10 Desk Plants That Will Bring Your Office To Life

Olivia Harrison

Working in an office all day every day can really suck the life out of you. But, if your job requires that you sit at a desk, you just have to find little ways to restore your vitality. One of those extra-little ways is to adorn your desk with actually living things. Enter the perfect desk plant.

Succulents, herbs, cacti, and shrubs, each of these miniature plants can add a whole lot to a lacklustre day at the office. Ahead, we've rounded up 10 different desk plants that offer a respite from deadlines and workplace drama. These little beauties will make you a little bit happier as you head into the office each day.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h3><a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/devils-ivy-110/?variant=215&slider_ref=2049&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2KKE75Cv4wIVlArTCh33kwDdEAQYASABEgJr8PD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch Devil's Ivy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch Devil's Ivy</a></h3><p>The Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos is easy to care for so it won't distract too much from your day-to-day work routine. Plus, its heart-shaped leaves will provide comfort on tough days.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 30 - 50cm</p><br><br><strong>Patch</strong> Devil's ivy, $15, available at <a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/devils-ivy-110/?variant=215&slider_ref=2049&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2KKE75Cv4wIVlArTCh33kwDdEAQYASABEgJr8PD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch</a>

Patch Devil's Ivy

The Devil's Ivy or Golden Pothos is easy to care for so it won't distract too much from your day-to-day work routine. Plus, its heart-shaped leaves will provide comfort on tough days.

Size: 30 - 50cm



Patch Devil's ivy, $15, available at Patch
<h3><a href="https://www.waitrosegarden.com/plants/_/kalanchoe-blossfeldiana-don-nando-pbr/classid.2000027705/?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxdqdm5Kv4wIVUjPTCh0xqgOrEAQYASABEgKR7PD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crocus Potted Kalanchoe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Crocus Potted Kalanchoe</a></h3><p>The Kalanchoes' colourful flowers will add a little brightness to any cubical, but don't let its buds fool you. This particular plant is actually a member of the succulent family, which means it doesn't require much water.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 25cm (including pot)</p><br><br><strong>Crocus</strong> Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, $8.99, available at <a href="https://www.waitrosegarden.com/plants/_/kalanchoe-blossfeldiana-don-nando-pbr/classid.2000027705/?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxdqdm5Kv4wIVUjPTCh0xqgOrEAQYASABEgKR7PD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Waitrose" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Waitrose</a>

Crocus Potted Kalanchoe

The Kalanchoes' colourful flowers will add a little brightness to any cubical, but don't let its buds fool you. This particular plant is actually a member of the succulent family, which means it doesn't require much water.

Size: 25cm (including pot)



Crocus Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, $8.99, available at Waitrose
<h3><a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/parlour-palm-27/?variant=90&slider_ref=1841&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI846YzZSv4wIVSyrTCh0yFgL8EAQYASABEgJBivD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Patch Parlor Palm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Patch Parlor Palm</a></h3><p>This Parlour Palm needs to be watered once a week, so go ahead and add the weekly task to your Google calendar. It's not suited for direct sunlight so it should be fine among fluorescent office lighting.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 40 - 50cm</p><br><br><strong>Patch</strong> Parlour Palm, $7.5, available at <a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/parlour-palm-27/?variant=90&slider_ref=1841&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI846YzZSv4wIVSyrTCh0yFgL8EAQYASABEgJBivD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch</a>

The Patch Parlor Palm

This Parlour Palm needs to be watered once a week, so go ahead and add the weekly task to your Google calendar. It's not suited for direct sunlight so it should be fine among fluorescent office lighting.

