There’s just something so calming and tranquil about coming home to a beautiful garden. Gorgeous green foliage has been shown to lower anxiety levels and reduce stress, which is something most of us need in our lives!
However, coming home to a garden full of plants that look sad and wilted, and spending a lot of time and money just keeping those plants alive…well, that’s hardly calming for some of us.
That’s why artificial plants have gained popularity in recent years. More people have caught onto the fact that they can have their dream garden without picking up a watering can even once, and they’re onto something there.
To make your artificial garden a happy place, read on to find out more about building and maintaining your own artificial garden!
Can you keep artificial plants from fading outside?
There are a few things you can do to keep your artificial plants from fading while they are outside. Often, this can come down to the quality of the artificial foliage and the company you choose to buy from. It’s true that what you pay for, does reflect the quality and longevity of your artificial plants. In addition, some manufacturers offer UV resistant outdoor artificial plants.
Another thing you can consider is the location of the plant. In general, a fake plant that is placed in direct sunlight will fade at a faster rate compared to a fake plant that is placed in the shade.
If you still want to place some of your plants in direct sunlight, it may be a good idea to move plants around so the ones in shaded areas can swap places with the ones in direct sunlight from time to time, essentially taking turns withstanding the sun damage.
Another thing to think about is whether or not your artificial plants will have to endure intense weather conditions. Harsh winds and heavy downpour can negatively impact the integrity of your artificial plant and shorten its lifespan, so avoid placing them where they might have to be subjected to harsh weather. Depending on the provider you choose for your artificial greenery, there are some providers who offer foliage that is denser. You can tell if the foliage has dense features by how many leaves or stems the plant has. In addition, if the manufacturer or reseller has provided case studies on long usage of the plants.
To keep your artificial garden looking brand new, make sure to clean them every few months. Cleaning a fake plant doesn’t take long at all, and requires very little time to do. All it takes is some dish soap, a wet rag, and a UV spray if the fake plant doesn’t have UV protection within.
Do fake plants last outside?
It may seem hard to believe, but high-quality artificial plants can last a really long time outdoors. The best artificial plants are manufactured with fibers and materials that are known to be durable and fade-proof, making them perfect for an artificial garden!
As we mentioned before, sun damage can reduce your artificial plant’s longevity, causing dryness, cracking, and fading. So if you want longevity and durability, it’s important to look out for artificial plants that have UV protection.
While some artificial plant manufacturers spray-on UV protectant over their products after they’ve been produced, the best manufacturers will actually use UV protectant during the manufacturing process. This means that those artificial plants have UV protection built into their material, which provides incredible long-term protection from harsh UV rays, ensuring your garden stays beautiful for a long time.
If you find that your artificial plants have no UV protection at all, you will need to invest in spray-on UV protectant. This will make it last a lot longer than it would have otherwise! Simply add this as a last step every time you clean your plants.
Are fake plants suitable to use outdoors?
Fake plants come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so you’ll definitely be able to find some that are suitable for your artificial garden! If you’re not sure where to begin your search, here are some ideas to get you started.
Always wanted a tropical garden but your climate just won’t allow it? Installing an artificial tropical garden is the way to go! While real palm trees, cycads, and ferns may not like cold, dry weather, their artificial counterparts do just fine in those conditions.
Bamboo gardens have a calming, zen energy about them, and are so beautiful in the way they move ever so gently in the wind. Unfortunately, real bamboo propagates itself so quickly and efficiently that they become invasive and difficult to control! Avoid the hassle and enjoy a maintenance-free zen garden with artificial bamboo trees instead.
Topiaries with densely packed leaves manicured in a satisfyingly spherical shape have long been a symbol of elegance in the gardening world, and can be styled in so many ways. Real versions take a long while to grow dense enough to shape, and are quite tricky to maintain to make sure they don’t lose their shape. If you’d like to avoid the effort, artificial topiary plants look great from the get-go, and stay that way too!
Much like topiaries, box hedges have always been popular due to their manicured looks, with the added bonus of protecting the privacy of a garden. Also like topiaries, they require a lot of time and expertise to maintain. Artificial hedges won’t overgrow on you, and many of them have the added bonus of being conveniently portable.
How to pot artificial plants
When planning your garden, there are many ways to design an interesting landscape that features your plants in different ways. One of those ways is by using pots and planters! While a fake plant does not need a pot necessarily, it not only makes it look good, but also has the added bonus of keeping a plant upright and sturdy in the long term.
Most artificial plants will arrive at your door already potted. Now, there’s nothing wrong with those pots, but generally speaking, they aren’t particularly appealing design-wise. A more decorative planter in a bigger size will look good and keep your plant looking beautiful in your garden. A rule to go by when choosing pots for your artificial plants is this: a 22cm diameter pot is suitable for plants up to 120cm, and a 30cm diameter pot is suitable for plants over 120cm.
