No-one can deny the power of plants. Both food and interior trends focus on the fresh and leafy. There is nothing better than the zing of greenery dotted in corners. They add a lift that no other accessory can. But the issue is, they are living entities and I just can’t cope with the pressure of keeping them healthy and alive. Some weeks, I can barely keep myself alive! As hard as I might try, I can only manage it for so long. Faux is the answer. Artificial plants have come a long way and today I’m sharing my top faux finds from the UK high street.
Gardman Mini Succulent at Homebase – £2.96
I discovered my first faux plant purchase during an emergency paint run. When this mini beauty caught my eye, I thought it was real. I think the fact that it is so tiny gives the illusion of a small baby succulent that is irresistible to nurturing but busy soul. The mini concrete pot is bang on trend and contrasts perfectly with the mini pop of colour. Even the tiniest of artificial plants add life to the normally inhospitable shady corners of the home. Mine adorns a few books in the living room. Visit the Homebase website to see the full range of mini faux succulents.
The rest of my faux plants are from Marks & Spencer. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just genuinely enjoying their new range of faux flora and plants. There’s a definite Abigail Ahern vibe at a much lower price point. Who doesn’t want that?
Small Aloe Pot at Marks & Spencer – £6
Faux succulents look great. There’s something about their chunky, shiny charm that translates well in man-made materials. Many of Marks & Spencer’s faux plants are formed in beautiful little cement pots and this Aloe is no exception. Perfect for the bathroom, this little one has a permanent home on my bath board. Get yours online or in-store at Marks & Spencer.
Wide Succulent in Ceramic Pot at Marks & Spencer – £19.50
A perfect dupe for Abigail Ahern’s ‘ Echieveria Green Prince‘ at almost half the price. Yes, you need this beautiful bargain from Marks & Spencer. This gorgeous succulent is incredibly life-like and looks amazing in all kinds of spaces. They are styled in rows on dining tables as a contemporary centrepiece in-store. The must-have plant in my list.
Faux Foxtail Grass in ‘Green Mix’ at Marks & Spencer £25
I love ornamental grasses. I’m known to stop and stare at every viewable Pampass Grass. (I know people hate them. I just don’t care, I love them enough for all of us.) The noise they make, their soft, feminine feathery blooms, what’s not to love? I was delighted to spot the foxtail grass in two colours and various sizes during a food shop. Mine now looks different from how it looked when I made the purchase. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really very keen on the distressed aluminium pot that the grass is available in. A little surgery and I ‘replanted’ my Foxtail into a pot of my choosing. It looks so great, I may need to find a home for another one somewhere else.
I’m absolutely adding to my convincingly-real plant selection. In the long run it saves me money, time and guilt whilst adding the stylish touches that every home deserves.