Commercial Silk Int'l

Outdoor Tropical Fake Plants for Aerospace Facilities

artificial tropical tree plan Located at the Seletar Aerospace Park, this purpose-built facility had ambition landscaping requirements for its site. The original outdoor ground conditions were challenging. The soil was of lateritic clay, and typically only supported scrub-like vegetation.

[more] tropical fake plants outdoors Addressing the soil condition led the design team one of two solutions. Either the imprevious harsh soil condition had to be tackled, or go completely unaddressed. An ongoing maintenance budget and time is always of concern, and outdoor artificial plants provided a turn-key solution that would minimize the challenges that the soil condition presented. Artificial tropical plants would, in addition, eliminate the need for landscape maintenance and could withstand and harsh weather conditions. Planting live plants would be less expensive upfront; however, this option would present many challenges:

  • The levels of the site had to be properly graded to allow the rain water to drain well.
  • The large volume of storm water from the extensive roof surface had to be channeled into concealed storm water drains (swales) to mitigate the effects from the deluge of tropical monsoon rains.
  • The natural diversity of indigenous plants is to be preserved and was expressed in the plant selection.
tropical plastic plant concept Thus, Commercial Silk International's array of outdoor artificial plants included tropical and colorful trees and fake plants, as well as plastic ground cover plant shrubs.

The landscape detail submission comprises of drawings, all of which had the client's blessing:
  • The grounds levels grading
  • Artificial plants selection guide for the fake shrubs and trees
  • Perspective drawings and renderings of the finished landscape design plans
In selecting the outdoor artificial plant solution, the design team was able to eliminate the need to render:
  • Working drawing of the swale
  • The profile drawings of the soil mix
Streetscape and Plant Selection

The roadside and perimeter trees selection is extremely varied comprising of a good mix of artificial tropical trees and plants. The intention is to create the diverse depth of tree species typical of tropical rain forests.

The design brief required that the site be suitably planted with large areas of fake ground cover plants interspersed with a variety of low decorative plastic shrubs.

Extraordinary Silk Plant Sky Gardens

artificial plant sky garden Sky gardens have become a popular landscape choice for roof tops on buildings, restaurants and lounges, often competing for deck space. A green wall effect created with UV rated outdoor artificial plants creates ambiance in an otherwise dull high-rise building outdoor area. These silk plant garden decks utilize vertical plants to maximize a restricted area, withs a curtain of artificial plants against vertical structures. Whatever the type of chosen sky plants, a vertical plant garden can pose challenges that professional landscapers have to grapple with to ensure a visually stimulating atmosphere without limiting space.

[more] sky garden plant conceptOpen sky gardens are subjected to the ravages of the very harsh environment of heat, strong winds and adequate water supply, along with sometimes a challenging accessibility to maintain living plants and constant temperature fluctuations. In our example of an extraordinary sky garden, artificial plants were installed on a partially covered food court deck area. The outdoor rated silk plants were vertically placed on part of the deck and also covered outdoor concrete columns, which added visual interest to the atmosphere and enhanced the height of the ceilings. artificial roof top plants

Initial considerations of using tiered planters and growing live plant creepers on wire mesh were some of the ideas explored to cover these outdoor concrete columns. However, an artificial plant solution was the most cost efficient and the most practical. Studies of the site revealed that light would not be adequate for living plants to grow on the deck area. Artificial plants with outdoor UV protective properties could withstand the heat, harsh winds and temperature fluctuations of the high rise column's vertical surfaces. Although silk plants do not require very much maintenance, the green wall was mounted on tracks to enable accessibility for the maintenance team.

This fake plant green wall is an example of how high rise landscape limitations can be solved with quality plants and creative thinking.

Silk Trees Combat Global Warming and Harvest Kenetic Energy

Silk Trees Being Tested in Spain Turns out man can make better plants and trees than mother nature, as we’ve discovered in the news this week.

Inventor of CO2 Absorbing Silk Trees Silk trees that absorb the same amount of CO2 as 90 eucalyptus trees are being tested in Spain to help reduce emissions from cars and factories. The trees, which look like lamp posts and can be customized to blend in with surroundings -- similar to silk tree cell phone tower concealment -- have been installed to date in Valencia, Castellon, and Barcelona.

[more] TouchPot Artificial Plant Meanwhile, an innovative artificial plant product called TouchPot that was recently brought to market by Aydan Design can harness kinetic energy when its leaves are moved by wind or by people manually turning them. The TouchPot can re-charge portable electronic devices while providing a LED glow for those college kids who want something other than a lava lamp for their dorm rooms.

We reported on the proliferation of artificial plant technology in an earlier post, such as for hidden cameras, soil readers, and humidifiers. All in all, it certainly seems -- somewhat ironically -- that artificial trees and plants are helping make the world a greener place.

How to Build an Outdoor Artificial Topiary Plant

Outdoor artificial topiary plants look vibrant and healthy without the ongoing maintenance that indoor live plants require. They are beneficial in hard-to-reach areas and in locations where live plants cannot grow. Be sure to use UV rated artificial plant material for all of your outdoor plant and topiary applications, as in this video demonstrating how to build an outdoor azalea topiary.