Size: 40 - 50cm



Patch Parlour Palm, $7.5, available at Patch
<h3><a href="https://www.trouva.com/products/botanique-workshop-set-of-3-small-succulents?utm_source=googleshoppingUK&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=1347323444&utm_content=59839230448&utm_term=&targeting=pla-466552260444&device=c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzrei5ZWv4wIVBPlRCh1yQwQnEAQYBSABEgLcSvD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trouva Set of 3 Small Succulents" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trouva Set of 3 Small Succulents</a></h3><p>Unable to maintain a garden at home? Bring a miniature version to your desk. With three different succulents.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 7.5 cm x 8 cm</p><br><br><strong>Trouva</strong> Set Of 3 Small Succulents, $9, available at <a href="https://www.trouva.com/products/botanique-workshop-set-of-3-small-succulents?utm_source=googleshoppingUK&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=1347323444&utm_content=59839230448&utm_term=&targeting=pla-466552260444&device=c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzrei5ZWv4wIVBPlRCh1yQwQnEAQYBSABEgLcSvD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trouva" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trouva</a>

Trouva Set of 3 Small Succulents

Unable to maintain a garden at home? Bring a miniature version to your desk. With three different succulents.

Size: 7.5 cm x 8 cm



Trouva Set Of 3 Small Succulents, $9, available at Trouva
<h3><a href="https://www.florastore.com/en/bonsai-s-shape-ficus-20cm.html?source_campaign=smart_shopping_uk&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwJ75kJev4wIVxODICh0sWAXoEAkYByABEgLBv_D_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FloraStore Bonsai Ficus S Shape" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FloraStore Bonsai Ficus S Shape</a></h3><p>Add a meaningful break to each workday by showing your bonsai a little love. Helping a bonsai thrive can be challenging, but if you succeed it can bring even more satisfaction to your work life.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 20cm</p><br><br><strong>Florastore</strong> Bonsai Ficus S shape 20 cm, $25.56, available at <a href="https://www.florastore.com/en/bonsai-s-shape-ficus-20cm.html?source_campaign=smart_shopping_uk&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwJ75kJev4wIVxODICh0sWAXoEAkYByABEgLBv_D_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Florastore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Florastore</a>

FloraStore Bonsai Ficus S Shape

Add a meaningful break to each workday by showing your bonsai a little love. Helping a bonsai thrive can be challenging, but if you succeed it can bring even more satisfaction to your work life.

Size: 20cm



Florastore Bonsai Ficus S shape 20 cm, $25.56, available at Florastore
<h3><a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/snake-plant-266/?variant=629&slider_ref=1858&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0v2HnZiv4wIVRxDTCh1EuA5qEAQYAyABEgI2CPD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch Snake Plant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch Snake Plant</a> </h3><p>A NASA study showed that Snake Plants are extra efficient at cleaning the air. That means you can literally breathe easy at work – even if you aren't doing so figuratively. Plus, there's no need to water this plant more than once every two weeks.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 25 - 35cm</p><br><br><strong>Patch</strong> Snake Plant, $12, available at <a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/snake-plant-266/?variant=629&slider_ref=1858&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0v2HnZiv4wIVRxDTCh1EuA5qEAQYAyABEgI2CPD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch</a>

Patch Snake Plant

A NASA study showed that Snake Plants are extra efficient at cleaning the air. That means you can literally breathe easy at work – even if you aren't doing so figuratively. Plus, there's no need to water this plant more than once every two weeks.

Size: 25 - 35cm



Patch Snake Plant, $12, available at Patch
<h3>M&S Cacti Ceramic</h3><p>What's better than a couple of small cacti plants? A couple of plants in adorable pots of course. Show off a little style at your desk with these two low-maintenance cuties.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 26cm (including pot)</p><br><br><strong>Marks & Spencer</strong> Cacti Ceramic, $30, available at <a href="https://www.marksandspencer.com/cacti-ceramic-available-for-delivery-from-25th-april-2019-/p/p60285244?extid=ps_gglpla_Flowers%20&%20Plants&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4_DBtJqv4wIV1OFRCh0YRgrJEAQYCSABEgKtGvD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marks & Spencer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Marks & Spencer</a>

M&S Cacti Ceramic

What's better than a couple of small cacti plants? A couple of plants in adorable pots of course. Show off a little style at your desk with these two low-maintenance cuties.

