Artificial plants are getting more and more realistic.
We all yearn for a home with southern exposure. We'll even pay extra knowing that our precious house plants and floral bouquets will get enough sun to thrive. My wife, Kate, and I love our apartment, but its windows face north, so any attempt to promote photosynthesis on our windowsill, like a skunk crossing I-95, ends in sorrow. This is why we keep a few stylish, hyper-realistic artificial plants around the house. Who needs to keep a real fern alive when Pottery Barn sells a simulacrum that will never require anything of you? Fake plants really can be as good as the real thing. Yes, you should always surround yourself with the best things, but when you must settle, make sure it's at least the next best thing.