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5 Low-Maintenance Houseplant Alternatives

If you’re anything like me, you may not have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants. Or maybe you do, but your space doesn’t get a lot of natural light. Today I’m shining the spotlight on houseplant alternatives that add natural beauty to your interior without a lot of hassle. From dried plants to plant-themed artwork, you’ll find many low-maintenance options below. Ready for a closer look?…

Dried Plants

Not to be obvious here, but if you’re not wanting to take on another living plant, why not go with a beautifully preserved dead plant?! Some selections, such as craspedia, dry beautifully and full of color. Also known as billy balls, craspedia can often be affordably purchased at craft stores such as Michael’s. Or you can buy a chic arrangement like the one below (from Etsy shop Flores del Sol):

Craspedia arrangement from Etsy shop Flores del Sol 5 Low Maintenance Houseplant Alternatives
Craspedia arrangement from Etsy shop Flores del Sol

If you’re looking for dried plants of the green nature, try preserved boxwood topiaries. Yes, they’re as beautiful as they look in the image below! They truly have the appearance of live boxwood, and aside from spritzing them with water every once in awhile (check the directions with your place of purchase), they’re absolutely no-maintenance “plants”! The boxwood topiaries below come in a set of six and are available through Antique Farm House.

Preserved boxwood topiaries from Antique Farm House 5 Low Maintenance Houseplant Alternatives
Preserved boxwood topiaries from Antique Farm House

Faux Succulents

If you’re going to enter the dicey world of fake greenery, succulents are a great place to start. Because of their glossy round forms, natural succulents almost look unreal. Which is why unreal succulents look pretty natural! This Faux Donkey Tail Trailing Succulent from Pottery Barn is the ultimate in low-maintenance “greenery”.

Faux succulent plant from Pottery Barn
Faux succulent plant from Pottery Barn

Another tip for passing off faux greenery as real? Go for one simple statement rather than a big plastic-y arrangement of mixed foliage. These faux succulents from A Golden Garden take “simple and chic” to the next level…

Faux succulents from Etsy shop A Golden Garden
Faux succulents from Etsy shop A Golden Garden

Crystals

It’s hard to think of natural wonders as interesting and mysterious as crystals. That’s why they make the perfect alternative to houseplants in terms of livening up your space with a bit of unique charm from the outdoors! This trio of crystals truly shines in the bedroom of Design Love Fest blogger Bri Emery. The best part: they were flea market and vintage shop finds.

Trio of quartz crystals in a gold dish
Trio of quartz crystals in a gold dish

I’ve purchased several rock and mineral samples from Urban Outfitters, and I’ve been very pleased with their quality and size. These White Quartz Crystals would look amazing in a geo glass terrarium, don’t you think?!

Quartz crystals from Urban Outfitters
Quartz crystals from Urban Outfitters

Plant-Themed Artwork

If you’re looking for a burst of green for your walls, try incorporating plant-themed artwork into your space. I love the dreamy selections offered by Urban Outfitters. This Myan Soffia La La Land Art Print is an easy way to bring tropical style home:

Palm tree art from Urban Outfitters
Palm tree art from Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters’ Summer Squares Art Print evokes the verdant charm of those lazy, hazy days of summer. Bring on the green!

Summery art print from Urban Outfitters
Summery art print from Urban Outfitters

Air Plants

I know, this post is supposed to feature houseplant alternatives, not real plants. But air plants are not typical houseplants, especially since they don’t require soil! Plus, for items so small and low-maintenance, they sure do pack a powerful punch, especially when displayed in glass terrariums. Who needs planters when you have jewel-like glass Zephyrus Terrariums from Etsy shop ABJ Glassworks?

Air plant terrariums from Etsy shop ABJ Glassworks
Air plant terrariums from Etsy shop ABJ Glassworks

This Tabletop Air Plant Terrarium from Etsy shop The Zen Succulent is filled with pastel shades. Not to mention, it’s the perfect reminder of the interest you can create by cleverly arranging beautiful items (including an air plant) in a glass terrarium. There is power in seashells, my friends!

Pastel air plant terrarium from Etsy shop The Zen Succulent
Pastel air plant terrarium from Etsy shop The Zen Succulent

Would you consider using dried plants, faux succulents, crystals, plant art or air plants as houseplant alternatives in your home? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below…

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