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The plastic plant boom: here’s how to grow the real thing – for beauty, better air and biodiversity | Life and style

Sales of plastic hedges, shrubs and lawns are rising rapidly, but they are bad for the environment and not necessarily low-maintenance or low-cost

‘There are some very convincing plastic plants now.’
Photograph: JaCrispy/Alamy Stock Photo

Low-maintenance, evergreen lushness and an instant garden – it is easy to see why the sale of plastic plants is bursting into life.