Over the years, Americans have looked for ways to remove unnecessary tasks from their full plates. The innate desire for convenience and efficiency has led to innovative solutions across various aspects of life.
These solutions have seeped into landscaping and garden design, as well. One such innovation is the use of artificial hedges instead of real ones. These realistic alternatives are quickly becoming the go-to choice for those seeking to add nature to their surroundings without taking on the time-consuming demands of traditional gardening.
And this is your lucky day - we’re ready to simplify your landscaping and interior design efforts while at the same time maintaining a vibrant aesthetic.
Let’s address the fundamentals.
What Are Fake Hedges?
Fake hedges (or faux/artificial hedges) are synthetic greenery that replicates the appearance and function of real hedges. Manufacturers craft fake hedges to mimic the color, texture, and density of a natural hedge without burdening the homeowner with the additional upkeep.
Artificial hedges come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials that contribute to the durability and realism present in each product. Since they’re so versatile, faux hedges lend well to indoor and outdoor applications, so many use them to create privacy screens, cover unsightly features, or enhance the visual appeal of outdoor spaces.
Of course, since artificial hedges are man-made, they don’t require regular watering, trimming, or pest control. This low-maintenance aspect makes them an attractive choice for people without a green thumb and those looking for a no-frills alternative to real greenery.
What Are the 3 Types of Artificial Hedges?
Although there’s no wrong choice when contemplating which type of artificial hedge to purchase, you should be aware of some differences before settling. Depending on your needs, your choice of a faux hedge panel might be entirely different than your neighbor’s.
So, here’s what we recommend for first-timers:
Classic Artificial Boxwood Hedges
The classic commercial-grade artificial boxwood hedge is a timeless landscaping option suitable for all newbies. What makes the classic artificial boxwood hedge special is a combination of its lifelike appearance and the convenience it brings to your DIY projects.
Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, our Dark Artificial Boxwood Wall emulates a lush, dark green foliage and replicates the exact texture and color of real boxwood leaves. With this, you can rest assured knowing that it blends seamlessly with your natural surroundings.
These faux boxwood wall panels use high-quality materials designed to withstand the elements and ensure the hedge maintains its form even during severe weather and UV exposure.
Premium Laurel Artificial Hedges
If you need something a bit more eye-catching, consider the Premium Laurel Artificial Vertical Garden Wall. This marvel stands as an elegant landscaping solution and marries vibrant laurel leaves with practicality.
The leaves on this artificial hedge are tinted with hints of yellow to imitate the natural yellowing of laurel leaves. Densely packed and highly durable, these fake hedge panels will bring elegance and sophistication to your yard, balcony, poolside, or commercial property. Even if the shape and size are not to your liking, you can cut them to whatever you prefer using the sturdy grid on the back.
For DIY enthusiasts, the fake laurel hedges are insanely easy to install and completely customizable to suit your needs.
Luscious Jasmine Artificial Hedges
There are over 200 species of Jasmine, each equipped with its own unique characteristics. But even though they can be very different, they’re all infused with one thing - sophistication. This is why lush Jasmine Artificial Hedges are the best solution for enhancing the aesthetics of various spaces.
The realistic portrayal of jasmine greenery injects a vibrant atmosphere and ensures long-lasting beauty even during prolonged sun exposure, thanks to its UV-resistant production and sustainable materials.
You can integrate your jasmine wall into a range of settings, such as residential balconies and commercial spaces. And when you do put it up, your guests will be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
How to Pick the Best-Quality Artificial Hedge?
With so many options on the market and thousands of manufacturers vying for your attention, searching for a good-quality artificial hedge can get overwhelming.
That’s why it’s crucial to understand the key aspects that determine the quality. Here are the 5 aspects you need to keep in mind:
To ensure you’re getting a high-quality product, look for hedges that closely mimic the texture, color, and shape of the natural counterpart, so much so that it’s indistinguishable.
As a bonus tip, pay mind to the consistency, i.e. whether or not all products look more or less the same. If there are significant discrepancies between hedges of the same type (some denser, others more faded), it’s indicative that the manufacturer isn’t the best in the business.
Touch and density
If you have the opportunity to assess an artificial hedge up close, run your fingers through the foliage and feel the texture and the density. A top-tier hedge will be filled with leaves that feel realistic to the touch and incorporate all the intricate veining and curving of natural leaves.
The leaves should not feel rough, but rather smooth. When shaken, the fauxliege should move like real greenery, not plastic sticks.
The quality of an artificial hedge doesn’t solely depend on the fauxliege. On the contrary, the plastic grids securing the faux leaves are just as important, if not more. If you’re looking for longevity, pick fake hedges backed by a thick and sturdy grid.
If you purchase an artificial hedge with an excessively thin, floppy grid, your product will be more vulnerable and subject to breaking down in severe weather conditions.
Conscientious fauxliege manufacturers will ensure that each and every step of the production process abides by the rules and follows the highest industry standards. But as a regular consumer, you’ll have no way of knowing whether or not they do. So, before spending your hard-earned cash on the first pretty artificial hedge you see, do some research.
Comb through the manufacturer’s or seller’s website and social media pages and look for any certifications by outside bodies. Designer Plants, for example, possesses an ISO certification and is RoHS and REACH compliant, which will help you understand what we use during our production process and why we use it.
Last but not least, let’s talk about fading. Fading is a common issue with low-quality artificial greenery. But don’t worry, you don’t have to play Russian Roulette to find out whether your faux hedge will fade or not.
Instead, you should look at the materials the fake hedge is made of and check for UV-resistant properties. A top-of-the-line artificial hedge will be engineered to resist fading from prolonged sun exposure and its color will remain intact, even in outdoor environments. If Designer Plants is your chosen manufacturer, you can sleep calmly knowing your fauxliege is armed with the very best built-in UV protection around.