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The Best Cascading Flowers for Window Boxes

When it comes to window box planting, there is a rule of thumb that many are aware of; it’s known as the “thriller, filler, and spiller” rule, which gives the window box a balanced, beautiful design. Cascading flowers for window boxes, the “spillers” of the triune, are called such because they “spill out” of the […]

Hard-to-Kill Plants for Your Fiberglass Flower Boxes

As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.

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Outdoor Artificial Flowers vs Silk Flowers: Know the Difference

An empty window box, outdoor planter, or hanging basket is not only a sad sight. It also detracts from your home’s curb appeal. Faux azalea flowers, shrubs and other artificial outdoor plants give you a way to keep your planters full of color all year long.

When decorating a home or commercial property, plants can help bring more life and style to any property, inside or out. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to care for live plants. But, there is an alternative – faux flowers.

Our beautifully designed, commercial quality faux flowers appear as lifelike and detailed as the real thing. Compared to the silk flowers that are commonly available at craft stores, commercial grade poly-blend artificial flowers are built to withstand the abuse of mother nature. Outdoor artificial flowers offer the perfect solution for your window boxes and planters. Read on to learn why you should use outdoor artificial flowers over cheap silk flowers. Read more

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Boosting Curb Appeal with Colorful Artificial Flowers Year Round

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You truly can’t compete with the boost to curb appeal that flowers bring, but with living flowers those aesthetic benefits are brief. Flowers bloom for such a short period of time, and in many parts of the country, you’ll only manage to get one or perhaps two chances to enjoy the full beauty of the color of blossoms before cold weather sets in.

On top of the fleeting quality of living plants, there is all of the effort related to care and maintenance to be considered. Living flowering plants require watering and in some cases fertilizing and pruning to keep looking their best. For many businesses and homeowners that brief pop of color that flowers provide just doesn’t justify the time and money spent caring for living flowers. That’s why more and more people are considering outdoor artificial flowers for displaying outside of their homes, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls and other buildings.

Fake Flowers: the Outdoor Difference

artificial geraniumsIf you haven’t ever encountered commercial quality artificial plants before, you might be hesitant to even consider using fake flowers outside of your home or commercial building. After all, we’ve all seen fake silk and plastic flowers that look cheap and that fall apart if they’re simply touched the wrong way. It’s hard to imagine placing anything like that outside at the mercy of the elements or expecting those poorly made fake flowers to do much for the aesthetic appeal of an exterior.

These problems illustrate why it’s important to purchase commercial-grade outdoor artificial flowers for best results. These types of artificial plants are:

Highly Realistic. The latest artificial flowering plants can’t easily be distinguished from the real thing unless they’re touched.

Ultra Strong. Materials like industrial grade injection molded polyethylene make commercial grade artificial plants durable enough to remain outdoors in all types of weather, through every season.

Fade Resistant. Inherent UV protection helps to keep commercial grade fake flowers from fading in the sun. The sun protection is actually embedded in the fibers rather than being sprayed on or applied to the surface of the artificial plants, so it can’t rub off or become washed away.

artificial hanging flowersTypes of Outdoor Artificial Flowers

There are a number of options available for sprucing up your exterior with outdoor artificial flowers, including:

Faux Flowering Vines. Sold unpotted, artificial hanging flowers can be used to cover walls, ledges, railings and more.

Hanging Baskets. Available in many different styles and colors, hanging baskets with artificial flowers are ideal for dressing up posts, poles, entryways, porches, patios, courtyards and other outdoor areas.

Bushes and Individual Stems. You can purchase artificial flowering plants in large clusters that resemble bushes and as individual stems. Place just one in a small planter of your choosing or make a large arrangement by combining several varieties of outdoor artificial flowers into one pot or planter.

Artificial Plants Unlimited can help you boost the curb appeal of your home or business year round with the finest quality commercial grade artificial plants available. Browse our selection and discover all of the beautiful fake flower options to bring color to your exterior that won’t fade, wilt or ever require watering.

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 2 Geranium Bushes to fill a 24" Window Box

Window Box Flowers: The Perfect Recipe

Nothing adds charm and beauty to a home quite like flower window boxes. From their delightful designs to bright colors, window boxes can add a beautiful pop of color to the interior or exterior of a home. But a common problem for people creating container gardens is choosing the flowers to plant. Instead of wondering if there are enough flowers to fill the window box or if the colors and styles are cohesive, our flower arrangements come in pre-made “recipes” to give you the exact amount of what you need to create a beautiful flower arrangement without stressing over the details. Even better, our flowers are artificial so they are easy to maintain for a bright look in every season. Made of the finest materials in the  highest quality, our DIY window box flowers make it easy to turn your home into a garden oasis. Here are three popular styles you can achieve with artificial floral arrangement recipes:

 

