The Best Fake Plants to Add Some “Life” to Your Space

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Fake plants aren’t what they used to be—and that’s a good thing. While you might still associate the idea with those dusty faux flowers your grandma had in her bathroom, artificial plants have seriously upped their game over the past few years. In fact, some are so well-made you’d swear they were real. That’s no exaggeration—my friend actually watered one of the plants below for a whole month before realizing it was fake. Here, the eight best fake plants to liven up your space.

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1. nearly Natural Ficus

Best Overall

This extremely realistic-looking 3-foot-tall ficus tree lives up to the brand’s name. “Finally! An artificial tree that looks real, adds a lot of beauty and interest to any room and [isn’t] overpriced,” writes one buyer. And based on the more than 1,500 five-star reviews, it’s safe to say that others agree.

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2. luckygreenery Artificial Succulents (set Of 3)

Best Value

Three artificial succulents for just $14? We’re sold. Whether you’re looking for a low maintenance addition to your desk decor or some greenery to decorate the kitchen windowsill, you can’t go wrong with this set.

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3. bayou Breeze Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree With Basket

Best Splurge

Fiddle leaf figs are notoriously hard to keep alive, so why not opt for the faux version? This 5 ½-foot-tall one is housed in a pretty basket and is practically begging to be placed in that empty corner of your living room.

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4. the Sill Faux Orchid Phalaenopsis

Best Flower

Orchids are beautiful, but their blooms only last two to three months at most. But with a fake orchid, you can enjoy its elegant appearance year-round. The Sill ships each one in a classic ceramic pot, which makes it look all the more realistic.

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5. opps Mini Topiary Shrubs With Gray Pot

Best Set

These little faux plants are so popular, the green set is backordered until July. And we can see why—they’d make a great addition to any mantel or kitchen island.

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6. nearly Natural Sansevieria

Most Realistic

This sansevieria is so lifelike, multiple reviewers note that it fools their guests on the reg. The natural-looking leaves and moss at the base will convince even the sharpest eye into thinking that this snake plant is the real deal.

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7. silk Tree Warehouse Artificial Bird Of Paradise

Best Texture

Stick this guy in a sleek planter with some real dirt or rocks, and it’ll instantly transform your space. Reviewers say the large, textured leaves look just about as authentic as you can get (without buying an actual plant, of course).

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8. darby Home Co. Brooklyn Floor Boxwood Topiary In Pot

Best Topiary

Topiaries are great in theory—’til you realize they need to prune them to maintain that shape. This fake option solves that problem and will look awesome on your front step, too.

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