Best Interiorscaping Plants

Selecting best interiorscaping plantsIt’s been well-established that interiorscaping not only improves indoor air quality, but also goes a long way towards improving the mood and productivity of office workers. What’s not always clear is the careful consideration that goes into the selection of a particular variety of plant for an interiorscaping project.

A lot of factors determine this choice, some of which include location, esthetics, maintenance requirements, customer preferences, size, availability, and cost. Probably the most important factor in choosing the right plant for a particular location is the lighting. Let’s have a look at a few of the requirements presented by these factors and then examine the indoor plants that best satisfy them.

Lighting for interior plants

Lighting is definitely the most important factor. You can take two identical plants and put one near a window and the other against an interior wall, and their water requirements will be very different. This may seem like common sense, but tropical plant technicians must keep this in mind. 

While some clients may love the look of an Areca Palm, if they want to put one in a windowless conference room that is rarely used -- as a professional Interiorscaper, this is a request we could not  accommodate. Professional Interiorscapers  provide a 100% guarantee on the health and appearance of the plants they care for.  If we know that a particular type of plant will not thrive in an area, we will not sell or lease it to a client. 

Commercial interiorscaping environments

The first and most important requirement when it comes to selecting the best plants for an interiorscaping project is the setting in which they’ll reside. In some cases, the project will consist of multiple settings such as an office that will need interior plantscaping for the reception area, hallways, and offices.

Another key component of an interior plantscaping project is the containers in which the plants will live. This is an important and rather broad topic and deserves its own post, but the two major options are built-in planters for large settings and containers for standalone installations. The facility and space will determine the best containers to use for an installation. Large open spaces with good lighting, like shopping malls, are good candidates for tall palms and ficus trees.  Creating groupings, layers, or a tiered setup is also pleasing to the eye.  We will often install a 6’ tall plant or tree, and under-plant it with Golden Pothos or Philodendron

Facility types break out into large open spaces such as shopping malls and commercial buildings with high-ceilinged atriums and the smaller more intimate spaces of an office. Lobbies of large hotels can also fit into the former category and even some office spaces have atrium style lobbies.

The ideal foliage for such large and open spaces is broad-leafed plants such as large succulents, peace lilies, and philodendrons. These kinds of plants are best clustered within large, built-in planters to create a uniform bed of greenery. Small tree such as palms, ficus, and hibiscus can add height variety to open interior spaces and can be planted either in the same beds as smaller plants or in large, standalone containers.

Office plant varieties

Reception areas, as their name implies, are important for making that critical first impression on visitors to your facility. You probably invested a lot of time and expense into designing your reception area in terms of color scheme, furniture, and lighting, so it only follows that careful consideration go into an effective plantscaping installation.

For these types of areas, decorative containers are often the best choice. Plants with colorful blossoms can go a long way towards lifting the mood. Good choices are orchids and anthuriums. Plants with variegated leaves such as pothos and song of India help add variety to the visual effect of the space. A few potted trees such as palms and massangeana cane work well if there’s sufficient space.

Any of the previously mentioned plants and even trees can also work within individual offices. The limiting factor in this case will be space. A large potted palm probably will make the average cubicle seem a bit cramped. In many cases, smaller potted plants that can be placed on desks, credenza, and on book cases will be the preferred installation.

The other factor to consider for office plant services is ready accessibility to the plants for watering and other maintenance. Proper drainage and dishes to contain runoff are vital to keeping water off furniture and papers. Few things are worse than finding your presentation to the board soaking wet on your desk the next morning!

Commercial office plant services DC, MD and VA

Things don’t end with the design and installation of an interior plantscaping project. Besides requiring regular and proper watering, plants must also be cared for in other ways. Plants --like us -- need regular feeding. Also like us, they require regular grooming to keep looking their best. This consists of removing dead plant material and dusting the leaves of broad-leafed varieties. Large leaf surfaces attract dust just like any other flat surface in your facility. Some interior plant maintenance contracts also include bloom rotations to provide year round color.

Whatever your commercial plantscaping needs might be in the DC, MD and VA area we can help. Please use the convenient quote form on our Interior Plant Maintenance page to request a fee, no-obligation quote today!

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