How to use Living Plants as Dividers

Office spaces are continuing to evolve and change. Open floor plans are becoming more and more common. They are useful for cultivating team dynamics and encouraging a cooperative and creative workspace. They are also necessary at times due to the layout of the office space. For example, re-purposed warehouses lend themselves well to open floor plans.

In these types of office layouts, living plants can make excellent screens and dividers. Plants can divide space and create unobtrusive barriers between work spaces, meeting spaces and sitting areas. They can even be placed on top of cubicles to extend the space toward the ceiling.

Not only do plants make attractive dividers, but they can clean the air, improve productivity, heighten morale and employee health, even help absorb sound to some extent.

There are several ways you can craft a divider using living plants. Group several tall column planters with small trees to create a screen or a walkway. You can also use rectangular planters with tall foliage plants to separate spaces. You can even line smaller tabletop containers on top of a long table or bench.

Here are a few indoor plants that will make excellent room dividers.


There are many different varieties found in this genus. Some are very compact, but some grow up to ten feet tall.  The Dracaenas commonly called corn plant and lucky bamboo will make attractive tall growing screens. They are also easy to care for and will grow well in average temperatures and medium light.

The Snake PlantSnake Plant

The stiff, tall leaves of the snake plant make an excellent boundary when arranged together in several tall column planters or even several plants placed together in a rectangle planter. The plants will thrive well in any light condition and only need occasional waterings. Their attractive foliage and form are perfect for a formal office space.


Palms in general are typically great plants for creating dramatic dividers and walkways. The Kentia Palm is particularly stunning and though it grows slowly it can reach up to eight feet tall. Each palm is on a single stalk that shoots up from the middle of the plant. The fronds are arching and each one can grow up to a foot long. Kentia palms are a little more demanding than other indoor plants. They prefer bright light and plenty of humidity. This dramatic divider will have to be located in a sunny space.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are beautiful plants that stand erect and can reach up to six feet tall. They also produce a lovely white flower. They are notoriously easy to grow indoors. Peace lilies are also well known for their ability to remove common toxic chemicals found in indoor environments.

These are just a few plants that can add a lot of character to an open floor plan. Use them as dividers and walkways to separate spaces and create your client’s desired flow within office spaces.

How have you used living plants to design an open floor plan space for your clients?


“Dracaena” Better Homes and Gardens
“Snake Plant and Mother in Laws Tongue” Houseplants
“Kentia Palm” Guide to Houseplants
“Peace Lily” Better Homes and Gardens
Photo “Snake Plant in Bloom” courtesy of woodleywonderworks

Melanie is a plant enthusiast and expert contributor at and Melanie's experience in internet marketing, business management, and horticulture allows her to bring a unique perspective to the community. Melanie received a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and is the Marketing Director at NewPro Containers.

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