11 Indoor Plant Trends for Offices & Events

Indoor plants are more popular than ever – in our homes, offices and commercial spaces. If you’re looking to improve your workplace or next corporate event, consider these 11 indoor plant trends. Indoor plants have many benefits for our health and wellbeing, and they can also make a great photo-op at an event! 

Here at Tropical Plant Rentals, we’ve encountered some pretty hot emerging trends for indoor plant hire. We were asked recently what the trending or popular indoor plants are for offices and events. While some have made a huge comeback, there is a lot to be excited about in what will yet unfold as the newest in indoor plant trends.

Here’s our pick for the Top 11 Plant Hire Trends for your office and events:

Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls

1. Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls

With limited office space, Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls allow plant hire clients to bring a large volume of greenery into a small area. This sleek, slim-line greenery wall makes a great impact without taking up a lot of space. 

Pot plant vertical garden walls are:

  • Visually appealing 
  • Can suit several plant varieties
  • A great way to divide areas
  • Great for sound absorption for your office acoustics. 

They also make a stunning entrance to your office foyer and reception.  

At Tropical Plant Rentals, we work with our engineers to have the Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls custom built to enhance your office plant hire. With a regular maintenance program, the Pot Plant Vertical Garden Wall always looks its best. 

The colourful Pothos and Peperomias are our most requested plants to add to these walls. 

2. Tambour Units

Tambour Units are one of the top indoor plant trends and are commonly requested by architects who are building or renovating offices. Tambour units are not only great storage for office clients but also a terrific way to bring greenery into an office without taking up valuable floor space. 

Our purpose-built Green Star Trough along with our double Green Star Trough adds 3 and 6 plants respectively into a 900mm area. Like the tambour unit, these Green Star Troughs can be added on top of a storage cupboard. 

We find the Zanzibar Gem and Aglaonema to be the popular choice to fill the tambour units and Green Star Troughs.  They provide a solid impact in a small amount of space. 

Tambour Units
Office plant and pot hire - Floor Plants

3. Floor Plants

With so many pot styles to choose from, the Floor Plant is always highly sought after for office plant hire. With wedge, cone, square & cylinder shapes to choose from for single floor plants, the choice is always quite varied. There are also our beautiful Low and High Floor Troughs that pack a real punch of greenery into 1.2m of space. 

The beautiful slim line High trough filled with Janet Craigs is an extremely popular choice and works so well with timber features that are prominent throughout many offices.  

Our most requested floor hire plants are Janet Craigs, Happy Plants, Kentia Palms and Pathos Totem. The beautiful variegated Deremensis is also a popular choice. 

4. Hanging Plants

Hanging Plants have made a huge comeback in the plant hire industry. This plant trend is showcased in many brochures and magazines and is a contemporary, on-trend style in both offices and homes.  

Pothos plants work very well in hanging pots with their beautiful trailing habits. Boston ferns are another popular hire plant choice. Succulents have also made a comeback with the lovely string of pearls, string of bananas and chain of hearts frequently requested for plant hire. Other popular plant selections for office plant hire include Hoya, Rhipsalis and Spider Plants. Each has their own uniqueness and provides a beautiful display of greenery that is visually eye-catching.

In terms of hanging plant pots, we recommend fibreglass hanging pots with swaged stainless-steel wire and hooks. They suit many office styles including industrial, contemporary and luxe. Hanging Pots provide a great space saving option for plant hire as well as giving stunning visual effects at eye level. They look great in clusters suspended from the ceiling or just on their own. Hanging Pots are perfect alternatives for indoor office plants, if floor space is limited. 

Office plant and pot hire - Hanging Plants
Office plant and pot hire - Green Walls

5. Green Walls

One of the most much-loved indoor plant trends throughout the past few years is the beautiful Green Wall.  Tropical Plant Rentals has been building and installing stunning green walls into our clients offices, foyers and exteriors for over a decade. 

Green Walls are extremely popular to assist our clients with their Green Star Accreditation. With the large soil volume in some of our Green Walls and a regular maintenance program, it helps tick the boxes to get accredited.

We love to use colourful varieties of plants in our green walls that not only look stunning, but also provide patterns and shapes. We have a wide range of different styles to suit every budget and design brief.

Our Green Wall services include design, construction, planting, irrigation and a regular scheduled maintenance program.  Each component is given extreme planning to ensure the Green Wall is always looking its stunning best. 

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6. Media Walls

These days it’s hard to find that extra edge when planning an event. In this time poor, budget savvy climate, you need the “wow factor” without the price tag and without spending too much time and effort. Media walls, and in particular, green media walls, are the perfect solution for event managers, event coordinators and anyone who needs to organise an impressive event. 

For events needing a focal point, media walls are perfect. They tell people they have arrived at something important and are about to experience something special and can also be used in the foyer of an event as a backdrop, on the stage of an event or as a main feature. High profile event managers use media walls for high end fundraising events, special horse race events, product launches, business awards and a range of other events.

Picture Perfect!

