Indoor Gardener: Topiaries Help Rooms Form Up

Topiaries are plants (mainly evergreens) which have been cut into ornamental shapes. The term “topiary” derives from the Latin term “topiarius,” which means “gardener.” In the garden, topiaries function almost like sculptures. Indoors, topiaries are an elegant way to incorporate some greenery.

Many indoor topiaries are not living plants but rather preserved specimens; preserved boxwood is one of the most common. Unlike fake plants — that seem, well, fake — preserved boxwoods look quite lifelike since they’re, in fact, real plants.

Some woody herbs and evergreens can be trimmed into topiary-like contours and grown inside too. A small upkeep with gardening shears will keep these dwelling topiaries appearing weatherproof. All these 13 photographs showcase indoor topiaries .

Fiorella Design

Mary Jo Fiorella has placed three willowy topiaries about this conventional farm-style sink. She recommends Ballard Designs as an online source for comparable specimens.

Sweet as a Candy

Preserved boxwoods supply a welcome hit of green life in the white-on-white residence of blogger Federica, of Sweet as a Candy.

Lauren Liess Interiors

A breakfast nook by Lauren Liess Interiors is awarded country charm with a black and white flowery background, traditional seats and a vintage chalkboard. Three herbal topiaries add to the room’s vintage vibe.

Mustard Seed Interiors

A cute topiary ball sits on a side table beside a vintage-style birdcage (click photo to view complete view); paired with a airy palette, both put in a gardenlike feeling to the sitting room.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

Topiaries choose a mod twist when pruned to more intense geometric shapes. The set flanking this fireplace nearly seem like modern sculptures.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

A petite rosemary is potted in a desperate terra-cotta planter, making a gardenlike addition to this toilet by Smith & Vansant Architects.

RLH Studio

In a subtle touch of humor, two tiny trees stand on either side of a landscape painting above the mantel in this sitting room by RLH Studio. A preserved boxwood ball rests on the table.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

A 1920s bungalow’s kitchen looks calm and clean postrenovation. Two herbal topiaries close to the kitchen sink are a fresh accent to finish off the space.

Andrew Flesher Interiors

A tiny topiary sits at the window of this eclectic room by Andrew Flesher. Even a little touch of greenery could breathe life into an otherwise sterile space.

The Couture Rooms

Larger-scale topiaries are more unusual than the diminutive tabletop sizes. This handsome set is a stylish addition to this modern cool space by The Couture Rooms.

Restoration Hardware

Preserved Boxwood Tree Topiaries – $45

Ranging from 16 inches to 20 inches, all these preserved boxwood trees are an cute home accent.

Tip: Restoration Hardware notes a monthly misting with a water bottle will keeps them more refreshed.

Ballard Designs

Boxwood Topiaries – $59

Fresh and lifelike, fabric-leaf topiaries from Ballard come in a range of shapes and sizes, such as an intriguing spiral.

Home Decorators Collection

Boxwood Topiary – $219

Made from preserved boxwood potted in limestone planters, this collection of six topiaries provides you sufficient baskets for every room.

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