During the 1970's many workplace studies looked into how to improve morale and productivity, followed by studies in the 80's around SBS (sick building syndrome) several factors were identified, one however stood out for both its aesthetic and practical benefits to the work environment.
The use of indoor planting was proven to reduce toxins such as VOCs (Volitile organic compounds) from carpets, melamine , digital circuitry etc.
In adition to this, the improved aesthic , the feel and perception of the workplace became an issue. Staff felt more valued with cosmetic changes and visitors had an instantly improved first impression of a professional, modern workplace.
Its now become the norm to accomodate planting within Swansea and Cardiff offices, and for us to provide and maintain them to ensure they provide all the benefits we know they can.
Design wise, a simple repeat pattern can be very striking
Dracaena species are often integrated into interior landscaping designs , the practical reason for this is their low maintenance needs and they are available in a few different physical shapes as they are very slow growing.
Our preference is to use the more expensive version , the bush version, this is about 8 plants knitted togther to create a vibrant thick display, although if the room requires it, you can have a "carousel" which is a trio or quartet of stems , each one a different hieght arranged aroung the edge of the pot.
Also, we tend to use the diffent colours of foliage now available to us. The picture shown is a current favourate of ours - Dracaena Lemon & Lime. Fresh vibrant colours. Often our competitors dont like placing these plants as they do have a particular light and moisture level they prefer, however, as we are all working on sites , experience will deliver the best conditions.
The elephant foot palm. When I first saw these coming off the delivery wagon from Holland, I fell in love, and knew it was either going to be a success or look like a bag of rags ! They are very architectural, and we have found that in the right position absolutely thrive. We have one isa dentist surgery in Cardiff, its a perfect example of right plant in the right place, and Ive seen these in Thailand outdoors planted, living as they should, but not looking as good as this.
Oddly , the leaves dont like to be in contact with anything else, so we plant the centrally in a 40cm x 40cm pots and just stand that an inch or two off the wall. Proving very popular in pots about 70cm high. The specimens we buy in are about 1m in total hight, so its very eye catching.