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Plants add a soothing, natural decorative element to any room—but often the plant you’d like for the space you’re decorating won’t work for various reasons. Whether the room you’re in is too sunny, you have kids or pets or you just have an old-fashioned “brown thumb,” artificial plants can be a great option for many spaces.
Here, the best fake plants for any space.
Best Fern: Silk Tree Warehouse Artificial Boston Fern
Few plants have the graceful sweep of a full-leafed Boston fern. These ferns make great houseplants, but if you don't want to worry about watering something regularly, the Silk Tree Warehouse Artificial Boston Fern is a great alternative. Place this artificial fern inside an existing hanging pot, or arrange it on a TV stand to bring the outdoors inside. All of the fronds are attached to a single center spike, so you can fluff out and arrange them to work with your decor. Keep in mind that the plant has silk leaves which may fade in the sun, so it’s best for shady porches or indoor use. According to reviewers, this silk fern looks incredibly real, although some wished that the pot was included.
Best Ficus Bush: Vickerman Artificial Ficus Bush in Decorative Rattan Basket
Ficus plants are native to the tropics but are routinely used as decorative elements in the home. The Vickerman Artificial Ficus Bush is a great substitute for the real thing, and the trunk is made from real wood, so if it looks realistic that's because it is! It's nestled inside a rattan basket with soft moss spread over the fake dirt, and it can be placed directly onto the floor for instant greenery in any room. The leaves have nice color variation and it just needs light dusting to be cleaned. This bush is only recommended for use indoors but it can work in both home and office settings.
Best Fig Tree: Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree in Pot
You’ve probably seen a fig tree neatly positioned in different rooms when perusing home decor blogs, but the truth is these plants are hard to keep alive. This realistic-looking tree gives you all the drama you love from the fig tree but without the upkeep (just wipe it clean with a soft cloth to remove any dust or debris). It can even take the place of artwork or furniture in a more formal room. It comes in a round, black pot but many reviewers said that it's too small, so they had to purchase a larger and sturdier stand. Other than that, this plant received glowing reviews from customers, who also note that guests tend to touch the leaves because they look so real. Choose from four different sizes.
Best for a Tabletop: Nearly Natural Pothos in Vase
This evergreen centerpiece will keep your table decorated for a fraction of the cost compared to fresh bouquets! With a realistic-looking color variation on the leaves, and nestled inside an attractive 10 x 6.5-inch rattan-style pot, this artificial Pothos plant is a lush addition to any home. The leaves extend up to 29 inches wide and 20 inches tall for lots of drama—but at only 3 pounds, it’s easy to move if you need the table space for dinner. Reviewers call this plant realistic, full, and absolutely gorgeous, adding that it's great for people who don't have good luck with real plants.
Best Succulents: MyGift Decorative Round Faux Potted Succulents
Succulents are all the rage, but getting the right combo (and keeping them alive!) can be tricky. This 6-inch arrangement of faux succulents in a clean-lined white or black ceramic planter gives you the look of a small succulent garden without the upkeep. The realistic-looking arrangement measures 7 inches tall, which is just the right scale for a coffee table centerpiece or an accent on a console table. You can also place it on the vanity in your bathroom or on a floating shelf to add some visual appeal. Made for indoor use only.
Best Plant-Pot Combo: Project 62 Artificial Aloe Plant In Pot
Nestled inside a white, round pot, this artificial aloe plant will be a welcome addition to any home. It has a modern feel, and it looks great when grouped with other potted plants. Measuring 12.5 x 5 x 5 inches, it’s a fairly small plant but it can stand alone in the corner of a smaller room or apartment. Decorating a smaller space can be challenging, but well-placed accessories like this can transform a room and make it looker larger and more inviting than it actually is.
Best Palm: Nearly Natural 5289 Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree
Palm trees give your home a tropical feel but they can be difficult to keep green throughout the year. This silk tree adds the feeling of the warm sun to your room without giving you the headache of keeping it alive season after season. The leaves are made of plastic polyester material so they look pretty lifelike. The purchase comes with a very standard pot so you'll probably want to get something a little more decorative for your abode. Note that it stands 6.5 feet tall so it will take up a great deal of space in your home or office.
Type Do you fancy ferns? Pine for palm trees? Almost any type of plant can be found in a fake version, and you don’t have to worry about the right light or even watering it. If you need help narrowing down your choices, consider the mood you want to set in a space, as well as how realistic various types of fake plants look.
Size How much room do you have for your plant? You don’t want it to overwhelm an area, but if you have space, a larger plant is a great way to brighten up your home. However, if you plan to move your plant frequently, make sure to consider how much it weighs, as some can get quite hefty.
Pot While the plant is the star of the show, its pot plays an important supporting role. The color and material a pot is made of can make a big (or not so big) impact in any space. Consider the surrounding décor to make sure your pot complements it.