The addition of a little plant life in an office environment comes with numerous benefits. For one, they make the surrounding air cleaner; at a ratio of one plant to three employees, CO2 levels can be reduced by as much as 50% while dust levels in the air can drop by 20%. They can also reduce stress levels amongst staff by around 37%, as supported by various studies over the years and detailed further in our previous article on the subject. These advantages in turn lead to fewer absences from work as well as an increase in productivity and cognitive performance.

However, not all offices have the space required for a full garden, and potted plants can take up a fairly large amount of space for a single plant, so what are you to do in such a situation? The answer, it would seem, is to think vertically.

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Vertical gardens have become increasingly popular in homes and offices alike, and for good reason. Their compact size and versatile nature makes them the ideal solution for those who wish to add a little greenery to their surroundings but are hindered by limited space. Constructed from a series of modular blocks which are easy to put together yourself from scratch, these gardens can be arranged to fit just about any space, adjusting the height and width with additional modules as suits your needs. Of course pre-made options are available for purchase should your prefer.

Some opt for a standalone vertical garden to add an aesthetic touch to an otherwise bland interior space, while others opt to blanket and entire wall with vertical gardens. Either approach basically uses the same principle, and can be achieved by mounting a bit of hex wire on a wooden frame then getting to work weaving your plants into the mesh, creating a sturdy vertical garden with little effort and requiring relatively little maintenance. You can also opt for artificial plants to further reduce required maintenance, but while this approach will give you the aesthetic benefits of said greenery, many of the aforementioned positives will be lost. Genuine, natural plants are the much better option.

If the block-like frames detailed here aren’t quite to your liking, a careful arrangement of hanging plants or similar can achieve a comparable result.

The visual appeal of natural forms and by extension plant-life is widely known, and as such vertical gardens can be the perfect way to complement the design of your working environment. They can be used to create shaded areas, add focal points to lobbies and offices, or even divide up spaces to give employees some measure of privacy when required.

Exterior vertical gardens are also catching on in the field of architecture, reducing glare and cooling down buildings as a consequence.

Mother Nature is a powerful force, and with the addition of a few vertical gardens, you can bring the full benefits into an otherwise lacking office space of just about any size. Your business will soon see the merits of such additions.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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