Outdoor Artificial Plants & Trees

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Outdoor Artificial Plants & Trees
Add plastic flowers to window boxes for year-round colour. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Not everyone has to the time and green fingers to grow and care for a lush yard and maintain green outdoor spaces. Artificial plants and trees are manufactured from weather resistant materials with protection from UV rays. They can enhance your porch, lawn or deck area with their lush green colour and natural-looking textures and can last for years when cleaned regularly.

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Trees

You may have noticed oversized, extravagant artificial palm trees in hotels or upscale lobbies, but many artificial trees look natural in an outdoor environment. They range in size from 4 to 12 feet tall, depending on the type of tree. You may consider adding an artificial tree to a sparse patio or deck for added privacy. Exotic trees like small palm trees help create a festive environment if you plan to do a lot of entertaining outdoors. You can purchase artificial trees in pots, containers or without a base if you want to use your own pot. Trees in containers can be planted in the ground if you want them to look real.

Hedges

Hedges are traditionally used to establish a natural property border, embellish a yard or increase privacy in a fenced-in area. Artificial hedges are sold in sculpted forms like arches and balls or potted for a front walkway. They also come as natural-looking square-shaped plants that you stake to the ground. Height ranges from 1 foot to 8 feet tall. Most artificial hedges include different shades of green. Styles vary in fullness from dense and impossible to see through to leafy and loose. You may want to add hedges to shady areas where you have a hard time keeping plants alive.

Flowering Plants

Many artificial plants offer blooming flowers that add warmth and colour. Pot artificial gardenias or geraniums in a hanging basket or window box to compliment your front porch or add them in between hedges for depth and colour or to fill in any gaps in between. Before purchasing artificial flowering plants for your yard or porch, check the material for UV-resistant properties or the colours will fade outdoors. Common colours for geraniums include red, pink and white.

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