I love plants with passion and would happily spend all my cash and spare time over the weekend going to our local nursery.
I also know that some of you have the idea of planting fake plants. In fact, I see your fingers are getting hot and ready to leave me a malicious comment.
I wrote about my love/hate relationship with fake plants before. SURE, real trees are better, but listen to me!
After killing some expensive potted plants on my porch last summer, I replaced them with outdoor artificial plants. They look exactly like the real plants I replaced, they don’t fade, and they look great on my porch all winter.
This photo was taken in February in Tennessee when no potted plants could do business outdoors.
A little plot…
When we moved into this house with a large covered porch, I had a horticulturalist come over to give me advice on landscaping, what plants to replace and the like.
I told him I wanted our covered patio to feel full of plants and lush with lots of potted plants. I asked him what kind of tree or big tree he should buy. He told me that because the porch is covered and the trees won’t benefit from the rainfall (our state is very rainy) he discourages planting under the porch.
He told me that even if I commit to watering them it may not be enough and they will probably die.
I didn’t listen and I bought a bunch of real plants for my covered porch. You can see their photos this. I watered them religiously, but it only took a few months after I started noticing signs of withering and then I spent the rest of the summer witnessing all of my plants. I’m slowly dying.
So sad. After that, I believe you should decide to replace your tree with artificial plants and bonsai.
Same price as buying real trees, but now winter is almost over and they all look perfect I’m glad I made that choice instead of digging any further.
When is a fake tree better than a real tree?
-Choose artificial plants for outdoor spaces that don’t get rain (like a covered porch).
– Fake plants are a good choice for places where you have thoughts about a very specific plant, but the tree is not content there. I use this rule internally and externally.
-If fake and real trees are about the same price and you’re not sure you can keep the real tree alive, choose a fake to be on the safe side.
– Artificial plants are a good choice for those who travel a lot, resort and own rental properties.
If you live in a climate where you can’t grow the plants you want.
How to make a fake treeok more real
I have two important tips to make my artificial plants look real. The number one important tip is to mix real and fake plants. When you have some real plants and some fake plants in your space, everyone will assume they are all real!
I do this indoors and outdoors! For example, all the plants on my yard are fake right now, but I’ll still have some fresh herbs and real snake plants and other succulents that can do well all season.
Use real dirt on your fake plants. I know this sounds a bit weird, but growing your fake plants in the dirt will actually make them look more real and it will also help keep them upright (unsupported outdoor plants can get windy). blows away a lot).
You can also cover small rocks on top of the soil if you like the look of it better.
Here are some of my favorite potted plants.
I hope this article was helpful! I didn’t even know you could find so many outdoor plants that look like the real thing and won’t fade. They’re worth it to me because I know we’ll enjoy them for years to come and I just can’t kill them.
So after reading this, what do you think about outdoor artificial plants?
PS Be sure to check out my favorite fake plants this.