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.
Nearly Natural 4’ Fiddle Leaf Fig Artificial Tree
$73(was $109, now 33% off)
Strat writer David Notis inspired many of you to buy a fiddle-leaf fig tree. This alternative has similar wide, green leaves but will never need watering.
Allstate Floral 15.75” Artificial Cactus Garden in Cement Pot
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.