Garden Offices: 3 Indoor Plants to Bring the Outside In
7th March 2019
Garden offices can sometimes feel a little too practical. In the urgency of setting up the outdoor room and get it functioning as an office, the finishing touches can often be overlooked.
Fortunately it’s easy to add character to garden offices; all you need is a smattering of plants! By choosing an indoor plant or two you can brighten up an otherwise bland workspace.
The trick when buying plants is to research which plants are best for where you’ll be keeping them. Chances are you don’t want anything too high maintenance so its care doesn’t distract you from your work.
3 indoor plants that are suitable for garden offices
This list of indoor plants will help you choose the best way to bring the outdoors to even the most difficult of garden offices.
Cacti & Succulents
A succulent is a nice, easy plant to keep in your garden office. Both cacti and succulents require the same care (which involves very little effort).
These plants do like a lot of light, so ideally need to be kept on a window ledge or in front of a glass door.
Some succulents don’t need as much light as others, so always read the label or Google before buying to help you decide on which one is going to be best for you.
These plants don’t need to be watered daily – it’s best to let the soil/potting mix to dry completely before watering again. Over-watering can kill succulents and cacti, so they are a great choice for those who don’t normally remember to water their plants daily (and they won’t perish if you don’t enter your garden office at the weekend!).
Dragon Plants (Dracaena Marginata)
An impressive name for an impressive plant!
If you have a bit of space and want something that will make a statement, a dragon plant (the more common name of the Dracaena Marginata) might be for you.
They can be toxic for cats and dogs, but if your workspace is in the garden, away from the main house, it’s less likely your pets will come into contact with it.
The dragon plant is another low maintenance option for the forgetful waterers among us, meaning if you’re too distracted by your work to remember your plant care for a couple of days, the dragon plant will fare well.
Another selling point for the dragon plant is that it’s known to clean the air you breathe. It’s on the list of NASA’s air filtering plants and it helps reduce airborne toxins – which is a bonus if you’re planning on spending a lot of time working in your outdoor office.
If you feel up to the challenge, an orchid would be a beautiful addition to your light and airy garden workspace.
Orchids require moist, well-draining conditions, which means it needs to be potted in the right sort of container. The potting mix needs to be designed for orchids, so do your research!
Orchids need bright but indirect light and can’t be kept in conditions that are too hot or too cold, so an insulated room which keeps an even temperature during winter is a must.
They also need a bit of humidity to thrive, but you can remedy this by putting a water-filled tray of pebbles beneath the orchid to help with the humidity levels.
If you’re a pro plant keeper, orchids are an excellent and beautiful choice choice to brighten even the most dreary of garden offices!