A media wall is used to increase brand awareness during an event. People at an event are drawn to the business logo or group name on the media wall because of the interesting design of the wall. The marketing impact of media walls in social media cannot be underestimated. People attending events love to let their friends know where they are. Giving people a photo opportunity with a fancy backdrop encourages snap-happy socialites to instantly upload their media wall images to Instagram, Facebook and other social media. This means the branding on the media wall spreads far and wide in an instant!

Of course, the more impressive the media wall, the more likely the happy snaps will be uploaded and shared. This is where green media walls come into their own. Green media walls use plants as either part or all of the backdrop. The brand or logo is either in front of or in between the greenery. Checkerboard design in green media walls is very popular. Solid green walls are also popular.

The beauty of green media walls, apart from how great they look, is the feeling that nature has been brought indoors. Plants create a feeling of wellbeing – a fresh, clean feeling. Green media walls bring these feelings to the events, making it one of the best corporate indoor plant trends. These feelings, in turn, are linked with the brand. 

Media Walls
Office plant and pot hire - Cluster Planting

7. Cluster Planting 

Cluster planting is a popular plant trend at the moment and is proving to be the Number 1 request from our office plant hire clients. We have used Cluster Planting abundantly over the past few years, and the trend doesn’t appear to be disappearing anytime soon.

What started off as 2 or 3 plants grouped together has quickly moved to 5 or more to really give the WOW factor. With the use of various height pots and varied plant varieties, it provides a solid injection of greenery, a welcoming feeling to clients and staff and a stunning display.

We have a stunning range of designer pots that assist in achieving some beautiful displays. Our Cone, Wedge, Square and Luna Range all look great in cluster plant displays. An eclectic mix of recycled pots is another great way to decorate as well as a clever recycling option. 

8. Big and Bold! 

Big and Bold is already a sought-after choice for indoor plant hire and is quite the fashion statement. 

With several requests to provide plants that create a huge impact statement in foyers and entrances, part of our designer pot range includes large pots which have the ability to bring a big open space to life and allow for a solid impact of greenery. 

We love transforming a blank canvas using our healthy, lush plant hire service. Say goodbye to lost and lonely plants for a large open space with our supersized XXXL Cone range to create a dramatic, yet stunning, eye-catching plantscape. Nothing creates the wow factor more than a well-proportioned indoor plantscape, with the correct plant to space ratio. Our big and bold pots and plants provide volume to create vibrant and welcoming environments for staff and visitors. 

Office plant and pot hire - Big and Bold
Mixed Planting

9. Mixed Planting 

Mixed planting is another of our biggest requests from our clients. We have a range of pots that will not only support a large plant, but also allows for underplanting around the plant. This makes a stunning display of botanical beauty. We can even trail plants over the pot edge for an added finishing touch. It’s amazing what a difference simple touches can create.

Provided the correct plants are sourced, this plant hire trend can create an extremely impressive visual appeal that turns heads and captures attention.

Our stylish and modern XL Cone range is a perfect choice for a mixed planting design. 

10. Trailing Plants 

The Spider Plant and Pothos have also joined the trend of indoor plants. Trailing plants have been proven to be a well sought-after choice for indoor office plant hire. Whether plants are trailing from Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls, cupboards or shelving, they make a beautiful display. 

Our most popular varieties are pothos, particularly the Pothos ‘goldilocks’ variety along with spider plants. There is a therapeutic energy in having plants in your office with a trailing habit. It may just be the soft flow of foliage to create depth and colour to your working environment.

Trailing plants can be beautifully showcased in one of our Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls. And don’t forget, our Vertical Garden Walls can be custom made for your office plant hire requirements. 

Office plant and pot hire - Trailing Plants

11. Indoor plant trends for open plan offices

Open plan office areas have become a trend. They can be very beneficial for inspiring collaboration between workers.

Having an open plan office area is an effective real estate cost cutting measure for business owners. In addition, the carbon footprint of the office can be reduced. An open plan layout will use less space than individual private offices that use more walls and doors.

But if you have an open office layout, there is more to consider than meets the eye.

The problems faced with working in an open plan office with fellow employees can sometimes far outweigh the benefits. Most people struggle to block out background noise. Background noise can cause stress and interfere with concentration, productivity and creativity. This could have a negative impact on the health of workers, resulting in reduced concentration, productivity and wellbeing.

Another issue is lack of privacy. Open office layouts usually combine various departments. For example, an accounting team, an IT section and a Human Resources department all working close by so they can communicate. But having so many people in such a small area can be detrimental to productivity. We spend a large amount of time indoors. Humans instinctively need some degree of privacy.

Indoor plants are a great solution to this. They can section off a space, absorb sound and create a more pleasant and productive environment for workers. 

Plants for open plan offices

Learn more about indoor plant trends & hire for offices & events

With more than 40 years’ experience in office plant hire, we have seen many plant trends throughout that time.  Working closely with architects, designers and builders it allows us to stay up to date with the current trends.

If you would like further information on our plant hire for Pot Plant Vertical Garden Walls, Tambour Units, Floor Plants, Hanging Plants, Green Walls or any of the other many office plant hire options that we have, please send us a message or call us on 1800 631 365.