There are three big rules regarding the type of things I bring into my home. Okay, there are more than that, but we’re only going to talk about three of them today:
- If a piece of clothing can’t be thrown in the washer and dryer, it must be REALLY special for me to have to treat it separately;
- If it is not supposed to go into the dishwasher, it’s going to die trying; and
- If it’s a living thing, it should probably be able to bark or speak in order to stay alive.
Number 3 is really the hardest for me. I love having green plants in my home, but they are so often neglected that I rarely even bother. I used to try to bring home cute succulents or nice potted ivy, and Tom would remark, “Oh, look. You picked out another victim.”
It would be offensive if he wasn’t so right. Of all the plants I’ve brought home in the past few years, only two still survive. One is the Mother in Law’s Tongue that is nearing it’s two year birthday with me (GASP! Yeah, I know). It’s really true that it needs minimal attention, because it only receives water when I think about it and it’s grown so much. The second is the poor little succulents potted in the playroom. I walked in on Emma swinging it from the Donkey’s Tail a few weeks ago, but it has proved to be a fearsome foe for a toddler.
Even with my two black thumbs, I still feel the need to have some green life in my home. Plants just make a room feel more alive. So, I’ve recently turned to using realistic looking faux plants (not flowers, just green plants), and I think with the right arranging they look very real.
My vintage dog planter used to contain real succulents (that I murdered), and I loved the look of the arrangement before its passing. I decided to move him into my office, but I knew that trying to keep anything alive on my desk in front of the window with lots of direct sun was laughable. So, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a few varieties of fake succulents. They were on the end of an aisle containing garlands and swags at my store, not with the fake floral stems (in case you go in search of them in your own store).
I really think that these fake succulents are realistic impressions of their live counterparts, with good color variations that aren’t too green like many fake succulents I’ve seen (Target, I’m looking at you). I chose some Donkey’s Tail, a few varieties of Aeonium and some Kalanchoe thyrsiflora. I found all of those names on this Apartment Therapy round-up, so I’m not as smart as I sound.
The fake succulents cost about the same as real succulents, but I won’t need to replace these. Succulents are one of my favorite types of plant, so I was happy to find these fake versions that look so good. I just had to make sure that the ones I purchased didn’t have any extra bits of plastic on the edges from the factory mold or have any weird imperfections that screamed “Fakery!” to me.
My planter was still filled with dirt from its previous inhabitants, so I added some river rock (little smooth stones) on top that I had picked up years ago at Michael’s. I trimmed the wire stems from the plants and just stuck them into the rock in an arrangement that I thought looked good in my planter.
Now I can enjoy my little doggie worry free. It’s nice to be able to enjoy the look of real plants without the fear of their demise!
Do you have any fake green plants in your home? What do you have and where in your home are they?