Artificial Topiary, Artificial Boxwood and Artificial Bay Trees
There are some strange goings on here.................
see if this is what you had in mind.
If not I hope you enjoy the journey through this interesting article
Topiary – is this what you had in mind?
We intend to provide you with something different
However, what’s considered Traditional is also here
By an introduction let's ask: what are artificial topiary, boxwood, buxus, bay laurel, cedar trees, plants, boxwood animal figures, hedges and geometrical shapes etc?
The answer will be explained in this short article. My intention here is to help you understand what it is, what you can achieve by using it in both commercial and domestic settings, its benefits and how you can get it.
Which leads onto………..
How to use these examples of indoor and outdoor trees
and plants in the best way for both commercial and domestic settings.
Yes! Build your own hedges, shapes and trees – if you so wish.
Either way what we have is a fantastic range of no
maintenance plants and trees to decorate your premises this summer and all year round. No worries about remembering to
water the plants, no replacement costs when they die and you
can now go away on holiday knowing your plants will still look
good and “fresh” when you return.
Do please let me have your comments, feed back and any experiences you would like to share.
You can even have your name the name or company
logo of your business and even signs written in Artificial
Intriguing product that just amazes people especially when they see these wonderful hedges that are created from the artificial boxwood. Artificial topiary and boxwood products are so diverse, come in various styles shapes and sizes.
Without doubt there is something to suit every ones taste and a great range on maintenance free outdoor plants.
You know when you have a very good life-like fake plant or tree because people out of curiosity and uncertainty gingerly touch it. We have even had people water them.
This range of products are traditionally outdoor plants that are often seen on patios, terraces, balconies, courtyards, in front of entrances and many other locations that people find to place them. They are often used in commercial venues such as spas, hotel receptions, conservatories and swimming pools etc. etc.
A Bit of History
These plants provide exterior magic and the wonder of topiary and boxwood, trees, plants and displays. This is a skill and “horticultural culture” that has been with us since the Victorian times. During this time when many famous and adventurous landscape gardeners embarked on the long, patient and skilful task in making topiary very popular and fashionable. They became aware and quickly learned how these plant species could be shaped to evolve into such an artistic form that has given so much pleasure to people over many, many years - and still dose today.
We have here such a wonderful product which has been refined and improved to such precise detail that now provides you with an easy, instant and realist Artificial Topiary alternative without the cost, hassle of dedicated maintenance and worry that comes with the fresh alternative.
First for some thing completely different - The Dinosaurs have returned
Of the things we do not expect to see are recreations of dinosaurs, stags, horses and a collection of familiar farm animals and household pets. As you can see in the pictures below there are a few interesting examples. Artificial boxwood matting, as you can see, is a very versatile product. Combine that with imagination, innovation and the learnt skill of working this material and almost anything can be made.
Here are examples of artificial Boxwood shapes that one does not see very often. But because they are different and unusual they do draw people’s attention.
And below, those more domesticated varieties……………………..
Here are some traditional and familiar choices that are available…………..
Artificial BoxwoodTower Tree
A range has foliage that appears so lifelike people just have to touch it to check out their inquiring minds. The Replica Artificial Foliage used in the production of these trees differs from the traditional boxwood in that the leaves are finer, provide a denser canopy and have a softer texture. Set the Artificial Towers - Cones – Pyramids into traditional looking plant containers, such as those from our terracotta style selection, will make them natural looking; as if they have been there for ever. Topiary and Boxwood, Artificial Plants are traditional planting often seen in terrace, balcony, courtyard settings and particularly so for cafés and restaurants.
Artificial Boxwood Spiral Trees
These trees are so very eye-catching. They are a must for those looking for prominent displays to put at entrances, along pathways, at the foot and at the top of stairways. Artificial Boxwood is weather resistant and ideal for exterior use. If height is not a problem do consider setting these artificial Spirals into containers such as one from our tall tapered square range. Extra ballast can be placed into the container thus making it less top-heavy and more stable.
Artificial Boxwood Pyramids
Pyramid style trees provide contemporary shapes using the boxwood material and look quite abstract – a tall conventional pyramid shape with four flat sides. The Artificial Pyramids can be used as stand alones or set into containers in the same way as other plants and trees.
Artificial Boxwood Cones
As with the pyramid styles contemporary cones shapes made from the boxwood material also appear quite abstract – a tall stretched cone. The Artificial Cones can be used as stand alones or set into containers in the same way as other plants and trees.
Artificial Boxwood Buxus Balls
Complete symmetrical balls that when fitted with a chain can be used in the same way as a hanging basket.
These are very popular – just simple and different.
Set into a container creates a nice display. They look particularily nice in tall containers, especially our tall squares and tall tapered squares.
