• I put fake flowers outside. Not even lying to you.

    Friends, I’m about to blow your mind. As much as I positively love gardening in my containers every year, there are a few flower pots that I’ve had it with. Some of my container planters just hate whatever I put in there! Maybe it’s the lack of water that I can get them, or the full sun or the black planters but flowers continually shrivel and die. I’m tired of redoing these planters all summer long! I am admitting to cheating and planting fake flowers outside in certain places. Yes, outdoor artificial landscaping is my new jam. No, I don’t use fade resistant flowers everywhere (I truly do love my garden and real flowers) but using UV silk flowers in certain places is making my life easier. I challenge you to notice they are even artificial flowers!

    tips to using outdoor artificial landscaping

    Use sparingly and carefully. Just like mixing inexpensive home decor with higher end pieces, or an expensive sweater with super cheap shoes, the whole look needs to blend seamlessly. So no, I don’t use silk flowers outside exclusively. Pick and choose where to place them so nobody will be able to tell the difference between real and fake!

    Mix the flowers in a very organic style. This is not the time for perfectly arranged floral arrangements. You want the plants to look natural. Mix varieties and intertwine the branches so they look like they’ve grown into each other Also, allow them to trail naturally. These silk flowers are an easy diy as long as you make it look like the earth grew them and abandon perfection! I started with the soil that was in there from last year. In this case, roots from the previous year work in your favor. Old soil is thick and will grip the UV plants better so they stay put.

    I stuck in each plastic plant in the symmetrical way I would have planted real flowers, however I was careful to put them in at varying heights because this would help create the illusion that certain plants had grown up, and some wider just like real ones would have. Then I bended the branches in a variety of directions.

    Lastly I took my hands and tousled each bunch to mess them up. Just like you would do to your hair if you were trying to fluff it!

     

    type of silk flowers to buy

    There are special artificial flowers that are meant for outside. They are fade resistant. If you can, buy UV resistant to help them look better throughout the season. The boxwood and filler plants are plastic, which allow them to better handle Mother Nature.

    materials I used

    • 18″ boxwood bush – 3 for each spa container.
    • Water resistant silk azalea – at least 3 for a small container. More for larger size pots.
    • Trailing petunias.
    • Artificial Geranium bushes in white – I used about 7 in my balcony container.
    • Plastic mini Boxwood pick – I adore these. I used 3 in each pot by the spa but wish I had bought more for the other containers.
    • Plastic rosemary greenery. A great filler. Get a few for each pot.
    • UV Protected Plastic Spathiphyllum Plant in Green – 33″, I used these tall plants in the fireplace containers.
    • Artificial Ivy Leaf Hanging Bush in Variegated Green – 22″ long. These are much shorter than I thought they would be so plan accordingly.
    My silk flower diy pots were done using fade resistant flowers from Afloral.com. I’ve used silk flowers from this company before when I styled this indoor centerpiece. I find the quality of their product and service excellent! If you’re going to do outdoor artificial landscaping, you need to do it right so you’re secret stays safe!

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    21 Comments

    1. March 5, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Such a genius idea! Thanks for sharing girl!

      • Kelly
        Kelly
        Author
        March 12, 2018 / 1:45 pm

        I’m so glad you liked it! Do you think you’ll use some this year?

    2. Mary
      March 13, 2018 / 11:27 pm

      It never occurs to me to use faux flowers outside. I guess I always thought of those cheap plastic red geraniums of years past. It makes perfect sense to use them since the sun can be brutal here in the summer. Thanks for the tips and a great idea!

      • Kelly
        Kelly
        Author
        March 14, 2018 / 11:30 am

        Hi Mary! Faux flowers have come along way. Yes, some can look plasticy, and some of the plants I used are plastic. I think it’s all about how you arrange them and where you place them. I’ve been really happy so far – and in some locations with brutal sun they are a life (or plant?) saver! Glad you enjoyed the post!

    3. Heather
      April 16, 2018 / 12:26 am

      How do you prevent the wind from blowing them out of the pots?