Ferns and Ivy

Create a flower box full of lush greenery and bright pops of color with our arrangements of buckler ferns and ivy. Our fern and ivy fronds are modeled after real varieties and have the details, shape, and texture of live plants to create a visually interesting mix. The mostly monochromatic nature of these arrangements make them a great accent to a modern home or a home with natural elements such as wood or stone details. Our 42″ fern and ivy mix adds brilliantly colored bromeliads for a unique exotic touch. And with high quality UV protection, the color won’t fade overtime, guaranteeing your ferns will be green and your flowers bright for years to come.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - Buckler Fern, Bromeliads, and English Ivy in a 42" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – Buckler Fern, 4 Bromeliads, and 3 English Ivy to Fill a 42″ Window Box

Bougainvillea

Add depth and length to your window box with our selection of faux bougainvillea vines. Our plants are full of leaves and flowers to give your window box a full, lush look that is lifelike and beautiful. This 30″ recipe features three vines for a complete look. Bougainvillea plants have unique textures and long vines, making them an interesting addition to a whimsical window box. Available in six colors ranging from red to lavender, our bougainvillea plants are made of fade-resistant materials to keep your flowers bright even if you don’t have a green thumb.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 3 Bougainvillea Vines to Fill a 30" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – 3 Bougainvillea Vines to Fill a 30″ Window Box

Geraniums

A window box classic, geraniums are a great addition to window boxes for more traditional style homes. Available in pink, red, or white flowers, our faux geranium recipes can add a charming detail to any interior or exterior window box. To create an even more lifelike look, our geranium plants come with a mixture of leaves, flower clusters, and flower buds. This 24″ geranium recipe is full of the perfect amount of elements to fill your window box in a complete and professional way. With UV-resistant material, these geraniums will add cheerful details to your home year round.

 

Artificial Window Box Flowers - 2 Geranium Bushes to fill a 24" Window Box

Artificial Window Box Flowers – 2 Geranium Bushes to Fill a 24″ Window Box

Shhhh – The Neighbors Will Never Know they’re Fake!

Once you have arranged your artificial flower recipes to your liking, don’t say a word. Simply sit back and wait for the compliments to start rolling in. Our commercial-quality outdoor artificial plants and flowers are so realistic most people can’t even tell they’re faux – even just a few feet away! Shop window box recipes online or call 1-800-896-0978 to work with a floral designer on custom and/or seasonal arrangements.

 

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Baby showers are a time to celebrate a sweet new bundle of joy and a great opportunity for ladies to get together for a fun party. But when planning a baby shower and dealing with all of the games, food, and decor, it helps to have something to save time and make a statement. Artificial floral arrangements are a simple way pull things together for a polished and creative baby shower and make for unique baby shower decorations. No matter the season of your baby shower, artificial flowers are always in bloom.

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

It’s easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Spring

Welcome the bright blooms of spring with silk flowers-no need to worry about getting your bulbs in time to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Spring is all about new life, so incorporate bright colors and interesting shapes. After a long winter, it’s nice to have flowers that bring joy and gladness. A chic spring decoration is this potted peony arrangement. The vivid pinks and crisp whites paired with a chic container make for the perfect springtime baby shower décor for a baby girl. For a boy, incorporate green, blue, or yellow flowers.

Summer

Let your creativity run wild in the summer. It’s time for a laid back shower with bright colors and interesting blooms. Break out of the mold and try arrangements in unique shapes and containers, like this country delight arrangement in a watering can. Sunny colors and big blooms make summer arrangements extra special. And with artificial flowers you don’t need to worry about the heat turning your baby shower flowers to a crisp-they can look great and last throughout the season.

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas - the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas – the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

Fall

As the air begins to grow crisper, bring in the warm earth tones of autumn with color and earth-inspired textures. Fall flower arrangements can be rustic and include pumpkins and hay bales, or can stay sophisticated, like this rose and hydrangea arrangement in stunning fall colors and perfect for a boy or girl. No matter the style, look for artificial flowers in coordinating rich reds, oranges, and browns to match the changing leaves outside.

Winter

Keep things crisp in the winter by using monochromatic flowers in somber shades. This stunning gender-neutral snapdragon arrangement uses crisp white to match the snowfall, but brings in rich emerald greens for a dash of color. Winter floral tend to be more sophisticated and traditional, but don’t be afraid to bring in color in small doses.

Throughout the year, artificial flowers are the perfect accent to a baby shower. And with quality design and artificial arrangements, your guests won’t even be able to tell the flowers aren’t real. After the party planning is done, you can enjoy the beauty of a gorgeous floral arrangement and the smiles of a newborn baby.

10 Ways to Increase Sales with Silk Flowers – Part 1

Marketing a florist shop is a challenge.  There is tons of competition from small boutiques, with a few corporate giants thrown in, crowding out many florists. Successful florist shops have active SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for global presence as well as print ads, coupon mailers and local association connections to create local interest.  The question is: When everyone has access to the same flowers, candy, fruit, plants and gift baskets, how do you set yourself apart?

