The plastic plant boom: here’s how to grow the real thing – for beauty, better air and biodiversity

Sales of plastic hedges, shrubs and lawns are rising rapidly, but they are bad for the environment and not necessarily low-maintenance or low-cost

Low-maintenance, evergreen lushness and an instant garden – it is easy to see why the sale of plastic plants is bursting into life. According to trend forecasters, sales of artificial plants are booming, with hedges, shrubs and lawns leading the trend.

Some are better than others, says the gardening writer Jane Perrone. The cheaper ones “haven’t been particularly well-made with plastic that is UV-stable, so within a short amount of time they are going to look quite miserable. There is work starting in terms of these companies trying to ensure these products are recycled at the end of their lives, but ultimately you’re going to end up with this thing that is probably going to end up in landfill, and has been manufactured with petrochemicals. But I can see why people would want them – not everyone wants to garden or feel they have the skills to maintain plants.”

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Source: the guardian – property
The plastic plant boom: here’s how to grow the real thing – for beauty, better air and biodiversity