Every homeowner dreams of having a perfect outdoor garden, but not everyone has the time to maintain a real one! From watering to pruning to pest control, gardens with real plants require a lot of maintenance.
That doesn’t mean that busy folks can’t still have a gorgeous garden to come home to, though!
An artificial outdoor garden is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a lush garden without having to put in a lot of time and effort. These gardens aren’t just low maintenance, they’re also long-lasting and look perfect from the start.
Do you want to create your very own artificial outdoor garden? Read on to learn some tips and tricks!
Do fake plants last outside?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions that we have to answer, so let’s get it out of the way right now!
So, are fake plants suitable to use outdoors? Yes, fake plants can definitely last for a long time outside with proper care. However, this is only true for high-quality plants that are manufactured to be durable and fade-proof. These are plants that are made of fibers and materials that won’t break down easily through sun exposure or harsh weather conditions.
We bet you thought UV protection was only important for us humans, but it’s actually really important for fake plants too. There are a few different types of UV protection for artificial plants. Some manufacturers use spray-on UV protectant on their products after they’ve been made, but this type of protection can wear off over time.
What’s better is artificial plants that are infused with UV protectant during the manufacturing process, like ours. These fake plants will have the UV protection within the plant itself, which will provide it with long-term protection from solar damage.
If you’ve already bought fake plants that aren’t sufficiently protected from UV rays, we highly recommend that you use a UV protectant spray to make it last longer outdoors. You can use this spray every three months or so, after you’ve cleaned your fake plants.
Can you keep outdoor plants from fading outside?
People sometimes assume that there’s no way an outdoor artificial garden will stay beautiful and vibrant for years and years. Well, we’re here to bust that myth, because we have installed artificial gardens that have lasted 8 years now, and are still going strong!
It takes very little effort to keep your artificial plants from fading outside, provided you’ve purchased high-quality plants to begin with. While it’s not always the case, it usually is an issue of “you get what you pay for”.
But quality fake plants don’t have to be expensive! Just take time to research and take advantage of sales or discount codes. Also make sure the manufacturer of your faux foliage specialises in UV-infused plants, because these types of plants last the longest.
You should also consider where you’re planning to place your plants. If your artificial garden has no shade at all, the constant direct sunlight will cause damage to your plants a lot quicker. It’s best to find spots with at least some partial shade throughout the day.
Alternately, since artificial plants are so light and easy to move, you could just move your plants around so they take turns handling direct sunlight. Plus, swapping locations of your artificial plants is a fantastic way to refresh your artificial garden.
You should also take the climate and weather conditions of your artificial garden. Constant wind and excessive rain can wreak havoc on your plants, so consider placing them somewhere protected from the elements.
You could also consider choosing a denser artificial plant that can withstand the harsh weather conditions. The thicker or more plentiful the stems, the more hardy it will be. Some fake plant manufacturers can create custom artificial plants for you, so this could be an avenue to explore as well.
Once you’ve created your artificial outdoor garden, keep it looking fresh and new by cleaning the artificial plants every few months. It doesn’t take that long to do, but will ensure that your plant stays beautiful for years to come. Don’t forget to use a UV protectant spray after!
How to decorate backyard with fake plants
Who doesn’t want a view of a gorgeous garden every time they look out their back window? You can create your own artificial outdoor garden in your backyard with these handy tips:
1. Create a plan for your garden.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, but you should decide the key areas you’d like to highlight in your garden.
Make sure you plan a garden that suits your own tastes and needs.
2. Use a variety of plants
Having plants of different sizes, shapes, texture, and colours will add so much visual interest to your artificial outdoor garden.
Try looking for plants with different sized leaves, or group a few plants with varying heights. The key is to focus on variety!
3. Don’t be afraid to experiment
One of the best things about artificial plants is that they’re really easy to move around. Take advantage of this by shifting plants here and there to see what looks best.
You could even use plant stands, plant hooks, and unique planters to create a garden that is one-of-a-kind. You could even accessorise your artificial garden with other landscaping features like water fountains and outdoor lighting.
How to decorate your patio or entrance using artificial plants
A patio or entrance will generally be on the smaller side, so it’s vital that you create an outdoor artificial garden that doesn’t take up much space but still makes a statement. It’s a great way to welcome guests into your home and add a little personality to your outdoor areas.
1. Take advantage of the floor space
If your patio has lots of floor space, you’re in luck! Large potted plants can look really impressive when you’ve got the space for them, so consider displaying a large topiary ball, palm tree, or olive tree in your large patio.
2. Complement tall ceiling heights
Tall ceiling heights can look really grand in a patio or entrance, but can sometimes look quite bare. Hanging plants are a wonderful way to create visual interest in these types of outdoor spaces! Devil’s ivy, string of pearls, ferns, and flowers are some great options for artificial hanging plants.
3. Make use of vertical space
Artificial green walls are a really clever way to green up your entrance without taking up vital floor space. We have a range of options, ranging from classic ivy to exotic tropical plants. These vertical gardens are super easy to install and really make a statement!
4. Use greenery as art
Our green wall disks are incredibly popular, largely because they combine both greenery and art. If you’d like to create a patio or entrance that is really chic and memorable, these green wall disks should definitely be on your shopping list.
5. Decorate and accessorise
Elevate the look of your entrance with decorative elements and furniture. Pots, planters, benches, or even lounge sets will make the space come together. Plus, they’ll make the space that much more comfortable to hang out in!
Ideas for your outdoor artificial garden
We love the look of tropical gardens, but real tropical plants are really difficult to maintain in certain climates. However, faux tropical gardens can exist anywhere! You can create your own tropical outdoor artificial garden using ferns, palm trees, and cycads.
If you love a classic look, perfectly manicured artificial topiary plants are the way to go. You won’t need to worry about pruning it to keep it’s perfect shape – it stays beautiful for years! There are so many ways to style topiary plants too.
Privacy As A Priority
Hedges are a wonderful way to green up your outdoor garden while adding some privacy too. Real hedges take a lot of time and expertise to maintain, but artificial hedges are great for privacy and look good all year round!
A zen garden would be incomplete without tall bamboo plants, but unfortunately real bamboo is an invasive plant that can damage your garden. It’s really difficult to control their growth, which is why more people are opting for artificial bamboo trees.
How do you keep fake flowers in place?
If you’re planning to add artificial flowers to your artificial outdoor garden, you need to make sure that they are installed in a way that keeps them in place and stable. Keep your fake flowers fresh and perky with this step-by-step guide
- Use a sturdy pot
The first step is to choose a pot that will hold your flowers and is sturdy enough that it will fall over. A medium-heavy outdoor pot is always a good option, but you can use (or re-use) other vessels too. Old wellies, a vintage bucket, or even wooden crates are all really creative options for your floral arrangements.
- Add floral foam or clay as a base
To make sure your flowers stay put, you need to put a base into your chosen vessel. Both floral foam and clay are great options, but if your flowers on larger or heavier, we recommend using clay. You can find both these items at craft stores or garden supply stores.
- Trim and insert flowers into the base
Now you can trim your faux flowers and insert them into the base that you prepared earlier. You can also trim off excess leaves if you’d like your flowers to stand out! There are so many flower arrangement ideas out there, so make sure to look online for inspiration.
Create the artificial outdoor garden of your dreams
Having your very own outdoor garden doesn’t have to take years of patience and long hours doing gardening. Artificial plants are a quick and easy way to create the garden of your dreams, without the hassle!
Shop our range of high quality, realistic artificial plants now, so you can start making your dream garden a reality.