Although we will always be staunch advocates of genuine live planting, the look and shape of them can be reproduced for use in areas that might struggle to sustain beautiful live foliage all year round with replica planting. View the gallery below to see some stunning examples.
Aureo Case Study
Replica planting offers a ‘real’ alternative in interior landscaping
Replica Planting Benefits
Highly convincing modern techniques mean that replica plants can look near-identical to their organic counterparts. Requiring little maintenance other than an occasional dusting and shaping, replica plants can be used to create eye-catching displays and have the added benefit of being placed in almost any location – regardless of the prevailing temperature or light levels.
With the ability to maintain their lustre in uncongenial conditions, replica plants can be effective in offering a consistent display whether your location has either extremes of light or where there may be major fluctuations in or potential for temperatures to drop below 14 ˚C
NESCOT Select Replica Plants for Skills Park
When looking for ways to enhance the plush interior of its fantastic new facility in Epsom, the North East Surrey College of Technology selected Aureo as its design partner for specifying a scheme of highly-realistic and durable replica planting.
The college boasts an impressive sports centre, two theatres, a graphic design and print service and its own hair & beauty salon, appropriately named ‘Innovation’.
The bright, airy and modern architecture that welcomes visitors and students has been brought to life with a well thought out specification of replica interior plants including Phalaenopsis orchids, ornamental grasses, Japanese bamboo, Sansevieria, Buxus Spirals and a huge Ficus Benjamina that was hand built on site due to its sheer size. All interior planting was fixed within polished white Cubic™ tapered square planters using the complete spectrum of sizes available. View the image gallery below for the finished project.
Practical Solutions to Transformation
The transformative project has brought elegance and panache to the college’s reception area. In a busy college environment, live planting is potentially at risk of damage and the regular maintenance regime required for live planting could have been challenging because of accessibility issues. In addition, the specification included a huge 5m specimen which, to install as a live plant would have been prohibitive both practically and financially.
The college’s marketing department, (involved from the start because of their role in how the building reflects the brand) said:
“We are very happy with the plants, thank you! There has been lots of positive feedback and even a few queries about who’s going to water them… ”
Another representative said:
“The plants look fantastic; it’s given the skills park a completely different feel.”
Cabinet Top Replica Planting for Furniture Specialists
In another successful project involving replica planting, Aureo was selected to assist KI Europe, a leading supplier of furniture for the workplace and educational institutions. KI Europe found that replica planting met their specific needs when planning enhancements to its newly refurbished London headquarters.
Cabinet top planting, with all its benefits, was the requirement for this project. A careful balance of style as well as the ‘volume’ of foliage was important so as not to be too overpowering, architectural and structured to compliment the clean lines of the new environment. Ornamental grasses of a specific pot size were the final choice with an upright contemporary silhouette, with the added benefits of being no obstruction to persons accessing the cabinets, and with low dust-collecting potential. A range of species was researched and the final selection was made following experiments with samples provided pre-installation. The customer is now proposing a similar scheme for one of its client’s who are also refurbishing their offices.
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Distinctive replica planting by Aureo is the convincing alternative where live plants may not be a viable proposition.
Contact us today to discover how your premises will benefit.