Gone are the days of dusty fake arrangements and blue silk roses on living-room tables. Faux Monsteras, ZZ plants, trendy succulents and elegant orchids have become realistic enough to fool a foraging herbivore. (Also, unlike many live houseplants, fake ones are generally nontoxic to animals but still aren’t recommended for eating.)
Brianne Bird, store manager at Rolling Greens on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, says the reason the home and garden store stocks up on fake plants corresponds to its large selection of lush, live greenery.
“People come in, and they are swept away by the idea of putting this beauty in their home,” Bird says. “Then they realize they’ve got a room where the lighting is compromised and think, ‘You know, that would be dead in about 10 minutes flat.’ This way, you get the same vibe. You fill that corner where there is not a window to be found, and it looks like it’s alive. It’s beautiful and it’s foolproof.”
So what’s different about the fake plants of old and the fabulous ones of 2020? “In decades past, what was overlooked was the underside of the foliage,” Bird says. “You want to make sure you’re getting a beautiful view from the top of the leaf, but the veins that run underneath the leaves on a real plant are exquisite. It’s really part of the beauty of that plant, and when that gets overlooked, you can tell it’s a fake from a mile away.”
Take a look. Can you spot the difference?
Faux ZZ plant, a.k.a. the Zamioculcas zamiifolia plant, $131.25, and a stone planter, $45, at Rolling Greens in Los Angeles, rghomeandgarden.com.
Potted faux rubber plant, $29.99, at World Market, worldmarket.com.
Faux orchids and a 18th century-inspired brass Indian urli bowl set, $745, at Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com.
Three faux stems of EVA Hosta, $18 each, arranged inside a white, textured Benji pot, $48, available at Rolling Greens in Los Angeles, rghomeandgarden.com.
Potted faux aloe plant, $39.99, at World Market, worldmarket.com.
Potted faux string of pearls, $24.99, at World Market, worldmarket.com.
Faux taro plant, $160, and a white Sabor planter, $95, at Rolling Greens in Los Angeles, rghomeandgarden.com.
Faux snake plant, a.k.a. the Sansevieria plant, $132, and a gray concrete planter, $32.50, at Rolling Greens in Los Angeles, rghomeandgarden.com.