While it’s easier than ever to buy live plants online, sometimes, despite our best intentions, those live plants become, well, dead plants. Artificial plants — fake plants, silk plants, faux foliage, or whatever you want to call them — offer a simple solution. They’ll never outgrow their pots, the leaves will never droop down and turn yellow, and there’s no need to worry about watering or fertilizing. They’re also pet-safe and child-safe.
Like any living plant, artificial plants can work wonders for any décor situation, and we doubt that anyone will know the difference once they’re displayed on a nice plant stand. We found some small options if you want to be subtle, like mini succulents and a potted orchid, as well as larger ones for those unafraid to go all out with a big statement ficus tree or monstera. No matter the size, an artificial plant can give you the look you’re going for without all the fuss.
Best artificial floor plants
A 5.5 foot tall fiddle-leaf fig that’s never going to die on you. This one is pricier than some of the other faux options out there, but we’re impressed by how realistic-looking it is. Most companies seem to “overstuff” their silk fiddles with big clusters of leaves, which is a dead giveaway in our humble opinion. This one is spare and minimal, like the real deal.
Birds of paradise are one of those plants that almost look fake even when they’re real, so save yourself the trouble. This 5 foot tall faux bird of paradise —complete with irregular leaf tears and crinkles — will make just as much of a statement as a live one.
If you want to spend a good bit less and still get a realistic-looking monstera, this is a good choice.
This 6 foot ficus has a delicate look, with its long and slender trunk, and the intricately detailed leaves will catch anyone’s eye. (The manufacturer’s product description says it has “1,008 individual leaves.”)
This is a particularly impressive imitation of the very on-trend variegated rubber tree. At 2 feet tall, its a bit smaller than the other artificial floor plants on this list, but would look perfect perched on a plant stand.
Snake plants are pretty hard to kill, it’s true, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. This looks just like the real thing, and it even comes with a modern-looking black planter.
Best artificial hanging plants
The details and shading on the leaves of this hanging spider plant make it nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
Hang this silk Boston fern in your living room, or outdoors over your porch.
If you’re getting an artificial hanging plant, you might as well go for it and buy something that would be near-impossible to successfully grow indoors, like this always-blooming, bright pink bougainvillea.
Best artificial tabletop plants
Get the bonsai look without worrying about delicate trimming and upkeep.
Real peace lilies can be poisonous to many pets, so this silk version is a good choice for owners of curious cats and dogs.
You unfortunately can’t use this silk agave to make tequila, but it will add a bold geometric pop to any end table.
We wrote an article about how to not kill an orchid, and although it’s definitely possible to keep one alive for many years, it’s not exactly foolproof. We love the look of this silk orchid with pink blooms, and the exposed aerial roots and faux moss make it appear even more realistic. While you’ll need to supply your own pot, we like this “drop-in” style because it means you won’t be stuck with one of the cheaper-looking plasticky pots that are often attached to silk orchids.
While succulents and cacti are resilient plants and don’t need much water, they still like a lot of light. If your space is “light-challenged,” or if you’re sick of getting pricked by your cactus, a faux option like this might be a good fit.
Decorate your desk with some fake succulents that won’t mind if you take an extra-long weekend.
And an artificial plant to keep outside
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