As the use of plants in residential and commercial properties has grown increasingly popular, we have noticed a rise in clients requesting artificial trailing plants and garlands. Whether people want to utilise their vertical space or drape plants around structures and furniture, the lush foliage and organic form of trailing plants have far surpassed the lonely house plant on the window sill.
Trailing plants and vines naturally grow as epiphytes, relying on larger plants and structures to compete for sunlight and resources - using the natural environment around them in symbiosis to escape the shadows of the forest floor and reach towards the light above. The structure and character of these plants has been shaped by evolution, giving rise to the many species and their variations that we see in homes and businesses around the world.
Understanding the growth habit of this kind of plant allows us to make educated choices when it comes to design and installation - as often is the case, we look to the natural world for solutions to human dilemmas and let the form of these plants guide us in where to use them. In the photo above, a detail from a recent installation, our artificial trailing plants and garlands are being showcased on existing structures. They are at their best when the long tendrils and bushy habit are allowed to hang organically, creating depth in the room and drawing the eye away from the harsh ceiling panels above.
Pairing the form of these plants with industrial and hard-edged building features creates a pleasant contrast, with each element benefiting from the other. The bold shapes of support beams and walls are softened by the vibrant and natural texture of the plants and the bushy appearance of the foliage is refined and given some structure by the more industrial elements of the space.
The use of trailing plants, such as our Syngonium and Garland Mix, have been a popular way to utilize negative space. Areas with high ceilings or industrial and structural elements often ask us to install garlands and hanging foliage to convert an eye sore into an asset. The form of these plants gives depth to a room and functions as an aesthetic way to fill the often overlooked vertical plane of a space.