Faux Plants and Ornamental Grass to Haul Home for Fall Decor

Decoration and Design
By Alex Mikayelyan October 08, 2021

The start of school, falling leaves, savory holidays, and the encroaching cold are all very important elements of the season. One of the perks of the season is getting to celebrate it through the beautiful shades of the horticulture that’s bound to take center stage in your home. Faux plants and ornamental grass are a staple in any decor aficionado's home, but there’s an especially scrumptious selection to play around with in the fall. From sunflowers to white pumpkins and fountain grass, the season’s plantlife can go a long way to help transition your home with the changing seasons. After all, seasons change in the house too, and a tasteful decor enthusiast is a perfect candidate to help reflect that gorgeous metamorphosis.

Synthetic plants and ornamental grass are increasingly popular, too, because the scene you set with them will be able to last the whole season. While fresh flowers are always a welcome guest in your decorative centerpieces, it’s nice to have a few decor items that set the tone for your interior without the need to change mucky and smelly waters once a week. Some decorative faux plants are also really hard to tell apart from the real deal. So get your shopping list out, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and get ready to fool your guests.

The New Fall Colors

Trendy Fall Colors You Can Use In Decor

Trendy Fall Colors You Can Use In Decor

When we think about fall, a few images come to mind. Drying leaves on the sidewalk, wet tree bark, pumpkins, candy corn, rain boots, and a lot of mud. So it’s no surprise that the dominating colors of the season have been orange, yellow, and brown. However, modern fall has had a makeover and is no longer relegated to just this color palette.

So if you are picking out plants based on this traditional and somewhat generic color palette, you may be in for some disappointment when your decor ends up looking tacky and it’s easy to spot the fake plants. What makes modern fall decor so attractive is the wider range of colors to work with. If we put aside our traditional visuals of fall, we see a wider range of natural colors like white and green coming into the scene, bringing in some brightness to fall textures.

Tips On Making Faux Plants Look Real

Tips On Making Faux Plants More Authentic

Tips On Making Faux Plants More Authentic

To the dismay of gardeners and the joy for faux plant enthusiasts, having plastic plants look real is very much possible. But if you don’t have much experience in horticulture or decorating with plants, then there are a few nuances you should know about before you purchase any faux plants.

First and foremost, use a variety of faux plants in unison to create a biophilic interior. The busier your arrangement is with different patterns, textures, and shades, the harder it is to catch the small details that give fake plants away. Think of this as a diversion to make the fall faux decor look more authentic.

Faux Plants That Are Hard to Distinguish from the Real Thing

Faux Plants That Are Hard to Distinguish from the Real Thing

Also, consider purchasing faux plants that grow locally. Obviously, this isn’t implying that faux plants do actually grow, but, if you have autumn hydrangea growing around the block, the presence of faux autumn hydrangea decor in your house could help create the illusion of them being real since they are local to your region and the season. There are a few fall plantlife staples, though, that you should definitely consider for your home’s autumn transformation regardless of where you live. 

Autumn Wreaths

How Wreaths Are Now More Than Winter Holiday Decor

How Wreaths Are Now More Than Winter Holiday Decor

The winter holidays are not the only time you can decorate your home with wreaths. Since the entire concept behind a wreath is to display seasonal plants strung together in a beautiful compilation, there really isn’t any limit on what kinds of plants you can use or when. For example, a great autumn motif can be achieved with maple leaves of various colors attached to a charming twig weave with a few wild berries strewn about. This is a more modern take on the traditional wreath, which would put more emphasis on the fall leaves.

Wreath Designs Perfect for the Fall Holidays

Wreath Designs Perfect for the Fall Holidays

You can always go for more traditional wreath designs with plentiful leaves and even small pumpkins and gourds which are so indicative of the season. Spruced up with a few more twigs, berry bunches, and sprigs of fall spices, these faux fall wreaths are a great way to add some extra color to your exterior or interior. Some great spots can be atop a mantle, on a covered range hood, or on the interior of your entry door.

Green Velvet Boxwood 

What You Can Do With Your Window Box In the Fall

What You Can Do With Your Window Box In the Fall

The green velvet boxwood, also referred to as the Buxus green velvet, could be the green look your home might be missing. A perfect spot for the boxwood could be your window boxes, especially since fall has come to dry most plantlife up and the exterior of your house could use a little sprucing up.

A delightful choice to keep your window boxes busy throughout the fall are faux mums — preferably red and orange for the fall aesthetic. They are very vibrant but are balanced out with their long and vividly green stems. You could also go for a creamy orange faux celosia, which has dense and very colorful petals that will brighten up the window frames without being overkill when it comes to color. 

Sunflowers Not to Be Missed 

The Classic Summer Flower Now In the Fall

The Classic Summer Flower Now In the Fall

The yellow bloom of the sunflower is often associated with the summer as it is as bright and colorful as the sun itself. However, sunflowers actually bloom in the summer and into autumn as well, and do beautifully in a fall aesthetic. The yellow hue of the sunflowers can be paired nicely with white linen tablecloths. Sunflower arrangements can work very well as a bit of extra color on your tablescape.

