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It’s a great idea to spruce up an office with a potted plant, but not every plant will do well in an office environment. Low lighting, dry air and sporadic water schedules are usually limiting factors, but some plants can actually do quite well despite these conditions. Read on to learn about plants that pass the test.


The Pothos is a very low-maintenance leafy vine with showy, heart-shaped leaves. This plant is perfect for an office environment as it does well without much light and needs watering only about once a week. Pothos also has the added benefit of improving the air quality of its environment.


The Sansevieria or Snake Plant is also tolerant of low-lighting conditions, although it will thrive in full sun where available. It needs watering only about once or twice a week, depending on sun exposure. Overwatering will cause the roots to rot, so use caution and let the soil dry out between waterings.

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily enjoys somewhat lower light levels, and will burn if exposed to full sun, but otherwise is relatively undemanding. Let the soil dry out between waterings and check for browning leaves (a sign of lack of moisture). Leaf browning can be easily remedied by misting the plant occasionally. Peace lilies are great air purifiers and produce beautiful white flowers with a central stalk or “spadix”.

Boston Fern

Another excellent air purifier, the Boston Fern likes bright but indirect light and cooler temperatures. Mist this plant occasionally to keep it healthy, and keep the soil evenly moist, being careful not to oversaturate it. If the leaves start to turn grey, it’s time to transplant your fern.

Spider Plants

Spider plants can tolerate low light and partial sun but will tend to burn if provided with direct sunlight. Plant in well-draining soil. Water more in summer than in winter, as with most potted plants.



Dahlias enjoy full sun, making them excellent flowers for Summer. They come in various colors and sizes and do best in USDA hardiness zones 7-11. When cut, the blooms will last for around one week.

Gloriosa Daisies

A type of Black-eyed Susan growing 2 to 3 feet tall, Gloriosa Daisies bloom in shades of orange and yellow and are one of the longest lasting cut flowers.


These perennials are extremely easy to grow. They come in a wide variety of colors and enjoy full sun.


Growing mainly in North America, Asters can be found in shades of blue, purple, pink, white and red, usually with yellow centers. They are fragrant, attracting birds and butterflies, and do best when planted in an area with lots of sun.


Native to Asia, these flowers bloom in late spring and early in the summer. These perennials come in shades of pink, white, red and yellow.



This hardy plant likes full sun and soil with decent drainage. It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4-9 and will grow to be about 3 to 4 feet tall.


This member of the daisy family grows up to 5 feet tall and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4-8. It blooms in shades of oranges and yellows and can be deadheaded to increase longevity.

Japanese Anemone

These flowers come in hues of pink, white and magenta and wise rise to about 5 feet if not pruned. Give them a good deal of space to spread out as they tend to crowd other plants.


Blooming in shades of purple, blue, and sometimes yellow, Monkshood grows in areas of full to partial sun in well-drained but moist soil. Make sure not to ingest any part of the plant as it is toxic!

Witch Hazel

This flowering shrub has small yellow blooms and enjoys full to part sun. Definitely on the taller side as flowers go, Witch Hazel can rise to over 10 feet tall.



Blooming in shades of pink and red, these showy shrubs grow best in USDA hardiness zones 7-9. Many species thrive even in colder zones. They prefer acidic soil and do best when provided with mulch in winter.


You may find these perennials blooming as early as January. The name “Hellebore” covers a wide varies of species, but the stemless hybrids are the most well-known garden plants. They like shaded areas and plenty of mulch in the winter.


Pansies are very hardy plants that do surprisingly well in cold environments. These edible plants are known for their beautiful two or three-toned petals and thrive in USDA zones 7 and higher.

Winter-blooming Viburnum

This shrub is known for its intense fragrance and pale pink to reddish blooms. It can grow to be between 8 and 10 feet high. It enjoys partial to full sun and should be watered roughly once a week.



The crocus is often one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. It is generally found in shades of lilac, yellow and white and can be identified by its cup-shaped head. Plant spring-blooming crocuses in October in loose soil.


Reaching up to two feet tall, this member of the genus Narcissus also blooms in early spring. Flowers come in shades of light to dark yellow and white, with the central petals forming a trumpet-shaped tube that is often slightly darker than the other petals.


Showy and easy to grow Geraniums come in shades of reds, oranges, pinks and whites. They can be planted from cuttings in mid to late spring.


These perennials thrive in sandy, well-draining soil and full sun. They bloom in a wide variety of colors and make great additions to floral arrangements. The cut flowers will last for up to a week.


Originating in Central America, these hardy flowers are most commonly found in shades of orange and yellow. They are sun-loving annuals and will bloom all spring and summer long.

Make Flowers Last Longer

While cut flowers may not last forever, you can make any floral arrangement go the extra mile by following a few simple guidelines. Small tweaks in how you cut and care for your flowers can really go a long way. Read on to learn how to prevent premature wilting the easy way.

• Place the flowers in water as soon as possible. Cutting the stems effectively cuts off their ability to feed themselves and they will start to wilt if kept out of water for too long. The sooner you get them into water, the longer they will last.

• Place your flowers in a container filled no more than halfway up with room temperature water. Flowers only drink water through the ends of their stems, so there is no need to immerse the whole stalk in water. In fact, immersing the foliage in water might cause it to rot and the flowers to die earlier.

• Prepare your flowers wisely: Cut the stalks at an angle using a sharpened pair of pruning shears to increase water intake. Trim the foliage from the lower parts of the stems to discourage rotting and contaminating the water.

• Be careful not to crowd the flowers, as doing so may damage the petals. Chances are, if flowers are packed very tightly in the vase the water won’t stay clean long enough to allow them to last anyway. Give each flower some space to breathe.

• Before creating a floral arrangement for display at an event, let the flowers stand in water for five to six hours. The stems will fill with water, and the blooms will last much longer.

• Prevent bacterial growth using a preservative, available at any floral or garden supply store. You may also substitute bleach, if needed. If you don’t use either, you will need to trim the stems and change the water daily. Using plant food will cut this down to about once a week.