Artificial Trailing Plants

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Artificial Trailing Plants
The ivy plant is an example of a trailing plant and comes in artificial form. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Trailing plants is a term used for plants that trail or hang from a basket, ledge or wall. Common trailing plants used in baskets or as exterior wall decorations are fern and ivy. Trailing plants also come in artificial form, if you are looking to add some colour, texture or volume to your existing potted plants or walls without the maintenance of real plants.

Hanging Basket Plants

Some artificial trailing plants are designed to add volume, texture and colour. These types of artificial planting designs are commonly used in hanging baskets. The design consists of a large blanket of small green leaves, often in the form of small triangles, and small flowers to add colour and personality to the plant. This type of trailing plant design can also be used in large vases or floor vase fixtures. The design and type of plant can vary greatly, so you may see triangular-shaped leaves, oval-shaped leaves or smaller and less detailed leaves.


Another type of trailing plant is the vine. Artificial vines are commonly used on back porches or patios, especially if the patio is covered with a wooden design or frame. Vines provide a subtle splash of colour while keeping the overall look realistic and calm. Artificial vines are usually designed as a long and flexible stem that has leaves sprouting out from both sides. You can combine several vines to create your own trailing plant design; let the vines hang down from hanging baskets or wrap them around a balcony ledge.


The ivy plant is well known due to its natural desire to climb the exterior walls of houses and low-rise complexes. The ivy plant is also classified as a trailing plant, as it trails or hangs off the side of houses, baskets and floor vases. The artificial ivy comes in two different textures. One type has large bright green leaves with a beige perimeter on each leaf. The other is designed with smaller leaves, less detail and lacks the beige perimeter that defines the ivy leaf. It does keep the triangular shape, which identifies the plant from afar.

Multicoloured Leaves

Artificial trailing plants, such as the wandering Jew vine as shown on the Commercial Silk website, provides green-coloured leaves along with purple-shaded leaves. This could appear as purple flowers from afar. This type of trailing plant design allows you to display single-coloured flowers while using a trailing plant that offers more than the green leafy colour. The size of the leaves also provides volume and texture, as each leaf has a large surface area where the green, purple and white colours blend together.

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