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A Quick Guide to Artificial Outdoor Plants

2024 02 13

If you adore a vibrant, abundantly stocked garden yet favor minimal upkeep, artificial outdoor plants and trees offer an ideal solution. Perfect for individuals with busy schedules who prefer unwinding on their deck during leisure time rather than engaging in gardening tasks, outdoor artificial plants provide an immediate garden that demands very little attention. Moreover, fake plants serve as an excellent option for both businesses and homeowners alike; why worry about tending to azaleas when you already have countless tasks to handle at work?

Artificial Outdoor Plants

Live landscaping demands considerable time, and each variety comes with its unique care requirements. Managing watering becomes particularly intricate in a mixed flower bed, where each plant has different feeding requirements to its neighbors. Potted plants on the porch or deck require daily watering, posing a real challenge for busy individuals or frequent travelers.

For fake outdoor plants, you may need to dust from time to time – but that’s a lot simpler than getting out the watering can every day or researching how to treat plant diseases.

What are artificial plants made from?

Most contemporary artificial plants and flowers are crafted from high-quality plastics and fabrics. These materials closely mimic the appearance and texture of real plants, often requiring tactile confirmation to discern their artificial nature. Moreover, many plants with a rubber-like appearance can be remarkably convincing, even upon close inspection.

Polyester – it has become one of the most popular fabrics for artificial flower petals due to its cost-effectiveness, durability, and its capacity to readily accept glues and dyes.

Polythene (PE) – it stands as the most prevalent form of plastic globally, extensively employed in a diverse array of products. You’re likely within feet (or even less!) of polythene right now. These products generally have recyclable properties, although the feasibility depends on the inclusion of other materials. Polythene is among the most commonly utilized materials for faux flower stems, leaf stems, as well as berries and fruits.

Silk – while some artificial flowers and leaves are still made from natural silk, the majority of “silk” flowers and leaves nowadays are composed of synthetic fabrics or alternative natural materials, like rayon and cotton.

Silk isn’t always easy or cost-effective to source, leading many manufacturers to promote their plants or flowers as “silk-style” rather than authentic silk. Although florists traditionally held a dismissive view of artificial and dried plants, silk flowers are now celebrated for their versatility. Presently, florists incorporate them to complement live plants and blend them seamlessly with fresh blossoms.

Wood – in the construction of many artificial plants, real wood or bamboo is frequently employed for the trunk or stem, imparting a realistic look and feel to the plants.

Metal – in crafting artificial flowers and plants, wire is often employed to shape the plant, either for structural support or to facilitate varied positioning, essential for creating diverse flower arrangements. Although metal is not typically associated with plants or flowers, it plays a crucial role in upholding their structural integrity and desired form.

Rubber – the idea of fake plants made from rubber may seem amusing, considering natural rubber is derived from plants. However, rubber can be an excellent option, particularly when treated with UV-resistant properties. Its lightweight nature, durability, and ease of sourcing contribute to its popularity as a favored material for faux plants today.

What does UV-resistant artificial plants mean? 

Numerous artificial plant manufacturers enhance the UV resistance of their artificial outdoor plants by incorporating a chemical stabilizer, light blocker, or absorber during the manufacturing process. This technique enables the outer layer of the plants to absorb UV light, ensuring the retention of the plastic’s color and structure.

outdoor artificial plants

When these stabilizers are introduced during the manufacturing process, the plants are referred to as inherently UV protected. In this case, all the foliage is uniformly treated with the UV-protecting chemical, making these faux plants particularly suitable for outdoor use. Conversely, outdoor artificial plants that are sprayed with UV protection may not achieve uniform coverage, leading to potential patchy UV damage.

With an added layer of UV protection, artificial outdoor plants and flowers boast extended durability, making them ideal for individuals tasked with embellishing restaurants, bars, and hotels. In essence, UV-resistant artificial plants are perfect for any business or group that wants to cultivate an inviting ambiance without the need for extensive time or resources dedicated to maintaining real plants.

