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Turning Your Garden Office Into A Home From Home.

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

With the recent interest in garden offices the GardenAdvice team have created this list of tips and ideas to help make your office garden office a home from home. Garden office plants – as a garden office by definition is in the garden it really should have some plants in it. This helps make the connection with its garden surroundings and using plants near the windows and doors will help to make this connection.  If it’s your first time with indoor plant, its best to stick with plants that are easy to grow and reliable such as

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)
One of my favorites. Also known as the Sweetheart Plant, this is the most popular of the philodendrons because this one stays small and it is so easygoing. It’s drought-tolerant. I don’t recommend letting it go too long without a drink, but it will recover nicely.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Put this one in a bright location and it will reward you with carefree beauty. The Dragon Tree doesn’t like its feet wet, so I recommend good drainage.

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade Plant gets more beautiful with age. Tolerates room temperatures year-round. A succulent foliage plant, it’s happy with indirect sun and little water.

Cactus (Cactaceae family)
You knew this one would make the list, didn’t you? Because of its ability to store water and nutrients, a cactus seldom needs watering. Loves to bask in the sun. Tip: Cacti look great together in a sunny window.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Often mistaken for a palm (it looks like one, hence the name), this plant is actually a succulent more closely related to the yucca. Its swollen base stores water, so occasional lack of water will do no harm. It is slow-growing so buy one already the size you want.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
If all else fails, grow Sansevieria. It thrives in full sun or partial shade. Prefers dry air and soil. Rarely needs repotting. Ideal for beginners, but seasoned gardeners also love this accent plant’s dramatic, sword-shaped leaves.

Pothos or Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This vigorous plant is well known for its long, trailing stems that can grow to 8 feet or more. Cut them back a couple times a year to keep the plant bushy and full. Pothos is forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while, but it doesn’t like waterlogged soil.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
ZZ Plant makes a great room accent and practically thrives on neglect. This easy-going house plant is forgiving if you forget to water, tolerates low light, and rarely needs fertilized. I highly recommend adding it to your collection.

Spider Plant or Airplane Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
An impressive plant for beginners. The stems produce little white flowers, then are soon weighted down with plantlets. Prefers bright, indirect light. A dependable plant.

Wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula)
Beautiful and low maintenance. Glistening purple and green leaves make this one a stunner. Fast-growing stems can reach 3 feet, so pinch often to keep it from getting leggy. Likes moist soil.

Dividing up your garden office space –  try to divide your office up into different areas, an area for a desk and chair, an area for storage or books and files and maybe a chill out area, including a corner Sofa for when you need to take a five minute break.
When Setting out your garden office of a few basic Feng shui rules will help you get it right, such as a layout that does not place you in a seat or chair that makes your back face a large window or door – this will naturally make you feel uncomfortable  its better to face or be sideway one to large windows and door.

Flooring and your garden office style. – depending on taste, its amazing how flooring can change the style of a garden office for example a light wood effect floor can give an office a modern style were as a dark wooden floor will provide a more cosy traditional feel and a carpeted area will provide a different feel altogther.  Its all down to personal taste and a Combination of different  types of flooring and furniture.
Just a few ideas and tips on making your garden office a home from home – if you need any more advice contact the GardenAdvice advisor team

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