What is also important is the container in which you place the sunflowers. While a traditional vase can go a long way in bringing out the beautiful yellow and sometimes white hues of the sunflower, use a glass container to let the green shine through as well.  Transparent glass vases are quite a popular form of decor in modern rustic interiors. So, while glass jars and vases are in season, make good use of them as you get creative with your fall tablescapes and don’t limit them to flowers — they can also add a lot of texture and color variety by housing candy corn, acorns, or even pine cones.

Faux Philodendron

Faux Philodendron Can Make Your Rooms Feel Fresh Even in Fall

Faux Philodendron Can Make Your Rooms Feel Fresh Even in Fall

Philodendron is known to give a fresh, green feel to the interiors of your home, regardless of the seasonal changes outside. Faux philodendrons can be found in all sizes; the small to medium ones can be placed on your glass or dining tables, and the larger ones can be arranged closer to ground level in corners of rooms that feel a little empty. Although they might come at a price, no philodendron is too much for a summer person who simply wants winter to come to a halt.

Faux Succulents

Faux Succulents Can Give Your Home A Minimalist Vibe

Faux Succulents Can Give Your Home A Minimalist Vibe

Succulents are known to be very low-maintenance, so naturally, faux succulents are next-to-no maintenance. Known for their minimalist look, succulents have become the latest trend in home and office decor, not only for their low drying-out rate but also because of how compact and cute they are. You can play around with the many sizes they come in to create fab fall table centerpieces with a symphony of smaller ones. A medium-sized faux succulent can take the spotlight on your smaller service tables, or one larger size anywhere around the house. Faux succulents come in a range of prices, and their pricing often depends on quality and detail accuracy.

Green Snake Plants

Snake Plants Offer Peak Versatility

Snake Plants Offer Peak Versatility

Snake plants, scientifically known as dracaena trifasciata, have the potential to offer identical faux counterparts, and can come with perks such as peak versatility. Snake plants can fit right into your living room, bedroom, or even bathroom, as it appears soft, smooth, and can be used against any backdrop you might have. Snake plants shine on dining tables or as a centerpiece in the living room.

Faux White Pumpkin Centerpiece

Faux White Pumpkins and the New Fall Colors

Faux White Pumpkins and the New Fall Colors

Jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin weighing competitions are a must in the fall season. And even if you don’t enjoy the taste of the pumpkin, no one can deny that it is the paramount symbol of the autumn season. But as with anything that’s become a cliché, it can do nicely with a little makeover or upgrade.

Floral White Pumpkin Decor Is Among the Latest Trends

Floral White Pumpkin Decor Is Among the Latest Trends

One contemporary design element involves taking what you know and turning it on its head and faux white pumpkin decor is a great example of this. While you can find some naturally-grown white pumpkins, instead of hunting down these albino variants of the fruit, you can simply purchase a load of white pumpkins that come in different sizes. Use these to decorate the exterior of your home placing them under the portico, smaller ones on your fireplace mantlepiece, and also incorporate them into the centerpiece of your dining table. Combine the white pumpkins with a few rich green lavender or rosemary stems and you have a perfect balance of the cloudy white hue of the pumpkin and the earthiness of the dried herbs. 

Maiden Grass

The Subtle Nuances of Maiden Grass

The Subtle Nuances of Maiden Grass

Miscanthus, also known as Maiden Grass, is ornamental grass that comes in all kinds of vibrant natural colors. For some added white hue to your interior fall decor, maiden grass is a fantastic option. The care and maintenance that maiden grass needs is very minimal. It is not susceptible to any parasites or plant diseases and all it really needs is a light sprinkling of water to keep the leaves from drying. Plant them on the window box and remember to water them occasionally or even let the rain handle the rest.

Alternatively, you can dry up a few sprigs and use them as interior decor. When maiden grass dries up it turns a rich, earthy brown color. You can use this to accentuate the fall wreath on your door, or even braid it and expand on your centerpieces.

Fountain Grass

How You Should Use Dried Fountain Grass As Decor

How You Should Use Dried Fountain Grass As Decor

The Pennisetum, or Fountain Grass, as the name suggests, looks like an organic explosion of sprigs, almost like a real fountain. There are different types of fountain grass, each with its own unique hues that can introduce a lot of color into your garden and home. If you wish to elevate the color palette of your interior, grow purple Fountain Grass in a few pots or in the window boxes. The organic brownish-green of the stems are contrasted by the fluffy and bright colors of the flower itself, making for a very interesting and captivating addition to your decor.

Caring for the fountain grass is relatively easy, but it still requires a slightly careful touch as they can easily get damaged if you overwater them. But if you are looking to decorate with dried fountain grass, this is where it may be a little more difficult. Unlike Maiden Grass, which has smaller inflorescences, the flowers at the very top of fountain grass are quite large and very flimsy. So when Fountain Grass dries up, those little petals are very easy to break off, meaning you should not include them in wreaths unless you want to clean petals off the floor every time you open the door. Instead, put them in a vase with a few springs of other ornamental grass, and let their inflorescences droop over the side of the container, where they won't be damaged and won’t make a mess.

Written by
Alex Mikayelyan

Written by Alex Mikayelyan