Whether you're looking to purify the air, increase productivity, or simply add some colour, picking the right greenery is key. Tony Woods, Director at Garden Club London based at Vox Studios in Vauxhall, gives us his top tips for greening up your space.
1. Be a trend-setter
The office cactus may seem like an obvious choice. But dotting small, low-maintenance plants around your personal desk can be an easy way to inspire others to do the same. Before you know it, you may have triggered a new workplace trend in greenery.
"In our office we have tonnes of cacti because they look great and are very hard to kill. London-based shop PRICK specialises in every kind of cacti," says Tony.
Bloombox Club based at Workspace also have a range of cacti to choose from, with a range of special discounts for Workspace customers including 15% off everything in their one-off plant shop.
Cactus plants are known for their hardy nature and require little watering, but they will need to be near sunlight – yet not in direct sunlight. The Prick: Cacti and Succulents: Choosing, Styling, Caring book gives you all the tips. Prick: Cacti and Succulents: Choosing, Styling, Caring book, £15, prickldn.com
2. Make the most of London's quirky shops
"A great place for people to get plants on a day-to-day basis is Colombia Road Flower Market," says Tony. The famous flower market is just a short walk from Workspace's Pill Box and a floral paradise for green-fingered bargain hunters.
There are also unique houseplant shops sprouting up all over London. "A really beautiful shop is called Conservatory Archives on Hackney Road and it's absolutely incredible for plant lovers," says Tony. "They have plants from absolutely everywhere and it's definitely worth checking out."
Or, if you're glued to your office chair, try online store Patch Plants, formerly based at Workspace's Havelock Terrace. "They have a fantastic range of different plants," says Tony.
3. Keep coffee firmly in your mug.
"Whatever you do, don't put your coffee dregs on plant soil in the office. It will encourage fruit flies – and they take no time at all to move in! This was one of the biggest issues in our office," says Tony.
4. Try a Boston fern
"If you've got a slightly shaded office that's not too dry a Boston fern is a good pick," says Tony. These easy-to-please plants, native to the South American tropics, are ideal for any shady office. They cleanse the air of toxic air pollutants such as formaldehyde and they're pretty hardy – good news for those lacking green thumbs!
5. Don't be too cool
When plants are struggling in an office environment, it's usually because they're placed close to air conditioning units, experiencing fluctuations in temperature. "I don't think a lot of people realise how quickly plants can dry out in those conditions. A lot of plants don't like drafts," says Tony.
Either switch off air conditioning units, or place plants in warmer spots around the office – consider framing doorways or placing them high on shelving units. Plus, plants naturally cool office air, saving money and energy, so you won't be missing that draft for very long.
6. ZZ plants are a winner
"We've got the ZZ plant in our office and they work perfectly in spaces that don't get a lot of sunlight and where the air is quite dry," says Tony. "We tend to use these a lot in our commercial projects. They have a lovely, glossy leaf and are very structural."
Looking to green up your office at a cut-down price? Head to our new WorkspacePerks customer offer platform and make the most of the exclusive offers available to you as a Workspace customer, including 15% off everything in Bloombox Club’s one-off plant shop and 5% off Bloom & Wild flowers.
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