.

Another health benefit of indoor office plants may surprise you — some plants can actually remove harmful chemicals from the air, improving indoor air quality.

Unhealthy Office Air

You don’t have to work in a chemical factory to be exposed to harmful chemicals. In fact, indoor air pollution may be more than 100 times worse than the air outside, according to a World Health Organization study.

In an office environment, photocopiers, printers, plastics, solvents and even carpeting contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. “Off-gassing” is the process by which these chemicals are released into the air. When you breathe this contaminated air, you may experience numerous symptoms, including headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Best Plants for the Office for Employee Wellbeing

The best plants for the office for cleaning the air in your office are called the “five super ornamentals” by the University of Georgia. Although other plants also have the ability to remove harmful chemicals from the air, research showed these five plants produced superior results with the highest rates of contaminant removal:


  1. Purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata)
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  2. English ivy (Hedera helix)
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  3. Variegated wax plant (Hoya cornosa)
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  4. Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus)
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  5. Purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida)
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Plant Maintenance Tips

  • Plant an upright plant, such as the asparagus plant, in the center of a pot with a trailing plant, such as English ivy, around the edges of the pot.
  • Combine several plants that have different colors, textures and sizes in a single pot.
  • For maximum effectiveness, place at least two 10- to 12-inch potted plants per 100 square feet of your office.
  • Don’t overwater indoor office plants, because that could cause a secondary health problem — mold.

Surround yourself by nature’s air purifier — green office plants — and breathe healthier while you’re at work. Call the professionals at Plant Interscapes with any questions you have about plants for your office.

Check out this beautiful plant design, Green Living Walls, in this free Green Living Wall guide.

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Case Study: Plant Design Meets ADA Standards

Design by Casey Shmaltz

Live plants help non-profit meet ADA standards.

Plant Interscapes works with organizations to not only add live plants and containers to look great, but meet their bottom line.

Benefits of plants in the work place

For property managers, live plants increase productivity and the well being for their tenants. Office plants not only add to the aesthetics of the environment, but lowers workplace stress. Hotel plants actually increase revenue per guest.

Plants have many great benefits for the workplace in all types of environments. In addition, plants help organizations meet building standards like in this next case.

Case Study: Avenida Guadalupe meets ADA standards

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In this case, I collaborated with the building architect to ensure the plant design matched with the interior architecture features of sharp, geometric shapes.

The orange color of the crotons highlight the interior paint colors with a pop of orange and yellow.

In the end, the design needed to be approved by the appropriate agencies to ensure meeting ADA (Americans with Disabilities) standards. The non-profit had ADA standard issues with their staircase. I put a design together that created a safety barrier for vision-impaired visitors by using our earth walls, while displaying colorful crotons that matched the interior décor.

The multiplicity of plants are endless – – functionality, beauty, and even for safety purposes!

Need help getting your building ready for inspection or just want to revitalize? Get a free plant design when you submit a photo of your space!

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Workhorses and Zebras: Office Plant Design Made Simple

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By Mike Senneff

In every area of life, we have the ordinary—the base…and then we have the extraordinary—the distinctive.

It could be in how we dress.  For men, plain trousers, complementing shirt and then pop it with a colorful tie or blazer. For women, a beautiful dress, matching top and then pop it with jewelry.

For chefs, we know it’s all about presentation. We have the courses plated, but served dish will always have that special garnish to top it off.

And in interior design, it’s often a neutral base, complementary hues, and then that 10% pop of color.

The base is the workhorse. It substantially gets the job done. In dress, culinary plating, design and all things visual, the workhorse is the background.

And then comes the zebra — that unique element that distinctly stands out. It’s that pop that gets our attention. In a field of buckskin horses, what stands out? Where would your eye be drawn?  To the zebra of course. That striped, dramatic and unique member of the horse family.

This concept applies to horticultural design as well — both interior and exterior.

We have our workhorse background plants, those that fill the space. These plants may have height and breadth, which provides an interesting texture and coverage, but they don’t provide that unique attraction.

