Bring up fake plants, and typically the same kind of image comes up. Paper blooms, layered in dust, on your great-grandmother’s table or overly shiny plastic petals and stems with the line from the mold they were made in running up the seam. They’ve been dismissed as tacky, gauche, and old-fashioned. Well, times change, and artificial plants have grown up and gotten sophisticated. New materials, realistic styling, subtle coloring and stylish planters have made faux arrangements worthy of showcasing in your home or patio. And, don’t forget, these stay perfectly fresh and vibrant for as long as you own them. Here’s a few ways that owning artificial flowers and plants can make your life easier.
The Dreaded Black Thumb
Everyone knows that cheerful green thumb gardener-type whose home and yard are bursting with color and can take a finicky plant from near death to perfect health effortlessly. Chances are, you’re not one of them. Those with a “black thumb” can spend an awful amount of time and money, and still end up with sickly, wilted plants. However, once you embrace your inner foliage killer, you can spend your cash on select artificial plants that look perfectly cultivated right out of the box. Take that, Miss Home & Garden! Check out the large selection of plants from Nearly Natural.
All About Low Maintenance
Face it, you’ve got enough to worry about around the house. Work, kids, pets…they all need a lot of attention (not to mention taking care of yourself!). Throw on watering plants, finding the right sunlight and humidity, and pruning (ugh!), and it can get overwhelming. Fake plants look great inside and out, and your hardest job is figuring out where to place them for your next Instagram pic.
Speaking of kids and pets, there’s a long list of plants and flowers that are poisonous to both. Every year, thousands of young children and pets ingest toxic plants, leading to illness and even death. Beautiful flowers like lilies and oleander and wildly popular green houseplants like pothos, philodendron and ivy are some of the main culprits…even the soil they are planted in or the water in an automatic watering tray can harbor these toxins. Get the look without the danger with artificial versions of these beautiful but dangerous plants.
Your bags are packed, all the lights are turned off, the dog is at the kennel, and the open road awaits. As you’re loading the car, you see your hanging plant getting thirsty in the window and realize you didn’t hire anyone to take care of all the house and garden plants. Returning to a house full of dead plants kinda puts a damper on the homecoming. A houseful of artificial plants and flowers, however, will greet you with the same brightness and beauty as when you left them. Better yet, you can throw a few in the trunk or luggage, and bring them along to spruce up the beach house or hotel room. Either way, you can do what you should do on vacation…relax.
Holidays are the perfect time to enjoy quality moments with family and friends. That is, after you’ve done all the gift shopping, cleaning and cooking. Give yourself a present and make decorating your home easier with a wide variety of faux flowers, wreaths and garlands. Imagine pulling beautiful Easter lilies out of the closet while the kids hunt for eggs, or putting up (and taking down!) a gorgeous Christmas tree without the inflated prices, daily watering or sweeping up needles. With so many seasonal choices, you can have a rotating selection ready to go for any occasion. And, if you’re traveling to see family, they make an ideal last-minute gift. Have a perfectly decorated home throughout the seasons, year after year, and be present for the memories.
Do you decorate with artificial plants? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!