The Trend Is Faux Real
Pots. Plants. Proportions.
I’m blushingly proud to have been cited in last week’s Wall Street Journal article about the trend in faux lawns and plants in high end residences. I guess you say “faux” when you’re dropping that much on fake turf. I say I design with “outdoor artificial flowers” and plants but I know many clients just google “fake outdoor plants.” Fake is not a dirty word anymore. These are not your nana’s plastic cemetery flowers.
Agreed, it’s not for everyone or every situation.
Put The Right Plant In The Right Place
The numero uno, top of the list, head mother mistake that I see over and over again is the disconnect between pots and plants and their proportion to their surroundings. I get it. Whichever you buy first, the pot (usually) or the plant, each seems a lot larger in its retail space than in its new home. So after you haul those babies into your outdoor space, all excited to finally have something new and pretty to look at, you stand back and think "What the hibiscus! These look so dinky!"
Pour a glass of something and read on.
Mocktails In The Swamp
Whether you are using real or replica plants, the same basic design principles apply to both: put the right plant in the right place. Sometimes this is as obvious as not planting cactus in Alaska, but often it’s subtle growing habits that can make a plant a beauty or a beast.
While you certainly can push the envelope on this if you are an experienced gardener or just a glutton for aggravation, make it easy and just follow these 5 basic concepts:
You & Me & UV
It's the heart of summer in Florida. Hot, humid and more humid. Swampy.
I live in a very social city where many wonderful restaurants, bars and craft breweries are within walking distance. I love it. I don't drink much, but I do love me a glass of good red wine. You know it's all about keeping those arteries clear.
Realities Of Fake Outdoor Plants
A recent visit home to New England inspired me to write about what has become an important factor in my life: the UV Index. It was a chilly 58 degrees in Boston, yet the peak UV index was 8. That's high/very high on the scale.
Let me preface the following by saying I was an art major, and therefore allergic to anything regarding science. Thus, I turn to Wikipedia:
There's a forest of misconceptions about artificial plants in general, and outdoor rated plants in specific. With rare exception, indoor artificial plants should never be used outdoors, especially in intense UV areas such as Florida.
Even within the UV protected world, the quality can vary. It's easy to get snookered into craft store products that really aren't protected and quickly turn a crunchy shade of turquoise never found in nature. Case in point: cemetery plants and roadside memorials.