Artificial flowers and plants are considered an alternative to real indoor plants, but they also can be used outdoors. Granted, most silk plant manufacturers do not recommend outdoor use, and you cannot expect indoor artificial greenery and flowers to last for long outdoors, but they will generally last for a season or two. Look for sales and specials at local craft stores, to find inexpensive floral options. You also can purchase the newer outdoor silk flowers and greenery, which withstand the elements more efficiently.
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Rock Paths or Gardens
Use artificial flowers outside to add accents to rock paths or gardens. You can mix them with live greenery to add more interest. When you mix artificial flowers with live greenery, use silk floral bushes or vines for a more realistic effect. Use the same coloured silk flowers for an area, and avoid mixing colours.
Accent pool and patio areas with large plastic pots full of silk flowers. Mix and match different silk flowers and foliage to simulate real potted flowers. Place colourful silk flower-filled pots on the porch or near the front door, or hang wire baskets filled with silk flowers and vinelike artificial greenery, to spruce up a boring patio. Use artificial flowers in outdoor window boxes, where real flowers would be difficult to water, such as in an upstairs window. Wall-hanging flower pots, which are generally shallow, benefit from silk flowers.
Add special decorative accents to front or back lawns and decorate these with silk flowers. For instance, a well-placed antique wheel barrow, filled with terracotta pots full of flowers will accent any garden or lawn. Use other antique decorative items like milk cans, watering cans, wrought iron furniture, or old tin toys. Fill them with silk flowers and make them either appear freshly cut or growing in containers. Just be sure to add something heavy to the inside of plastic containers, so the wind does not blow over the container.
Severely Shaded or Sloped Areas
Add artificial flowers to outdoor areas where live plants will not grow, because of poor soil or lack of sunlight. You also can place artificial flowers along sloped areas, where gardening might be dangerous. Place them in bald, empty spots in your yard, where nothing seems to grow. These flowers work well under large shady trees, planted close to the tree trunks.
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