The Ultimate Guide to Topairy

The nation’s most loved addition to every garden! Used in maisonettes to manor houses topiary can be customised to suit so many styles. Topiary has been used for centuries, first becoming popular in the early roman times, since it has been a feature through so many eras, it cannot fail to bring a striking yet classic ambience to your space.

Despite our nations love of topiary it does come with a few down sides these being it is very labour intensive and requires plenty of pruning, precision, and protection! To keep topiary looking at its best you need to be somewhat artistic to prune it to a attractive shape. Topiary is very susceptible to diseases such as box suckers and box blight which makes it not the most hardy piece of living architecture in your garden.

To overcome these difficulties we have spent time developing the artificial topiary product that is so difficult to differentiate from the living plant, and which still to brings you the beautiful class and striking elegance that we love about topiary but without the hard work. The options for this product are endless and I have collated a few of our very favourites to share with you!

The artificial bay tree

The bay tree is traditionally used to frame the entrance of a home, in recent years this is done to create a classic yet contemporary style. Dating back to the ancient Greeks they dedicated the bay tree to the God Apollo (the God of medicine) as the bay tree was placed around the home to bring happiness and health.

Artificial Boxwood Ball

Artificial boxwood is probably the most flexible species from the topiary collection which is most commonly clipped into attractive shapes. Our most popular the artificial boxwood ball, or the more rustic looking buxus ball both species look beautiful when used indoors and outdoors. The giant one look great potted up to make a decorative feature on the decking, and the smaller ones are perfect for potting up in decorative planters and using as interior decorations.

Artificial Boxwood Trees

Boxwood is very often clipped to form other shapes and styles such as spirals, cones and triple balls. These trees often offer a little more height which helps to create a more impactful, and regal topiary display. There are many beautiful gardens that are solely made up of boxwood, topiariesd into different shapes. Putting together an array of different artificial topiary products is a great way of creating the ultimate pop up garden that will be completely maintenance free!

Artificial Hedge

One of the newer but most popular additions to the topiary range is the artificial topiary hedge. Hedges are perfect for creating a decorative border, adding extra privacy and offering extra shelter. The only down side to real hedge is they take many years to mature and get to the desired height and density. Our artificial boxwood hedge is made to suite any size or shape, from making a miniature hedge to sit in a little window box, right up to covering a high rise building, you just need to give us the dimensions.

Finishing touches are very important, and a perfect way to make your topiary personal and tie it into your homes style or colour theme. Topiary can be used in everything from eclectic to classic surrounding so choosing the right kind of planter, lighting or decoration is key to making sure your topiary looks at it’s very best!

How to Choose the Ideal Artificial Tree

Artificial trees create an extra dimension to your room by bringing colour,  texture and ambience . We firmly believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder which is why at Evergreen we hand build a lot of trees. This gives us the facility to customise the artificial trees exactly to your taste and build them in a way that looks like they have grown into your space as opposed to a standard size  been made to fit into your interior.

With so many different artificial trees available her is a simple step by step guide that will help you select the perfect tree for you.

Tree Type

To ensure the artificial tree looks credible in its surroundings pick a tree that would naturally survive in the space you would like it to sit. For example  an artificial oak tree is unlikely to look credible sat in the corner of your living room but a tree such as an Areca Palm of Ficus tree that survive well indoors would be perfect

Suggestions

Outdoor: Topiary, Bamboo, or Shrubbery

Interior: Hand built trees, Palms

Front Door: Topiary

Tree Size

We would always recommend measuring the space you would like you artificial tree to sit before selecting as very often heights can be deceiving. Also take into consideration the pot that you would like the tree to be planted in as this can add extra height , the majority of our trees when potted with the planters we supply adds around 1ft to the overall finished height.

Customise your tree

By giving us a call you can always customise you tree to make it that little bit more personal. If you are opting for a hand built tree we would suggest you firstly select you foliage and height,  then you can choose which shape suits you best. You can do this by sending an image through to us of a tree you would like to replicate or by having a browse through our own hand built trees and our gallery and choosing which you prefer.

Under planting can also be make you tree look a little more decorative and be a great way to tie you tree  into your colour theme. You can add this to any of your trees by looking through our planting section and select which plants you would like to use for the under planting.

Potting the tree

It may be that you have a planter  at home that you would like your trees to be potted  in or it may be that you need to pair a planter with your new tree. It it always worth getting advice on which tree suits the size of tree you are buying. On our site all our trees are paired with the relevant sized planter so this should be as straightforward as picking which style and colour you prefer. When purchasing a planter with your tree we will pot it up ready for you to stand in place and will add a decorative bonded stone finish free of charge. If you already have a planter for you tree then we are happy to provide you with instructions on how to pot your trees and materials if necessary.

Alternative to Wallpaper

Wallpaper has done us proud for many years and for many interior cannot be beaten. However, nobody can deny that it is ver one dimensional and is limiten to the texture it can offer an interior.

London’s top interior designer have been creating this season key botanical look by adding artificial foliage to interior walls. The foliage adds an extra charasmatic dimension to room with the beautiful texture the foliage offers. Not only does the foliage look great but it also offers additional heat and sound insulation to your walls. The foliage does not have to be used to cover the full wall but can be used as in panels to create a quirky wall feature

Unlike many wallpapers and fabrics artificial boxwood foliage is UV stable which prevents and discolour of fading caused by sunlight. This helps the boxwood foliage panles be useful for more practical purpooses such as sink splash backs to help protect your wall against water stains

Get the look with our artificial boxwood hedging panels