For many of us there is nothing more depressing than being couped up in an office all day – especially when your desk doesn’t have a window view. Whilst physical activity or a flexible work schedule can definitely boost those morning blues and workplace productivity, office workers are now turning to something a little simpler and prettier.
Studies have shown that flowers are a mood-boosting solution in the workplace and create a stress-free environment. Starting with a person’s wake-up, participants in the study felt much happier and lively after looking at flowers in their office first thing in the morning. But it doesn’t stop there; these colourful additions have been proven to have other positive effects included reduced anxiety, negativity and air pollutants, improved memory and increased creativity– a few essentials to a healthy office environment.
Flora in the workplace creates a more attractive and comfortable area and some of the best for the office require very little maintenance. Depending on your office and specific needs there are many choices – we look into a few of the best.
Easily distinguished by their crisp white flowers and glossy leaves, Peace Lilies are perfect for the office because they thrive on indirect exposure to sunlight. This plant is renowned for cleaning the air from toxins and in Chinese culture it acts as a symbol for good luck and harmony. Peace Lilies yield flowers that bloom for a long period of time and work beautifully as a focal point in a dull space. Because they require very little maintenance, they are an easy-care solution for office workers.
2. Rieger Begonias
Rieger Begonias are an easy-to-grow plant with clusters of blossoms ranging in colours from oranges, reds and yellows – ideal for brightening your office in the winter months. They work best as a tabletop plant in medium to bright light making them ideal for the workplace. Rieger Begonias are winter-blooming plants but still treat you with flowers almost all year round when exposed to short daylight hours. Typically, they are disposed of once the season is up but you can keep it growing throughout the year to enjoy its flowers next winter turnaround.
If you’re a lover of pineapples, then the Guzmania is for you (just not to eat!) As a member of the pineapple family, these glossy green plants bud super attractive, tropical-looking flowers. Bloom colours can range from deep reds, to vibrant yellow and purples, and stay pretty for up to six months. For the office space, Guzmanias are definitely a conversation starter with their exotic appeal. If you’re constantly daydreaming of venturing off to a paradise island, then these flowers can make your working day a little more exciting.
Naturally, Orchids are grown outdoors in tropical climates but have easily adapted to indoor living. They are one of the most captivating plants, with animated flowers that give off a sweet-smelling scent and exotic presence. If you’re considering one for your office, its important artificial light is only provided for as long as the natural day length. If you extend its exposure to artificial light beyond these hours, blooming can be prevented. To care for your Orchid, daily misting is helpful as these flowers need constant moisture to stay healthy.
Moth Orchids are the ‘lucky version’ of your regular Orchids. The name stems from its moth-shaped flowers and in Asian cultures they are ideal for good fortune and occupy as a standard décor for many Chinese businesses. Ideally, Moth Orchids work best with low light so keep them away from window sills and place on your office desk instead. They are one of the longest blooming Orchids with flowers that grow in a huge range of colours so they are bound to keep you happy in the office for longer.
Labelled as the environmentally friendly flower, Sunflowers are the proud species of plant life. They ooze happiness with their bright yellow blooms and offer a dull office space a sense of elegance and calmness. Whilst they are ideal in the sunniest of environments, they can be indoors but a sunny room is best. Sunflowers that are used in an office space won’t grow as much or last as long as Sunflowers exposed to constant sunlight.