It’s no secret that the nine-to-five can become a little dull when you’re faced with endless hours staring at a computer screen with little to brighten your décor. However, if you’re able to work from the comfort of your home or garden room then lucky you; as you can run wild with interior flair and add a creative stamp to perk up your working hours.
As you’ve set up your office in the garden, it’s a must that you add some greenery, fauna and flora to your space. Not only will they add a decorative touch to your space, but they are even proven to increase productivity by an estimated 15%, as well as improve air quality and give your mood a boost.
We spoke to Olive Grove Oundle to find out which trees you can keep inside and outside your garden room.
Let’s begin with one of, if not, the easiest-to-care-for plants; the humble cactus. While it may leave you with a sting if you accidentally brush past one, a cactus is one of the most robust and minimal plants you can add to your office space.
Cacti can hold water in their leaves and stems, that enables them to survive in dry habitats which often have high temperatures, dry air, bright sun and low moisture.
When planting a succulent or cacti, the compost you use should be free draining in order to replicate the natural habitat this type of plant is found. They will need watering from April through to September (take care to allow the soil to dry out in between times) and reduce watering from September until the following April. This is to mimic the dry season and give them a period of rest, followed by more continuous watering to replicate the rainy season.
Plants should be positioned by a sunny window. So, why not plant up a variety of different succulents in an assortment of coloured pots to add a burst of colour.
A spider plant, or chlorophytum comosum as it is also known, is a great plant for beginners as they are extremely easy to care for and grow in a range of different environments.
Spider plants have long spiky leaves which hang down (often reaching between 12 to 18 inches long), and require a well-drained soil and indirect light. In the summer, the plant may produce small white flowers.
They need a moderate amount of water, however, be careful not to overwater them as the root ball can rot. If the leaf tips start to brown, this is often caused by a salt build up on the soil and can be flushed out with a thorough watering.
As well as keeping them in a pot on the floor, spider plants also look good when hung in a macramé from the ceiling, and will add height interest to your garden room.
While many of us are familiar with the larger style olive trees which need to be positioned outside, it is possible to keep the Mediterranean plant indoors too – albeit for a shorter period, but they can last for around eight years inside.