5 Reasons to Get Artificial Poolside Plants

It may not be summer yet, but we’re getting closer by the minute.

If you have a pool (lucky you!), you’re about to start seeing the crystal-clear water shimmering in the sunlight. As you think about the peaceful moments you’ve yet to experience this summer, you may decide to freshen up your pool area ahead of it.

And if you’re in the market for new pool decor, we’re here to give you some low-maintenance suggestions to enliven your backyard in a practical way.

As you saw from the title, we’ll talk about why you should incorporate outdoor artificial plants for pools this summer.

Let’s get into it.

How Do Artificial Plants Around Your Pool Help You?

poolside artificial green wall

Fake plants around the pool are a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution for your landscaping. Namely, they provide all the beauty of real plants without any of the maintenance.

Granted, artificial greenery has made strides since the days of being very, very obviously plastic. Nowadays, it’s not rare to have difficulties determining whether that green wall is real or not.

So, if you’re strapped for time and can’t imagine spending more than a few minutes tending to plants, here’s how you can take advantage of faux plants:

1. Privacy

While many don’t decorate with artificial poolside plants to restore their privacy, it’s one of the many benefits you’ll get anyway. For example, fake trees for outside spaces like faux palm trees can create a natural barrier and separate you from neighbors or passersby. Artificial trees for outdoor purposes are also usually UV-resistant and weatherproof.

And if you want to enclose your space further, consider adding faux green walls on your existing fence or wall as our handy client did .

2. Year-Round Tropical Looks

If creating a tropical oasis was on your New Year’s resolutions list, artificial plants can make it happen. By using faux tropical plants around your poolside, you can get those Hawaiian vibes all year long, regardless of the weather.

Since these plants maintain their vibrant colors throughout the seasons, you won’t have the unnecessary headache of repotting and replanting them every time the weather changes.

If you want your oasis to still fit in with your surrounding area, ensure you already have tropical plants around. That way, people won’t be fazed by seeing them in your yard in the middle of winter.

3. Relaxation

We often associate the color green with peace and relaxation , which has been backed by scientific research into our perceptions. So, by incorporating greenery into your pool area, even artificial, you’ll create a soothing environment that helps you de-stress.

Having lush foliage by your side can evoke a sense of being out in nature. And when you’re lounging by the pool and taking a dip, greenery will just enhance your experience.

4. Low Maintenance

It feels like we’re getting busier and busier by the minute. So, even if you want to have real plants around your pool, sometimes you can’t justify the time you’ll spend on pruning, trimming, and maintenance.

For some, this may be relaxing. But for others, it’s a nightmare. If you’re in the latter group but still want to feel close to nature and look at greenery, fake poolside plants are the way to go.

Additionally, since outdoor fauxliege is UV resistant, it won’t fade under the sun .

5. Waterproof

Last but not least, artificial poolside plants are great for wet areas because they’re waterproof. This means they won’t rot or deteriorate when exposed to water. In turn, this makes them a durable and long-lasting choice for your poolside.

Of course, this shouldn’t mean you habitually douse your faux plants in water. It just means you can splash them without worrying about any short or long-term damage.

If some swim sessions get a little too rough, get a microfiber cloth and simply dry the leaves of your fauxliege .

How Do You Decorate with Artificial Poolside Plants?

faux wild tropic wall panels decorated pool

Now, we’re going to give you some recommendations on how you can use different types of fauxliege to achieve your desired aesthetic:

  • Add a Green Wall: A faux green wall will add privacy to your pool area. You can customize your panels to fit the size and shape of your space and create a secluded space that protects you from the outside world.  
  • Plant Fake Pool Plants: Although you’ve got artificial plants, you can still plant them around your pool area. Planting fauxliege is easy and allows you to create a space that complements your style. For the best faux plants to plant - try some topiary balls spaced out evenly around your pool.  
  • Make Hanging Baskets: Create a hanging basket and fill it with artificial garlands and bushes for a lively touch. Hang your baskets from pergolas, fences, or other structures around your pool for more vertical interest and a pop of color. 
  • Invest in Fake Palm Trees: Artificial palm trees come in various sizes and styles and can provide you with a focal point in your pool area. Choose a palm that’s the right size for your space and enjoy not having to clean out shedding layers. 

What to Consider Before Buying Artificial Pool Plants?

fake wild tropics swimming pool decoration

Last but not least, here’s what you need to think about before you get artificial pool plants:

UV Resistance

Since your artificial plants will sit in sunlight, make sure to choose fauxliege that is UV resistant. To do this, check whether the product page explicitly mentions that the plant is UV-protected and suitable for outdoor use, like we have here:

If you can’t find this information, it likely means it should not be used outside.

However, if a type of fake plant is designed for outdoor use , you can rest assured it's safe from fading or deteriorating over time. And if you want to reinforce these benefits, you can get a 1L UV protection spray to double down on the coating.

Child Safety

If you’re planning on installing fake green walls by your pool to cover a fence, consider the safety of your children first.

Always make sure the walls are not climbable and cannot be used as a means to climb over a fence unsupervised. While this isn’t commonplace, you know your children best. So, it’s wise to think of such situations in advance to avoid any potential accidents.

Native Plants

If you want to make your fake plants look more real, consider the plant landscape in your area. Choose artificial poolside plants that mimic those native to your region or suit the climate.

For example, if you live in a state where palm trees are not common, like Colorado, opting for a fake palm tree won’t be the best choice for realism. Even in the best-case scenario, it’ll look out of place and everyone would know it’s artificial.

Instead, consider plants that blend in with your surroundings and aren’t an eyesore for you or your visitors. 

Finishing Thoughts

Artificial poolside plants are a great option for those who want a natural appearance around their pool but don’t have the time, motivation, or energy to maintain real plants.

Faux plants provide you with privacy and offer relaxation when you need it most.

If you need help with installation or need an idea or two to get the gears turning, contact our team - we’re always excited to help with new projects!


How do you waterproof fake plants?

High-quality artificial plants are already waterproof and won’t get damaged if splashed with water. However, make sure your plants are suitable for outdoor use and that you can dry them off after a particularly big splash.

Is it OK to put fake plants outside?

You can put artificial plants outside if they’re UV-resistant and suitable for outdoor use. If you’re unsure whether or not they are, ask the seller before purchasing.

How long will artificial plants last outside?

If you get high-quality, UV-resistant, and weatherproof artificial plants, they can last for at least 5 years outside without fading or deteriorating . However, if you live in an area with frequent severe weather, discuss these concerns with your seller before you decide to buy.

Can outdoor fake plants get wet?

Good-quality artificial plants can get wet without deteriorating. Designer Plants fauxliege has been installed on many beachfront properties and has been subject to inclement weather multiple times with no wear and tear. While it won’t hurt them, we still recommend drying your plants off if you’ve splashed too much water on them.