Plants add ambiance to any space, including interior office and retail space. However, they do much more than add atmosphere because greenery offers a number of other benefits for people and the environment. One of the first things to decide is whether to add flowering or non-flowering plants.
Flowering plants are beautiful when in bloom, but they also require more attention than non-flowering plants. Understanding the pros and cons of flowering plants can make it much easier to select the ideal plants.
Advantages: The Power of the Flower
All plants offer certain advantages, whether or not they produce flowers. For example, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Clean Air study reported data that showed plants are effective at cleaning indoor air of chemical impurities like benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
All plants are natural air filters and also have decorative appeal, help reduce ambient noise and increase humidity levels. However, flowering office plants offer the following advantages compared to non-flowering plants.
- Add a variety of colour to space
- Evoke positive emotions and create a feeling of well-being when people think of gardens and flowers received from loved ones
- Give gardeners and flower lovers an opportunity to personalise office space with plants producing flowers that have personal significance or flowers of a particular colour
Flowering plants like the Amazon Lily (Eucharis Grandiflora) are beautiful, decorative and exotic. Yet, there are also some disadvantages to flowering plants compared to non-flowering plants.
Disadvantages of Flowering Greenery
Flowering office plants are not always the right choice for several reasons. The cons of plants that flower include the following.
- Flowers can trigger allergies
- Plants need deadheading (removal of flowers fading out of bloom) to encourage new flower growth and to prevent accumulation of dead plant material in the pot
- Some plants need a specific number of sunlight hours to produce flowers which is not always possible to provide in retail or office space
- Flowering plants often require specialised fertiliser before they will bloom
- Flowers attract insects
- Most plants do not produce flowers year round, so advantages could be limited
Hardy flowering plants indigenous to South Africa, like the Clivia "Hybrid T," are the best choice if someone prefers flowering office plants. However, non-flowering plants like the Corn Plant (Dracaena Massangeana) or the "BJ Freeman" (Aglaonema) will work in any interior space and require minimal care.
Right Plant for the Right Setting
When selecting plants, be sure to consider the amount of available natural light and the space. Whether flowering office plants or non-flowering plants are preferred, adding nature's bounty to any indoor setting is a good decision. The key to getting the most enjoyment from interior plants is to match the plant to the setting.