Jungle fever

February 19, 2020

Incorporating nature into workplace design has featured prominently in 2019 and the trend for large-leaved plants looks set to continue throughout 2020. With that in mind, we thought we would pull together a selection of five of our top ‘indoor giants’ for office spaces.

Monstera deliciosa

Monstera deliciosa

More commonly known as the Swiss cheese plant as a result of its large holey leaves, the Monstera deliciosa, a household favourite in the 1970’s, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Its shiny, heart shaped, luscious green, gigantic leaves will instantly provide jungle impact and it can grow to monstrous proportions – so it’s ideal where there is plenty of space. While this beauty will survive at temperatures above 12 degrees it will only grow if kept in warm conditions, over 18 degrees and likes partial shade or filtered light.

Ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata

We love the stature that this stately plant brings to indoor spaces. Again, this tropical plant gets its common name, fiddle-leaf fig, from the shape of its leaves which resemble the outline of a fiddle or violin. It likes a lot of light but be careful of direct sunlight in the summer as this will burn the leaves and moving it about too much can cause it a bit of destress – she likes to be rooted in the one spot.

Ficus elastica

Ficus elastica

Another 1970’s come-back, the India rubber plant is a ‘super easy to care for’ plant which will survive in low-light conditions, so suitable for darker office spaces. It has broad, glossy dark leaves, resembling a small tree and isn’t too thirsty either. According to Feng Shui, Ficus elastica brings good luck and wealth – the round leaves are thought to symbolise good fortune. And according to Hilton Carter, author of Wild at Home, ‘the rubber plant will be the next trend setting plant’, following the rage for monsteras and fiddle-leaf figs.

Strilitzia reginate

Strilitzia reginate

The combination of the large, paddle shaped upright leaves and the exotic flower make this a stand-out addition to any interior office space. It’s the vibrant bloom that gives the plant it’s common name – bird of paradise. The flowers only appear on mature plants, about three to four years old, and it likes plenty of light and some plant food in spring and summer to flourish. She also likes to be snug in her pot, so watch not to house her in a roomy plant.

Philodendron xanadu

Philodendron xanadu

The older a specimen gets the better it looks and as it can withstand some shade it will bush out to fill a corner or corridor space in an office environment. Ideally it’s good to find it a position near a window, but where the sunlight doesn’t actually fall on its leaves. And what leaves – glossy, green, plentiful and distinctive. Whilst this guy likes to be watered from spring to autumn, he doesn’t mind drying out a bit over the winter.

So that’s five of our favourites, but with such a variety of large tropical plants available today to quench our thirst for jungle like interiors, the list is by no means complete.

What’s your favourite?