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Hospitality Designers: Zero-Care Plant Ideas for Your Green Spaces

Biophilic design, connecting people with nature, continues to reign as a major trend in hospitality design. Countless studies have shown the positive effects of nature-based design themes on people, including decreased stress and an increased sense of well-being. And these effects aren’t limited to live plants; it’s been proven that simply looking at representations of nature (such as lifelike artificial plants) has similar effects. Read more

Designing with Topiary Spheres: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One can’t help but think of Dr. Seuss’s whimsical trees when they see a topiary boxwood ball. But their fun design only belies a more classic, manicured design accent that has become a popular choice for the modern designer. Here are just a few ideas on how to style our no-maintenance artificial topiary spheres for residential and commercial spaces. Read more

Upgrading from Plain to Pool Paradise with Artificial Green Walls

Want to make an eye sore your new, posh focal point? That’s exactly what Uptown Buckhead Apartment Homes in Atlanta, Georgia, did with their outdoor living space and pool area. We’ll show you how they did it, how we helped, and how we suggest the same custom-made solutions for your commercial or residential property. Read more

Patio Makeover for a Famous Jail-Turned-Hot-Spot!

In operation from 1851 to 1990, the Charles Street Jail of Boston, Massachusetts, temporarily housed some of the world’s most famous people, from Malcolm X to suffragette protesters. Reformed in 2007 as the Liberty Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel set in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the old jail has become a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. What was once the jail’s “drunk tank,” where inebriated disturbers-of-the-peace were placed to dry out, is now a chic eatery called the Alibi Bar & Lounge. Earlier this year, the Alibi’s general manager came to us for ideas on revamping their patio. Here’s what happened next. Read more

Uses for Artificial Hedges (That You May Not Have Thought Of)

By now, you’re likely aware of how perfect our artificial boxwood hedges are as privacy screens and space dividers for homes, offices, restaurants, hotels—and pretty much any space. But you may not be aware of the many other uses for these lush, lifelike hedges. The possibilities are endless, since these hedges are available in both indoor and outdoor-rated constructs, and so easily customized. Here are just a few ways to utilize these thick, green hedges that you may not be aware of. Read more

Which Privacy Screen is Right for Your Space?

From creating a completely private space to lining a space with minimal visual blockage, but just enough to section off the area, we have the outdoor and patio privacy screens you need to get the look and function you’re going for. But these privacy screens and space dividers are realistic-looking faux plants that are equal parts screen and organic décor. And the beauty of these screens is that you can fully customize them for your use, and they add a hint of greenery without adding any maintenance! Read on to find out which nature-inspired screen is perfect for your space—indoors or out! Read more

A Full, Flourishing Trellis—Want it Now? Tips for When You Don’t Want to Wait

For every person that has the time and patience to nurture a growing vine on their bare trellis, there are many of us that simply want a full, flowering, climbing-vine trellis—and we want it now! Here are some tips on how to get beautiful, fully blooming residential or commercial garden trellises—and without the wait. Read more

Three Privacy Screen and Space Divider Options for Your Home, Office, Restaurant, or Venue

Want your own private space free of unpleasant views and irritating traffic and neighbor noise? Or perhaps you’d like to section off a large room or outdoor area for multiple uses, or find a decorative backdrop for your trade show or special event? Our variety of indoor and outdoor privacy screens and space dividers answer to these common concerns and many more. The following three space dividers are some of our most popular, as they blur the line between functional and ornamental, instantly making your home, office, restaurant, or venue a more usable and beautiful space. Read more

VISUALIZE THIS! 5 NEW PRODUCTS with FAUX FOLIAGE INTRODUCED AT ASLA 2016

Artificial Plants Unlimited (APU) introduces five inspired products with faux foliage–all designed for the savvy landscaper in mind–at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) show in New Orleans this year, October 21 – 24. Enjoy sneak previews of APU’s latest innovations helping industry experts use sustainable plant management practices. learn, too, about incorporating fake trees and flowers in state-of-the-art planters from our sister company, Planters Unlimited (PU). Read more

Artificial Equisetum and Horsetail Reeds for Use as Privacy Screens

Horsetail Reeds and Morning Glories Deliver Unique Dividers

The robust green stalks of faux horsetail reeds perfectly mimic their live counterparts, presenting a beautiful and pristine picture of the earth. Tidy and stalwart, equisetum grass is one of the eco-friendliest renditions of the real thing gracing commercial spaces today. And what better home to find them in than a modern planter set against glass or distinguishing the heft of a cast stone classically crafted container enhancing a hotel entrance or atrium.  Read more