We think that nothing completes a room better than some fresh greens, and for that reason, Scott and I find ourselves at our local nursery at least a few times a month, if not once a week! Mostly we like to browse, but every now and then, we’ll pick up a small plant to tuck into our endless supply of planters (handmade planters are our weakness at craft shows). And without fail, those teeny plants wither away, turn brown and cave in on themselves – no matter how much we sing to them, feed them with fertilizer or water (or under water) them!
So, I did a test. I purchased a handful of faux plants, and I waited to see if Scott would notice. Anytime I suggested faux plants in the past, he’d say, never!, but my guilt of seeing our carefully selected plants tossed into the trash got the best of me. That’s not to say we’re done with the real deal (to which we’d both say, never!), but I wondered, how long would it take for Scott to think, hey, now? A few nights after I ‘planted’ my faux greens, a friend came over for dinner, and she said, where’d you get these succulents? They look so healthy!
I laughed, Scott was on to me, and I texted her the link to this Etsy shop.
Of course, faux plants are nothing new, and even some of our favorite big box stores are carrying very realistic versions! I think the trick is that I potted my fakes with real dirt, which helps:
I used to have an aversion to faux plants, too. Like, don’t office lobbies use fake plants? And they’re kind of fabric-y and beg for all the dust? (Right?) But modern faux plants are so much better than faux plants of yore; the donkey tail in our bathroom even has the softest ‘fuzz’ detail, a dead ringer for the real deal! Every month or so, I’ll give our fauxs a warm water rinse, lest we ever fall into the dusty-plant trap.
We have a few larger real plants at Tree House (a mammoth ZZ and a hearty snake plant, two of our all time favorite house plants!), but we’re thinking of picking up a few more faux plants to pepper onto shelves, in the bathroom and on our dresser. We think it’ll take the worry out of leaving behind real plants for an extended period of time, while also giving us the greenery we love! (I’m even thinking of purchasing a few taller stems to have on hand as ‘back ups’ for when I can’t grab fresh flowers at the store. So handy, yeah?) I’ve been poking around for months to find the best of the best, based on my in-person experience, seeing them in store and reading stellar reviews, and I’ve rounded up those favorites here:
Faux Plants to Love
We’re officially on the FPT (Faux Plant Train, anyone?), and yes, Scott, too! The first floor of our home can feel gloomy unless it’s a bright and sunny day, due to the overhang on our front porch. This has been the best solution, and we’re no longer cringing as we toss another crispy or soggy plant. Are you a faux plant convert?