Sources for My Favorite Faux Greenery

I’m breaking down what to look for when you are buying faux greenery, listing my favorites, and providing sources for everything!

christmas kitchen decor wreaths on bar stools

Decorating with faux greenery and flowers can be very hard to get right. I have purchased some really bad stuff along the way, and with each regretful purchase, I have learned what works, and what doesn’t. Today I’m sharing my favorite faux greenery picks, along with some tips for making them look (almost) real.

preserved boxwood garland on stairs

Preserved Boxwood

Of all the faux greenery I have ever purchased, preserved boxwood is by far the most realistic. It’s actually real boxwood, and there are many different DIY preserving methods. The most popular method is using a mixture of glycerin, dye, and citric acid. Or you can do what I do, and simply buy the boxwood already preserved! I have had my wreaths and garland for several years, and it’s all still bright and beautiful. I especially love the wreaths because they can be used anytime of the year. Preserved boxwood is an investment at the start, but it pays off by providing years of use and enjoyment. (Boxwood sources listed at the end.)

greenery in dough bowl on round coffee table basket of throw blankets on bottom tier

Eucalyptus Garland

The eucalyptus garland pictured above in my dough bowl has been one of the best decor accessories I’ve ever purchased. I have used it in countless ways. My favorite way to feature it is in some sort of vessel or container, like on my coffee table. I’ve also used it in my blanket ladder basket, and on wreaths. It’s sturdy, and very long, but it can be trimmed to your size specifications.

Rosemary

I love rosemary. I love fresh rosemary, dried rosemary, and I am completely in love with these little bushes of faux rosemary. They come three or four to a pack, and fluff up beautifully. Even though it doesn’t smell like fresh rosemary, it’s definitely the next best thing! (The rosemary bushes pictured above are no longer available. I found these, and actually like them better!)

Lamb’s Ear

A few years ago I discovered faux lamb’s ear stems and garland. Since then, I’ve collected a few stems at a time, and I now have a nice bunch that I can reuse for various arrangements. It’s a beautiful sage green color, and has a furry texture just like the real thing. Adding natural elements, like cotton bolls, makes it look full and more realistic.

faux peonies in white pitcher

Peonies

Although not technically greenery, I’m throwing in some peonies. When it comes to peonies, I am not going to insult your intelligence by saying that these faux flowers look like peonies from the garden.

They do not.

However, they are very pretty, and if you mix them with some fresh or dried greenery, they will sustain you until peony season arrives! In the image below, I added some dried eucalyptus. Some other suggestions for add-ins are fresh seeded eucalyptus, fern leaves, or baby’s breath.

Best Faux Greenery

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22 Comments

  1. Jeanie Nichols says:

    Thanks for the tips. Love your blog.

  2. CarolBinTX says:

    I too love decorating with white pitchers. I still love colored vases, but will try to stop buying them and just switch out the greenery/flowers in my white vessels…less to store!

  3. CarolBinTX says:

    I have online shopping phobia (although I trust Wayfair for some reason)! Our grocery stores (HEB in TX) installed a new home store and that’s where I buy all my faux greenery and flowers. I also like Target as a source. I realized a few years ago that paying a tiny bit more than Hobby Lobby prices will get you realistic fauxs!

  4. IKEA has some lovely faux greenery.

  5. Julie Haag says:

    I love your faux greenery ideas! What color is your door with the lamb’s ear wreath?

  6. Charlotte says:

    My dining room was missing something in its’ decor. I couldn’t put my finger on what it needed but then I read your article and put a faux plant in there. It made all the difference! The room came “alive” (so to speak). Thank you for such a great post.

  7. I have found beautiful faux flowers, cotton bolls, etc…on Magnolia site on sale. Check out their sales!

  8. Diane Smith says:

    Hi Anne,
    Just curious…who makes your boxwood garland? The link is going to the rosemary!

  9. Anne Marie Gorman says:

    How about some posts for Christmas garland that I could use in Florida? Any ‘found’ sources? Would really appreciate some ideas/advice. I do miss my CT home with all the fresh greens I used. Thanks, Ann, for all your work providing us with new ideas for decorating my home.

    1. Hi Anne Marie…I am not familiar with what you would need in Florida. My good friend Janet, from Shabbyfufu, lives in Miami. I know she could help. Here is the link to her site: https://shabbyfufu.com/. Good luck!

      1. Anne Marie Gorman says:

        Thank you for the referral. I will check with her.

  10. The pumpkin prints are so pretty, thank you for sharing , the recipes look great!!!

  11. I agree with you about rosemary, but I always manage to kill fresh rosemary plants. I never thought about buying artificial rosemary, but I think I’d miss that fresh rosemary smell. Fresh boxwood, however, smells like cat urine to me. It is frequently used for hedges at old Virginia plantations (I live in Virginia), but the smell is overwhelming on a humid summer day. Does preserved boxwood still have that same problem?

  12. After reading you article about faux greenery I bought both the eucalyptus and the lambs ear you suggested. They will look lovely running down the tables of a bridal shower I will hosting in a few months. Thank you for the ideas. Have a Blessed day!

  13. Thank you for the links – all lovely faux greenery!

  14. Hi – I just wanted to let you know that I found the most beautiful peony’s at TJMaxx and Home Goods. They came with a lot of flowers and I got three different colors. They were $12.99 each. They are absolutely beautiful.

  15. Always love your pretty blogs. Where – please – did you buy your lovely peony vase?

  16. Thanks for the information and the links they will be used. I am also swooning over your beautiful white pitchers, love them.

  17. This is so valuable! Thank you! Do you have any links for faux tulips?

  18. One of my favorite stores for greenery is Hobby Lobby.When doing faux arrangements,I usually add real eucalyptus.Love the peonies in the white pitcher.

  19. Thank you so much for these links, and for the ideas on how to use these beautiful faux greens. And I appreciate your outlook that investing in quality faux greens really does ensure many years of happy decorating!! I’m off to shop!!!

    1. Wendy Masters says:

      Love all the information you give us! My biggest question is, how do you store all of these faux greenery and flowers during off seasons? Thanks!