Office plants come in many different shapes and sizes. Finding the right ones for your specific environment can be a challenge, but doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Before you start the process, consider the windows you have in the space with a view towards finding out which direction they face in. This is an important step in whittling down the list of potential office plant options for you to choose from. If you have North-facing windows, there are some specifics you have to keep in mind. Let’s touch on these, along with some of the best office plants to choose for these spaces. 


What is a North-Facing Window?

North-facing windows are positioned in a way to receive the least light. The spaces they’re in tend to be relatively cool as a result. Because they don’t have much direct sunlight to begin with, it’s important to consider plants that thrive in low to no direct sunlight. These rooms tend to be evenly lit, which helps with creating a consistent environment for the plants to thrive. The key is to make the right choices from the very beginning, in order not to have to spend additional budget to replace the plants more regularly than you should be. 


Chinese Evergreen

One of the best plants for North-facing windows in our range is the Aglaonema ‘Pattaya Beauty’. A genus of the flowering Araceae, this tropical plant is more commonly known to South Africans as a Chinese Evergreen. While the plant can adapt to all types of light, it does tend to do particularly well in low light environments. The fact the North-facing windows offer cooler spaces that are evenly lit is a bonus for these plants. Prolonged direct sunlight may damage their leaves relatively quickly, so it’s important to position them in a way that irrespective of the windows they aren’t exposed for long periods at a time. 




Forest Natal-Mahogany

Another option to keep in mind is the Trichilia dregeana, more commonly referred to as the Forest Natal-Mahogany. These trees are renowned for their presence in the Eastern Cape, and even span all the way out to the more tropical regions of Africa. They do well in low light situations, although they can do with a bit of sunlight during winter months. This indigenous plant is one of a short list that is able to do well in an indoor setting. 


Kentia/Thatch Palm

If you’re looking for a slow growing palm to compliment your office space, the Howea forsteriana is a great option. Native to Australia, the commonly known Kentia or Thatch Palm is revered for its elegance and splendid dark green fronds. Nothing says professional like filling the corners of the office with a couple of these plants. If you’re interested in exploring similar options, or simply want to see what else is out there, check out the variety of low light plants in our catalogue. Before you know it, your North-facing windowed spaces will be bursting at the seams with excellent options to enhance the space beyond your wildest dreams.