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Gallery of Low, Medium or High Light Plants

Best Office Plants

Our Indoor Plants Gallery shows about fifty (50) plants best suited to Brisbane interiors.

During the design stage, we may recommend a mix or choose mass planting to create that special effect depending on several factors:

  • An office has many micro-environments:
    • Some areas get full sun and some are in shade or rooms without natural light (low light plants),
    • Some are near air-conditioning and some near external doors
    • A balcony in the shade or in full sun.
  • Some offices will take large wide plants and some spaces tall narrow plants.
  • Unfortunately (even in Brisbane) not all plants are always available, due to season or simply demand.
  • Some office staff have preferences about the type of plant, others simply leave it up to us and rely on our expertise.
  • Architectural or tropical plants, we have both.

If the plant you had in mind is not listed it may not be the best indoor plant for Brisbane – but please ask us anyway.

Zanzibar Gem (Low Light Plant)

Probably the best indoor plant and the most popular is the Zanzibar Gem or ZZ Plant.  It is probably better than Yucca as it does not have spikes and “thrives on neglect”. The botanical name for the Zanzibar Gem is Zamioculcas  zamiifolia.  It is a beautiful plant from Zanzibar or Kenya, with waxy full gloss leaves and does not need much looking after.  A good low light plant.  For more information check out the Zanzibar Gem in the Wikipedia.

