Fake Ivy plants, including leaves, vines, walls, and garlands, make for excellent decorative materials for interior and exterior landscaping. Ivy can be used on almost anything, making for versatile design accessories that can be wrapped around poles, affixed to walls, made into privacy screens and cabanas, and more. Fake Ivy has been used as decoration in hotels, office buildings, and hospitals, to name a few, and continues to be a reliable option as more varieties of Ivy are replicated by manufacturers.
Fake Ivy Plants Varieties
- Devils (Pothos)
- Black Swedish
Fake Ivy Leaves Description
The genus Ivy belongs in the plant family Araliaceae, and there are fifteen species in total. Ivy plants can be climbing or ground creeping and are generally classified as woody vine. On suitable surfaces, such as trees, rocks, lumber structures, or walls, Ivy plants can climb from 3 feet to at least 100 feet above the ground — Ivies are vigorous climbers! They are often found covering the sides of buildings, make for lovely hanging plants, and the smaller varieties can be used as ground cover for large potted plants. Today’s technology, combined with expert craftsmanship, can result in artificial Ivy, leaves that look just like the real thing.
Ivy plants have two types of leaves – lobed and unlobed.
Lobed or juvenile leaves are usually found on creeping and climbing stems, while unlobed, or adult leaves, are found in flowering stems exposed to full sun. The juvenile stem is slender and more flexible, while the adult stem is thicker, self-supporting, and without roots. Most Ivy leaves come in variegated shades of cream, gray, and yellow. The unusual plant leaf shapes of the Ivies attract native wildlife and are used for designing in a narrow planting space or tall-wide walls with problem coverage. Faux Ivy leaves can be made to replicate all of these exciting colors and idiosyncrasies.
Fake Ivy Vines Description
Ivy vines attach by twining to other plants or surfaces and objects. When climbing while twining around objects, the diameter of the vines stem increases as it grows. Sometimes this growth can damage other plants or simply become too much, requiring maintenance when used on buildings. The most infamous type of Ivy is poison Ivy (technically it is a woody vine). The oil that this plant produces is capable of causing a severe skin rash resulting in itching, inflammation, and, in severe cases, blistering of the skin. In each case, fake Ivy Vines can be crafted to look just like the real thing without the maintenance headaches, though not many people want to be around poison Ivy, either real or fake!
Fake Ivy Garland Uses
Ivy garlands can be used for many things, but are mostly used for holiday and party decoration. They look great on dinner tables and can also be used as jewelry for people in festive moods. Ivy garlands are a simple way to accent a garden centerpiece, such as a birdbath or a trellis. Silk Ivy garlands, which can be made to look like authentic Ivy plants, can be re-used year-round for all occasions.
Fake Ivy Wall Lineage
Ivy walls can be found in the Atlantic Islands, western, central, and southern Europe, northwestern Africa, and across south-central Asia east to Japan. Several Ivy walls have also been found in the southern parts of the former Soviet Union, and a few different wall constructs have been found in California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Zealand, and Australia. Ivy walls prefer bright, indirect light, and cool temperatures. They like the soil to be moist during the growing season and prefer well-drained soil. They do not fair well in dry, hot air and prefer to be kept on the slightly cool side. It is safe to say that faux Ivy wall decoration is not as finicky, but does require some periodic cleaning to keep it looking fresh.