When ordinary potted plants just won’t do, it’s time to look into getting yourself a couple of topiary trees or shrubs. These beautifully shaped specimens are a welcome addition inside or out. From a slender trunk tree with a large ball of trimmed leaves on the top to shrubs in the shape of animals, topiaries are always a sight to behold. Believe it or not, you can even create your own version with a harvest of pumpkins. Let me show you how.
• Potted Tree Balls
If you want an unusual little tree to use as a centerpiece on a table, place card holder for a dinner party or just to adorn a side table, boxwood topiaries may be just what your looking for. The tiny little green leaves on a boxwood lend themselves perfectly to being trimmed into a full, fluffy orb – or two – at the top of a mini tree trunk. It’s a great addition in a formal entry or dining area.
Even if you’re not totally into perfectly manicured foliage, you can still add a ball topiary to your decor – just forgo the trimming for a bit and let it grow a little wild. The uneven appearance will allow it to blend into any casual setting.
• Trimmed Shapes
Have you ever been to a theme park? Then chances are you’ve seen a number of topiaries in the shapes of letters or animals throughout the park. You may not want a giant mouse topiary in your front yard; but, a pair of spiral-shaped topiaries flanking your front door can create a very inviting outdoor space to welcome your guests.
• Flower Ball Topiaries
Not all topiaries are alive – nor do they have to be made from shrubs or greenery. If you lean toward floral accents for your home, you can find round topiaries made from silk magnolias or roses. They have an elegant look that can also bring help bring your favorite color into any space.
• Vase and Urn Topiaries
Vase and urn topiaries are a meatier version of trimmed shrubbery. Place a boxwood or other thick foliage plant down low in a fancy vase or urn; then trim the leaves to form an emerging sphere that looks like it’s blooming up and out of the piece. These topiaries are ideal in multiples to fill in large spaces with rich green blooms.
• Pumpkin Topiaries
You can make your own topiary with a large pot or urn and two or three pumpkins in graduating sizes. Rest the largest pumpkin on the rim of the pot. Then cut the stem away and set another on top of it. You can secure your pumpkins with slender garden stakes and add grapevine or other decorative accents to dress it up.
Check out the pictures and inspiration for this article in the Topiaries ideabook on Houzz. You might just find a topiary style that would be perfect to share with friends and family in your home or garden.
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