The tale of two topiary

This fall I bought a real live topiary.
It was a myrtle topiary and cost about $25.00.
I loved that lil' tree and babied it and tried my best to keep it alive.
But I got really sick in January and it didn't get watered as it should and sadly it died.
I did everything I could to bring it back to life, but no dice.

So, for now I've decided to go the faux route.
I found this cute topiary at Marshall's.
It was half the price of my live topiary and this one will last.
From a distance it even looks real. :)

One thing that bugged me though was the small plastic pot that it came in.
I felt it wasn't in scale to the topiary.
But at the same store I found a larger pot for only $2.99.

p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor going to get his newspaper.
I really hope he didn't see me in my nightgown taking these photos.

I really like the texture and design on the pot, but not the color.
Now you can't tell so much in this photo because I took it next to a bright window,
 but the pot was a very dark charcoal color.
So dark you didn't really notice the lovely detail on the pot.

I brushed on some watered down light gray paint
 and used some watered down white on the raised detail.
I let in dry overnight and when I got up in the morning I was disappointed.
The pot still looked blah to me.
It's ok if you're rolling your eyes at me now.

~Slightly out of order photo~
Unfortunately the little plastic pot wouldn't fit inside my gray pot.
So I took a hammer to it.
My three year old son held the hammer with me and thought this was great fun!

 I ended up applying clear, then dark Annie Sloan wax to the pot and
I finally achieved the look I was going for.
I feel like the wax brought out the texture in the pot and highlights the different shades of gray.. 
Hopefully you can tell the difference and I don't sound like a crazy person.

I love the fake dirt they are using in so many faux plants these days.
It really gives the plants a more realistic look.
I just had to glue the base of the topiary into its new pot and it was complete.
I am loving it!
I may try another live topiary this summer if I find one for the right price, but for now I'm pretty happy with my fancy fake lady.
p.s. If you look out the window you can see my neighbor driving off to work.
 Boy, he is just determined to be in my topiary post.
What a diva!

I'm joining in at: Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here


  1. So funny about the neighbor!

    Love the topiary..real and fake. I'm with you, though, at least the fake won't die. The pot looks wonderful all dolled up. :)

  2. I love the topiary!! It looks real. I think it looks so pretty.


  3. How funny! The transformed faux topiary base was worth all your efforts, and neighborhood exposure. :)

  4. I would never have thought it wasn't real! It looks great and the pot is beautiful now. xo

  5. Love the neighbor story and the love topiary even more

    and the sign against the wall {swoon} Have a great weekend


  6. That's funny about your neighbor! I can only imagine what mine must think of me...LOL!! I love your faux topiary. I need to make me a trip to Marshall's. Enjoy your day, Gail

  7. Just found your blog. This story is so funny, love how the pot turned out. New Follower.


  8. Love the topiary! So funny that your neighbor got in the story! I think your topiary looks real. I love real life ones...but can not keep houseplants alive inside. I can do it outside but not inside.

  9. funny post! don't think you're crazy - I do things like that all the time!!! Love topiaries but have faux ones - just starting to experiment with live ones - indoors!! we'll see! thank you so much for the follow!

    Sharon :)

  10. What a shame about the plant. I'm not that great with live plants either. I like your faux topiary because the dirt makes it look so real. And I love what you did with the pot!

    I hope your neighbor didn't get suspicious over your activities!! We bloggers are a strange bunch! ;-D


  11. I love your topiary. It turned out just beautiful. I can't even tell it isn't real. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Happy Wednesday!

  12. Hi Lisa,
    It's been a while since I've been over! Most of my blogging time is spent with little Mason now so I don't make the rounds like I used to.
    I kept an ivy topiary alive for over a year, but I finally killed it last week!!!
    Faux is the way to go if you;re like me and don't want to spend a fortune replacing live plants!
    Your baby has grown up! He is so cute.

  13. YOur topiary looks so real. You found a perfect pot and a happy home for your pretty inexpensive topiary! I am a new follower.

  14. Hi Lisa: I'm Connie at, your new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine.
    I grew up above you by the state line, I mean over the state line. Ok, I'm a cheese head. Nice to meet you!

  15. Love the topiary and the pot. Gorgeous!!

  16. Lisa, I'm totally with you...I have a black thumb. My hubby calls me Morticia Addams when it comes to plants. ;) I think the faux one looks very real and you did a great job on the pot!

  17. Super cute Lisa... And yes you can see him walking up the drive way too.
    Have a great weekend


  18. Hi Lisa, I love your header. I went the faux route as well, from TJ Maxx. I paired a large and small on my entry table. Somehow though, my Christmas ivy topiary is still alive. I guess it likes neglect! Michele

  19. I love this new topiary!!! Looks totally real! I also love the pot! You are so talented!

  20. i love this! You are so funny!!!!!

  21. Love the faux topiary, but the pot definitely steels the show. Thanks for sharing, liz

  22. Hi Lisa, I gave up on the real topiaries long ago! The artificial ones look very real now. Love your topiary and the cute pot.

  23. It's simple and beautiful... I love the simplicity of your topiary. Its looks so real. I too would go for such one.