Tuesday, July 2, 2013

{wishlist: potted topiaries ...}

Hi everyone! My apologies for being missing in action last week, I had my brothers wedding & a slew of family gatherings which accompanied the wonderful event! What a fantastic time it was, a long weekend here in Canada & the perfect weather too :)

Now I'm back, and my thoughts are returning to my mini-patio project! We have torn down our old rotting deck and are planning to spruce things up a bit back there. One of my wishlist items is potted topiaries. I love the sculptural look, and the reason I want to go potted vs. planted is because I want to be able to take them with me to our next home eventually. We've poured a lot of money into this place and feel like we can't get back much more when selling, so my plan is to spend on furnishings and other things we can take along with us from here on. Hence the 'mini' backyard project for now :)

Here are the inspiration images that I've collected for the potted look I am going for:

So I think what I want is 3 repeated pots {much like directly above on the right}, along the back of the house. My questions for YOU are:
1) black pots or terra cotta? Which is your fav?
2) What's your favorite evergreen? I'm afraid that boxwoods would not fair so well. The hardier the better for our Vancouver weather!
Thanks for your input!


White Weathered Hutch, said...

I love them all. But not one would survive our cold winters here in Ontario.

The enchanted home said...

I am a bit of a topiary fanatic. I LOVE them. They look gorgeous in any color pot but I have to say I am kind of digging the black pots....gorgeous!

Barbara Matson said...

Nancy, I have 5 potted boxwoods in my home in tall black planters I got from Superstore! I have had 3 of them for 4 year and 2 for two years. I hardly do anything to them except trim them to shape them! They hold up really well. They are in fibreglass pots (or whatever the material is) I love how they look and yes, they will come with me when we move later this summer! We are house hunting - yay!
Congrats on your brother's wedding!

Are you off for the summer? Would love to catch up!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I used to have potted boxwoods in square black planters in Muskoka and they held up really well. The trick was to use 1" insulation board from Home Depot to line the pots to protect it from harsh weather. :)

Kathysue said...

Black or natural stone pots with boxwood or texas privet or cherry bush, all of them make low maintenance topiaries.

Maryanne@The Garden said...

When all else fails potted boxwood or any low maintenance shrub will work in summer pots. So much simpler than planting annuals each year, and a much more classic look.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

I can stare at these boxwoods all day and these exteriors are amazing!!!! Boxwoods are great because they're easy to care for and they hide any weeds that may be growing underneath. I did have a small problem with aphids this year but all you have to do is poor a bag of ladybugs on them to eat the aphids. ;-) Can't wait to see what you get up to.

Hollie Cooper said...

I know nothing about plants, but I think a black pot against the green of the foliage is stunning!

Anonymous said...

When you grow something in a pot it needs to be 2 zones hardier. We're supposed to be 8ish but some winters are harder than others. Anything zoned 5 or lower should be fine. Zone 6 .... sometimes it'll be okay and sometimes it won't.

There are different varieties of boxwood so just pick a hardy one and you should be fine.


Sheryl Spencer said...

We have potted boxwoods in black metal planters along our back deck and we are in Southlands right on the water. The conditions are too harsh in the winter for many non herbacious perennials in the garden but the boxwood have been just fine. I underplant them from October -May with blue violas and then with something white for summer. You can't go wrong with boxwood!

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