For those of you with black thumbs, who swear you can’t keep plants alive… this post is for you! You don’t have to live your entire life without greenery or the beautiful sculptural element plants have to offer. I’ve carefully examined and compiled the best (yep!! I’m going there) faux plants- that actually make the cut and look & feel realistic. Some of them even had me second guessing which was real and which was faux.
First things first- I love gardening and taking care of my house plants, so I only have one or two faux leaves… but these would be perfect for those with minimal time to care for plants, low light situations, or just bad luck. I totally understand the difficulty of traveling often and the struggle to keep plants alive. Sometimes it really can be a challenge. The only reason I would recommend a faux alternative is because technology and design have come a longgggg way. These aren’t the silk, tacky flowers your grandma or even mother used to display. From texture, color, scale, and even reflective qualities, the following are faux plants I would actually recommend… the next best option to the real thing.
01: kentia palm tree // 02: succulent planter // 03: philodendron hanging plant // 04: preserved boxwood wreath // 05: potted aloe // 06: fiddle leaf fig // 07: tillandsia air plant // 08: potted snake plant // 09: forty inch lotus leaf // 10: thirty-three inch lotus leaf // 11: fern branch // 12: potted banana tree // 13: potted philodendron // 14: staghorn fern // 15: grass bunch // 16: maguey stem // 17: monstera leaf // 18: potted fern // 19: bird of paradise floor planter // 20: magnolia stem
A good rule of thumb is to source a plant that already has plastic-y looking leaves, or a waxy texture. They’re most easily replicated and look more convincing. Luckily, those types of plants are really trendy right now. Another easy, maintenance-free plant to look for is of the preserved variety. You often times see boxwood wreaths or preserved branches- these are really the best of both worlds. The only maintenance required for faux houseplants is dusting. I think you can handle that, right?!
Would you believe me if I told you the above leaves are faux? Well, they are! Obviously, these aren’t the real thing… so there will be some differences, but overall- I think they’re pretty convincing. Would you ever go faux? I love taking care of my houseplants too much, but if I had a black thumb- I wouldn’t be willing to give up hints of green throughout my house! For more plant & gardening posts, click here.