Friends often come to me with their houseplant problems — leaves falling, sad wilting, no new growth — and they’re usually surprised to hear my diagnosis: it shouldn’t be a houseplant at all. Think about the conditions in which plants thrive outdoors — humidity in the air, natural sunlight, pollinators buzzing about.
While some plants perform better than others in indoor settings, it’s not uncommon for most to ultimately die due to dry air quality, inadequate lighting, and poor soil. For that reason, I encourage friends with a craving for greens in their living spaces to take artificial plants for a test drive. Our favorite shops now sell incredible faux options, making it easy to add a realistic botanical splash to your home, and best of all: the only maintenance these beauties require is a dusting now and then. From budding bulbs to full-on fiddle leafs, there’s a faux version of nearly every plant out there… here are my 15 favorites.