How to fake it: the artificial plants that look good enough to water

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If you love greenery but your house resembles a plant graveyard, skip the garden centre and invest in the new breed of luxury fake plants. We won’t tell...

If ‘how not to kill an Ecuadorian fern’ is your top Google search, you’ll know the heartbreak of being a bad plant lover. Forgetting to water, feed or prune results in planticide. Even orchids and succulents – meant to thrive on neglect – aren’t all that easy. The solution? Faux plants. Not the plastic, shiny versions of old, they’re now ultra- chic and virtually undetectable from the real thing. See if you can spot the fakes here*.

Words: Anita Bhagwandas

*They’re all fake – we bet you couldn’t tell

  • Dishonest herbs

    Get a touch of Provençal style with a rustic Culpeper lavender and rosemary sheaf.


  • Bamboozled

    A handmade bamboo plant provides a lush jungle feel without taking over the lounge.


  • Pseudo succulent

    Tick off two interior trends by adding this succulent and metallic pot to your window sill.


  • Spurious spikes

    Channel Palm Springs vibes with this statuesque cactus – even the soil is faux.

    £59 (planter not included),

  • Forged figs

    At 170cm tall, these weeping fig trees look just as good outdoors as they do in a bare corner.

    From £40,

  • Purple feigned

    This striking purple allium spray works well as a centrepiece or in an arrangement.


  • Mock minimalism

    Add a minimalist feel to your bedside table with an understated eucalyptus spray.


  • Fraudulent fronds

    Place two faux palm leaves in a simple vase for elegant drama – or add to a full bouquet.

    £19 each,

  • Flower fiction

    Peonies may only be available for May and June, but you can enjoy this variety all year round.

    From £7,

  • Counterfeit catkins

    These pussy willow stems add a cosy touch and are incredibly tactile too.

    £28.95 for three,

  • Gothic facade

    Give a noir feel to your décor with this phalaenopsis moth orchid.

    £99 (with glass bowl),