Potted Topiary Trees for Winter
Go bold with elegant ivy orbs by the door. Depending on the size of your space, use them alone, as a pair, or even as a trio. Stagger sizes. Elevate simple globes by planting in classic cast-iron urns with pedestal bases.
Fill the void once occupied by holiday decor with this quick fix from your garden center. English ivy topiaries that are pretrained on metal forms, like the lollipop and globe shapes above, take up little space but add big flair.
Craft a harmonious display by planting in a well-proportioned container. With topiaries, you can toss out the rule about center-pieces being less than 12 inches tall. Slender trunks won't block guests' views. China saucers offer more protection than terra-cotta because they don't wick moisture.
Condition myrtle topiaries with bright light and a moderate temperature. Mist plants often. Heating systems can dry out air and plants.
Keep plants healthy, no matter where they're displayed. It's a good idea to have two pairs, because while one is on show, the other can be pampered.
Note: The container shown is from Napa Home & Garden and available from Collier's Nursery; 205/822-3133. Look for topiary frames at your local garden center or online at topiaryinc.com.