Size: 26cm (including pot)



Marks & Spencer Cacti Ceramic, $30, available at Marks & Spencer
<h3><a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/french-lavender-414/?variant=904&slider_ref=2895&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn8qi1Juv4wIVTPlRCh3vKAohEAQYASABEgLO_vD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch French Lavender Plant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch French Lavender Plant</a></h3><p>The scent of lavender is meant to help you relax, so those with high-pressure jobs — or even those who just have general anxiety — could benefit from growing lavender right at their desk.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 30 - 50cm</p><br><br><strong>Patch</strong> French Lavender Plant, $4.5, available at <a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/french-lavender-414/?variant=904&slider_ref=2895&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn8qi1Juv4wIVTPlRCh3vKAohEAQYASABEgLO_vD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch</a>

Patch French Lavender Plant

The scent of lavender is meant to help you relax, so those with high-pressure jobs — or even those who just have general anxiety — could benefit from growing lavender right at their desk.

Size: 30 - 50cm



Patch French Lavender Plant, $4.5, available at Patch
<h3><a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/cactus-20/?variant=561&slider_ref=1857&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7ri5vp2v4wIV8TLTCh3xMQEfEAYYCSABEgJgL_D_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch Cacti Plant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch Cacti Plant</a></h3><p>You may not be able to outright tell your co-workers not to bother you but displaying an extra-prickly plant front and centre at your desk <em>might</em> subtly get the message across.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 5.5 - 20cm</p><br><br><strong>Patch</strong> Cactus Plant, $6, available at <a href="https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/plants/cactus-20/?variant=561&slider_ref=1857&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7ri5vp2v4wIV8TLTCh3xMQEfEAYYCSABEgJgL_D_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Patch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Patch</a>

Patch Cacti Plant

You may not be able to outright tell your co-workers not to bother you but displaying an extra-prickly plant front and centre at your desk might subtly get the message across.

Size: 5.5 - 20cm



Patch Cactus Plant, $6, available at Patch
<h3><a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Easy-Plants-MEDIUM-BAMBOO-CERAMIC/dp/B07CJPGW9M/ref=pd_sbs_86_1/262-0927216-7470821?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07CJPGW9M&pd_rd_r=38d07a57-a495-11e9-95e0-012afba0f064&pd_rd_w=FLUSf&pd_rd_wg=4WIPO&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=1GHMS6ZADKNC9FJ49ZXR&psc=1&refRID=1GHMS6ZADKNC9FJ49ZXR" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon Lucky Bamboo Tower" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon Lucky Bamboo Tower</a></h3><p>In Feng Shui, several stalks of bamboo are said to bring good luck and prosperity. That means this arrangement is perfect for the place where you make that money.</p><p><strong>Size:</strong> 20 - 30cm</p><br><br><strong>Amazon</strong> Lucky Bamboo Tower Plant, $18.98, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Easy-Plants-MEDIUM-BAMBOO-CERAMIC/dp/B07CJPGW9M/ref=pd_sbs_86_1/262-0927216-7470821?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07CJPGW9M&pd_rd_r=38d07a57-a495-11e9-95e0-012afba0f064&pd_rd_w=FLUSf&pd_rd_wg=4WIPO&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=1GHMS6ZADKNC9FJ49ZXR&psc=1&refRID=1GHMS6ZADKNC9FJ49ZXR" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Amazon Lucky Bamboo Tower

In Feng Shui, several stalks of bamboo are said to bring good luck and prosperity. That means this arrangement is perfect for the place where you make that money.

Size: 20 - 30cm



Amazon Lucky Bamboo Tower Plant, $18.98, available at Amazon

Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

You Have to Wear Fabric Boots To Walk Into Kim Kardashian West's Home

I Pay £2,300 For My One-Bedroom Apartment In Long Island City

The Shoebox: How To Work At Home When You Don't Have Room For A Desk