"Dead" plants are trending

Millennials deeply care about their living space and are into the concept of Nesting & Resting, even as they tend to spend on amenities that serve their fast-paced lifestyles and on-the-go mentalities. Enter the "dead plant" trend: florists and designers alike are offering highly-preserved (and even faux) plants that cater to modern consumers’ desire for foliage—just without the fuss.


Stylish online plant shop The Sill has decided to give the plant-averse a chance to join “plant parenthood” and install the greenery they crave in their living spaces with the brand’s new line of faux plants and living walls, which includes a range of 14 types of plants—all of which are guaranteed to live forever. The plastic plants range from fake orchids to faux fiddle leaf fig trees (a notoriously finicky live plant) and cost anywhere from $60 to $360. What sets The Sill’s fake plants apart is their highly-realistic look: these plants don’t have a shiny, wax-like tint to them—they look and feel just like the real thing.


Spanish plant company Verdissimo has found a way to stop the clock and preserve indoor plants for years. The process, which the company patented in 1983, involves removing a plant’s sap and water and replacing it with a special plant-based and biodegradable preservative that slows the plant’s aging dramatically. The resulting preserved plants have become very popular in places like Hong Kong, with companies such as Wah King Garden Arts importing Verdissimo’s plants to create beautiful indoor garden installations for homes and businesses (as seen in the recent preserved moss installations at Parlour Cafe in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong). Such pieces create a gorgeous natural aesthetic and provide greenery for indoor spaces, but require little to no maintenance.


NYC-based florist Kelsie Hayes and her outfit Popup Florist have recently been favoring the “dead plant” trend. This trend is centered around using dried plants and flowers for decor, and it’s become popular for home decor and even bridal wear and wedding centerpieces. Hayes recently hosted a bouquet bar for guests at a Jimmy Choo event where she showcased entirely dried flowers. She also dressed her own pop-up at Neiman Marcus with these dead arrangements. The appeal of these flowers is that they’re low maintenance, have a longer lifespan than a fresh bouquet, and lend a rustic-chic vibe to whatever venue they’re used in.