TLC for Your Topiary



The term "topiary" derives from the Latin word "topiarius," which means "gardener." The first mention of the word comes from Roman sources in 23AD.

The first topiaries were in outdoor gardens. Indoor topiaries - like the ones we carry - came into fashion in the early 1900's.

It takes a lot of TLC to get an unruly plant tamed into a topiary. We partner with growers who really excel at this art form. They and their staff LOVINGLY select and shape plants, sometimes over the course of years, into the beautiful specimens we've curated just for you.

We're excited to partner with them because, frankly, we have a thing for topiaries. They make a space exciting like no other houseplant can... 

Order our super special topiaries (contact-less delivery and curbside) HERE.

Water. Water. Water. Our topiaries come in charming clay or terra cotta pots which also happen to suck moisture out of the growing medium your plant is in. Keep your topiary moist but not soaking wet. You can put in a sink and give it a good drink once or twice a week or water a little bit daily (or every other day) with a watering can to maintain a moist consistency. Soil should feel like a wrung out sponge - not like mud. Topiaries don’t like to sit in water. If you forget to water your topiary, you’ll know. It will get a little droopy. A good drink of water can help but if you neglect it too much, it might not bounce back.

Light needs depend on the type of plant but most need bright light if living indoors. Topiaries made of the Mediteranean herbs (lavender, rosemary) crave direct sun so a bright window is a good choice. If you move your topiary outside during the summer months, to grace an alfresco dining table or sitting area, make sure they get lots of indirect bright light but don’t let them fry in the sun.

Maintain uniform growth by moving your topiary a quarter turn every week so each side gets a turn at the light if it is coming from a window. This will help growth stay uniform.

Topiaries sometimes need a haircut to prevent them from getting scraggly. Use sharp scissors. If you have a Lazy Susan, put the topiary on that and rotate it as you trim so all sides are uniform. If enthusiastic new branches have popped out and make your topiary look a little wild, trim them back one half to two thirds of the new growth. 

Feeding… topiaries like a monthly dose of a basic, well balanced, water-soluable fertilizer. We recommend Neilsons Plant Elixir as a nice, easy-to-use all purpose houseplant fertilizer. (It’s also made by a women-owned family business in Oregon that has been fine tuning this product since 1959.) We’re the sole midwest distributor. We love it that much.