Instagram snaps of ‘floral’ walls are driving a boom in the plastic plants. But some are aghast at the aesthetic and ecological cost
They were once widely sneered at, associated with shabby guesthouses and used as a metaphor for all things depressing in the Radiohead anthem Fake Plastic Trees. But artificial plants, particularly fake flowers, have become an unlikely yet burgeoning trend – despite critics highlighting their negative environmental impact and “vulgar” aesthetic.
The main driver of this boom has been the “flower wall”, with giant garlands of fake blooms and foliage providing a supposedly glamorous backdrop for selfies.