Healthy and Happy Myrtle Topiaries
The Big Idea: Even if conditions aren't perfect (too hot at night or not bright enough by day), you can fudge for effect. "Even I cheat," says designer Loi Thai. "The key is to enjoy your display for a week and then rotate it out with another pair of plants so all stay healthy." It's a good idea to have two pairs, because while one is on show, the other can be pampered.
The Care: Loi uses his sunroom as a nursery where myrtles regain their vigor. If bugs such as aphids or whiteflies become a problem, he sprays them off with water in the kitchen sink and removes what he can by hand. Loi will also treat with Safer Insect Killing Soap as needed.
Editor's Tip: When rotating out your plant display, you should also literally rotate the plants, giving each one a 180-degree turn so it grows evenly on all sides.