Expand your line, reduce waste and increase profits with silk flowers!  In the first installment of this two part countdown, we explore using artificial flowers to improve your window displays and appeal to new audiences.  Here is what we learned…

Natural looking silk flowers are an easy way to design better window displays and Realtors love them for home staging.

Natural looking silk flower arrangements are an easy way to design better window displays and Realtors love them for home staging.

 

 10.   Window Display Optimization

Location is still the #1 way a florist shop is recognized and your window displays is the first, and often last, impression your store gets to make.  Many florists spend months or years coming up with their featured designs; some even go as far as to hire specialized floral designers.  This is an awful lot of work and expense for a product that withers in a matter of days.  Try using artificial silk flowers for these displays and prototypes.  Not only are the stems reusable if you don’t like the design, but customers will be able to see a physical sample of the arrangement you spent so much to produce, months or years after the live floral version would have been trashed.

Less talked about, but every bit as important, is how much silk flowers and plants can add to a window display.  When flowers last months or years, spending time designing off-the-wall, eye-catching displays is less daunting and more affordable. Even if you do not plan on selling artificial flowers or arrangements to your clients, faux silks have a huge upside for front window displays and bouquet design samples.

9.       Expand your shipping area

Appealing to a local audience is extremely important, but at the same time there is no reason to limit yourself to customers in driving distance of your shop.  The larger e-florist chains contract out to local florists for most jobs because it is easier to pay someone else to put together arrangements than to work out how to get fresh flowers to long distance customers.

Artificial flowers are a great way to push your local business to a national or international stage.  Marketing avenues that were previously closed to you now become a major income stream.  Websites like Etsy, Ebay, Amazon and Overstock are geared toward smaller vendors with items that keep and ship well.  The more artistic and unique an item is, the better it generally sells.  Plus, the photos you upload are only design templates, you can easily arrange more as orders arrive.

Being in the floral industry, we have all seen clients try to put together bouquets on their own.  While customers may know what they like, they have no idea how to make it.  You have the expertise, design eye and market knowledge to know what is attractive to your clients.  Why waste skills you have developed over the years by limiting yourself to fresh cut flowers?

A bountiful offering in your floral showroom is the way to go - showcase your selection of silk sprays in an organized manner.

Showcase your florals and selection of silk sprays in an organized manner.

8.       Silk Flower Sprays

In the same way that you accompany cut flower bouquets with individual flowers or flower bunches, silk flowers are a great adder product to artificial arrangements.  There can be a significantly higher perceived value to individual flowers.  The stems are generally longer, with retail pricing usually around $4-$10 each and dozens retailing for $25-$60. Using vertical racks to show the silk sprays helps to improve the perception that your shop stocks high volumes of flowers and improves the perception of freshness.

Silk stems and sprays attract a DIY clientele that often lacks the design sense to put together items they are happy with.  The most popular styles are Gerber Daisies, Roses, Iris and Lilies; All items where a bunch of 12 can be thrown into a vase and still look attractive.  Because of the lower individual price points of stems and sprays, you will find customers have a tendency to over purchase to ensure they have enough to finish the job.

7.       “How To” Videos and Clinics

Getting involved in community and being recognized is a critical factor in local marketing.  Community Centers, Big Box Stores and Trade Associations are always looking for exciting new products to feature, drawing attention to their own organization.  Faux Silk Flower “How To” videos and seminars are a great way to get your foot in the door and your face in the community, teaching potential clients about your company and your products while avoiding the negativity and cost of sales driven trade show booths.

Watching the creation and design of a silk flower arrangement is very popular, especially with the higher end demographics florists’ target market.  These shows and videos also have the positive impact of getting your clients interested in purchasing components instead of completed arrangements.  While television and print continue to shrink, free online resources like youtube gain clout.  With creativity and a little personality, “how to” videos put a name and face on your floral shop.

Visit our local floral showroom in Solana Beach!

Make yourself available to the local public. Set up a showroom to welcome them!

6.       Overcoming the Silk Stigma

No matter the quality of the silk flower stems and arrangements, the terms “silk flowers” or “artificial plants” have a black eye that shuts down sales before the client gets a chance to look at your designs. When marketing silk florals, it is better to use terms like “Replica Flowers” or “Fabricated Arrangements”, emphasizing the extreme realism, longevity and care free nature of the silks.

The stigma behind silk flowers disappears almost immediately when clients set eyes on a good design.  The manufacturing materials and techniques available today allow the creation of faux flowers that don’t just mimic real stems, but replicate them.  Many of the currently available silks seem real to the eye and even to the touch.  The key here is to get the product in front of the customer and let the flowers sell themselves.

Keep an eye out for the second half of our list, coming soon!

-Hooks and Lattice has been a family owned and operated silk flower manufacturer and importer since 1969.  If you have any questions or are interested in getting an estimate for your project, give us a call at 888-320-0626, visit us online at www.artificialplantsunlimited.com or visit our showroom space at 6056 Corte Del Cedro, carlsbad, CA 92011