Our office — and readers — collectively freaked out when we learned that Amazon not only sells plants, but that they manage to deliver live shrubs, trees, and flowers without destroying them in the process. However, those of us without green thumbs felt a little left out of the party. Even if a fiddle-leaf fig or rubber plant made it safely from an Amazon warehouse to my apartment, I’d inevitably forget to water it, overwater it, or stick its pot in a dark corner the sun never touches. Fortunately there’s lots of attractive artificial greenery out there for us serial plant killers. The non-negligent can enjoy these, too, especially pet owners, as many common houseplants are toxic to cats and dogs.
In combing through the forest of faux foliage I decided to stick with plants instead of cut flowers (because those don’t last long anyway) and to avoid fruit-bearing trees that wouldn’t typically survive indoors, and because the fake lemons or olives look a little too, well, fake. That still leaves an array of artificial options for getting that natural style — without any of the work.
Japanese maple trees typically only thrive outdoors and take years to grow. Skip all that with an elegant faux version.
Complete the Zen garden look with this petite silk bonsai.
The bright flowers on this artificial bird of paradise plant add some color without being too over the top.
Snake plants are definitely trending right now, but they’re so sleek that they’ll never look dated. Which is good because this fake one will last a long time.
This bold faux agave is extra cool with a minimal black planter.
Can you imagine all the hard work it would take to maintain the perfectly round shape of these boxwood trees if they were real?
The details and shading on the leaves of this hanging spider plant make it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
If you really want some flowers, these always-in-bloom orchids are highly realistic. They’d look great in a modern planter.
You’re probably thinking it’s impossible to kill a cactus or succulent, but trust me, it can happen. If even these low-maintenance plants are too much for you, this cluster of faux cacti in a cement planter is very Southwestern-chic.
Decorate your desk with some fake succulents that won’t mind if you take an extra-long weekend.
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