This is a delightful arrangement. I'd say I'm "picky" about my faux flowers... they must look natural. I think this one does! The colors are muted, not fake-plastic looking. They're silk. The base is wire, and well-hidden. This is a very sturdy arrangement. Mine measures 30 inches wide. I didn't lay it flat on my mantel, I tilted the bottom up slightly against the stone wall that supports my mantel, so as to really see all the color.