Looking for realistic faux houseplants? Here are some amazing suggestions that look so real you might forget and water them.

In my never-ending quest to add greenery to the house, I’ve been searching for realistic faux houseplants.

Are you aware what a steep mountain that is to climb?


Whoever makes faux plants should look to the real ones for inspiration.

Real plants are green, but not too green.

Shiny not overly waxy.

The leaves are different sizes.

And in all my travels over highways and byways—never, ever, ever have I seen…

…a real plant with a brown rubber branch.

Trying to find all that in a faux plant that actually looks realistic?

It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Or a garden party.

Whichever comes first.

Specifically, I’ve looked everywhere for boxwood.

Somewhere along the way someone decided that boxwood was the top of the plant food chain.

And priced them according.

I was looking online for a boxwood sphere similar to this and they had it listed at $75.


For something that showed up without roots?

I had given up.

And then?

I was walking through IKEA minding my own business—shopping for down inserts for my pillows and I saw these.

Don’t they look real?

They come in different sizes and shapes in this set of blue and white pots.

I took them and added them to these blue and white pots and filled up this table.

But what if you don’t have an IKEA in your backyard?

No worries.

I. Got. You.

I put together some of the most realistic faux plants on the planet just so we have a go-to resource starting with this set of three SUPER similar houseplants like these for under $20.

Starting with this Variegated String of Hearts houseplant.

I love how it trails over the edges.

You could add it to a hanging basket or a plant stand.

And this Fiddle Leaf Fig.

It’s 5′ tall and looks so realistic.

I have one SUPER similar to this in the corner of my living room.

I love the leaves of this Pothos plant.

It’s a classic in the world of houseplants.

You can see it here.

This lemon tree plant.

It’s 30″ tall and the yellow is perfect for summer.

You can see it here.

This boxwood is so realistic looking.

The color makes it unique and fresh.

You can see it here.

This large arrowroot comes with it’s own pot.

The color is so pretty and the leaves look like art.

You can see it here.

I love the texture of this palm plant.

It looks so real and you never have to water it.

You can see it here.

This is actually branches instead of a house plant, but it’s so pretty.

It’s called Kerria Japonica.

You can see it here.

You will never believe how much this eucalyptus plant is.

Less than a fancy cup of coffee.

You can see it here.

I also love these ferns.

And this green leaf plant.

This set of modern farmhouse plants.

And these mini rosemary plants.

These house plants look so real.

Not a brown rubber branch in sight.

Maybe you’ve already seen these realistic house plants.

Maybe you are much more brilliant than me and you are nodding your head and pointing to the boxwood on your coffee table.

Maybe I should have bought these sooner.

All I know is my living room and I are high-fiving and drinking sweet tea.

I needed refreshment.

Climbing the faux houseplant mountain can be exhausting. 🙂

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  1. Image for JC JC

    Thanks for these ideas. I'm on the look out for "realer" looking plants too. It isn't really the style ( hahhaaa, even plants have styles!) I think you are looking for, but the succulents at IKEA look real. I haven't seen their boxwood. Closest IKEA to me is at least 8 ish hours away, but you can order quite a bit on line. Maybe they have some available for shipping. Happy never water plant day!

  2. Image for Lindsay Lindsay

    Afloral (online) has realistic plants and gorgeous flowers. They are always running some sort of sale too. Not cheap but not expensive either.

  3. Image for Cate Cate

    So funny you posted this- all this weekend I was searching high and low for realistic looking faux plants for my front porch, (I apparently have a black thumb)- and I was stunned at the prices. Any suggestings?

  4. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Thank you so much, these are great and affordable! How was the reunion? Did I somehow miss your post on this? Was so hoping you had a great time!!!

  5. Image for Linda P. Linda P.

    Karianne, I love your daily posts!! I have learned from you so many great decorating ideas. I don't know where you find the time to do it all, but you are one heck of a lady. But above all, put aside your decorating talents, your cleverness and of course being a wife and mom, you have the most brilliant funny personality that I laugh in reading your posts. Your stories and situations that you find yourself in and share so lovingly with your readers is absolutely a kick. Your wording such as; "come sit down by me and let me tell you", or "minding my own business", tells me you could be my best friend through your posts. By the way, you are very pretty, beautiful blond hair and all, plus I love, love your choice in earrings. Absolutely love you girl.

  6. Image for Louann Louann

    K . . . . You look so, so pretty and THIN! Hotter than Haiti today in OKC, McKinney, too? Just finished yard work and artificial plants might be the thing! Happy Day!

  7. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Ooo...what great plants! They're wonderful! I can't have any real plants in my house because of the way it is situated. The only sun is late afternoon and in a part of the house we don't use. Thanks so much! 😍

  8. Image for Janette Janette

    I just bought the most realistic ficus tree that I have ever seen. It's eight feet tall, loaded with leaves, and looks absolutely real. And the best thing is that it was $28,00 at Goodwill. I put it in a big, beautiful pot and added some Spanish moss. Best buy yet.

  9. Image for Terri Herman Terri Herman

    Being a plant lady, I may look into these for my north facing rooms & that crazy guest bath that lacks a window 🙄. Thanks! {& this may not be appropriate, but you look amazing!}

  10. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Great lists - thank you, KA!!! You are always so helpful. I have a strong healthy green thumb, but not everyone in my family has the sun or desire to care for house plants - these would make excellent gifts for some of my favorite peeps who desperately need greenery in their dwellings. Have a fabo week!

  11. Image for Mary Mary

    Many small family owned home decor shops have quality faux florals. I would like to encourage you and your readers to support your local businesses. They are the heart of your community!

  12. Image for Holly Rigby Holly Rigby

    I only use faux plants.I have two houses on opposite sides of the country and cannot have live plants as I’m not there…6 months out of the year. IKEA is my go to, but Home Goods has done nice selections.. Magnolia Market…Jo, I read, uses mostly faux… Nice article! Wow you look great!!

  13. Image for Karen Karen

    Hi, I bookmarked your faux flowers column, but with a software upgrade, the bookmarks were lost. Could you re-post the link for the best faux flowers? Thanks so much.

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