Office workers like them big, bold and fleshy

30/03/2011

Ambius reveals the top plants for offices

With Spring around the corner, Ambius, the workplace enrichment company has revealed its top plants for workplaces based on both feedback from its customers and the suitability of plants for different office environments. With almost 20% of the UK workforce spending over 45 hours a week at work*, the list has been produced as part of Ambius’ focus on supporting employee wellbeing and engagement through the use interior planting, artwork and scenting.

Kenneth Freeman, International Technical Director for Ambius said: “We know that plants have proven benefits in reducing stress and anxiety as well as alleviating sick building syndrome and we are seeing more and more businesses keen to reap the benefits of interior planting to help boost staff wellbeing and increase productivity. It’s not uncommon for workers to spend more than 12 hours at their desk – the humble office plant could be their only opportunity to connect with nature.”

Big and Bold

Plants that make a bold statement and are particularly liked by office staff:

  • Monstera deliciosa (Cheese plant)
  • Dracaena fragrans and Dracaena 'Janet Craig'
  • Phiodendron scandens and Epipremnum aureum - colourful vining plants that are usually trained around a pole but will sometimes be unwound and trailed around desks and filing cabinets
  • Philodendron 'Red Emerald' or Anthurium 'Jungle King' – both big leafy, fleshy plants
  • Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) - an ageless classic that is great in almost any type of design environment from retro to ultra-modern.

Brightening dim areas

Plants for dimly-lit areas, such as board rooms, dark corners or places with subtle "mood" lighting:

  • Aspidistra elatior - old Victorian favourite, sometimes called the Cast Iron plant for its robustness.
  • Chamaedorea metallica. A small, bushy palm with metallic-looking foliage will tolerate near darkness.
  • Rhapis excelsior - the Lady Palm. Expensive but elegant and pretty robust in low-light areas.

Improving air quality

For plants to contribute a little more to indoor air quality:

  • Spathiphyllum species and hybrids are good.
  • Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (Butterfly palm) is also implicated in good air quality experiments.
  • Some ferns are good too, such as the Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

To fill a tight spot

For areas where space is a premium, tall thin plants are good - most Dracaenas would fit the bill here.
 

Press Coverage:
This article also appeared in:

  • 24 Hour Newsdesk Online, 20th March 2011 : Employee Wellbeing – Ambius Reveal Ways To Reduce Stress & Anxiety.
  • Horticulture Week online, 21st March 2011: Ambius reveals top office plants.
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