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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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 More 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
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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
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
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
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