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Showing a closeup of Agathis robusta Queensland or Kauri Pine leaves.
Agathis robusta Queensland Kauri Pine. A native of Queensland, the Kauri Pine will do well indoors and can grow large given the optimum conditions. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium water.
Showing an Agathis robusta Queensland Kauri Pine in a yellow Diva planter in a courtyard.
Agathis robusta Queensland Kauri Pine. Beautiful tree for indoors when there is a lot of natural light. Floor plants, medium light, medium water.
A speciment of Aglaonema 'BJ Freeman'
Aglaonema 'BJ Freeman'. One of the may varieties of Aglaonemas. One of the best indoor plants with plenty of interest in the foliage. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Aglaonema 'Emerald Beauty'
Aglaonema 'Emerald Beauty'. There are many varieties of Aglaonemas. A very popular indoor plant with plenty of interest in the foliage. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Aglaonema 'Golden Bay'
Aglaonema 'Golden Bay'. There are many varieties of Aglaonemas. A very popular indoor plant with plenty of interest in the foliage. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Aglaonema 'Thai Hybrid'
Aglaonema Thai Hybrid. One of the best indoor plants, this is a new variety of Aglaonemas. This newly released hybrid is readily available. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Anthurium 'Lady Jane'
Anthurium 'Lady Jane'. One of the few plants that will flower indoors. Depending on the light the flowering period will last several months. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Aspidistra 'Elatior' Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistra 'Elatior' Cast Iron Plant. A tough little plant that was popular back in the Fashionable in the Victorian era. It will tolerate low light and low water. Desk plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Asplenium 'Bird's Nest Fern' in a white wedge planter.
Asplenium "Bird's-nest fern". A common name applied to several related species of ferns in the genus Asplenium. Beautiful plant and suitable for indoors. Desk or floor plant, medium to bright light, medium water.
Showing a specimen of Beaucarnea recurvata 'Pony tail'
Beaucarnea recurvata 'Pony Tail' is a species of plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosí in eastern Mexico. This plant will do well on a balcony, so it is not used very much.
Showing a specimen of a red flower on a Bromeliad Guzmania 'Lunaa'
Bromeliad Guzmania 'Lunaa'. One of the many colourful broms. The flowers are tiny, what you see are the colourful bracts (specialised leaves). The colour will remain for up to six weeks except in low light. Desk plant, medium to bright light, low water needs.
Showing a specimen of a yellow flower on a Bromeliad Guzmania 'Pax'
Bromeliad Guzmania 'Pax'. One of the many colourful broms. The flowers are tiny, what you see are the colourful bracts (specialised leaves). The colour will remain for up to six weeks except in low light. Desk plant, medium to bright light, low water needs.
Showing a red flower on a Bromeliad Vriesea 'Poelmania'
Bromeliad Vriesea 'Poelmania'. One of the many colourful broms. The flowers are tiny, what you see are the colourful bracts (specialised leaves). The colour will remain for up to six weeks except in low light. Desk plant, medium to bright light, low water needs.
Showing a 'Parlour Palm' in white pot.
Chamaedorea elegans 'Neanthe Bella' or 'Parlour Palm'. One of the best palms indoors and used in the parlors during the Victorian era. Lovely light green almost feathery foliage. It will grow to about a metre high. Floor or desk plant, medium to low light, low water.
Showing a 'Bamboo Palm' in a white pot.
Chamaedorea seifritzii 'Bamboo Palm'. Traditionally one of the best indoor plants this palm loves the indoors. Lovely light green almost feathery foliage with beautiful bamboo like stems. Floor, medium light, medium to low water.
Chlorophytum comosum 'Spider Plant'
Chlorophytum comosum 'Spider Plant'. An attractive as a hanging plant. A good patio plant. Desk plant, high light, medium water.
Cissus rhombifolia 'Grape Ivy'
Cissus rhombifolia 'Grape Ivy'. Considered to be temperamental unless in the right conditions. Can be used as a climbing plant but needs good light. Desk plant, medium light, medium to low water.
Cycas revoluta 'Cycad'
Cycas revoluta 'Cycad'. An extremely hardy plant but needs high light so, longterm, it is only suitable for balconies and exterior gardens. Floor plant, high light and medium water.
Dieffenbachia 'Camille'
Dieffenbachia 'Camille'. Colourful indoor plant that will grow to a metre high. Floor or desk plant, medium water, high light.
Dieffenbachia 'Snow'
Dieffenbachia 'Snow'. Dieffenbachia 'Camille' - Colourful indoor plant that will grow to a metre high. Floor or desk plant, medium water, high light.
Dracaena cinta 'Black Night'
Dracaena cinta 'Black Night'. Beautiful dark green foliage on this plant best suited to balconies and bright light. Floor plant, bright light, medium water.
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Bush'
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Bush'. Plenty of lovely deep green foliage, suitable as a floor or desk plant and these look great mass planted. Floor or desk plant, low to medium light, low to medium water.
