Longlist voting was by eFIG members and visitors to The Landscape Show.
eFIG says the awards are important because in the Australian study carried out two years ago, Margaret Burchett found that even having one plant on or by workers’ desks, reduced anxiety and stress levels considerably.
Research has also shown that workers are more productive particularly if they have some say in which plants to have in the office.
The judging took place at Indoor Garden Design, where eFIG’s vice chairman Ian Drummond who is creative director at IGD, works. He said: "Every year we honour a plant with this award. It is always interesting to see which plants make the short list and eventually make the grade. Personally I love using all three plants but the Vanda orchid not only has all the required attributes but has that extra something when you want to make a real statement."
Shortlisted plants, Vanda Orchid, Sansevieria Mikado and Ficus Panda, collected the most votes from the original list of
3 Croton (Codiaeum variegatum Ann Rutherford)
4 Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’
5 Kentia palm
6 Orchid Vanda
7 Sansevieria Mikado
8 Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
10. Pleomele Song of India
11. Beaucarnia recurvata