Most people don’t prefer fake plants to the real thing, but they are a wonderful addition to a room when real plants are simply not practical (read: in college life). Silk flowers were the first iteration of artificial plants, popular as early as the 1920s, but companies have crated a variety of different types of plants that are starting to look increasingly realistic.

I spent a lot of time searching for the best artificial plant, with the goal of finding the most realistic-looking plant possible (by far the most common goal of faux plant buyers). So I came across the artificial succulent—a sturdy plant that looks plastic-like in real life. Not many companies actually make artificial succulents, but Crate & Barrel has done an excellent job mimicking the look of a succulent. I find the jade plant, a variety of succulent, desirable because it brings greenery to a room with zero upkeep. It is simple, polished, and convenient.