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compacta'
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compacta'. These look stunning in a trough. Usually a desk plant but will grow into a floor speciman with the right conditions. Desk plant, low to medium light, low water.
Showing a 'Janet Craig' in a white pot.
Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'. Plenty of lovely deep green foliage, suitable as a floor or desk plant and these look great mass planted. Floor or desk plant, low to medium light, low to medium water.
Showing a Dracaena Draco in a black pot.
Dracaena Draco. A good balcony plant. Unlike the Yucca the leaves are flexible and not as dangerous for the eyes.
Showing a Happy Plant in a white pot.
Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'. Commonly known as the happy plant, these colourful dracaenas can be found in many offices. They are tolerant of low light and low water, however they will loose their variegation in low light. Probably the best indoor plant. Floor or desk plant, low to high light, low to medium water.
Showing a yellow and green striped Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India' in a white pot.
Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India'. A colourful plant that will brighten up a patio/balcony display. Desk or floor plant, bright light, low to medium water.
Showing a green foliaged Dracaena reflexa 'Variety'
Dracaena reflexa 'Variety'. A good "fill in" for a patio/balcony display. Desk or floor plant, bright light, low to medium water.
Showing a variegated Dracaena warneckii 'Lemon Lime' in a white pot.
Dracaena warneckii 'Lemon Lime'. An amazing plant that will tolerate low light and little water. Floor or desk plant, low to high light, low to medium water.
Showing a 'Golden Cane Palm' in a white pot.
Dypsis lutescens 'Areca Palm' or 'Golden Cane Palm'. A beautiful upright palm with many leaf stems. It needs a bright sunny location and lots of water. Best as a patio plant. The leaves and stems will go a bright golden colour in the hot sun. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to high water.
Showing a 'Golden Cane Palm' in a white pot.
Dypsis lutescens 'Areca Palm' or 'Golden Cane Palm'. A beautiful upright palm with many leaf stems. It needs a bright sunny location and lots of water. Best as a patio plant. The leaves and stems will go a bright golden colour in the hot sun. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to high water.
Showing the hanging foliage of 'Pothos Golden'.
Epipremnum aureum 'Pothos Golden '. A variegated form of the plant. A natural climber also suitable for hanging displays. Desk plant, low light tolerated, medium water.
Showing a 'Pothos Golden or Devil's Ivy' growing on a totem pole.
Epipremnum aureum 'Pothos Golden or Devil's Ivy'. A variegated form of the plant. A natural climber it is often grown on a totem giving a plant about 1.5 metres high. Floor plant, low light tolerated, medium water.
Showing a 'Pothos Jade' on a totem pole.
Epipremnum aureum 'Pothos Jade'. A natural climber also suitable for hanging displays. Desk plant, low light tolerated, medium water.
Showing a Ficus alii 'Standard' in a white pot.
Ficus alii 'Standard'. Slow growing, but given some filtered light near a bright window will grow and last inside indefinitely. Needs pruning to keep it's shape. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to low water.
Showing a Ficus benjamina or small leaf fig in a white pot.
Ficus benjamina. Best in bright light. Needs pruning otherwise will grow long unsightly branches. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to high water.
Showing a Ficus 'Burgundy' in a white pot.
Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'. Best in bright light to keeps it colour. Needs pruning otherwise will grow long unsightly branches. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to high water.
Showing a 'Fiddle Leaf Fig' in a white pot.
Ficus lyrata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig'. A great indoor plant if you want the plant to make a statement. A great silhouette against a bright window. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium water.
Showing a Ficus lyrata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig' standard in a white pot.
Ficus lyrata 'Fiddle Leaf Fig'. A great indoor plant if you want the plant to make a statement. Great when viewed in silhouette against a window. The standard form is not always available. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium water.
Showing a 'Kentia Palm' in a white pot.
Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm', A native of Lord Howe Island, this palm has been used indoors all over the world since Victorian times. It is one of the best indoor plants. It will tolerate low light. Tends to spread and this can be a problem in today's compact offices. Floor plant, medium to low light, medium water.
Showing a 'Kentia Palm' in a white pot.
Howea forsteriana 'Kentia Palm'. A native of Lord Howe Island, this palm has been used indoors all over the world since Victorian times. It is one of the best indoor plants. It will tolerate low light. Tends to spread and this can be a problem in today's compact offices. Floor plant, medium to low light, medium water.
Showing a Monstera deliciosa with shiny green leaves.