[more]Products Used:

  • Artificial Azalea Topiary Swirl
Materials Needed: Instructions:
  • Cut the artificial plant into strips of flowering foliage that can be attached to the decorative topiary frame.

  • Wrap the foliage along the frame, keeping much of the flowers and artificial foliage on the topiary frame's outside.

  • Wire the foliage to the frame on both foliage ends, securing additional wires where needed. Cut any excess wire.

  • Gently shape the foliage so the topiary plant looks healthy and realistic from every angle.

  • Place the finished topiary plant into a decorative planter.

Outdoor Artificial Plant Solutions for Seasonal Changes

Outdoor artificial plant solutions can make updating your commercial exterior to reflect the seasons a simple and easy process. Outside of being easy to maintain, artificial plants add color year round, eliminate watering, pruning, and fertilizing costs, are great for locations where growing live plants is difficult, and can create interesting and character-adding themes.

This step-by-step instructional video will demonstrate how to create seasonal plant designs by rotating and switching out outdoor artificial plant products from Commercial Silk Int'l.

[more]Products Used:

  • Outdoor Artificial Azalea Hanging Plant
  • Outdoor Artificial Barberry (Green)
  • Outdoor Artificial Ribbon Grass (Fall)
  • Outdoor Artificial Cedar Plant
Materials Needed:
  • Grow Pot
  • Rock
  • Spray Foam
  • Sphagnum moss, mulch or bark chips
  • Glue gun or styrofoam adhesive
  • Window Box or Outdoor Planter
  • Outdoor Artificial Plants
To design an artificial plant interchangeable planter box, each single plant is potted into one grow pot, later to be easily inserted into your window box planter.
  • Layer rock several inches thick at the bottom of the grow pot to add ballast.

  • Dispense foam. Do not fill to the top of the grow pot. The foam will rise and expand.

  • Add moss as a top dressing for the plant; press into the foam. Allow to dry and set up overnight.

  • Using a glue gun, quickly spread glue onto the spear of the artificial plant.

  • Press the plant into the foam filled grow pot, thus gluing it into the foam. Repeat steps 1-5 for each plant.

  • Place all potted plants into the window box planter. The weight of the rock in the grow pots will keep the artificial plants secure in harsh weather conditions.

  • Gently shape the artificial plants for a healthy and groomed appearance — all leaves should gracefully reach towards the light.

  • When you want a fresh look, easily remove a plant and insert another prepared plant.
With these simple steps you'll have a fully functional artificial plant solution for keeping up your outdoor planters with the seasons.

Concealing Cell Phone Towers with Silk Trees

Cell Phone Tower Tree Concealing cell phone towers is often a compromise to an unwanted problem. No one wants a cell phone tower in their neighborhood, known as they are for bringing masses of steel to otherwise quaint neighborhoods, reducing home values, dosing people with unhealthy levels of radiation (some say), and inciting gridlock at zoning boards all over the country. The improvement of cell phone coverage, for whatever reason, does not make up for these drawbacks in most people's eyes.

[more]Concealing cell phone towers with silk plants and trees, however, can make all the ballyhoo seem like nothing but empty sound and fury. Many artificial tree solutions, when done by professional manufacturers, look incredibly authentic and seamlessly blend into the forest environment around them. The most common varieties of cell tower trees include faux Elm (which is very similar to artificial Banyan foliage manufactured by Commercial Silk Int'l), Pine and Palm trees.

Cell Phone Tower Pine Tree Outside of silk plants and trees, many other creative concealments have been implemented, including church bell towers, street light poles, lighthouses, and more. At the end of the day, if you can convincingly hide a mobile phone tower, there's not a whole lot left to do but be grateful for better coverage.

Cleaning Silk Plants

Cleaning silk plants will keep them looking fresh and realistic. Twice a year will do, however once every three months is recommended to reduce time and effort during each silk plant cleaning.

[more]Products Used

Materials Needed

  • Spray Bottle
  • Hot Water and Dishwasher Soap
  • Silk Plant Cleaner
  • Paper Towel


  • Fill your spray bottle with hot water and dishwasher soap.
  • Spray your silk plant with the soap mixture, applying a thorough coat.
  • While still wet, spray on the silk plant cleaner.
  • Using a paper towel, wipe the silk plant clean.

The Art of Creating Artificial Trees

Creating artificial trees is an art, as shown in this time elapsed video of a Commercial Silk manufacturer creating an artificial Ficus tree. Our team of craftsmen are masters in their field and strive to create the most authentic and realistic silk trees in the industry. Fortunately, our craftsmen have over 40,000 square feet of studio-like warehouse space to perfect their art.

At the base of the tree, trunks and PVC collars are embedded into a reinforced container. For permanent installations, steel plates would be utilized.

[more]Branches are joined to the main trunk using doweled ends. Steel reinforcements allow our craftsmen to manipulate tree density and form specific shapes typical to the various trees we manufacture. Cables are then used to preserve the shape.

