The ‘art’ in ‘artificial plants’ can have multiple meanings. If pursued, there can be real artistic expression accomplished with fake plants. As we look to various ways of including them in decorating a landscape, a room, a home, or an office, here is how to use faux plants in unexpectedly creative and artistic ways.

Natural Materials

You might know it’s a fake plant but not everyone will. Even horticulturalists might not be able to tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t. Use this. Blend in natural materials, like rocks, moss, and wood chips.

An alternative way to make an artificial plant garden more artistic is to include sculptures or artwork between or around these plants.

Bend, Twist, and Shape

Premium-grade faux plants can be bent, twisted, and shaped into the exact look you want.

Although you can’t turn a succulent into a rose or complete any major transformations, by bending the stems and manipulating the look of leaves, one can get quite creative in the presentation of a plant.


A lot of people like symmetry. Creating balance with artificial plants isn’t hard when you have multiples.

Use pairs. Separate them to either side of a planter. Built a perfectly symmetrical plant arrangement, using pairs and multiples to add color, toy with height and shape, and highlight balance.

Planter Varieties

Cement, brass, and natural planters offer a wide scope of textures, colors, and ways to craft an expressive collection of artificial plants.

For the purposes of a garden, you can use multiple small planters or one or more larger ones. Mixing a large and some small planters, or crafting a symmetrical presentation with pairs of planters are both valid visual structures to establish.

Back to Front

Any time we design a planter, a garden bed, or collection of artificial plants, a go-to approach positions the tallest and largest plants to the background and have the smaller plants in the foreground.

When we go back to front, this creates a look that appears intended and organized.

Shapes With Shapes

A major variant you can play with in how to arrange faux plants is with shapes. There is no clear rule around plant shapes. The most common way to style plants in terms of shape is to create chaos. Unlike the ‘back to front’ approach, you don’t want shapes to appear organized.

Think of nature. Take a walk in the woods. You won’t find plants clustered by shape. Create arrangements that toy with this notion.

Different Heights

Artificial plants at different heights give you a whole new palette of possibilities to peruse.

At ceiling-level, a hanging plant that hangs down or stretches out takes up otherwise unused available space. One can also use multi-tier bookshelf or storage to give different locations in height to put plants. A set of stairs is also an excellent spot to create something visually eye-catching.

Detail takes time to accomplish. It’s a lot of trial-and-error. Try different plants or try different planters. Consider hanging plants for height, tabletop plants for on desks or bookshelf, or arrangements of flowers on their own or in wreaths. Visit ArtiPlanto today to see what greenery can be used to pull together décor artwork in your home.
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