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Best artificial plants: 10 convincing fake plants you can’t kill

Artificial plants can help you bring the outside in with minimal effort. We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch so you can create your very own tropical paradise.

A trailing string of pearls plant in a patterned pot on a white background.

When investing in living trees and greenery isn’t practical, artificial plants can be the perfect solution. For those of us who want to furnish homes with pets, young children or low light – or simply can’t keep a real plant alive – man-made alternatives can recreate the look. 

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These days, fake plants are more realistic than ever before and there’s a huge selection on the market, from towering palm trees to tiny succulents. No matter your aesthetic, you’re bound to find an artificial plant to suit your home, whether it’s modern or traditional, boho or shabby chic.

People love fake plants because they’re incredibly low maintenance. You don’t need to water and care for them to keep them alive, or clean up soil if you accidentally knock them over. All you have to do is give them a regular wipe with a damp cloth to keep them dust-free. 

Best artificial plants for your home

Der Rose Mini Potted Fake Plants

Three potted artificial plants on a white background.

If you’re after a few small decorative pieces to add interest to a shelf or tabletop display, this selection of mini artificial plants could be just what you need. With their greeny-grey foliage and neutral paper-pulp pots, they’d make an attractive addition to most decor schemes, either arranged together or separately.

Dunelm Artificial Fern Green in Rattan Pot

Artificial fern in a rattan pot on a wooden table.

With their warm tones and rustic appeal, natural elements like jute and rattan are all the rage at the moment. This artificial plant from Dunelm incorporates the trend with an attractive woven pot, ideal for creating a cosy display on shelves, tables and windowsills.

Homescapes 4’ Ficus Tree

An artificial ficus tree on a white background.

Homescapes sells one of the biggest selections of realistic artificial trees in the UK and takes care to make sure they’re as lifelike as possible. The brand uses the latest technology to cut the leaves, before treating each one to protect it from damage caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight. Plus, the trunk is made from real, twisted wood. 

When you get the faux ficus out of the box, you can adapt its shape until you’re happy with it.

IKEA FEJKA Artificial Hanging Eucalyptus

An artificial trailing eucalyptus plant on a white background.

With its muted silvery-green leaves, this pretty faux eucalyptus plant should fit in with even the most neutral of colour schemes. 

At a total height of 58cm, it’s one of the largest artificial trailing plants we’ve come across. But it weighs just 370g, so you can easily place it in a hanging planter without fear of breaking it.

IKEA FEJKA Artificial String of Beads Plant

An artificial string of pearls plant in a black pot on a white background.

Create a naturalistic display with this String of Pearls plant from IKEA. With the leaves overflowing from their container, the plant measures 20cm in height. 

IKEA has a wide variety of artificial plants available, and you can mix and match its faux greenery with its many different pots and containers.

John Lewis & Partners Artificial Eucalyptus Bush in Stone Planter

An artificial succulent in a grey planter with an etched face on a white background.

To inject a sense of fun into your room, look no further than this unusual artificial plant from John Lewis. Its stone container has a subtle etched face and faux eucalyptus hair, and at 28cm tall and 20cm wide, it’s a good size for most shelves and worktops.

M&S Artificial String of Pearls in Ceramic Pot

A trailing string of pearls plant in a patterned pot on a white background.

Adding an elegant touch of greenery to a room is easy with this trailing String of Pearls plant by M&S. It comes in its own ceramic pot decorated with a modern, geometric pattern – all you need to do is work out where you’re going to put it.

Oliver Bonas Stemmed Succulent Artificial Plant

An artificial succulent plant in a clay pot on a beige background.

Oliver Bonas sells a range of lifelike artificial plants, and this faux succulent is one of our favourites. At 38cm tall and 34cm across, it would make an eye-catching addition to a room, and it’s finished with a distressed clay pot and fake soil for an authentic look

Rockett St George Faux Trailing Rosemary Plant In Hanging Macramé Pot

A trailing rosemary plant in a macrame hanger against black panelling.

Cast the eye up by hanging this bushy rosemary plant from a ceiling hook or curtain rail. The artificial stems trail from a white ceramic pot with stone detailing, which is secured in an on-trend macramé hanger. 

From top to bottom, the plant and hanger measure 80cm, so make sure you have enough room for it to hang freely.

Smart Garden Faux Phoenix Palm

A faux palm tree in a black pot on a white background.

This Phoenix palm will create a tropical look in any home. It’s 124cm tall and 84cm wide, so it’s sure to make a statement wherever it’s placed. 

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A few key details make this artificial plant particularly realistic. Each leaf is coloured with various shades of green, while wires in the stems help you mould them into a lifelike shape.