Branch and trunk imperfections are hand painted to blend with the stem coloration, further heightening the authenticity, and tapered branch tips provide a smooth transition from branch to foliage.

Last and certainly not least, our Inherantly Fire Retardant (IFR&trade) foliage provides permanent fire protection to meet state fire code requirements (NFPA 70, Class A per ASTM E84, California title 19, US BOv SIN 4722-06 Flammabilty Code, NFPA 705), allowing our silk trees to be implemented in commercial projects, such as a rooftop bar Ficus tree installation.

How to Make a Planter Box with Silk Plants

With a few materials and a little time, you can make a planter box yourself with artificial silk plants provided by Commercial Silk Int’l.

[more]Products Used

Materials Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Rock
  • Sphagnum moss, mulch or bark chips
  • Spray foam
  • Glue gun or styrofoam adhesive


  • Add a two-inch layer of rock to add ballast
  • Dispense foam. Do not fill to the top of the planter box. The foam will rise and expand on its own.
  • Add mulch. Press mulch into foam. Let dry and set up overnight.
  • Use a screwdriver to make a small guiding hole in the foam/mulch for each silk plant to be planted.
  • Using the glue gun, quickly spread glue onto one plant.
  • Press one plant into a hole, thus gluing it into the foam. Step and repeat.
  • Shape plants for a groomed appearance.

If you will be making a planter box or hanging planter for interior use, consider a basket with colorful artificial Bougainvillea flowers.

Artificial Boxwood Topiary for Artificial Landscapes

Why Is Artificial Boxwood So Popular?
plastic boxwood mat Boxwood foliage is horticulturally popular with many gardeners, landscapers and homeowners. Artificial Boxwood is ideal for interior landscapes, because of its minimal maintenance - artificial plants only need a yearly dusting, but do not require watering or trimming. Boxwood shrubs and bushes are popular because of their shaping, cutting and pruning abilities. Our artificial Boxwood topiaries can be shaped to any form. For example, we manufacture artificial Boxwood topiary animals, unique for each client; our spiral Boxwood topiary and Boxwood topiary balls are popular in formal decor, and our Boxwood privacy screens are a great visual screen to hide unsightly views. Boxwood topiaries and Boxwood hedges can theme landscapes, and our topiary forms include all sizes of Boxwood spirals, Boxwood shrubs, Boxwood balls, and Boxwood bushes. topiary

The Boxwood leaf tapers from a round base: the very small and shiny leaves are leathery to the touch. Boxwood bushes and Boxwood hedges act as a privacy screen as our foliage is thick on every branch.

outdoor boxwood topiaries Boxwood is recognized under several names including box bush, English shrub, European Boxwood, common Boxwood and pale Boxwood. This slow growing evergreen was introduced to North America in the mid-1600s, and is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, Madagascar, and South and Central America with the majority of Boxwood species tropical or subtropical.

[more] modern boxwood topiary Indoor artificial Boxwood by Commercial Silk International can be impregnated with our inherently fire retardant chemical during manufacturing, offering consistent fire protection. Our Boxwood foliage can also be used in exterior applications with our UV inhibitor. These chemicals are blended with the fabric as well as the plastic or PVC parts so you wont see or feel a tacky surface film. Our outdoor foliages have been tested for colorfastness according to ASTM G 155-05, and after one year of UV exposure equivalent to Miami, Florida, our product had NO COLOR LOSS visible by sight.

The Elephant in the Room is Silk Topiary
Boxwoood Topiary Animal

As we grow older many things change, but our childhood fascination with animals often follows us into adulthood. The same giraffes, rhinos and other creatures that filled our coloring books and bedtime stories we now admire on Animal Planet and movies like March of the Penguins. As anyone with a pet knows, few things are more gratifying than having affection for an animal and getting it back in return, whether young or old.

boxwood topiary cypress Our fascination with animals is deeply ingrained in cultures worldwide, often reflected in works of art and architecture. Following this cue, plantscapers and commercial designers are wise to incorporate animal based themes and silk topiary animals into commercial spaces. Doing so can tug at heartstrings and provide memorable experiences.

When deciding whether to include an artificial animal in your commercial project, first make sure it fits your design objectives. For a full-fledged rainforest or jungle theme, silk topiary animals can bring a setting to life. Silk animals can also add an intriguing touch where least expected, such as a church or park.

outdoor boxwood topiariesNext, pick the right silk. Boxwood topiary is a highly flexible material made to be bent, curved, and twisted, allowing for the precise molding of shapes and lines required to create an authentic looking animal. Boxwood can also be constructed into silk balls, silk obelisks, and other interesting shapes.

pvc modern topiaryTo make your topiary animal even more interactive, allow it to be strong and durable enough to bear weight. When seeing a Boxwood elephant topiary, for example, curious minds will congregate. They will want to touch it to get a sense of how it was made. Kids will want to climb on it, and parents will want to take their picture. In these cases, make sure to provide an easy method for climbing the animal, preferably with a built-in ladder or a step structure subtly constructed into the animal itself.

Boxwoood Topiary Animal In the end, a well-conceived project integrated with silk topiary animals can make for good childhood memories while reminding parents of theirs.

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