It’s true. I have a love, hate relationship with plants. I love them. They unfortunately hate me. It’s not always been the case though. I used to have a conservatory where they thrived. I went through stages there, and for a long time I had a jungle with all sorts of indoor plants lining the windowsills and ferns hanging from the rafters, and then I pared down on quantity (they take a lot of looking after, a LOT), and concentrated on slower growing cacti and succulents.
Clockwise from top left: Potted Echeveria, £35. Cactus Cluster, £35. Potted Fern, £30.
And then I moved to a more modern house with smaller windows and darker rooms. I’m still in mourning really, but you have to make the most of what you have. And in the kitchen we have french windows and a reasonable amount of natural light, so I have a few easy-to-grow specimens there. The bedroom on the top floor is pretty light too, but I really can’t contemplate lugging watering cans, and plant food, and secateurs, up two flights of stairs every time I need to do a tidy up. It’s just not going to happen.
So, cue the faux indoor plant, of which I’m starting to amass quite a collection.
The latest offerings are from Cox and Cox. And I love them. To be precise, a potted Cactus Cluster which comes in a black pot with very realistic looking soil, a Potted Echeveria which comes in a grey pot complete with pebbles, and a Potted Faux Fern which even has roots escaping from its concrete pot.
They are going to go in the bedroom once it’s decorated, but for now I’m enjoying them in our tiny hall. And every visitor we’ve had so far has reached out to touch and check that they’re real. Success.
And best of all. No plants dying from lack of light. No watering. No feeding. No pruning. And no re-potting.
The faux plants in this post were gifted by Cox and Cox but all views, as always, are my own.