Artificial Plants and Trees for Interiorscaping

artificial plants and trees for interiorscaping installationsArtificial plants and trees have received a bad rap over the years. They have earned the same reputation for tackiness in home décor alongside knotty pine rec room paneling, black velvet paintings of Elvis, and the dreaded vinyl slipcovers on sofa cushions. But things have changed when it comes to the use of “artificials” in commercial interiorscaping.

Advances in materials and manufacturing techniques in recent years have resulted in strikingly realistic artificial plants and trees capable of fooling even professional horticulturists from a distance. Even more importantly, a new generation of fire retardant artificials is now available. This is something to consider for interiorscaping installations in commercial facilities and has implications from tenant safety, preserving business property to business insurance premiums.

Benefits of ownership

Perhaps the primary benefit of artificials is their lower cost of ownership. Despite their higher cost initially – most artificials are more expensive than live foliage -- you stand to save considerably over time due to lower maintenance requirements.

When it comes to care and feeding, it goes without saying that none is required. Forget to water an artificial orchid for a few days (or years) and it will still look as fresh and vibrant as the day it was installed. Artificials are also not finicky about low-light conditions like many tropicals. Low-light environments such as restaurants are great candidates for artificial plants and trees. The only attention artificial plants and trees require is regular dusting. You can even spruce up older artificials by applying an aerosol product called Silk Bright to their leaves and giving them a quick buff.

Orchids are a very popular plant used for interiorscaping installations. They can be very realistic looking, and while the arrangements are not cheap (always more costly than live plants), you save a fortune in the long run by not having to replace them. The savings can add up when looking at larger installations. Artificial orchid arrangements are popular for reception desks and just about anywhere. 

Tough environments

And back to the topic of restaurants, there are additional threats to live foliage in these environments beyond lack of natural light, much of them of human origin.

Diners tend to pick at real plants, but perhaps worst of all, restaurant staff will resort to pouring unfinished drinks into plant containers in order to lighten the load when carrying trays back to the kitchen. Certainly not a great thing for artificials either, but experience has shown artificials tend to hold their liquor much better than live foliage. Plantscaping technicians can ply you for hours with horror stories of what they’ve encountered while on the job.

Endless variety

Almost every type of flower, vine, plant or tree is available in an artificial version.  The best looking large plants and trees utilize real wood stalks or trunks, including bamboo. The other materials used are silk and plastic and as previously mentioned, you can also purchase artificials that are fire retardant or made to be used outdoors to withstand the elements.

While just about anything is available in an artificial version, the realism can vary greatly, even from the same manufacturer.  Some items look incredibly realistic, while others are clearly plastic, so it’s advisable to examine artificial plants and trees in-person if possible. Even better, is to let the Inside Out Services Interiorscaping team handle the design and installation for you!

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