Artificial Plants for Staging Outdoor Living areas.....

By
Real Estate Agent with Archway Realty, LLC

              Artificial plants are a great way to make an outside area look more inviting, as well as, the fact it's low maintenance...I am all about low maintenance !!  I was having guests for Easter and wanted to dress up my patio so I added artificial geraniums in my pots...It was cold and even snowed a little...However, it looks like a warm summer day out in my back yard...I'm actually going to add artificial vines to a wrought iron fence and a flowering vine to a trellis in the garden....Just think of all the possibilities....

          These are artificial bulb type flowers mixed in with little roses to dress up window boxes.....The roses I've had in those flower boxes for three years and they still look good !!  I just added the yellow flowers to freshen up the roses...

 

          When I was adding the flowers to the front of the house, my neighbor was passing by and asked what kind of flowers they are because they were so pretty...  My response, "fake."....

                  Adding the vines that flow over the rim of the pots help to make the artificial plants look more real.  The pots are light weight.  I guess those are considered artificial cast iron urns.... The ferns in the back are artificial too.

The flowers in the ground are real...I'm not that lazy....I still add real plants to my flowerbeds...

I actually love gardening with real flowers....I have been gardening for many years....I usually plant whatever looks great at the store and when I plant the flowers they usually grow to sizes I wasn't planning on or they die because I had no clues where to plant them...in the shade or in full sun.  I came up with the artificial plants because "what you see is what you get"  and the beauty of it all is the fact there is no watering involved !!  You can go out of town and not worry that the neighbor kid that you are paying $50 bucks to water your plants doesn't forget....They cost about the same as living plants.  It has taken the frustration out of gardening for me.

I get most of the plants from Michael's Crafts.

Posted by

Lauren Corna

Comments (21)

Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
Lauren, I love the plant!  You did an amazing job!
Apr 13, 2007 05:41 AM
Jason Vombaur
Keller Williams - Vancouver, WA

I have meet a few people that have planted fake plants in the yard.  People always are amazed how nice they look, even in snow.  Then they realize the are fake.  Low maintenance and most people do not even know they are fake, sounds like a good idea to me.  It is a lot better then dead flowers.

The "J" Team

Apr 13, 2007 05:42 AM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
You need to be sure that the artificial plants continue to look fresh and vibrant - or else replace them. Faded, dusty artificial flowers just don't do the trick.
Apr 13, 2007 05:43 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Looks great Lauren.  Also very good photos.

Apr 13, 2007 06:34 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Hi Lauren, I often use fake plants but here in Florida you'd better take them in before a week is out, otherwise they turn a sickening shade of blue green.  Unfortunately a lot of homeowners use fakes because getting and keeping non-native flowering stuff to grow here is often an impossible feat.  I say unfortunately, because they line their flowerbeds with fakes and sooner than later they turn color and its pretty disgusting to see. 

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Apr 13, 2007 02:12 PM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

Lauren,

I like the plants, very good job !

:)

 

Apr 13, 2007 04:34 PM
Eva Rivera
Decorating Flavor - Fairfield, CA

All I can say is "Thank Goodness for Silk Plants!"  I have never had much luck with real plants and even use the Silk plants in my own home.  They stay great looking and are pretty much "indestructible" compared to the real thing.

Apr 13, 2007 06:23 PM
Lauren Corna
Archway Realty, LLC - Southlake, TX
Broker

Thank you all for all your great comments !! 

Florida's sun must be really hard on the artificial plants ... Our sun here in Texas is pretty strong too...I think that if my artificial flowers fade, I'm going to try and spray paint them back to life and give them a coat of a clear finish to protect them...Actually, I am going to check into a clear finish with a UV protection and take a proactive approach to this fading issue ...Things that make you go... hmmmmm.

Apr 17, 2007 12:07 PM
Anonymous
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Oct 16, 2007 10:21 PM
#10
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Lauren ~ This is becoming such a popular thing to do that our newspaper here (Newsday) did a feature on just this subject a couple of months ago.  They had pictures and interviewed the homeowners who used fake flowers/plants outside.  From the pictures you couldn't tell they were fake - they looked like lush and beautiful containers filled with plants.
Oct 16, 2007 11:30 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA
Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO
Good idea. I need curb appeal for a home It may just work. Thanks for the suggestion.
Oct 18, 2007 06:57 AM
Lauren Corna
Archway Realty, LLC - Southlake, TX
Broker

Kathy & Dionne -  Thank you for your responses !!  I love using artificial plants...  They lasted the entire summer in the Texas heat and sun !!  I'm getting ready to switch over to Fall colors now.

Oct 19, 2007 09:53 AM
Dawn Taylor, SE Minnesota Home Stager~
Taylor'd To Sell - Winona, MN
These look wonderful.  Maybe the secret to artificial is to get GOOD fake plants - not the dollar store  ones? 
Oct 20, 2007 07:50 AM
Judy Kincaid
Tampa, FL
The plants are so natural looking in the planters and settings you chose.  You have inspired me to do this to my own home.  Thanks for sharing this.
Oct 27, 2007 05:47 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
I like the idea. I think I'll give it a shot. Best of luck and keep doing what you do.
Oct 27, 2007 06:09 AM
David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Aren't these awesome!  I found a planter in a catalog that can be mounted on a wall, and it has a way of keeping the dirt in and the water flows down through it - not to expensive and I really want to try it out!  I think this guy's work is amazing!   Garden Design magazine did a layout last fall and it was beautiful... My vision is to buy an office building for our company and have the front entrance covered with a planted wall!  Great blog!  Thanks for getting this option out there --

Sep 07, 2009 02:44 AM
Anonymous
Jackie Wilson

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Jun 16, 2010 11:13 AM
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Anonymous
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May 09, 2011 01:48 PM
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