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They don’t provide that focal point; the spot your eye is drawn over any aspect of the background.

Then comes the attraction. The extraordinarily unique and dramatic specimens or floral elements. It’s the intended focal point. It’s the zebra.

This plant or arrangement is Intentionally selected to be that spot your eye is drawn. It may be a plant with distinctive and interesting branching habits, or it could be colorful flowering plants, those that capture draw attention. It could even be a unique decorative container or combination of other dramatic elements such as rock or cut class. But its purpose is clear — I am special, look at me!

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We couldn’t design with all zebras, nor could we design with all workhorses.  It would be too homogenous and not provide the intended visual interest.

So next time you’re dressing, cooking, painting, or designing with plants, consider the base and consider the dramatic—that place of interest, the focal point.  And place a zebra or two.

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10 Ways Office Plants Are Their Own Reward

office plantsLook around any office, and chances are you’ll see a plant or two. There are lots of great reasons to keep greenery around your office, restaurant, or other business setting. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and you may even find that plants can pay for themselves in a relatively short time. Let’s look at some of the ways office plants can benefit an indoor work environment.


Here are 10 of the many benefits:

  • Oxygen. When it comes to air, plants are the opposite of mammals. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Office plants take in all that carbon dioxide and convert it back into clean oxygen—the kind our lungs crave. If you’re skeptical that a little clean air can make that much of a difference in mood and well-being, spend a little time in an oxygen bar.
  • Filtration. While your office plants are breathing out all that oxygen, they’re filtering chemicals that may be found in carpets, furniture, cleaning chemicals, paper, printer cartridges, electronics, and more. Clean air means healthier and more productive employees.
  • Wellness. Many types of headaches—including migraines—are caused or exacerbated by chemicals in the air. Few things affect concentration more than an aching head. Cutting down on headaches leads to employees that are more focused, leading to higher productivity and fewer mistakes on the job.
  • Anti-germ. Much like a large bottle of hand sanitizer, the right office plants can reduce the spread of germs around the office. This decreases illnesses, meaning fewer employees will call in sick. Even better, reducing the number of sick employees can halt the cycle of “sick building syndrome” and lead to better health for everyone.
  • Dust away. Air filtration via office plants isn’t just good for employees and clients. Keeping the air clean and breathable is also better for computers, phone systems, and heavy machinery. This means less time spent dusting and cleaning out fussy electronic components. It can even lead to replacing equipment less often, which can result in big savings for your business.
  • Medicinal aid. Ever wonder why your favorite pizzeria or sandwich shop keeps an aloe plant near the grill or oven? It’s because nothing is better on scrapes, small cuts, or mild burns than the gel inside the leaves of an aloe plant. Have the sniffles? A eucalyptus plant can help. Take some time to look into the medicinal qualities of office plants to decide which ones might benefit your employees the most.
  • Humidity. Plants do an excellent job of regulating the humidity in a given space. Keeping air sufficiently humid is essential for employees who talk all day (say, in a phone bank or call center). Office plants are just as good as an electric humidifier but are more cost effective to purchase.
  • Mood lifting. Some studies suggest that plants improve mood. Whether this is a matter of color therapy (surrounding yourself with color designed to elicit a specific emotional response), aromatherapy, or just better air quality, the link between plants and good moods is a strong one.
  • Smoke out. You probably don’t allow cigarettes in your office. But if you work next to a smoker, you know that it’s a smell that lingers. Plants like the peace lily can remove smoke residue from the area, allowing for cleaner air for everyone.
  • Lookin’ good. Well-maintained plants can improve the look of any office, lobby, waiting room, or restaurant. They give clients the impression of competence and professionalism while offering up all the above benefits. Think you don’t have room for an office plant display? Look into vertical wall gardens that offer lush greenery without taking up valuable floor and desk space.


If you’re interested in experiencing these 10 benefits and more for your office, talk to a plant care specialist. This professional can help you identify and acquire the greenery that’s best for your business.