These faux evergreen “plants” will fool everyone! Leave a comment


If you don’t have a green thumb, these faux evergreen topiaries are
perfect for your outdoor planters! 

The flowers in our front porch pots are a pain to keep alive…and it
could be because I always forget to water them. 😉 

But mostly it’s because they get a ton of sun but very little rain
since they’re covered on the porch. 

So for awhile now I’ve been looking for something to plant that is low
maintenance and can handle the full sun most of the day. Oh, and a decent
price! 

The perfect plant, basically. 

sedum tile plant in planter

back porch with DIY string lights

Because they keep their color in the winter, I knew they’d be a great, low
maintenance option for the front planters as well. 

But…I really wanted something with a more classic look that would fit in
well all year round. And I feel like the front containers needed something
with a little more height. 

I finally found the answer with these topiaries!:

evergreen topiary balls for landscaping

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They are
faux evergreen topiary balls
and they can be used in a variety of ways. There are three options
available, depending on the look you want — boxwood, jasper and
cypress. 

Boxwood and jasper have the tight, small leaf look (jasper has a larger leaf
and is really pretty). I got cypress and it is more of a standard evergreen.
I figured it would be the most realistic looking of the three. 

I was intrigued, but was worried they wouldn’t look as great in person. I
ordered one and when it arrived I was super
impressed: 

cypress faux topiary for planters

I can’t speak to the other versions, but the cypress option would easily
fool someone up close.

Best part…they won’t die! 🙂 

You can separate the sphere into two, and many folks said they only used one
topiary and put the two halves into two planters:

separate fake topiary ball
large round topiary in two

I tried that, but didn’t love it. 

At least with our planters, they sunk in too much and didn’t have quite the
impact I was hoping for: 

half of round topiary in planter

They don’t look bad at all though! If you had a round planter that had a
smaller opening, I think the halves would work beautifully.

These aren’t the thriftiest purchase ever, so I really wanted to love
it that way. 

But I preferred them in one piece: 

fake topiary for planters

They make a much bigger statement, right? I love them. 🙂 

I’ve already made up what I would have spent on flowers for my planters
this year!

I love that I can keep them out all year — they’ll look great in the
winter:

black planter with green boxwood on porch
I was able to tuck ours into the pots a bit, so they don’t fly away, even in
high winds. But if needed, you could anchor them into soil in the planter
using
these garden stakes. 

By the way, if you get a larger size and are able to smush them in just a
bit, you won’t need any soil in your planters. 

A few things to consider about these easy evergreen balls: 

  • These faux topiaries come in sizes 11 inches to 19 inches. 
  • Measure the width of your planter opening to figure out the size you
    need. I’d go larger if you’re in between sizes.
  • These
    faux topiaries
    come in cypress (what we have), boxwood, jasper and a version that has
    cute faux white flowers (you can pick your design and size at the
    link). 
  • They are supposed to keep their deep green color even after exposure to
    the elements. I’ll report back on that!
black planter with green topiary ball

There are so many ways you can use these! 

  • How fun would these be with Christmas lights wrapped around them? Or even
    better — take them apart and stick the lights through from the inside
    out.
  • We saw a Mickey head that someone created using one large topiary and two
    smaller ones. How cute!! We plan to make one for the backyard someday to
    create our own “hidden Mickey.” 
  • Stack various sizes
    from small to large with this set
    to make a tall topiary. 
  • Of course these would be lovely inside as well —  perfect for
    perching on a pedestal. (Say that three times fast.)
  • They would be a really pretty wedding decor accent — the cypress would
    fit in perfectly for a winter wedding. 
  • A bunch of the
    7″ smaller versions
    would look great lined up in a window box for a simple, classic look.

We’ve had ours on the porch in full sun for six weeks now and they still look
brand new. I’m very pleased with the quality so far. 

These topiaries are such a great option for your planters if you don’t love
gardening, or aren’t very good at it. OR if you can’t remember to water your
flowers. 😬



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