‘Nobody would prefer a rhinestone to a diamond, or a reproduction painting to the real thing. On the basis of absolute beauty, nobody should prefer artificial flora to the real thing: even though ever more convincing substitutes are being produced, living plants in their prime cannot be surpassed.’
So said Susan Conder in 1986, and we agree. Artificial plant can be really realistic these days and we’ve developed the habit of going up and touching the leaves of almost any display ‘just checking’ it’s actually a live one.
Yes you can add interesting colour and shape to your rooms but artificial plants still need dusting like the real ones; and they don’t clean the air, or give you that great sense of satisfaction when the care pays off and you are rewarded with a new leaf or growth spurt.