      • Kelly
        Kelly
        Author
        April 17, 2018 / 12:59 pm

        Good question and one I need to get back to you after living with them for a season. We had a big thunderstorm the other day and I did see some flowers in the pool the day after. But 6 other pots were very unaffected. The one planter that had missing flowers was the most exposed to the wind and elements. But I have found that planting them in old dirt that has a lot of old roots worked best because it gave them a good base to secure the flowers. Maybe you could even use one of those floral foam balls to stick them in and then put rocks on top of it to hold them down? Just a thought?

        • Heather
          April 18, 2018 / 6:19 pm

          Thanks for the feedback! I think I’ll try the foam ball and some pea gravel.

          • Kelly
            Kelly
            Author
            April 20, 2018 / 11:51 am

            Awesome – let me know!!! I’ll update my post end of summer to see what I learned from doing this for the first time!

    4. Cathy Wolfe
      April 28, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      OMG….I just left a comment on your knee debacle because I’m going thru the same thing with my broken leg and it’s horrible.. then I read more of your blogs and I found you use fake flowers outside and I do too… I always have!!! Fake and real and nobody can tell the difference…. as a matter of fact the house we was renting years ago, the landlord had to come over and touch my flowers because he couldn’t believe that they were fake because I plant them like I would plant real flowers… it was hilarious because the maintenance man told him that they were fake and he didn’t believe it so he came over and touched them, he was like you do have fake flowers,they look so real.I have so many compliments on my flower arrangements and my backyard and I just stumbled onto this and it’s like amazing….I think I love you!!! ❤

      • Trish
        May 15, 2018 / 7:54 am

        Cathy Wolfe – where do you buy your artificial flowers?
        Thank you!

        • Kelly
          Kelly
          Author
          May 22, 2018 / 6:36 pm

          Hey Cathy! These are from AFloral.com. There is another post on my website where I also used their real-touch flowers indoors. The real touch flowers are equally amazing. Afloral is a great company with excellent customer service!

        • Cathy Wolfe
          July 10, 2018 / 3:31 am

          I buy most of my flowers at the Dollar Tree!!! They are very cheap and look amazing!! Hobby Lobby and sometimes Michael’s, when they are on sale.

          • Kelly
            Kelly
            Author
            July 19, 2018 / 11:11 am

            Great tip! Yes, I use Michaels, too. Afloral has gorgeous real touch flowers though for indoors where people will be up close and personal with them! So many people stop to touch them! Ha!

    5. Vicki
      May 3, 2018 / 8:58 am

      I live in a townhouse and cannot plant in the ground. I am putting up a lattice how can I make faux floweres look good on it.

    6. Karen
      May 4, 2018 / 9:01 am

      I’ve done this at our cottage to make it look like we are there. Though I’m not a big red fan I’ve used red geraniums I’m going to switch mine up this year I’d love your combinations, absolutely beautiful! I’m even going to do it here at home this year very cost-effective. I feel terrible at the end of the growing season here in Michigan when I have to dispose of these and they’re still blooming. By the way I love your long dress or robe it’s beautiful. May I ask where you made the purchase

    7. Corine Cuvelier
      May 4, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Love it! I live in smokin’ hot AZ and there are very few plants that look decent through the summer. This post will be a game changer in opening my mind. I have already used faux succulents in the front entry and now you have inspired me to expand. Thanks!

    8. May 29, 2018 / 9:27 am

      I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now also. I have been a proficient gardener for almost 20 years, but in the last 5, due to illness and new limitations, I can’t physically. The original garden has become overgrown and out of control, so, I’m in the process of working on that. I can’t afford it though lol … I’m an original starving artist, and sometimes paying a lawn guy, etc. is just out of the question. But, in the meantime, I’ve supplemented a few of my perennials with very small faux flowers here and there, and it’s made a huge difference. I don’t mind ditching them at the end of the season, because I only get excited about what to “plant” next year. Thank you for sharing!

    9. Cait D
      July 19, 2018 / 10:17 am

      So, so, so glad I found this blog post. Have been toying with the idea of using faux plants in my front porch’s hanging baskets and pots for awhile now. I love to garden but the heat waves and drought conditions that hit southern NJ can turn a luscious potted plant into a dead stick within 12 hours.

    10. July 20, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Silk flowers are so pretty and look so real! I’ve thought about putting them outside before but was worried that they would show too much wear and tear. I had no idea there is a specific type of silk flower you can buy that is meant to go outside.

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