In order to re-pot your artificial plants, you will need:
- A pot or planter
- Some soil or sand
- Tree bark or small rocks and pebbles
If your pot is deep, start with pre-filling the pot with a bit of soil or sand. Once that is done, position your plant in the very center of the pot. Unlike real plants, there’s no need to remove the pot that your fake plant came in. Once you’re happy with the position of your plant, you can fill the area around the pot with soil or sand.
Here’s a little tip if you think you’ll be moving around your potted artificial plant fairly frequently. You can replace some of the soil or sand with polystyrene chunks to make it lighter and easier to move around!
Lay a decorative topping like tree bark or small rocks and pebbles, and you now have a gorgeously re-potted artificial plant to place in your garden!
How to decorate your patio or entrance using artificial plants
Displaying your plants on your patio or entrance is a great way to increase curb appeal and add personality to your home! There are several approaches to this, and the one you choose will depend on a few different factors.
The first thing you need to consider is the amount of space you have for your faux plants. For patios with larger floor space, you can enhance the area with larger potted plants, like a palm tree, olive tree, or even a large topiary ball.
If you have plenty of ceiling height, your patio would look amazing with hanging plants. String of pearls and devil’s ivy are hugely popular right now, and look modern and fresh. Meanwhile, ferns and florals have remained a firm favorite for decades and won’t look amiss in any space.
For smaller patios and entry ways, the savvy thing to do is to make use of vertical space. Vertical gardens are a very popular way to add greenery to a space, and with options ranging from the classic ivy to a more tropical selection, these green walls are easy to install and make a big decorative statement for any space. If you’re looking for a more artful way of displaying greenery on your walls, green wall disks are also great option.
Enhance your patio and entryway greenery with decorative pots and planters, as well as furniture and decor like a lounge set to make the space attractive and functional. With so much greenery around you, we reckon you’ll want to spend a lot of time on your patio to enjoy it!
How to decorate backyard with fake plants
An outdoor artificial garden can look really impressive, and give you an incredible view every time you look out your windows. Every backyard is different, so you’ll need to plan ahead in order to get the most out of your artificial outdoor garden.
First, measure your backyard and map out the key areas you would like to place your plants. Some people like to surround the parameter of their space with screening bamboo or box hedges, while others like a more organic feel with a variety of bushes placed along a curved path.
Then, start looking for plants of different sizes to create visual interest throughout your backyard. You should even consider having a variety of leaf sizes and even florals, just to add a little bit of texture to your backyard.
It’s important to keep a cohesive ‘theme’ throughout your garden design. Would you like a sparse, minimalist look, or would you like it to feel more like a tropical jungle? The choice is yours!
Obviously, you can feel free to break all the rules above. After all, it’s very easy to move artificial plants around, so you can experiment with what works best for your backyard. To really bring your backyard artificial garden to life, be sure to accessorise your backyard with water features, garden decor, and even outdoor lighting.
How do you keep fake flowers in place?
Fake flowers look beautiful all year round, providing colour and visual interest throughout your vertical garden. It can be quite tricky to keep them looking fresh and perky, so here are some tips you can use to breathe life into your faux florals!
It’s important to choose a sturdy vessel to hold your flower arrangement. An outdoor pot will be fine, but you can get creative with this! An old tin can or rain boots, or maybe even a cool bucket, can also look good once you pop some flowers in. Just be aware that the size and shape of the vessel will determine the number of flowers you’ll use, as well as the height of the entire arrangement.
Next, you need to use floral foam or clay to hold your flowers in place so that your floral arrangement will hold its shape. For a heavier or larger arrangement, clay would work better than foam. You can find both these items at garden shops and craft stores. If you’re using a clear vessel, it may be a good idea to cover the foam or clay base with a bit of fake moss.
To prepare them, simply cut them into a size and shape that would fit in the bottom of your vessel. Then, use double-sided tape or a temporary adhesive like Blu Tac to stick it into the bottom of the vessel.
You can then proceed to arranging your beautiful flowers in a way that looks attractive to you!
Enjoy your gorgeous artificial garden
If you’ve always wanted a beautiful garden, but cannot find the time to maintain one, an artificial garden is a fantastic way to enjoy your space without the hassle!
Well-made fake plants from a reliable manufacturer are incredibly durable and long-lasting, and come in a variety of shapes, colours, and sizes, making your garden look luscious in all seasons.
As long as you occasionally clean your plants and ensure they’re protected from harmful UV rays, your artificial outdoor garden will be something you can enjoy for years to come!