Working from home can make it difficult to separate your professional life from your personal one. Remote Hustle professionals, like myself, have found that indoor gardening gives them a sense of satisfaction and purpose on top of producing a calming vibe in their homes.
Plus, in 1989 NASA discovered plants can be used to reduce indoor air pollutants!
And who can argue with NASA?
Infusing your home office with Indoor plants is also a great way to improve the appearance of your workspace and can help ease depression and anxiety, too.
Here are some other ways indoor plants can help you with productivity and overall wellbeing, as well as some suggestions of the best plants to add to your indoor garden.
Benefits of Indoor Plants in Home Offices
Something as simple as adding indoor plants to your home workspace can do quite a bit of good.
Pops of green add visual appeal and texture to an otherwise bland environment. Human beings need to feel a connection with nature for optimal health and wellness, but the disconnection caused by modern life can wreak havoc on our mental health and wellbeing.
Just adding a few indoor plants to your home office could mitigate some of the negative effects of urban, technology-centric life.
There’s also a wealth of scientific evidence that suggests indoor gardening has a number of health benefits. In fact, about 1400 scientific studies concluded that indoor gardening can:
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
- Increase creativity
- Improve memory retention
- Enhance productivity
- Boost self-esteem
- Increase oxygen
- Purify the air
The Best Plants for Home Office Spaces
The world of indoor plants is enormous—you can find plants and flowers to suit any style of decor.
From tropical-looking varieties such as Bromeliads and Orchids to Asian-inspired Bamboo, the plants you choose can easily reflect your personal style and flare.
You can also tailor plants to your environment. If you’re worried that a lack of sunlight will kill a bushy palm, there’s an abundance of indoor plants that can thrive in low light environments.
There are also options for those who travel frequently or don’t want high-maintenance plants. Succulents like dwarf cacti or aloe vera could provide the pops of green you need without the upkeep.
Here are a few that I have in my home office:
If you’re looking for a plant that provides the quintessential green aesthetic you desire, opt for a philodendron. This plant boasts verdant glossy leaves and can be surprisingly simple to maintain with a self-watering pot. You’ve probably seen this plant in a hanging basket but it can grow beautifully in a traditional pot. Just insert a small pole or trellis into your pot to encourage its leaves to grow upward.
The ZZ (zamioculus zamifolia) plant is a gorgeous succulent that has a tropical, lush appearance. This eye-catching plant makes a wonderful addition to any home office. It can thrive in low light environments and requires minimal watering, meaning you can neglect it without guilt.
A snake plant is a slow-growing specimen that’s perfect for a small desk pot. It’s also pretty low maintenance. Snake plants feature green foliage with white striping or yellow accents around its border. If you’re short on space, be sure to select a dwarf snake plant, as it can grow quite high and overwhelm small spaces.
A peace lily provides a low maintenance option for those who desire improved air quality. This air-purifying plant also produces beautiful white flowers from time to time without the need for heavy light. Peace lilies thrive in moist soil, so be sure to water it frequently.
Aloe vera is a popular indoor plant for good reason. It requires little water and can stand up to cold and hot temperatures. But aloe vera does need a good deal of sunlight. If your home office has plenty of natural light or faces a window, this plant could make a nice addition to your space. Access to fresh aloe vera is also great for treating minor burns and other skin maladies. Simply snap off the tip of one of its leaves and squeeze for instant relief.
I love this plant! It doesn’t demand much time and it’s pretty hard to kill. Hang it near a window and water it every now and again to enjoy its beauty. BONUS – it’s also a great air purifier!
Human beings are visual creatures who crave a connection to nature. Having an aesthetically-pleasing and tidy office environment can boost your creativity, improve your mental health, and help you tap into the benefits of mindfulness. Big-box retailers like Home Depot and Walmart are great sources for indoor plants and gardening supplies. You can also take a trip to your local florist or nursery for more inspiration