If you want to delve deeper into understanding UV resistance and the key factors to consider, we have a comprehensive guide available for your perusal at the following link: Top FAQs about UV Protected Artificial Outdoor Plants

Benefits of artificial outdoor plants

In contemporary times, many artificial outdoor plants exhibit such realism that distinguishing their artificial nature becomes challenging. Beyond the evident aesthetic advantage of artificial foliage, several benefits arise:

  • They’re allergy-friendly. Individuals sensitive to specific plants may endure hay fever-like symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and fatigue. If a plant is manufactured rather than grown, it significantly reduces the likelihood of causing irritation or discomfort to allergy sufferers.
  • They demand no watering, pruning, fertilizing, or repotting, making them ideal for those lacking the time (or patience!) to maintain a multitude of houseplants. Likewise, artificial outdoor plants and trees enable you to embark on extended holidays without needing to request a neighbor or relative to care for your leafy companions!
  • They maintain a consistent appearance throughout the year. If you own real plants, you’re familiar with how some flourish in certain seasons while others appear sad and droopy. Faux greenery remains consistently vibrant, allowing you to enjoy their foliage every day of the year effortlessly!
  • They are not toxic to pets. Some seemingly harmless plants, such as the peace lily, elephant ear, devil’s ivy, and snake plant, can pose a threat if ingested by pets. If you have children or pets in your home, avoiding the risk of a trip to the hospital is paramount. Artificial landscape plants offer a safer alternative in such scenarios.
  • Artificial plants and flowers thrive effortlessly in any environment, even the darkest corners of your home. Without the need for sunlight or moisture, they maintain their beauty wherever you choose to place them. So, feel liberated to adorn your home exactly as you desire without the constraints of natural light and humidity concerns!

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Protecting artificial outdoor plants from extreme weather

Choose the right plant

The initial selection of the appropriate plant is crucial. Choosing an artificial outdoor plant usually means it is UV-resistant and able to withstand normal weather.

If you opt for an artificial indoor plant in an outdoor setting, it’s advisable to provide shelter and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for optimal preservation.

Apply UV sprays

While some retailers suggest and provide UV protection sprays for foliage, it’s important to note that we haven’t personally tested these sprays, and therefore, we cannot currently endorse or recommend them.

The primary challenge with sprays lies in achieving comprehensive coverage, as it can be difficult to ensure that every part of the plant is adequately protected. Any missed areas may lead to rapid degradation of those portions, highlighting a potential drawback of relying solely on spray applications for UV protection.

In contrast, our inherently UV-stable artificial outdoor plants are designed with the UV-protecting chemical integrated into the manufacturing process. This guarantees uniform protection across the entire plant and eliminates the challenges associated with uneven coverage that may arise from using sprays.

UV-stable artificial outdoor plants

Extreme weather

The incidence of extreme weather events is increasing. Although outdoor artificial plants, trees, and flowers are crafted to endure various weather conditions, there are instances where additional precautions should be implemented to fortify their resilience.


Storms typically bring two primary threats to fake outside plants: strong winds and heavy rain.While rain alone is generally not problematic, excessive rainfall in a short timeframe can lead to waterlogging in the ground and plant pots. If your faux plant features a natural wood stem, it may temporarily absorb moisture, which will dry out once the weather improves. However, when combined with strong winds, the wet stem becomes more prone to snapping.

Additionally, strong winds can also cause artificial plants and trees to topple over. This can result in stems snapping and foliage getting damaged.

To mitigate these risks, the best approach is to relocate artificial plants to a safer location. If possible, move them indoors to a shed, garage, or other sheltered area to significantly reduce the risk of damage. If relocation isn’t feasible, consider reinforcing the plants with supports or tying them securely to nearby structures.

faux plant wall


During heat waves, the main danger artificial outdoor plants face comes from intense sunlight. Excessive exposure to UV rays will shorten the life of faux plants. To safeguard them, you should relocate the plants to a shaded area or provide temporary cover.


In summary, a comprehensive awareness of and proactive response to the distinct challenges posed by weather elements are essential for guaranteeing the enduring beauty and longevity of artificial plants. Whether facing the forces of strong winds and heavy rain in storms or heightened sunlight of heatwaves, prioritizing protective measures is of utmost importance.

As a professional artificial plant supplier, our commitment lies in delivering high-quality products to our importers, wholesalers, contractors and chain stores worldwide. Our dedication to excellence ensures that your artificial greenery not only withstands the elements but also continues to enhance spaces with timeless beauty. Choose EdenVert for artificial outdoor plants that stand the test of time and weather gracefully.