Ball size diameters are:- 20cm (8inch, 25cm (10inch), 35cm (14inch), 40cm (16inch), 45cm (18inch) and 50cm (20cm)
Artificial Buxus Ball Tree
This variety is often referred to as “standard” or “lollypop” shape. The Replica Artificial Foliage used in the production of these trees differ from the traditional boxwood in that the leaves are finer, the foliage denser and has a softer texture.
Of all the Artificial Topiary shapes this is the most recognisable as it is the shape gardeners have made their ornamental boxwood trees into over the past two centuries. A good “reliable” favourite that has stood the test of time and comforting to have around.
Artificial Cypresses, Cedar and Conifers Trees and Plants
Extremely fascinating alternative - this 10ft high example is the ideal feature plant to highlight and enhance entrances. Plus! For extra effect add Twinkle lights – add subtle small white lights. The cable and lights can be pushed into the foliage to produce a neat and tidy display with amazing results. Lights are available with different settings: the shimmer setting is very effective.
These Artificial Conifer Spirals can be fixed down or set in large diameter containers from the selection shown below.
Artificial Bay Laurel Tree
This range is also available in Inherently Fire Resistant material.
Commonly known as “Laurus Nobilis” can be used for both inside and outside locations such as patios, terraces, decked areas, stairways and entrances. The foliage is so life like with small berries almost impossible to tell from the real thing and in a selection of profiles – pyramids (cones), standard “topiary” (lollypop), balls and spirals. These Artificial Trees when set into our traditional range of terracotta style plant containers look extremely realistic and provide an authentic setting.
You can find more Artificial Bay Laurel trees and other varieties of artificial trees and plants in our Inherently FireResistant collection - plants and trees with artificial leaves and foliage which are flame proof.
This is a close up view of the Bay Laurel Leaf. I am sure you will agree looks very realistic. Don’t you just want to touch it to confirm your curiosity
Now, here we go men at work and play!
Large Hedges, Tall screens, Hedge top Features and even Furniture
This picture directly above, and those further above pictures show a range of boxwood figures, geometrical shapes like cones etc. and the old favourites - the various forms of hedges.
The Artificial Boxwood and the Buxus mats are the most popular.
The boxwood variety has in the past been the one we all see about. The name is a loose term that refers to a number of varieties of mats. The Buxus is a much improved version and really does look the part.
I would like to draw your attention to the right hand mat shown in the above picture. Although it may not be obvious from the photograph the foliage instead of being upright i.e. perpendicular to the mat base in this example it appears to be laying over.
Why is that? You may silently ask yourself. Well as we advance in the technology in the production of artificial plants, trees topiary and of course boxwood mating used to make hedges we always strive to create products that ever more realistic. This mat is used on the sides in the case of building hedges. It recreates the effect of natural shoots and leaves growing up towards the light. And of course we need to make sure we fit it the right way around.
The mats shown above are those that are most commonly used in boxwood construction. This variety of artificial boxwood mats which form the mated finish does make a fantastic hedge finish, especially for large sections and long runs. It has a deeper pile to the traditional artificial boxwood mating and tends to look similar to privet.
And some more unusual mats that offer a choice of different textures along with a black and white option – ideal if you are a Newcastle United Fan.
If you fancy something completely different and attention grabbing do take a look at these mats. Other mat styles include black, burgundy and white colours, long grass and oriental grass. We also have a Cedar mat which can also be used
You will see from the picture throughout this article the choices of hedge forms are numerous; such as large freestanding hedges, large hedges in planter troughs, free standing screens, smaller hedges (with or without planter troughs) for window boxes, balconies, on flat roofs etc.
I am going to demonstrate, 10 step process with pictures, as shown below, (the DIY option) how to make up regular shape hedge. My company does provide a well established service of making hedges to customer specification. For any enquiries please send us the dimensions and ideally a picture showing where you intend to position it, or them. We will provide you with a quotation and if acceptable we make and have it despatched to you via courier. In the case of more complicated configurations we can deliver and install it for you. Even add lights.
Make no mistake although many people “like to have a go” at making things along with our craving for DIY, an exercise undertaken on the pretence of enjoyment or satisfaction. When in reality it is mainly because we think “that looks easy – nothing to it” and “I can do that and a lot cheaper” – heard that before? Anyway let’s continue.
In addition to the most commonly used mating we also offer a completely fire proof option. You will also see this sample pictured is a slightly paler green, this I understand is a result of the manufacturing process. In now having an inherently fireretardant artificial boxwood mat product allows us to provide hedges, screens, figures and shapes for interior use that conforms to fire regulations.
Fire retardant products are especially important if you are planting to use these items at exhibitions, conferences, product launches and promotion public spaces and any where near exit routes.
