How to plan & create the perfect artificial plant garden

Alick Burnett
Alick Burnett Marketing & Business Development Manager
Design

Read our top tips on how to create the perfect artificial plant garden here.

A garden full of beautiful artificial plants can be amazing. But, like any garden, proper planning is important. Just a little hard work at first will result in a very low maintenance garden to enjoy. No pruning or feeding will be required, and it will look great however busy you are or however much you're away.

We’re going to share with you the best way of designing and creating your perfect artificial garden. Of course, if you’re not carrying out a full make-over, then just pick the sections that are relevant for you.

Start with a blank canvas

Firstly, map out your garden or yard on a piece of paper, or using a free design app – showing any borders, trees or existing plants you want to keep. Keeping it roughly to scale will help you plan how many plants you’ll need. Now simply follow the advice for each area.

Patios & entrances

This is where potted plants are brilliant. They will provide instant colour and life. A favourite for doorways is the sophisticated sculpted boxwood spiral. It's very grand and looks like you’ve been pruning it carefully for years!

Also, cluster a few bright flowers on the patio for a bright and welcoming space for entertaining.

House dressing

Artificial wild flower hanging basket

Sometimes a house doesn’t quite look right without hanging baskets or a window box. For an easy life, you can buy these ready planted and simply fix them in place. Lavender is very popular at the moment – it somehow manages to look contemporary on modern properties, yet more country cottage on older buildings.

Borders

The best thing about artificial flowers and plants in your border is that they look so natural. This is because you actually plant them into the soil and they become truly part of the garden. Each plant guide on our website will let you know its exact size so you can choose the right amount to buy.

The stunning geranium bush comes in small or large and you can mix and match colours to create a stunning display. Whilst you don’t want to pack them in, you don’t need to leave a massive gap around your plants – no growth room is required! Close planting will make your garden look well-established.

Our top tips for planting artificial flowers:

  • Place them roughly where you want them to go and then check the spaces between are even.

  • Lots of our flowering bushes come with a spike on the base and can be simply pushed in the soil. A little digging may be needed if your ground is very hard or stony.

  • Place the plant into the soil and press firmly around – your hands are best for this.

  • Finally, unless you're a fan of weeding, put a layer of bark or other mulch around the plants to help keep the weeds at bay.

  • Sit back and admire!

Trees

Trees provide height and structure to your garden space, so one or two are a great inclusion to your design.

Most trees arrive with a standard black plastic pot. You might want to repot the tree into something more attractive or heavier to give it added stability. Our handy guide shows you how to do it.

Hedges

Not many people know that you can buy artificial hedges. Take a look at your garden – do you need some instant privacy from neighbours, the road or passers-by? Do you have a harsh fence that could be replaced by something softer and more visually pleasing? We offer a range of faux hedges in a selection of foliage types right here.

Alternatively, if you'd like to cover up a less than pretty fence or wall, we also offer a range of living wall mats.

Plan for the seasons

Finally, it’s handy advice to think seasonally with your planting, particularly for easily moved items like hanging baskets and pots. Lavender and geraniums for summer can be swapped for cyclamen and pansies in winter. Evergreen box and laurel will look perfect all year round.

All you need now is to browse for beautiful plants - you’re bound to find plenty here.

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