40 Best Faux Outdoor Plants for Planters on a Porch

A round up of the top rated fake plants to use on porches, decks, and patios and how to style them to look like real foliage.

Want to know a secret? We use artificial outdoor plants for the front door. Don’t tell the neighbors. 😉

Ha! Just kidding. The neighbors have witnessed how I kill mums every fall. They know the drill by now.

If you are lacking a green thumb like I am though, faux outdoor plants can be your best friends.

colonial house front porch stoop with faux outdoor plants in planters
Faux Topiaries | Urn Planters | Artificial Ferns | White Planter Pots | Welcome Mat | 30″ Eucalyptus Wreath

Faux Outdoor Plants for Planters: A Low-Maintenance Solution for Beautiful Outdoor Decor

Planters are a great way to add a touch of greenery to porches, decks, and patios. But maintaining live plants is time-consuming and challenging (hence why I end up killing mine by accident every spring and summer).

I’ve bought lots of faux outdoor plants for planters over the years and have learned from experience which ones look fake and which ones are as convincing as the real thing. Plus, there are some extra tricks you can do to make fake foliage look even more realistic.

They provide a low-maintenance solution for beautiful outdoor decor that’s hard to beat. Here are some benefits of using faux outdoor plants for planters and some tips for choosing the right ones.

Related: Best Artificial Indoor Trees and Tips to Make Them Look Real

artificial boxwood topiaries on a front porch

Benefits of Faux Outdoor Plants for Planters

Low Maintenance

One of the biggest benefits of using faux outdoor plants for planters is that they require very little maintenance. Unlike live plants, they don’t need watering, pruning, or fertilizing. They don’t attract pests or require special soil or sunlight.

realistic faux wreath and fake ferns on a colonial front porch stoop


Faux outdoor plants for planters are also long-lasting. I can usually leave our artificial plants outside for 9-10 months out of the year and just store them in a big Rubbermaid bin in our attic during the winter months to enjoy again for several years.

They won’t wilt, fade, or die like live plants, so you can enjoy beautiful outdoor decor year-round without having to replace your plants every season. In the long run, I’ve discovered it saves us so much time and money to buy faux.


Faux outdoor plants for planters come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. This means that you can choose the perfect plants to match your outdoor decor. When using pick or bush style faux plants, you can even arrange multiple different varieties together in one planter.

Related: Faux DIY Concrete Planters With Spray Paint

I love these realistic faux ferns I found for our front porch this year!

artificial fern on a porch beside a front door

Best Places to Find Realistic Artificial Outdoor Plants

I’ve shopped for a LOT of faux plants over the years, and I’ve found some great resources (and total duds) in the process.

Time and time again, I found the best quality life-like plants from these online retailers.

  • Nearly Natural
  • Afloral
  • Wayfair
  • Amazon
  • Frontgate
  • Home Depot
  • Overstock
realistic outdoor uv treated faux plants

40 Realistic UV Resistant Fake Plants for Outdoor Use

Here are some of the best UV treated artificial flowers and faux foliage we’ve used ourselves in our own home plus other highly rated favorites.

Just click any image in the gallery below to shop.

(Affiliate links are provided below.)

Tips for Choosing Fake Outdoor Plants for Planters

Look for Realistic Details

When choosing faux outdoor plants for planters, look for plants that have realistic details. This includes things like natural-looking leaves, stems, and flowers. The topiaries on our front porch look especially realistic because of the wooden branch set in the middle of the structure. Some plants are even made with real touch leaves.

Related: Where to Find the Best Fake Flowers That Look Real

string lights around a backyard pool deck
Striped Patio Umbrellas | Faux Ferns | DIY Cabana | Patio Dining Table | Outdoor Bistro Chairs | Sectional Dining Set | Faux Pothos Plant | Tall Black Planters | Faux Palm Tree | String Lights | Hurricane Fan

Choose High-Quality Materials

Choose faux outdoor plants that are made from high-quality materials. This will ensure that they stand up in harsh weather conditions. Look for plants that mention UV-resistant in the descriptions so that they won’t fade in the sun.

Consider the Size and Style

Consider the size and style of your planter when choosing faux plants.

I like having a variety of small and medium planter sizes for tabletops on our backyard pool patio or tall trees in large pots to flank exterior doors.

Choose plants that are the right size for your planter and that match the style of your outdoor decor. For example, for a traditional urn planter, use a traditional looking boxwood shrub. If you have a boxy modern planter, you may want to choose faux succulents or grasses.

Related: DIY Window Box from Repurposed Scrap Wood

faux fern and lantern on a patio table

We’ve had these small faux ferns, faux pothos, and faux palm trees in our backyard since last summer and they’ve held up great in the rain and sun!

backyard cabana dining set with uv treated plants
Outdoor Sectional Dining Set | Faux Pothos Plant | Faux Palm Plant | Outdoor Curtains | Hurricane Fan

Tips to Make Fake Trees and Plants Look Like the Real Thing

1.Use real dirt in planter pots. Many outdoor rated faux trees and greenery are made in plastic pots. Place them inside bigger ceramic planter pots or window boxes and cover the bases with real dirt. Be sure to drill a few drainage holes so water doesn’t collect in the pot.

These faux topiaries look real inside of these urn planters filled with dirt, don’t you think?

Related: DIY Vertical Wall Planter from Wood Scraps

resin urn planter on a front porch with faux topiary

2. Surround fake outdoor plants with live plants or real flowers if you just need a little filler.

3. Don’t forget to “fluff”. Bend faux branches and stems in different directions and separate them to make them appear more full and lifelike.

faux outdoor plants on a back porch with haint blue ceiling and wicker furniture
Conversation Set | Outdoor Rug | Coffee Table | Day Bed | Ottomans | Planter

As much as I love real plants, I discovered over the years that I end up spending more money on real plants to replace the ones that keep dying. With UV resistant fake plants for outside, our porches and patio are decorated with natural elements that don’t require any effort. And I can use them indoors as regular home decor if I want too.

Maybe one of these days when my kids are older and can feed themselves I’ll be able to remember to water all of the real plant babies. But at this stage in life, faux is mostly the way to go for us.

Related: 35 DIY Backyard Ideas on a Budget

back porch wicker chairs with faux fern on table

What about you? Are you lacking in the green thumb department too? Have you ever used outdoor artificial plants on your porch or patio?

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  1. Any chance you have a link for the lights on your front porch? We are working on a front of the house/front steps makeover now 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Can you please repost a link to the wreath on your front door? The link above is not working. Thanks!

    1. Nope! We had these topiaries on our porch for a couple of years and never had an issue with birds nesting in them. No problems in any other faux plants in our backyard over the years either. I just got the ferns, so I’ll report back on those if it happens.

  3. Great information and you have a beautiful home. I really like your front door. Would you share a link or the name of your door?
    Thanks so much,

    1. Thank you, Lisa! The door is original to our house from 1960. You could check your local salvage shops. Someone told me you could custom order it through Lowe’s, but I haven’t verified that.

  4. Hi – beautiful post! Can you please provide the source for the eucalyptus wreath on your front door? The link under the photo doesn’t seem to be working. Thank you!