Let’s show you how to make a simple hedge, like this one.
1.0mtr Long Artificial Boxwood Hedge set into a Black PVC Planter Trough
The following is just and overview to help you get an idea of what to do should you decide to buy the mats a make your own..
You will see from the picture the choices of hedge forms are numerous; such as large freestanding hedges, large hedges in planter troughs, free standing screens, smaller hedges (with or without planter troughs) for window boxes, balconies, on flat roofs etc.
Yes! Build your own hedges, shapes and trees – if you so wish.
How to make a variety of items using artificial boxwood mating, that is often referred to as plastic boxwood mating, since it is made from plastic – no surprise there.
I will give you a simple outline and ideas in how to create something nice and basic
Warning and stating the obvious and not intended to insult your intelligence. Remember you are responsible for the use of tools you use to build what I am going to explain below. If you are not familiar with the tools I use, able or confident in using them, then don’t use them.
Let’s go and let’s get started.
Decide what it is we want to make. OK, done that. We are going to make a small hedge to fit into a standard PVC I meter long planter through. These are available in garden centres, DIY shops, on ebay and online stores in various sizes and many colours – the choice is yours.
Make up a wood frame, ideally an exterior grade plywood 12 or 18mm thick like the style I have shown in the picture below. Obvious if you have alternative timber lying around then use it. To protect it against the weather paint it with either a green or black garden fence treatment.
I am not going to bore you with the joinery details as there different ways to made a box shape to fit into a planter trough. Make it a tight fit. You can always put in a couple of woods screw through the underneath or the back of the planter to secure the feet in place.
The mats are 250mm (25cm or 10 ins) square. To minimalise mat waste or to view it differently to maximise mat efficiently construct your box frames in lengths, widths (*less 20mm) and heights (* less 10) to accommodate the mat size and multiples of this size.
We fix the mat to the wood using staples; industrial staples which are a simple to paper staples but longer and heavier gauge. Staple guns are available form DIY shops
Like Dobbies and Homebase as well as many others, but do purchase a heavy duty one. Because if you are punching staples through the mats into plywood or other hardwoods you will have difficulties if the gun mechanism is not powerful enough.
Ok, a few tips to create a boxwood hedge and a presentable finish. See below the step by step stages with pictures and the captions
(1) Cut off the edge strip* along one side of the mat. We do this to avoid a gap on the corners where the two mats butt together. *Cutting this strip off the edge of the mat is the reasoning behind fine tuning the box sizes as mentioned above.
(2) Place this prepared mat edge up to the edge of the box and parallel with this edge and also starting in one corner. We are working from bottom left up and then working to the right. I do it this way because I am left handed. You can work the other way if you wish.
(3) Staple the mat base to the box ensuring you keep the mat flat and parallel with the edges. Don’t over do it with the staples, one in each corner, along each side and a couple in the centre is enough.
(4) Repeat (1) through to (3) with placing the next mat above the first one. Ensure it is square, butting up to the other mat and to the corner edge and parallel. With this example we do not have a very high frame so we need to adjust the mat height by cutting it down. Again it is important in this case to also ensure the mat also butts onto the top corner edge.
(5) You can staple mats along the front side, working to the right and cutting down the mats to suit the box height.
(6) Once we reach the right hand side trim the mat to size to finish off this side.
(7) Repeat the process for the back side. NB if the display is not seen from behind leave it blank
(8) Now for the top and ends. For this example we have narrow top and ends. We need to cut the narrow strip off one edge (as in (1) above) and cut the other side down to fit. Likewise the ends will also need to be cut to complete the two top left and right corners.
(9) Now all you have to do is “fluff” up the corners so the corner edges are not visible. The job is now complete to drop into the planter.
(10) Now the job is complete insert the hedge insert into the planter trough and fit your artificial boxwood hedge display to it’s intended location
Pictured below shows how the new artificial boxus side mats are fitted. Although the process is the same as shown above, these pictures simply identifies the difference between this and the standard mat
In the case of the animal figures these are made on wire frames made by a blacksmith or steel fabricator. For more complicated figures we make up the shapes with interlinking steel frame sections that in turn are covered with wire mesh. The delicate and very time consuming job of attaching the mats and mat section to these frames then commences.
We have over the past 17 years constructed a number of various animal figures and shapes for customers.
Most of our work commissioned by customers or for clients on behalf of their customers are made to measure “one offs” items.
I hope you found this article interesting and informative. You can see other articles, attached to this site, explaining more ideas on the effective use of artificial plants for home and business. More on artificial topiary trees and artificial boxwood square mats, hedges and trees can be found by following the links. And do please let me have your comments, feed back and any experiences you would like to share.
I look forward to you visiting us again, also good luck with using any of the ideas described above and in the meantime have a great day.