Growing up in New York City, I always yearned for all things tropical (what can I say; I wanted what I couldn’t have) and, thus, begged, yes, begged, my mother for a palm tree for our uptown apartment. I thought it would be a nice touch. You know, inject some Palm Beach into what can often feel like a rainy, cold, gray city. But my mother didn’t budge. “Plants cause bugs,” she would say. “They turn brown and wilt!” My five-year-old self was not amused, not impressed, and my hunt for the perfect indoor plant has endured all these years. Perhaps back in the early ‘90s, the artificial plant scene was less than inspiring, so it was never even an option in my household. At last, times are changing.
The internet offers a seriously vast number of faux plant variations. When choosing your artificial plant, think about the space and size of the spot where you’re envisioning it, and the rest will be easy. The one big tip is to opt for silk. Why? Because silk reads as much more lifelike than polyester or plastic. (And there is nothing worse than a fake looking plant.) From ferns to fiddle leaf fig trees to cherry blossoms, here are the best artificial plants to buy now.