One of the easiest ways to liven up your office or any room in the house is to add a splash of green, most often in the form of a plant. While the process of buying and placing the plant is pretty straightforward, one thing that is often overlooked is that real plants need to be cared for. Granted, if you have a green thumb, that isn’t too difficult. But, if you just can’t seem to keep anything green alive or you simply don’t have the time, artificial plants might be right up your alley.
Not only do artificial plants look remarkably similar to the originals, when done well, but they also save you time, effort and worry by never requiring anything more than an occasional dusting.
Below, we’ve put together a list of real plant alternatives that actually look real. From decorative palm leaves and desktop pots to hanging vines and classy corner plants, these are the best fake plants that will deliver a dose of green to your home.
1. Ashland Tropical Leaves
Nothing says relax and unwind like having tropical plants within your view. And while you can’t always be on the beach, with a few of these Ashland Tropical leaves, you don’t have to be. Stick one or two of these well-crafted plastic leaves into a long-stem vase and let your mind wander to tropical destinations throughout the day. For added variety, mix and match between the Monstera Leaf, Bird of Paradise and the Fan Palm Stem to create the ideal tropical oasis.
Ashland Tropical Monstera LeafImage courtesy of Michaels
Ashland Tropical Bird of ParadiseImage courtesy of Michaels
Ashland Tropical Fan Palm StemImage courtesy of Michaels
2. JUSTOYOU Artificial Hanging Plant
If you can’t spare floor or desk space for adding a bit of green to your interiors, then give this JUSTOYOU Artificial Hanging Plant a go. Each leaf is made from a high-quality cloth and plastic mix to give this plant a more convincing appearance than many other options on the list. You can also choose between watermelon, ivy and scindapsus vines for your decoration. Plus, you can hang or wall mount the arrangement.
3. Bright Ideas Summer Fern
Here’s a hot tip: whenever you’re hunting for great little tabletop arrangement, don’t discount those craft stores your aunt usually shops at, like Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics. Most of the time, they have really great seasonal options, like this green number. This small fern is planted within a bed of rocks and sits in a little black cement vase, so it’s ready to go straight on your desk or shelf. No prep or styling necessary.
4. Nearly Natural Agave Plant With Black Planter
Using a combination of 58 life-like leaves, the Nearly Natural Agave Plant creates a classy dose of green finished with a stylish, natural-looking base. This plant definitely doesn’t look fake. The convincing look is completed by a gray-green color, mimicking the real colors of the warm weather, desert plant. This particular artificial plant also has over 220 five-star reviews on Amazon from happy customers.
5. Nearly Natural Pothos With Vase
If you prefer the idea of a plant for a desk, tabletop or shelf, the Nearly Natural Pothos Plant may be the right choice for you. Obviously, the plastic build still means this plant requires no watering or daily maintenance, even though the life-like appearance may have you convinced otherwise. The plant is presented in a wicker-like pot, and it’s an ideal substitute for those who can’t keep a plant alive no matter how hard they try.
6. Afloral Artificial Cactus House Plant in Pot
Bring the lax desert vibes directly to your pad with this faux cactus house plant. The trio of green cacti columns are textured for added authenticity, and the tallest of the three reaches 25 inches in height. They live in a simple cement pot, so the whole set-up is neutral enough to fit in with any color scheme you have going on.
7. Nearly Natural Sansevieria Plant
The Nearly Natural Sansevieria Plant comes ready to display in your office or home space. It includes an attractive, decorative black planter, which gives it a stylish look capable of blending with a range of interior designs. It also sits at 35 inches high and is therefore large enough to add color to your space without overpowering it. This is one of the best fake plants for anyone who loves to bring a natural feel to their home but was born without a green thumb.
8. Afloral Artificial Caladium
If you’re looking to add a touch of color, in addition to the green, this faux caladium plant is the perfect solution. Every leaf of the tropical houseplant has a vibrant fuchsia red center. There are 23 leaves in this 16-inch tall bouquet, so it’s an easy way to add some extra lush color without going the route of flowers.