With the latest lockdown restrictions now in place, people will be working from home for the foreseeable future. One of the benefits of working from home is the ability to design your own home office space and a great way to create an environment that is healthy and productive is with houseplants.
Research shows that plants improve air quality, removing toxins and other elements found in furnishings, paints, detergents and cosmetics around the home. They also greatly benefit health by reducing blood pressure and breathing problems and mood, and increase attention span and improve productivity.
What’s more, they are easy to look after and need little maintenance! During Houseplant Week, here are our top houseplants to decorate your workspace.
Also known as a Chinese Evergreen, this plant stuns with its deep green variegated leaves, with eye catching streaks of silver or red.
This succulent plant purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene – two chemicals commonly found in household cleaning products. It also boasts healing properties too with its gel enriched with anti-bacterial aids.
The vivid colours of a bromeliad are sure to brighten up your workspace. Once they bloom, aside from the odd watering, they require very little care.
A popular houseplant with beginners is the trusty cactus. Usually found in dry, harsh deserts, cacti are probably one of the only plants that thrives on neglect and is impossible to kill.
Commonly known as the Dragon Tree, this plant is s a great choice for eliminating pollutants. Extremely tough and hardy, they brighten up dark corners or desktops with their variegated leaves and are perfect for a beginner gardener because they're very easy to grow indoors.
The Boston Fern helps to restore moisture to the air naturally, offering relief to those who suffer from dry skin or irritably dry noses or throats.
The Swiss Cheese Plant that is big in foliage, big in interior design and big on social media. A beautifully sculptural plant that is perfect to bring the tropical trend into your home.
Peace lilies are renowned for cleaning and purifying the air, helping to remove toxins and create a refreshing environment to work in. The white bracts also make it a popular choice with its beauty and calming qualities.
More commonly known as the Chinese money plant or pancake plant, due to its rounded, paddle-shaped leaves. They grow well in dry conditions, can adapt to low light areas, and are fast-growing, making them low-maintenance and great for novice green fingers.
Wickedly known as Mother in law’s tongue, this sharp looking plant is both slow-growing and architecturally stunning and is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality, according to a NASA study.