You may consider installing artificial grass in your garden. Doing so will reduce the number of garden duties you have. You won’t have to mow the lawn anymore, and pulling up weeds will be less of a problem. But you still want to plant your favourite garden plants in the garden and you would want to care for the natural beauty that they bring. 

Is it possible to have both?

The Short Answer

Yes. You can plant living plants in artificial grass. 

While the grass may be artificial, it is also built to allow water to drain through the grass and through the soil. Because of this, it is possible to plant living plants in artificial grass. However, one must be aware of the type of plants they are planting, how many nutrients and water they need in order to survive, and how they reproduce. 

Here’s why.

Planting in Artificial Grass Is Not a Viable Option for All Plants

Living plants need a range of different care methods. Some need watering regularly, others need pruning, and others need specific nutrients in the soil. When you install artificial grass, you are limiting a lot of these things. 


Consider one of the main reasons people install artificial grass. Reduce the amount of water used in the garden. You will no longer have the need for sprinklers or spraying the lawn down with the hose every other day. 

Installing plants will bring back some of that maintenance cost and work. So, while you can plant living grass in artificial turf, it is best to use plants that are more drought-tolerant. 


Living plants need to stretch out their roots to find the right nutrients in the soil. Whether or not a plant planted in artificial grass can do this is going to depend on how the artificial turf was laid. Every company does this differently. 

If artificial turf is laid on rock and sand, that plant is going to struggle to find the nutrient it needs to survive. If it is laid on the sand on old grass, it may still struggle to get deep enough. Ideally, you are going to want to speak with the experts who laid your artificial turf so you can be sure any plants you place in the turf can access the nutrients they need to survive. 

Many layers of artificial turf will have a service where they can ensure your plants have wells cut into the turf for you. That way, your flowers will bloom. 


Some plants require the warmth from surrounding nature to survive. This is not a factor you would consider with natural turf, as natural turf has pores that sweat. This natural phenomenon causes the warmth that some plants need.

Unless you are planting many plants in one area, they will not get that naturally generated heat. Plants that need this to survive will not do well with artificial turf. 

Alternatives to Planting in Artificial Grass

If you know you want plants in your artificial turf and you haven’t laid it yet, talk about it with your turf layers. They can help to ensure that you have space for your plants. 

A good artificial turf layer can:

  • Lay around existing plants and trees that you wish to keep. 
  • Create areas for you to dedicate to your planting when laying the turf, like a centralised plot. 
  • Place artificial turf, so it is going around, or climbing up, raised flower beds. 

If these ideas don’t suit the look you want for your garden, why not invest in flowerpots, spilled flower vases, or plant walls? No matter your plant choice, you can make your garden look awesome with artificial turf. 

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