Faux flowers for a seasonal refresh
If you’re particularly green fingered, or simply an avid appreciator of beautiful blooms, this time of year usually signifies one thing: a spectacular day out at the Chelsea Flower Show. This year, the RHS is providing your floral fix online, but if you don’t fancy a virtual show – or indeed a trip to the garden centre – where does that leave your outside space this summer? Nothing nods to the season quite like blossoming flowers and plants.
Luckily, there’s a simple answer: faux greenery. It is a quick and easy pick-me-up that can be incorporated into every room or garden – with no worry about watering or wilting. Whilst the beauty of a freshly cut bunch is undeniable, our collection is so realistic, even the experts struggle to tell the difference. And the best bit? They last forever. So pick between sophisticated orchids or delicate roses, create your own bunches or choose a hand-designed one, then simply pop them in a vase and admire your home as it effortlessly glides into summer. Now all we need is a little extra sunshine…
Best for a wild look
If you’re dreaming of long leisurely afternoons spent walking through the woods, it’s time to bring the beauty of the wilderness into your home instead. Think of the wildflowers you might come across in the countryside at this time of year – hops, dog violets, honeysuckle and foxgloves are beautiful and common varieties – and find a faux bunch that incorporates a few of them. Not only will a faux bunch last much longer – it’s always a little guilt-inducing picking wildflowers, as they look so beautiful in situ yet only last a few days at home – but some have the added benefit of safety on their side. Foxgloves, for example, are incredibly beautiful but they are also rather poisonous and shouldn’t be handled without gloves on; certainly not wise to have around children or pets. Go faux instead – no one will be able to tell the difference.
Best for a polished look
When you cast your mind to those beautifully maintained National Trust Houses or well-kept manor houses in period dramas, what do they have in common? The answer is exceptional topiary. Whilst pruning the foliage of your own trees into round balls or lifelike creatures is tricky to do, the faux version requires zero gardening skills whatsoever. Even better? Real box topiary can be grown in both sun and shade and cold and warm weather, so you can place your faux tree in just about any location in your home or garden and people will be none the wiser.
Best for a Mediterranean look
Most of us have delved deep into the Internet and are still unsure about when we might next be able to travel abroad. If you’ve been daydreaming about that holiday to Greece or Spain, why not give your home a taste of the style instead? After all, no Mediterranean home is complete without an olive tree. Whilst it is possible to grow olive trees in the UK, a real benefit of the faux version is that you can control its size – no pruning or relocating required. Pop a small one in the centre of the dining table or frame a doorway with two large trees – it is totally up to you.
Best for a glamorous look
There’s nothing quite as special as an orchid. They exude a certain luxury that other flowers just can’t quite achieve. So, it’s certainly worth incorporating a few low-maintenance ones into your scheme. Our penchant for them dates back hundreds of years: in the Victorian times rare flowers were often given as tokens of affection. It was thought that the more unusual your flower of choice, the more successful your love would be. Why not do the same and gift a friend or loved one a faux orchid? Purple orchids add a pop of colour just about anywhere whilst white varieties are a timeless classic.
Best for a quick pick-me-up
If your basil plant gets eaten up all too quickly, or you find that for some reason, no matter how much water, sunlight and kind words you give, that it simply will not thrive, it’s time to incorporate some faux herbs into your kitchen or conservatory. Whilst they won’t add extra flavour to your supper, they do lend a natural element to a space with no maintenance whatsoever – and it’s fun to see which members of your family are fooled.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly creative, turn your hand to arranging bunches of faux stems. Whether you are a pro or just starting out, they are ideal as they give you the opportunity to create countless arrangements, without worrying about the flowers wilting.