This is something that I have struggled with in my own decor, and I think the answer is each category of greenery is best suited for different applications.
1.) Artificial Plants, Greenery, and Flowers
For a long time I completely avoided this category as flash backs of badly made 80’s wreaths with obviously fake silk flowers made me shiver. However I am coming around to this category for specific applications and types of greenery. I try to avoid this category for flowers (I typically would rather use dried flowers) however I do have a pitcher of artificial grasses with a fake purple lavender type flower intertwined that I do like. The best uses I have found for artificial plants and greenery are the following:
I have tried to make wreaths with fresh greenery and they look fantastic for a short while but as they dry they lose their bright color and it just doesn’t look as good as artificial greenery in the long run.
Outdoor Arrangement Sticks
So I found these long plastic sticks that look exactly like real sticks (no one would ever guess they are plastic) that I use in my window boxes and large pots in the front to give the flower arrangements height and texture. These outdoor arrangements really take a beating with the weather and I love that these sticks stand up to the elements and I can reuse them each season!
2.) Dried flowers & plants
I do use a lot of dried flowers and plants; I would even go so far as to say this is my preferred category. I find these give the house a cottage like feel and I love that I don’t have to water or take care of them either. My favorite types of dried plants that I use throughout my house are the following:
I have dried hydrangeas throughout my house, and I absolutely love them because they keep their full shape and maintain their beautiful color. The key to getting the best dried hydrangeas is waiting until right before the first frost to cut them and you want to dry them in a vase right side up.
Love dried eucalyptus because similar to hydrangeas they keep their full shape and coloring. They are such an elegant, neutral addition to any décor. Like hydrangeas you want to dry them upright in a vase.
I don’t think a lot of people use these, but I love them, especially pink dried peonies. To dry peonies you want to dry them upside down by a string. I keep mine in the garage while they are drying. They keep their beautiful colors for years and brighten up any room.
3.) Live Greenery
While I am good at keeping outdoor plants alive, indoor plants I find challenging at times. One of my very favorite live plants to use that I have all over my house are succulents because they are not very fussy, very neutral, and easy to care for. I also love that you can get them in all shapes and colors!