BUFFALO GROVE, IL--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  As we approach the first day of summer on June 21st, Ambius, www.ambius.com, the world's leading provider of plants for the workplace, reports that the trend in workplace greenery for summer 2010 favors lush, colorful and tropical foliage. "Clients are seeking to establish a welcoming and restorative mood with their office plants this season," says Todd Ferguson, Area Managing Director for Ambius. "Vibrant and colorful plants at the workplace imbue a more relaxed summer vibe that clients are craving this season."

Ambius reports that the top five most requested workplace plants and plant varieties for the American marketplace for the summer 2010 season include:

  1. Pygmy Date Palm Tree, whose Latin name is the Phoenix roebelenii, is native to Southern China. Also known as Robellini Palm, Miniature Date Palm, the Pygmy Date Palm Tree can grow up to 10 feet high and sports a slender trunk and bright green pinnate leaves that grow from the top of the trunk with arching stems.
  2. California Ivy or English Ivy, whose Latin name is Hedera helix 'California,' which can be trained to climb up walls or live inside a hanging basket, features a solid, deep green Ivy leaf of medium size.
  3. The Orchid family, whose scientific name is Orchidaceae, includes a multitude of species estimated to be four times the number of mammal species, which feature showy and beautiful flowers that make an elegant statement in any workplace environment.
  4. Kalanchoe is a plant class featuring over 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants that add color and panache to office cubicles with flowers that form little clusters and come in many shades of red, orange, yellow and purple.
  5. Aspidistra Elatior, native to Asia, is commonly known as the "cast-iron plant" or "iron plant" and sports large, leathery leaves.  

"It isn't necessary to fill every available space with a plant to achieve a curative interior landscape," adds Ferguson. "Often just a few good-quality specimens located where employees work or take their rest breaks can be sufficient. Being around plants certainly seems to reduce stress and engender a feeling of well-being in most people, a benefit that is even more acute if correct lighting is in place. The fact that a workplace has budgeted on something to make the environment more attractive may also be a contributing factor, by sending a signal to staff that management cares about its employees."

About Ambius
Ambius offers a full spectrum of services to enhance the interior space for the hospitality, healthcare, retail, and commercial industries. Ambius services include ambient scenting, interior landscaping, holiday décor, decorative wall art and fresh fruit and flower deliveries to businesses in 18 countries in Europe, North America, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Ambius is a division of Rentokil Initial plc (LSE: RTO). For more information, visit the new Ambius website at www.ambius.com

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