Monstera deliciosa. Beautiful tropical foliage but will vigorously grow towards the light. Balcony Floor plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing the drooping strappy leaves of the 'Brazilian Walking Iris'.
The Brazilian Walking Iris or Apostle Plant. A relatively new plant for the indoor plant hire industry. Beautiful strappy green leaves and a colourful orchard like flower. Usually a desk plant, medium to bright light, medium water needs, good patio plant.
Showing a Nephthytis 'White Butterfly' with pale green leaves.
Nephthytis 'White Butterfly'. Thrives in bright light if given sufficient water, although filtered light is best. A good fill-in plant.
Showing a Philodendron 'Imperial Green' in a white pot.
Philodendron 'Imperial Green'. This tropical plant will add grace and style to any room. Desk to floor plant, medium to low light, medium to low water.
Showing an Philodendron 'Imperial Red' in a white pot.
Philodendron 'Imperial Red'. This plant will keep its deep burgundy colour. Desk to floor plant, medium to low light, medium to low water.
Showing a Philodendron 'Xanadu' in a white pot.
Philodendron 'Xanadu'. This plant is native to Brazil, but is widely cultivated as a landscape plant in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. It in not good indoors and needs bright light and sun. Perfect plant on a patio or in an exterior landscape. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to high water. Pronounced 'zanadu'
Showing a Philodendron congo in a white pot.
Philodendron congo. This tropical plant will add grace and style to any room. Desk to floor plant, medium to low light, medium to low water.
A closeup of the Philodendron martianum leaves.
Philodendron martianum is a species of plant in the Araceae family. It is native to southeastern Brazil. Wikipedia. A beautiful philodendron with glossy leaves and interesting leaf stems. Desk plant or floor plant prefers well lit position and medium water.
Showing a Philodendron selloum 'Hope' in a white pot.
Philodendron selloum 'Hope'. Philodendrons have been popular houseplants since Victorian times, they tolerate low light and have a compact form about a metre high. Floor plant, medium to low light, medium to low water.
Showing a Rhapis excelsa 'Lady Palm' in a white pot.
Rhapis excelsa 'Lady Palm'. A popular palm as it keeps a compact form and tolerates low light. Slow growing. Desk or floor plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii 'Mother in law's tongue' in a white pot.
Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii 'Mother in law's tongue'. A variegated form with yellow margins and green stripes. It looks good mass planted. Usually considered an 'architectural' or minimalists plant. Desk or floor plant, tolerates low light, low water.
Showing a Sansevieria zeylanica in a white pot.
Sansevieria zeylanica. A variegated form with green stripes. It looks good mass planted. Usually considered an 'architectural' or minimalists plant. Desk or floor plant, tolerates low light, low water.
Showing an Umbrella Tree in a tall black planter.
Schefflera Alpine Junior common name Umbrella Tree. These old fashioned bushes look good on a balcony and can be kept at only just over a metre high.
Showing a Schefflera Alpine Junior 'Dwarf Umbrella Tree' in a white pot.
Schefflera Alpine Junior 'Dwarf Umbrella Tree'. This Schefflera was developed from tissue culture for interiors. Because of the more compact form, it’s much better suited to our indoor worlds. Best when used as a patio plant with bright light. Floor plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a Schefflera arboricola 'Miniature Umbrella Tree' in a white pot.
Schefflera arboricola 'Miniature Umbrella Tree'. This is a variegated variety. Great for balconies. Floor plant, medium light, medium water.
Showing a Peace Lily in a white pot.
Spathiphyllum 'Lynise' Peace Lily or Madonna Lily. Some may say this is the best indoor plant. One of the many varieties of this definitive indoor plant. This plant will flower indoors. The plant has a heavy perfume. Desk plant, tolerates low light, medium water.
Showing a Spathiphyllum 'Sensation' in a white pot.
Spathiphyllum 'Sensation' Peace Lily or Madonna Lily. One of the larger varieties of this definitive indoor plant. This plant will flower indoors. The plant has a heavy perfume. In the right conditions will grow one metre high. Floor plant, tolerates low light, medium water.
Showing a Spathiphyllum 'Taylors Green' in a white pot.
Spathiphyllum 'Taylors Green' Peace Lily or Madonna Lily. One of the many varieties of this definitive indoor plant. This plant will flower indoors. The plant has a heavy perfume. Desk plant, tolerates low light, medium water.
Showing a Strelitzia nicolai 'Bird of Paradise' in a yellow pot.
Strelitzia nicolai 'Bird of Paradise'. A tough plant, suitable for balconies. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium water.
Showing a Yucca elephantipes in a white pot.
Yucca elephantipes. These are grown as canes (as in this image) or with several branches on mature plants. The leaves are tipped with sharp spines, so the location should be considered carefully. Best when used on a balcony. Floor plant, medium to high light, medium to low water.
Showing a Zanzibar Gem in a white wedge planter.
Zamioculcas zamifolia, ZZ Plant or Zanzibar Gem. Normal growth is a well balance plant. Floor or desk plant, the Zanzibar Gem will tolerate low light, low water.