Best desk plants: 6 small houseplants to transform your workspace into a green oasis

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Get ready to spruce up your 9-5 with one of these desk plants, perfect for adding a touch of character to your workspace. 

Whether you’re preparing to return to the office or will be working from home for a while longer, now is as good a time as any to invest in a new plant for your desk.

Not only does a desk plant give you the chance to add a personal touch to your workspace, research has also shown that having a plant on your desk can help to reduce your stress levels throughout the day. According to a study published at the beginning of the year by a team of scientists at the University of Hyogo, having a plant on your desk at work can help to boost your mental health.

As part of the study, the team of scientists asked 63 office workers in Japan to put a plant on their desks and care for it during a short period, throughout which their stress levels were measured in comparison to their levels prior to the introduction of the plants. 

The results revealed that the anxiety of the workers decreased “significantly” when the plants were introduced – and that even having plants within close sight contributed to stress reduction “across the board”.

With this being said, it seems like a no-brainer to introduce some greenery into your working environment. After all, on top of the fact that they could help to reduce our work-induced stress, houseplants have also been found to help our mental health and boost our sleep.

Intrigued? Keep reading to check out our edit of the best desk plants to add to your workspace this summer. 

  • Bunny Ears Cactus

    Bunny Ears Cactus
    Best desk plants: Bunny Ears Cactus from Conservatory Archives, £12.

    Famously hard to kill, a cactus is the perfect plant for anyone looking to get all the benefits of a desk buddy without all the effort.

    This Bunny Ears Cactus from Conservatory Archives isn’t just beautiful to look at, it’s also pretty easy to look after – just water when the soil is completely dry and make sure it gets lots of light (if your desk is in a sunny spot, this one’s for you). 

    Shop Bunny Ears Cactus at Conservatory Archives, £12

  • Curly Spider Plant

    Curly Spider Plant
    Best desk plants: Curly Spider Plant from Patch Plants, £6.

    Known for being one of the most adaptable and easy-to-care-for houseplants out there, a spider plant is another great option if you’re looking for a low maintenance desk plant. Spider plants also thrive in low light conditions, meaning they won’t mind living under the artificial lights in an office – just be prepared to cut them back every so often, because they tend to grow like crazy.

    This curly spider plant from Patch Plants is the perfect size for popping straight on your desk. To look after him, let the soil dry out between watering and make sure he’s not sat in lots of water.

    Shop Curly Spider Plant at Patch Plants, £6

  • Small ZZ Plant

    ZZ Plant
    Best desk plants: ZZ Plant from House Of Kato, £22.

    If you’re looking for a stylish plant to add a bit of character to your workspace, the ZZ plant is definitely the desk plant for you.

    This small-sized one from House Of Kato boasts some beautiful, dark green foliage. The best bit? It requires very little watering and can survive in low light levels, perfect for adding a bit of life to a dingy desk corner.

    Shop Small ZZ Plant at House Of Kato, £22

  • Mini Succulents

    Three Mini Succulents
    Best desk plants: Three Mini Succulents from Beards & Daisies, £18.99.

    These little guys come in all shapes, sizes and colours, making it easy to find a desk buddy you love to look at. Much like cacti, succulents retain a lot of water, meaning they don’t need attention more than once a week. Keep them happy by providing natural light.

    This set of three mini succulents from Beards & Daisies would make the perfect addition to any type of desk.

    Shop Three Mini Succulents from Beards & Daisies, £18.99

  • Chinese Money Plant

    Chinese Money Plant
    Best desk plants: Chinese Money Plant from Beards & Daisies, £19.99.

    Trick your colleagues into thinking you’re a houseplant expert by picking yourself up a Chinese money plant. These cool-looking little plants need surprisingly little care but look pretty impressive – just provide indirect light and water when the soil is dry, and you’ll have a great looking desk in no time.

    This medium-sized one from Beards & Daisies is perfect for adding a bit of character to a bland deskspace.

    Shop Chinese Money Plant at Beards & Daisies, £19.99

  • Snake Plants

    Small Snake Plant
    Best desk plants: Small Snake Plant from House Of Kato, £15.

    A favourite of trendy coffee shops and minimalist co-working spaces alike, there’s nothing not to love about the humble snake plant. Although the one in the picture above is probably the most common, there are many different shapes and colours of snake plants out there, so you can take your pick.

    This small one from House Of Kato is a great place to start. The best bit? It’s practically indestructible, unless you water it too much.

    Shop Small Snake Plant at House Of Kato, £15

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