The 7 Best Artificial Plants of 2021

Give your home a green makeover—even if you have a brown thumb

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Fluff out and arrange the silk leaves to your liking with this voluminous fern, which can be hung or placed on a shelf.
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Add a bit of authenticity to your fake plantscape with this bush, which has a trunk made out of real wood.
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If you want to go big, you can't go wrong with a tall, full pick like this one—just make sure to buy a pot to finish the look.
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A wonderful centerpiece for your dinner table or an entryway, this fake pothos is a good fit for spaces with less natural light.
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Get a whole garden in one pot with this succulent assortment, which is the perfect desk plant for a home office.
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The sleek, white pot is the perfect pairing for a spiky faux-aloe plant, and it's small size fits in to just about any setting.
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Even in non-tropical climates, this palm tree adds a beachy vibe year-round with absolutely no maintenance.
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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.

Whether you're looking for something lush, like a fern or palm, or you'd prefer something sleeker like aloe or succulents, there's a fake plant for nearly any home space. Like houseplants, they range in size and shape, so you can fill your home with tall trees or add a couple of small options to a bookcase or shelf. Some options even come without pots so you can really personalize the look of your home.

Here, the best fake plants for any space. 

Best Fern: Silk Tree Warehouse Artificial Boston Fern

Dimensions: 48 x 48-inches | Weight: N/A | Plant Type: Boston Fern Bush | Container Included: No

What We Like
  • Easy to style and fluff

  • Durable

  • Use as an accent or on its own

What We Don't Like
  • Silk leaves could fade in the sun

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 that 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.

What Testers Say

"The silk Boston fern is made out of a synthetic fabric material that seems to hold up well to styling. When playing with the branches, we were pretty rough moving them into place, and they didn’t rip or fray."Hannah Huber, Product Tester

Best Ficus Bush: Vickerman Artificial Ficus Bush in Decorative Rattan Basket

Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 48-inches | Weight: 7 pounds | Plant Type: Ficus Bush | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Trunk is made from real wood

  • Comes in a planter

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Can only be used indoors

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.

What Testers Say

"For its size and when compared to fake plants as a whole, the Vickerman Ficus Bush is well priced. That it already comes with a decorative planter is a bonus."—Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

Best Fig Tree: Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree in Pot

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Dimensions: 72 x 26 x 26-inches | Weight: 16 pounds | Plant Type: Fig Tree | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Easy to clean

  • Comes in a planter

  • Looks realistic

  • Comes in various sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Planter runs small

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.

What Testers Say

"It gave our home the modern look you often see in highly curated homes. Because the tree is tall and fairly skinny, it was the perfect size to fill an empty corner of our home."—Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

Best for a Tabletop: Nearly Natural Pothos in Vase

Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.125 x 10.125-inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Plant Type: Pothos | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Looks realistic

  • Comes in a planter

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Leaves are very thin

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.

What Testers Say

"The designs on the leaves appear organic and varied from leaf to leaf just like a real plant. Even up close the leaves look real, not plastic or cheap."—Hannah Huber, Product Tester

Best Succulents: MyGift Decorative Round Faux Potted Succulents

Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 7-inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Plant Type: Succulent | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Comes in a planter

  • Use as an accent or centerpiece

  • Looks realistic

What We Don't Like
  • Can only be used indoors

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

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Dimensions: 12.5 x 5 x 5-inches | Weight: 0.3 pounds | Plant Type: Aloe | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Comes in a decorative pot

  • Can group with other plants

  • Easy to style

What We Don't Like
  • Leaves feel unrealistic

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.

What Testers Say

"One of the aspects we like most about this faux aloe plant is the authentic layer of 'dirt' that lines the base of the plant. It’s solid and has a grainy texture and looks like real potting soil."—Hannah Huber, Product Tester

Best Palm: Nearly Natural 5289 Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree

Dimensions: 45 x 40 x 78-inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Plant Type: Palms | Container Included: Yes

What We Like
  • Looks realistic

  • Easy to style

  • Comes in a planter

What We Don't Like
  • Planter isn't very stylish

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.

What Testers Say

"The trunk manages to capture the rubbery feel that some palm leaves can have. It also stays lifelike by impersonating imperfections, like the brown and yellow that can appear on trunks and branches, so that the tree looks like a natural, healthy plant."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

What to Look for in an Artificial Plant

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 or look for options that can be easily repotted into something that suits your style..

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Ayn-Monique Klahre, a freelance writer who has contributed to The Spruce since 2017. She was previously an editor and has covered a variety of home topics, from furniture to decor. To make this list, she considered each plant's type, size, and pot.

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