Whether it’s the banana leaf palm, ficus tree, alocasia tree, or magnolia hanger, urban jungle aesthetics have dominated our mood boards and social media feeds.
But that picturesque ideal isn’t attainable for many. With the ultimate shortage in the modern world being time, it doesn’t take that long for one to come to terms with the fact that caring for a living organism is a real commitment.
There’s no shame in admitting that you still want the best of what nature can offer in terms of decor without any of being in fact natural.
Minimal watering plants
Succulents have become popular for their eye-catching shapes and juicy leaves. Their engorged leaves are what allows the plant to hold moisture and thus survive being watered only once per week or so. It’s actually advised to wait until their soil is dry before watering.
Epiphytes, known as air plants, live on top of other plants. They do not absorb nutrients through their roots, and therefore do not require soil. Instead, they survive by absorbing moisture and nutrients through their leaves. In fact, those that grow in the soil must adapt to do so and require arid, well-draining soil.
Looking to add a splash of color? Begonias are known for their beautiful pink and red hues. Tropical in origin, they prefer a humid climate, and can actually be prone to overwatering if their soil is not aired out between waterings. A humidifier and well-draining pot can help give your begonia just the right amount of moisture.
“Is that real?”
You’ve probably spotted a thriving green flora inside a shopping mall or upscale restaurant, only to wonder if they were really real.
Chances are, what you see indoors are high-quality faux replicas of real plants. While fake plants used to look obvious and comical, faux plants are now more realistic than ever, made of silk. Big box retailers can offer mass-produced varieties at affordable prices, but it is often worth paying more for the most realistic fake plants, which are skillfully crafted with fine details that make them difficult to distinguish from the real version.
Water shortages and soil incompatibility in some areas can make it impossible to grow a healthy green lawn. In fact, some water agencies even offer “cash-for-grass rebates”, encouraging synthetic lawn installation. Furthermore, the reality of climate change is that real grass is becoming less and less viable in many areas. Some homeowners may also have faced too much costly damage to their real lawns from the wear and tear of their pets.
The many functions of synthetic grass can be found here. As an alternative to real grass, artificial grass is a low-maintenance lawn solution that can save homeowners significant amounts of time, energy, and money.
Like fake plants, fake grass used to look obviously artificial. Nowadays, synthetic lawns are innovatively constructed and woven to look as natural as real blades of grass.
If you are ready to make your urban jungle dreams come true, but have little time and energy to spare, fake plants and grass may be the perfect low-maintenance approach for you!