Where we Buy Real-Looking Fake Plants for our Design Clients
If you’re wondering where the best places to buy fake plants are near you, I’m going to tell you in today’s post. Because living plants are overrated. At least in my home. And in the homes of my clients.
As a self-confessed black thumb, I’ve killed almost every plant that I’ve come into contact with. Even the ones that people have said, “Chris, this one is impossible to kill”. Well, I showed them. Mother-in-Law’s tongue (or a snake plant) I was told was next to impossible to murder. It’s currently fading fast and my partner has told me to back away slowly and let him manage the greenery at home.
Don’t even get me started on my fiddle leaf fig.
This disdain for living plants has spilled over into my interior design biz too. Now, I convince my clients to let me put fake plants in their homes. And why not? The good ones look amazing and they’re clearly very low maintenance.
So today I wanted to tell you where to buy fake plants and flowers from, so you can jump on the fakies bandwagon as well.
When I’m decking out client homes with fakies, I head to Albi, which distributes a tonne of local brands. There’s two in particular who do amazing fake plants and flowers though, and they’re Emporium and Rogue. Now, these two don’t sell direct to the public either, so here’s what you can do:
Rogue has almost everything you could ever dream of when it comes to fake plants and flowers in Australia. Their range is like a floral encyclopaedia; think orchids, frangipanis, lilies, proteas, alliums, tulips, lavender and hydrangeas and more. Just click here to enter your postcode and find a stockist near you!
Emporium offers cement pots – including hanging varieties – perfect for small indoor plants and herbs. They’ve also got faux succulents potted in hessian and terracotta as well as ferns and grasses. Their lush faux plant range is fuss free and they look quite realistic. Just click here to find your nearest stockist.
3. Provincial Home Living
These guys were only a recently discovery of mine and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t find them sooner. They’re a major retailer as you well know. And as the name suggests, they supply predominantly Provincial furniture and decor. But you know what? The stock is very modern. And when it comes to the fake flowers and plants, they’re super realistic (some even droop – it’s amazing). Well worth checking out.
4. Garden Beet
Garden Beet supplies, designs and installs gardens with a focus on artificial plants. The team is made up of experts like landscape architects, registered builders, designers and practising artists. What they do in homes and businesses across the country is nothing short of amazing. Click here to check them out further.
5. Secret Blooms
This Sydney team ship their faux and silk flowers across the country and to New Zealand, making it super simple to get your hands on some of their divine creations. I find that so many coloured flowers always look absolutely fake, but not these ones. Click here to see more.
6. Freedom & Adairs
Freedom trends to do fake flowers really well (neutral colours look the most realistic) and they’re also a great place to buy from if you’re after some twigs or sticks for a vase. I’m noticing twigs and branches are becoming quite popular, so definitely give them a go.
Adairs used to focus more on potted fake plants, but they’ve really upped their flower game recently. A lot of their stock comes from Albi anyway, so you’d be wise to pop your head in and check them out. They have a huge variety now.
7. BIGW is also Amazing
Can you believe the gorgeous orchid above is a fake flower from BIGW? So good right? I now have this sitting on my dining table and I still love it. I got it at least a year ago and it hasn’t lost its impact yet. People often don’t think of a retailer like BIGW stocking fake flowers and plants, but trust me – they are amazing!
And the Others
Places like Kmart, Target, IKEA and even The Reject Shop stock fake plants, but not a lot of them seem ultra-realistic. Not that every single fake plant in your home needs to fool the eye. You might want a small, inexpensive piece to fill up a vignette on a bedside table of buffet. And if that’s the case, go for your life.
Where do you buy fake plants from?
I’d love to know where you’re shopping for fake plants and flowers, and if you have a shop you go to that I’ve not mentioned. Drop me a comment below if you can, so I can include the store in the list above for other readers.