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My favorite faux topiary for Outside

Spring is right around the corner and I am busy planning our garden.  One of my little gardening secrets I want to let you in on is FAUX Boxwood Topiary.  Yes, I said it.  I'm sure it is frowned upon within the elite gardener groups, but here in Oklahoma, I can't seem to keep topiaries alive.  The dry winters and hot hot summers have killed my expensive topiary year after year. I'm sure it has nothing to do with my forgetting to water them.

My favorite topiary:

I ordered these five years ago and they have held up so well.  I will be placing another order for two more so I can keep two on either side of the bench and two on either side of the front door.  

You can purchase them
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When you receive your topiaries, they come in a box like this: 

See that tiny pot? That is simply for weight....

Just pop the topiary into a larger planter....
 I used THESE
They look like antique iron boxes for less than $50.00 each!

Place old rocks or bricks inside planter and around the small topiary pot to give weight and keep the topiary from blowing over.

I live in Oklahoma, so we get pretty windy over here... make sure the bricks keep the topiary from moving at all.

Finally, top the planter off with mulch or moss to hide the bricks inside.

Last but not least, FLUFF THOSE BRANCHES!! :)

I know the topiaries are a little pricey, but I really consider them an investment.  I have wasted so much money by throwing away dead boxwood topiaries.  
Another little thought... I don't know whether these perform well in full sun.  They are on my covered porch.  They do get some morning sun.  ***UPDATE*** I have had several reports from happy topiary owners who purchased these years ago saying that the faux topiaries are holding up wonderfully in full sun!!

What are your thoughts about FAUX plants?  I'd love to hear in the comments!

Be sure and watch my Instastories for Gardening tips and life with "the Girls of Eleven Gables"

Happy Gardening!!

xx,  Emily


  1. I bought these almost two years ago after seeing them on your blog. They've been through New England winters and summers, in an uncovered spot, and still look great!

    1. Thank you so much for that update! Editing my blog to reflect your review! Happy (almost) Spring!! xx

  2. Your topiaries look beautiful on your pretty porch! I may have to purchase a couple. I live in Oklahoma too. We lived in Mustang but recently moved to Tulsa. I’ve lost several real ones due to the weather. These are a great alternative!

    1. Thank you so much!! I understand the frustration of losing pricey topiary. xx, Emily

  3. Wow...they certainly look real!! Will have to check them out!!!


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