Brighten up your
workplace and reduce stress levels: buy a plant!
of a plant into a working environment is a simple way
of bringing about a major transformation. Depending
on your choice, the plant could enhance the office’s
decorative style, reduce the levels of pollution in
the air, soften an imposing atmosphere, and create a
natural screen to increase privacy. And that’s
not all. The little regular tasks involved in looking
after plants – removing fading foliage or flowers,
watering and occasional feeding – can reduce your
stress levels. If any of these points sound attractive,
just consider what it is that you principally want from
We’ve put together
a list of plants that are all low-maintenance, requiring
only regular watering and a light feed every now and
· Madagascar dragon tree – this exotic slow-grower
is justifiably popular, its glossy, red-edged spikes
shooting out from slender trunks.
· Mother-in-law’s tongue – an eye-catching
succulent with an old-fashioned name, this is easy to
look after, and – in time – will stretch
up to a height of around 1.2m.
· Umbrella tree – gold-variegated leaflets curve
down gracefully around the leaf stalk of this shrub,
which grows slowly and surely to a grand height of about
Big and bushy:
· Weeping fig – over time, this graceful plant
grows into a splendid specimen, expanding in height
and width. Choose a variegated form for extra colour.
· Spider plant – one of the easiest houseplants,
it nevertheless repays any additional care you might
lavish on it. Its stripy leaves arch into a mop of colour.
Produces tiny white flowers in the summer.
· Sweetheart plant – sweetheart by name, sweetheart
by nature. This is a fast grower that’ll leap
up a frame, or dangle over a ledge. Its heart-shaped
leaves catch the light, cheering up a dark spot.
· Rubber plant – the classic houseplant, this
variety makes a strong decorative statement and –
big plus – is amazingly effective at removing
· Spider plant – see above
· Weeping fig – see above
· Umbrella tree – see above
reprinted with premission from Greenfingers.com