Help with outdoor topiaries

OakleyJanuary 8, 2014

It's time to say goodbye to my topiaries by the front door. They're totally falling apart. I bought them at Home Depot online and they lasted for about 4 years and were often mistaken for real ones.

Old picture of the porch, there's now porch furniture to the right.

Below is a link to Home Depot. I may get the topiaries somewhere else (new pots too), but I'd like a change this time.

Because the porch is on the large side, would a boxwood spiral look too skinny? I need something that I can use all year long.

Do you know of other websites I can get ideas at? I looked at Frontgate and wasn't impressed.

Here is a link that might be useful: HD outdoor greenery

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lynninnewmexico

Pretty porch, Oakley! Yes, I do think that the spiral topiaries would be out of proportion for that area. I just went on a quick internet search and found the best prices, so far anyway, on Amazon.com. I did a search for "artificial topiary" to find them.
Lynn

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 10:08AM
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Oakley

Thank you Lynn. One great thing about living in the country is we get an old-fashioned front porch to sit on. Although I'm enjoying these frigid temps, I'm missing sitting on the porch with my morning coffee!

There are a couple topiaries on Amazon I like. What do you think about this one from HD? Free shipping. The urn matches my furniture, and the dimensions are similar to my old plants.

I'm also looking for a new spring/summer wreath for the front door. Fun kind of shopping!

Here is a link that might be useful: Topiary

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 10:34AM
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mitchdesj

Indeed what a lovely porch, I think I'd like to see the same shape of bush but slightly higher, with a different urn.

I remember you talking about this porch so seeing it is nice !!!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 5:39AM
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newhomebuilder

In the past, we have used real fir evergreens in our front porch pots. They take very little to no water in the winter, and a twice a week watering in the summer. When they start to get root bound or too large, we plant them in the yard and get new trees. :)

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 10:56PM
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Sujafr

I'm agreeing with NHB about using real evergreens. For my urns on the porch, DH just ran a little drip hose from the sprinkler system to the urns so they get automatically watered in the summer. In winter they get enough water from rain or occasional snow that melts. Much simpler and avoids the dreaded faux look.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 2:40AM
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Oakley

Mitch, are you talking about getting something similar to what I already have, but taller? These come up to my hip and I'm afraid they may block too much of the sidelights. Thank you for the compliment, we have truly enjoyed having a large front porch, even though we have a patio out back. Living in the country we like to wave to our neighbors driving by. :)

I got to thinking about using an urn instead of a pot. These are on the north side of the house and when a strong north wind blows, or a spring storm whips up, they blow over, even though I have them slightly weighted down. Because of the shape of the front of the house, there can be some wild circulation there! lol

NHB, that area doesn't get a lick of sun so I'd be hesitant to plant anything there.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 7:00AM
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newhomebuilder

Our area only gets the morning sun.

For your pots or urns, have you tried filling in the bottoms with rock, brick, or sand to weigh them down?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 1:23PM
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lynninnewmexico

Sorry, Oakley, I'm just now back here and seeing your question. I've actually seen that specific one at a home I was at a few months ago. I like the idea and overall shape of it, but those little pieces all over the ball portion that are meant to look like new growth, looked a bit strange and fussy/busy to me. If they bother you when you get them, you could always trim them off.
Lynn

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 6:49PM
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Oakley

LOL, Lynn, I never thought about that. The more I look at it, the more it looks fake because of the curly ques. :) The plants on the porch looked real, so I may get some type of evergreen (faux) shaped the same but not boxwood.

NHB, I have a brick in each pot, but when we get a blue norther, the winds just whip them over.

I don't want to mess with a live plant. You'd think I wouldn't mind since we have a large greenhouse and lots of rose bushes! I get so hot just watering in the summer because it gets hotter than the dickens here.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 7:23PM
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